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Admission requirements for our Bachelor's programs

Are you interested in one of our Bachelor’s programs? We welcome both national and international students, and encourage you to submit an application. Applying for our programs is free, and can easily be done online. It is the best way to find out whether you are accepted for the program of your choice.

Application requirements

To be admitted to a Bachelor's program at Tilburg University, you will need to meet several application requirements:

In addition, we want to get to know more about you in order to determine whether a certain program is the right fit for you. Therefore, we may require you to write a motivation, submit a CV or essay, and there could be an interview procedure. Because of these slight differences between programs, it is necessary to always navigate to the admissions page for the program of your choice. Make sure to read the instructions thoroughly before you start your application.

Application process

When you are ready to apply via our application procedure, you need to do so in two places:

  1. MySAS, Tilburg University’s online application system
  2. Studielink, the Dutch national registration system for admission to higher education

For most programs, we have a rolling admissions process. This means your application will be assessed as it comes in, and you will know whether you are (conditionally) accepted within a few weeks.

There is one Bachelor's program with a Numerus Fixus application procedure: International Business Administration. For this program, there is no rolling admissions policy. Out of all applicants who submitted their application for this program before the deadline, we will make a ranking. The ranking is communicated to all applicants on the same day: April 15.

The longer you wait to submit your application, the busier our admissions offices will be. It will be more difficult to upload missing documents or make changes to your application, and in the case of rolling admissions, it will take longer to hear the final result. Therefore we encourage you to apply earlier rather than later, and not leave your application to the last moment.

Application deadlines

Tilburg University has various application deadlines, depending on the program. International Business Administration has the earliest deadline: January 15. For our other programs, the application deadline is May 1. In some cases, this application deadline is extended. This is sometimes done for an exceptionally strong candidate or in case there is still room in the program. Extended deadlines only apply to students who do not require a visa. As the procedure to acquire a visa takes several months, it is not possible to apply after the stated deadline when you require a visa.

Procedures per program

You can find specific information about application deadlines and procedures on the admission and application pages of each program:

ProgramApplication procedure and deadline(s)
Cognitive Science and Artificial IntelligenceRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018
Data ScienceRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018
Econometrics and Operations ResearchRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018
EconomicsRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018
Global LawRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018
Global Management of Social IssuesRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018
Human Resource Studies: People ManagementRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018
International Business AdministrationNumerus Fixus admissions procedure
January 15, 2018 for Studielink
February 15, 2018 for MySAS
International SociologyRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018
Liberal Arts and SciencesRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018
Online Culture: Art, Media and SocietyRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018
PsychologyRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018
Public GovernanceRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018
TheologyRolling admissions procedure: May 1, 2018

Not directly eligible?

The best way to find out whether you can be admitted is by submitting an application. In this way, our admissions office can determine if you are eligible to enroll in a Bachelor’s program.

It is possible that you are not eligible to enroll in a program right now, because you don’t meet our admission requirements (yet). In this case, our admissions office can advise you on which steps to take in order to qualify for next year’s intake. Often this means you will have to do one of the following:

  • Take one year of university in your home country and pass all the courses offered.
    This option applies to all programs offered by Tilburg University; but be aware: additional requirements may apply (such as passing a math test or achieving a certain grade point average)
  • Take one year at a university of applied sciences and pass all the courses offered.
    This option applies to all courses. Be aware: additional requirements may apply.
  • Enroll in a foundation year.
    Right now the foundation year is only available for students interested in Economics, International Business Administration, or Econometrics and Operations Research.

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