English language requirements
English is the language of instruction in all programmes. As the Problem Based Learning method requires active participation of students in group meetings, it is of the utmost importance that you have a good working knowledge of English. This means that you must be able to read the required literature, to participate in tutorial group discussions, and to take written and oral examinations.
Students taking bachelor's courses
We do not require formal proof of fluency if a student will take only bachelor's courses. However, the programme responsible (coordinator) at your home university has to state that your level of English is sufficient on order to actively participate in English taught courses by signing the ECTS statement (send by the Faculty of law of Maastricht University, together with the application instructions to the student).
Students taking master’s courses
Students who are nominated to participate in the master exchange programme and will take master's courses, will have to provide proof of sufficient English language proficiency.
For exchange students we will accept a certificate of level B2 (not older than two years, at the start of your exchange) or C1 (not older than three years, at the start of your exchange) of the Common European Framework of Reference issued by:
An official language institute (or language centre of the home university of the student)
Qualified English language teacher
Other certificates that suffice are:
TOEFL internet-based with a score 90 or more,
IELTS with a total score of 6.5 or more,
CPE (all grades),
CAE (Cambridge Assessment English) of level C1 (not older than three years, at the start of your exchange) with the grades A, B, C or C+,
ITACE level B2,
TOEIC (score of 720 or more for listening and reading and score of 310 or more for speaking and writing).
We do not accept English language certificates or statements signed by an international officer.
Native speakers and students taking their degree programme in English are exempted (be it that visa requirements with regard to language level may apply and cannot be exempted). However, students taking their degree programme entirely in English at their home university need to upload proof of this (official transcript/ list of grades or statement of the international Relations Office of their home university on which is clearly stated that the student is following his/ her degree programme entirely in English).