English: Cambridge English Language Courses (FCE, CAE, CPE certificates)

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:

  • Cambridge English: B2 First (FCE)
  • Cambridge English: C1 Advanced (CAE)
  • Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency (CPE)

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.

Cambridge courses

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.

Course materials

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


  • FCE B2 -  8 March - 15 November 2018, Thursday 16.00-18.00

C1 Advanced

More advanced than the Cambridge B2 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.

Course materials:

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


  • CAE C1 - 5 March - 15 November 2018, Monday 16.00-18.00

C2 Proficiency

The C2 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.

Course materials:

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


  • CPE C2 - 5 March - 15 November 2018, Monday 16.00-18.00

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 (C1 Advanced)
  • Teachers and lecturers required to teach in English, either in the Netherlands or abroad (C2 Proficiency)
  • Support officers, policy makers etc. required to deal with external agencies in relation to education and international administration (C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced)
  • Support officers, policy makers etc. required to work with non-Dutch speaking students or staff (B2 First)

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.

Fees (excl. exam fees)

  • Cambridge B2 First: €1095
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced: €1250
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency: €1325


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

  •  B2 First (FCE) is considered to be worth 3,5 ECTS depending on faculty policy.
  •  C1 Advanced (CAE) is considered to be worth 4 ECTS depending on faculty policy. 
  •  C2 Proficiency (CPE) 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.