English: Cambridge English Language Courses

Would you like to improve your English for work or study purposes? And would you like to obtain an internationally recognised certificate that confirms your proficiency in English? Then you should consider taking one of our Cambridge English Main-suite courses.


The courses focus on improving your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills. You’ll also expand your vocabulary and your knowledge of grammatical structures. Maastricht University's Language Centre offers Cambridge English courses at three different levels:

  • B2 First
  • C1 Advanced
  • C2 Proficiency

Cambridge English qualifications are often required as evidence that your English is good enough for overseas study or employment. They can also be equated to an IELTS score required as a part of the immigration process for a number of countries. Once obtained, a Cambridge language qualification is valid for life.

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B2: First

This qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or take courses taught in English. You’ll be able to understand the main ideas in a complex text, you can produce clear and detailed prose and you’ll be able to interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.

Required materials

Objective First Student’s Book with answers (fourth edition). By Annette Capel and Wendy Sharp. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107628304

The registration form shows the actual available groups.

C1: Advanced

More advanced than the Cambridge English First, this certificate demonstrates that you can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and recognise implicit meaning. You can express ideas fluently and can use language flexibly for social, academic and professional purposes.

Required materials

Objective Advanced Student’s Book with answers with CDrom (fourth edition). By Felicity O’Dell and Annie Broadhead. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107657557

The registration form shows the actual available groups.


C2: Proficiency

The Certificate of Proficiency in English confirms that your English is exceptional, and resembles the fluency and sophistication of a native speaker. You will be able to study or work in a senior professional or academic environment, for example on a PhD or postgraduate programme.

Required materials

Objective Proficiency Student’s Book with answers (fourth edition). Annette Capel and Wendy Sharp. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107646377

The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Target audience

Anyone can sign up for these courses, but they are particularly suitable for:

  • Students from outside the EU wishing to study in European Higher Education
  • Teachers and lecturers required to teach in English, either in the Netherlands or abroad
  • Support officers, policy makers etc. required to deal with external agencies in relation to education and international administration
  • Support officers, policy makers etc. required to work with non-Dutch speaking students or staff

Admission requirements

This course is open to UM students, employees and external clients. You are required to attend an intake interview prior to the course to ensure that the course matches your level of English proficiency.


Are you interested in taking one of our Cambridge English courses? Please contact the Language Centre to set up an intake interview. During this interview, we will assess your level of English and we will discuss which course will be most suitable for you. You will need to take an online test before the interview. You can access this test by sending an email to languages-intake and asking for an online test token.


The courses prepare you for the following University of Cambridge ESOL exams:

  • Cambridge First is considered to be worth 3,5 ECTS depending on faculty policy.
  • Cambridge Advanced is considered to be worth 4 ECTS depending on faculty policy. 
  • Cambridge Proficiency is considered to be worth 4,5 ECTS depending on faculty policy.

Please note that the Language Centre only provides the training for the exams. You will have to sign up for the exam at the British Council. You can learn more about the exams fees and dates on the British Council website. They will also provide your certificate.

Fees (excl. exam fees)

  • Cambridge English First: €1095
  • Cambridge English Advanced: €1250
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English: €1325