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Activities for Maastricht, Netherlands

CES Introduction and Orientation

The flag of Maastricht University in Maastricht, Netherlands.

All students must attend the mandatory introduction and orientation program provided by Maastricht University and offered at the beginning of their study abroad term. This program is a great way to integrate into Dutch student life and includes:

  • Airport pick-up from select airports and drop-off at program housing
  • A practical city tour, where you will learn where to buy groceries, find the nearest ATM, locate your bus stop, and participate in various cultural and social activities
  • Orientation sessions designed to provide you with the academic and practical information you need to succeed during your term abroad

Throughout your time in Maastricht, the host university may also provide additional social and cultural activities. Previous examples have included a Thanksgiving dinner (fall only), a farewell gathering, and a 4th of July barbecue (summer only).

You are also encouraged to participate in the opportunities listed below.

Cultural Immersion Opportunities

  • Tour underground caves, passageways, and tunnels that lie beneath the city.
  • Browse through books and get a coffee at Boekhandel Dominicanen.
  • Discover fresh, local produce and artisanal products at weekly markets held in Market Square.
  • Climb to the top of Sint Janskerk’s tower for a spectacular view of Maastricht and the surrounding area.
  • Immerse yourself in the area’s local history at Helpoort, home to Maastricht’s city museum.
  • Take a cruise on the River Meuse and discover Maastricht from the water.
  • Attend a concert in the historic Vrijthof Square.
  • Discover the works of Dutch old masters and contemporary artists at Bonnefanten art museum.
  • Hike to the top of Sint Pieter’s hill to take in a panoramic view of the city and visit an 18th century fort.
  • Taste “vlaai” at Bisschopsmolen and join a workshop to learn how to make this local sweet tart.
  • Join a student organization to meet local students (semester only).
  • Participate in one of many cultural festivals held throughout the year, including Magical Maastricht (December), Carnival (February/March), and King’s Day (April).