The CES Maastricht Business and Economics in Europe program is designed to give students a greater understanding of the international business practices in Europe and the...
Study International Environment Law at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. The program takes a fundamental approach to discussing the role of international law. Discussion...
From Freud to Piaget, Europe has a long tradition in the field of Psychology, establishing guiding principles and implementing research in order to understand individuals...
The Netherlands, known for their controversial medical practices, is an especially ideal study abroad destination. Explore the diverse approaches to public health challenges...
The six-week Summer Program in European Studies at CES Maastricht is designed for adventurous students looking for an authentic European study experience while earning credits...
Take part in the European History, Culture, and Arts program offered at Maastricht University. The course begins with the European History, Culture, and Arts program that...
Submitted by Haley - Trinity College | August 11, 2016
Studying with CES at Maastricht University was the most incredible four months of my life. The CES staff made the transition to living and studying in Maastricht nearly seamless through communication before my arrival as well as tours and information sessions while I was there. Their concern for my safety and 24/7 emergency availability made me feel at east both in Maastricht and traveling around Europe. As a participant of the European History, Culture and Arts program, I spent part of my semester studying Dutch literature and art. Inside the classroom, I participated in rich discussions with my fellow study abroad peers, while outside the classroom we went on study tours to new cities where we were able to visit the location of a novel we had read or see a painting we had studied. I was also able to take classes in my major at the Faculty of Arts & Social Science with peers from around the world, where I was challenged to think about contemporary social issues from a global perspective and reflect on my own American culture.
Outside of academics, Maastricht was a great city to live in and truly feel a part of the community. From grocery shopping to eating frites, or going out on the weekends, I always had a fun time and felt immersed in the culture. Maastricht's central location also allowed for easy travel, which took me to places I had only ever dreamed of.
Overall, my study abroad experience with CES at Maastricht University was absolutely ideal and I wish I could repeat it over and over again.
The Best Way to Go Abroad
Submitted by Julia Duggan - Trinity College | October 01, 2015
I am so fortunate I found myself at CES Maastricht for a full semester in their Psychology and Neuroscience Program. As a neuroscience major, I found the classes challenging and the teaching style completely different than that of my small liberal arts school, Trinity College. I loved the change! I learned more about myself as a student than I thought possible, as I was much more independent in making sure I had studied enough and did the work to the best of my ability. I found the way classes were taught, using problem based learning (PBL) was quite different than I was used to, but allowed me to really explore what specific subtopics I was interested in.
Outside of class, I found myself the unique opportunity to travel to several different places around Europe. Through CES, I was able to explore Berlin, Germany, Brussels and Ghent, Belgium, and of course, Amsterdam. Not only were the trips well organized and thoughtful, but each trip had one activity that was focused to each students specific study track. For example, as I am studying neuroscience, I was able to visit a psychiatry museum in Ghent and in Berlin, I had the unique and prominent opportunity to attend a talk given by a Professor at Maastricht University for other Maastricht Alumni. His talk was about his groundbreaking research and after the talk I was able to meet with him and through that connection I am currently working to pursue some research with him next. year. CES not only provided some travel opportunities but also great events for students to get to know each other and Maastricht. By the end of my time at Maastricht I felt I had met so many new people from all corners of the world. If I were able to go abroad again, I would make the same decision to go to Maastricht in a heart-beat.
Experience of a Lifetime!
Submitted by Richard Fam - University of California, San Diego | September 30, 2015
Deciding to study abroad at Maastricht University as a part of their CES program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The people in Maastricht are some of the nicest and most welcoming people that I ever had the pleasure of meeting.The CES staff, alongside the International Student Network at Maastricht (ISN), gave us all sorts of helpful advice, ranging from how to succeed in our classes, to tips for the best places to enjoy the night life at Maastricht.
The following are a few key aspects of my experience in the program:
Class sizes were smaller facilitating a better relationship with the instructors.
The rhythm of life in Maastricht contrasts my life in California in the sense that things were very slowed down. I wasn’t in such a rush to do everything like I am living at home. While it was different at first, I grew to appreciate it very much and to appreciate giving everything its proper time.
Maastricht being next to Belgium and Germany afforded us to be able to travel around and visit both those countries.
This amazing adventure taught me a lot more than I anticipated. Even though I learned about business in my classes, I learned about a lot more outside of my classes. I learned about dutch culture, and many other european cultures. This trip enriched me in ways I cannot put in words. It was definitely an experience of a lifetime!
Go Dutch or Go Home
Submitted by Lesly Zapata - mount holyoke college | September 30, 2015
I enjoyed every moment of my semester abroad in Maastricht, Netherlands. The psychology and neuroscience program made me think about the world perspective in this scientific research. The courses are challenging enough to keep you engage in the readings and discussions. The professors are emerged so well into their research that it becomes extremely inspiring. We also got to take a field trip with our program, and got to hear closely about neuroscience research and get a little bit of history on psychology through our visit to a museum in Gent. The program is flexible so you can also take other courses outside of neuroscience and through that I was able to take courses in Public Health.
My experience there was more than just academics though. I met people from around the world, and it really provided me with a more worldly perspective. Plus, I lived with people from all around the world who were also studying abroad. One of my favorite memories of my time there is that every Tuesday, the people I lived with would have family dinners, where we could cook traditional food from our country or just cook any type of food overall. It was a nice way to bond and get to know more about the people I lived with!
Submitted by Halle Gavrielidis - University of Connecticut | September 02, 2015
Maastricht University’s Summer Program for European Studies was an absolutely amazing experience. Maastricht is a great location - at the southern tip of The Netherlands between Belgium and Germany - making it easy for travel around Europe. The city itself is gorgeous. The streets are full of character, there are cute little shops everywhere, and by the river is the perfect spot to enjoy all the city offers. I got to truly experience Dutch life there, from riding bikes around the city, eating traditional food, shopping at farmer’s and flea markets, and exploring all the beautiful streets to everything in between. The people there, especially the CES staff, are wonderful, as is the food and the beer. I felt right at home during the program and really didn’t want to leave when my time was over. I took two classes, a study tour and a media class, both of which were very interesting, fun, interactive, and very informational. My professors were awesome people and I learned a lot from them. The other students were just as excited about the whole program as I was which made it easy to make friends and have a lot of fun bar and club hopping (everyone in our program spent a lot of time at the Shamrock, St. Peter’s Irish Pub, Cliniq, and de Alla so check those out). There are also a whole bunch of cute cafes and smaller bars like Cafe Forum which has great live jazz nights. The Guesthouse was a nice place to live in during the program and offered a bunch of different living arrangements - though not much time was really spent inside while I was in such a great city. This program is well suited for all kinds of people, I definitely recommend it! I can’t wait to go back!