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Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 16,300 students and 4,300 employees, is still growing. The university stands out for its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education.

Thanks to its high-quality research and study programmes as well as a strong focus on social engagement, UM has quickly built up a solid reputation. Today it is considered one of the best young universities in the world.


Bonnefantenstraat 2
6211KL Maastricht


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Yes, I recommend this program

The academic course of CES Maastricht really lets me learn professional and useful academic knowledge, which will be undoubtedly helpful for my future study and career.
At the same time, the free time and the field trips of the courses also lend me a golden chance to explore a real Europe by my self instead of just listening to hearsay and experience local culture and life style as well. Honestly speaking, it's really treasury memories for me.

The staff really give me a lot of help before and during the course.
They actually form my first impression of Masstricht, which is warmth, kindness and politeness and serious time awareness.

The course actually lets me find that my intercultual communication skills need to be further developed.
I may try to develop Problem Based Thinking in the future.

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Yes, I recommend this program

My summer academic programme in the UM includes the Western Europe study tour and International Business class. Both of them are packed with experience and knowledge by traveling around Frankfurt, Paris, London and learning in colloquial room with classmates from all over the world!

The CES staff are very passionate, caring and reliable. Students can always easily get reach to them whenever something comes up! You can consult them about any study problems or personal issues, they are always there for you!

Studying abroad this summer in the UM has taught me how to communicate with an international group of students throughout a group project. It is also a whole new experience to explore and live in an exotic city with new friends for six weeks!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Maastricht University uses a special teaching technology called PBL,problem-based learning, which is different from Chinese traditional teaching method, and though this method, we can better participate in the class and have deeper communication with professor and classmates.
I the only Chinese student in my course and I don’t have any background knowledge, it is OK to understand, the professor takes care of me.

They are really nice and friendly, especially Zen and Tom.
Every time I have questions I emailed them, and they will perfectly solve my problem.

It was my first time studying abroad and I think it is an unforgettable experience for me. Actually, something unfortunate happened to me, I lost a huge amount of money, but through this experience, I think I grew up a lot.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Summary of my academic program: An exhilarating trip where you can meet new friends and take cool classes that maybe doesn’t exist in your home country like positive psychology! You learn more about yourself and grow and travel and learn what it's like being in a different social circle in a totally different culture
CES staff: The CES staff are the most helpful and most organized people you’ll probably meet in a program! They were able to book a last minute taxi and help me and my friends catch a flight in Brussels to Italy. Go to them with any and all questions you may have
Reflection on study abroad: I learned more about myself. Pushed myself more than I probably ever had but also learned to be easygoing and surround myself with people that fit that personality. And it took some time, but I found my niche and I grew accustomed to the culture and everyday I bike around and see something familiar and people smiling it made me happy. Overall one of the best experiences of my life!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing to improve about the improve about the program, but be aware there are precautionary alarms every Sunday and you should not be worried.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I am glad to have chosen University of Maastricht CES for the study program and will strongly recommend it to my home university. The CES program will provide you with well-designed academic courses as well as the various after-school activities. The Dutch art history in the first session is my favourite. The excursion trip is definitely the highlight and really rewarding. The professor will bring you to the museums in Hague as well as the local ones. Professor de Groot is really interesting and patient. It was a wonderful experience to attend his classes. Besides that, the overall arrangement of the CES program is reasonable. You will be able to travel around Europe at weekends. That will be an experience you might not have in other summer programs.


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Why did you choose this program?

I knew multiple people who had previously studied in Maastricht through the Center for European Studies, and I only heard positive things regarding the program. Plus, I have family friends who live in the neighboring town, and everyone speaks English here! Also, the courses I was planning on taking all transferred back to my home university and counted towards my major.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The CES staff were very helpful throughout my time in Maastricht; they constantly were willing to provide support for students and made it apparent that they were available to assist no matter how small the question. It was great to know that the staff was so supportive and readily available to assist students with their needs!

They organized housing and planned activities for us. I had to organize my own weekend trips for each weekend since they were on our own time and were not associated with the program itself.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Pack for various types of weather! One moment it can be hot and humid, and the next it’ll be pouring rain! Also, don't forget about the importance of bikes! I don't think anyone should be nervous about biking around Maastricht. It's very easy to get acclimated to riding them. It saves so much time and makes you feel like a local Dutchie!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

We had class every Monday through Thursday, which was great since we would always have a long weekend, which was usually dedicated to traveling elsewhere. Each day, I only had class for about four hours, and once class was over, I would then finish that day’s homework or prepare for the next day’s class.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was most nervous about traveling around Europe by myself and having to figure out how the public transportation works and differs from country to country, especially since I'm not the greatest with directions, and we drive everywhere in America! Honestly though, the public transportation throughout Europe is very straightforward and easy to understand; being able to comprehend public transportation has made me a much more confident traveler!

What was your favorite thing about studying in Maastricht?

I love how centrally located Maastricht is, you can be in Germany or Belgium within an hour by train! Not to mention, it's two and a half hours away from Amsterdam. Even if you are wanting to stay local for the weekend, there is always something to do in Maastricht as well!

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