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Understand, analyze, and forecast global economic changes and their implications for the performance of organizations.

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What is Economics?

  • Learn how people, firms and governments make certain decisions (microeconomics) and how these decisions affect the economy as a whole (macroeconomics).

  • Use economic models to study and forecast changes in the local and global economic landscape.

  • In contrast with business studies, which concerns itself with how to run a company, Economics is focused on the environment in which consumers, companies and countries relate to each other.

  • Business related courses only play a small role in the program in order to allow for a specialized focus on economics, which is expressed in courses such as Industrial Economics, International Trade, Public Sector Economics, and Development Economics.

What can you do after Economics?

Field of work economics alumni

Why study Economics in Tilburg?

  • Follow a unique program in the Netherlands with a specialized focus on economics.

  • Economics in Tilburg is a high-quality program: offering the best in the field of economics in the Netherlands. It received the special quality label ‘Top Rated Program’ label (Keuzegids 2016) and number one ranking when compared with all Dutch programs in the fields of economics and business economics in the Netherlands (Elsevier 2016).

  • Tilburg University holds excellent international rankings in the fields of economics and econometrics (QS: #37 in the world).

  • Learn from some of Europe's leading economists and become an expert yourself.

  • Follow in the footsteps of our graduates and receive the solid analytical foundation you need to be fully prepared for a Master’s program at a top university in the Netherlands or abroad.

  • Become part of an international classroom in which 55% of your classmates come from abroad.

Our students about their program

Online student experience

Would you like to experience life as a student at Tilburg University? Then take part in our online student experience and find out if Economics is a program that suits you. Get a glimpse of what your week might look like as a student of Economics. Watch the lectures and take an exam to see if you have understood what was explained during the lectures. You can get started right away, as there is no need to sign up.

Nina, student

"I am interested in how the economy works and what mechanisms explain the phenomena we hear about in the news."

Ying Ying, student

"Tilburg University has an outstanding reputation in the program of BSc Economics across Europe. In my case, I was mostly driven by its comprehensive economics curriculum.

Maarten, student

"I was drawn by its exclusive focus on economics from the first year on, the modest size of the student-group (allowing room for interaction and personal attention) and large share of students from around the world."

Yearly tuition fees and cost of living

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Please note: the tuition fees mentioned above are the tuition fees for 2016-2017. The tuition fees increase by about 3% each year.

Quality assurance

Tilburg School of Economics and Management holds excellent rankings in the fields of Economics and Business:

  • # 11 in the world in Economics & Business according to the THE University Rankings (2016)
  • # 47 in Economics & Econometrics according to the QS World University Rankings (2016)
  • # 51-75 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities in Economics / Business (Shanghai ranking, 2015)
  • # 29 (World) in the UT Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Ranking (2015)
  • # 3 (Europe) and # 19 (World) in the Tilburg University Economics Ranking (EconTop): World Top 100 of Economics Schools
  • Special quality label ‘Top Rated Program’ in the Netherlands in 2015/2016, for the third year in a row
Study in Holland AACSB NVAO Best study in Elsevier Best Studies 2016

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