UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Summer Study Abroad Programs

Netherlands: Maastricht University, Center for European Studies

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    The summer program at the Center for European Studies in Maastricht hosts American students for six weeks to take classes and experience life in the beautiful medieval city of Maastricht. The CES Maastricht program is Kenan-Flagler's most established summer study abroad program, and it is a wonderful opportunity for students who may not have been to Europe or the Netherlands before. Students appreciate the helpful staff at CES.

    Visit the program's website
    View program evaluations from past participants

    Application checklist

    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: None
    • Class during program (min): Rising Juniors 
    • Language of Instruction: English
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options

    • Undergraduate Exchange: No 
    • Graduate Exchange: No

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  • Program Terms and Dates

    Program dates are generally as follows: late June to mid August

    ​​Summer 2019 dates are June 28, 2019 – August 9, 2019

    Application Dates

    Application opens: November 1, 2018

    Round 1* Applicants:
    • Round 1 application deadline for Summer 2019: November 15, 2018
    • Notification for Round 1 applicants begins: December 14, 2018
    Round 2 Applicants:
    • Round 2 application deadline for Summer 2019: January 17, 2019
    • Notification for Round 2 applicants begins: February 1, 2019

    *Students who submit their application in the Round 1 application cycle have greater scholarship opportunities and increased chances of being accepted to their preferred program.

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  • Academics

    Credit Information for KFBS Students

    Please note that though you may choose to take part in a study tour during Block 1, BUSI elective credit is not awarded for these tours. You will receive general, non-business elective credit should you choose to participate in a study tour.

    Students on the CES summer program take two courses and may choose either two business electives, or one business and one general elective. Business course offerings include:

    Block 1 - Choose One Course
    Block 2 - Choose One Course
      Intercultural Communication
    Leadership and Management in a Global World

    Entrepreneurship: it's all about creating value
    Global Intercultural Management (not to be combined with Intercultural Communications in Block 1)
      Marketing (skills) for the 21st Century International Business

    General elective offerings focus on economics, public health, Dutch history, psychology, study trips, communications, and politics.

    Students participating on this program also have the opportunity to partake in the Western Europe Study Tour (links to a visual guide). Students will explore Western Europe from the inside out, with a focus on evolving political and economic conditions. Take a first-hand look behind the scenes with site visits to European institutions and organized lectures from EU policy makers, consultancy agencies and European business leaders in Germany, France, Belgium, England and the Netherlands.

    Courses taken at CES Maastricht's summer program will transfer back to UNC Pass/Fail. Achieving a grade of 6 (out of 10) or above will transfer back to UNC as a pass course, which will not affect UNC GPA. Students who receive any grade under 6 will fail the course and an F grade will transfer back to UNC, which will affect their UNC GPA. Though transfer credit for this program is Pass/Fail, future employers and graduate schools will also look at the Maastricht transcript, so grades are important.

    Students participating on this program will take two courses, and each course transfers back as 3 UNC credits. A student who passes all courses will earn a total of 6 UNC credits for their summer abroad. Full-time enrollment on this program is defined as 6 credit hours. This program also fulfills Experiential Education and you will earn points towards the Kenan-Flagler Inclusive Global Leadership graduation requirement.

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  • Housing

    Housing is provided in the International Student Guesthouse. The Guesthouse offers a total of 350 furnished 1 or 2 person rooms, either with a private kitchen (P-building) or with a communal kitchen (C-building). All rooms come with shared bathroom facilities (showers and bathrooms). They are all furnished with a bed, mattress, desk, wardrobe, wash basin, book case, reading lamps, table and chairs and wireless internet. Bed linens are provided (but bring your own towel) and laundry is free of charge. Housing fees depend on whether you stay in a single or a double room, whether or not you participate on a study tour, and whether you live in P-building or C-building. 

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  • Student Life

    The city of Maastricht is a vibrant, historic city of 120,000 people. It is known for its picturesque setting, culture, education, and festivals. Located very near the Belgian and German borders, Maastricht is an excellent point from which to explore other parts of Europe. English is widely spoken in the Netherlands.

    CES has an introduction program, where you get you know your way around Maastricht and start making friends with other students on the CES program. They arrange an airport pick-up for you (provided you arrive in the required timeframe) and take you on a day trip to Amsterdam.

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  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.
    Last cost update: November 2018

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:
    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

    UNC Summer Tuition and Fees
    $0 - you will pay the tuition and fees to your host university
      Study Abroad Fee $700

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

         2 Courses
    Western Europe Study Tour + 1 Course
      CES Maastricht Tuition $2,750 $6,850 (2018 summer cost)

    International Airfare

      Meals $400 $400
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit
    $0 (US Citizens) $0 (US Citizens)

    Passport Application Renewal
    $145 $145
      Course Materials $100 $100
      International Cell Phone Plan $140
      Personal Expenses
                Travel Insurance $200
                Local Transportation $350
                Personal Travel $1,500
                Incidentals (ex. Laundry) $400
                Shopping/Souvenirs $100
                Other Personal Expenses***    
      Total Estimated Expenses: Direct Enroll $9,155

    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.

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