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Center for European Studies

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The Center for European Studies creates dynamic, interactive programmes with integrated field trips, cultural weekends and study trips to bring you an incredible study abroad experience in Maastricht. 

CES programmes are designed for international students who are looking to study abroad on a non-exchange basis. You can choose a short course, a semester or even a full year!

“The CES staff are truly there to make you feel comfortable, happy, and enjoy your time in the Netherlands; without them I would feel lost! They incorporate a variety of events and opportunities to get to know your peers, and they are always available if you have a question, concerns, or simply want to chat!” Caitlin Samaritano – Miami University

“Studying abroad has been the experience of a lifetime. I have made memories and friendships that will last forever.” Kaylee Slafkosky - Framingham State University

CES students in Maastricht

Practical Information

Your programme coordinator will guide you through the application process and the preparation for your stay abroad. They will sign you up for classes, arrange housing, organise your introduction programme and be available for any questions. 

If you'd like to know more about the practical side of studying abroad simply click through the information below.

CES Services

Getting to Maastricht

If you will arrive at Brussels National 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 bus, shuttle or train to Maastricht.


 Taxi Patrick   (Belgium)

  Plan your transit to Maastricht via Belgian Railways.
  Arriving at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol? You might find journey advice  and time tables  handy information to have before travelling.


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

Guesthouse facilities
Wi-Fi 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.

ces college 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) € 210
Airfare € 1000
Bike (2nd hand) € 100                       


Additional expenses (estimates per month)  
Insurance (optional) € 55
Groceries € 300
Books & materials € 70
Clothing & personal expenses € 115
Leisure expenses € 125
Gym membership € 30
Phone contract € 20
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 .



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! One of the easiest ways is to rent a bike via Swapfiets  or you can 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/ 

biking rules

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 can find out if you need a visa by answering a few questions on the website of the Government of the Netherlands.  

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.

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