CES Services

We pride ourselves on our friendly and comprehensive services, which include:

  • Advice and assistance during the application process;
  • Direct enrolment at Maastricht University;
  • Academic guidance;
  • Assistance with visas and temporary residence permits;
  • Housing reservations;
  • Tour of Maastricht University;
  • Airport pick up and drop off (on the official arrival and departure day of the programme);
  • An extensive introduction programme;
  • Integration into Dutch student life;
  • On-site support throughout the programme;
  • Library and IT services;
  • Transcripts;
  • Disability management;
  • Dutch SIM cards;
  • 24/7 emergency assistance.


Getting to Maastricht

If you are arriving at Brussels Airport and are unable to join one of our CES airport pick up services (or it is not included in your programme) you can easily take a train or shuttle to Maastricht.

 All Airport Services  (Belgium)
 Taxi Patrick   (Belgium)

  Arriving at Amsterdam Schiphol?  You might find journey advice  and time tables  handy information to have before travelling.
  Not joining the CES pick up from Brussels National Airport? You might find Belgian Railways  a useful website to plan your transit to Maastricht.



Making a reservation
Housing reservations and payments go through CES. On the application form you can fill out your housing preferences.

Guesthouse facilities
Wifi access is available throughout the Guesthouse. There are free laundry facilities, as well as tennis and basketball courts and equipment. You can also borrow a bicycle pump, vacuum cleaner, iron, and tools. The Guesthouse provides your mattress, cover sheets, pillow, pillow case, blanket and blanket cover. You will need to provide your own towels.

Room Types
Rooms in the P-building have a private kitchen and rooms in the C-building have communal cooking facilities; in both buildings the bathroom facilities are shared.

Rules and Regulations Guesthouse


Students need sufficient health care, liability and travel insurance for the duration of their stay. Most students are covered through their home university. More information about student insurance can be found here.

Money matters

One-time additional expenses (estimates)  
Visa & residence permit (if applicable) € 192
Airfare € 1000
Bike (2nd hand) € 50 - €100             


Additional expenses (estimates per month)  
Insurance (optional) € 40
Groceries € 150
Books & materials € 57
Clothing & personal expenses € 47
Leisure expenses € 144
Gym membership € 60
Phone contract € 13
Personal travel expenses Will vary per student

When you decide to study with CES, you either receive an invoice from CES or you settle the costs with your home university or college. For more information please contact your own Study Abroad Advisor or CES.

Invoices will be sent out via email approximately 6-8 weeks before the start of the programme. Here you can download instructions on 'How to make a payment from the US .


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We highly recommend buying a bike during your time abroad. It's one of the best ways to integrate into Dutch life, explore with ease and make it to class on time! You can even pick one up second-hand via the facebook group Buy / Sell a bike in Maastricht   or Student Bike Maastricht  .

For more information about public transport around Maastricht and the Netherlands please visit: http://mymaastricht.nl/get-settled/transport/ 

Visa & residence permit

If you are studying for more than 90 days at Maastricht University your CES coordinator will apply for your visa or resident permit for you.

If you are a US or Australian citizen you are able to stay in the Netherlands for up to 90 days without a visa.

You DO need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days if the country you are from is on this list: check overview  . You can enter the Netherlands with a valid passport under the visa waiver programme.

You DO need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days if you are a national of one of the following countries: check overview  .

CES My Maastricht

Welcome to Maastricht

Looking for more practical information about Maastricht?

The website mymaastricht.nl   provides information on finances, events, health, housing and transport in order to simplify everyday life for international people in Maastricht.

  • CES Services

  • Getting to Maastricht

  • Housing

  • Insurance

  • Money matters

  • Transport

  • Visa & residence permit

  • Welcome to Maastricht