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
- Unique hands-on experiences
- Tailor-made programmes
- Incredibly supportive staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|One-time additional expenses (estimates)|
|Visa & residence permit (if applicable)||€ 210|
|Bike (2nd hand)||€ 100|
|Additional expenses (estimates per month)|
|Insurance (optional)||€ 55|
|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! 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 .
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.