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

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?

With a diploma of the bachelor Economics, you have access to a variety of Master’s programs, ranging from Economics and Finance to International Management, with excellent job perspectives due to the high reputation of Tilburg University, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Our graduates can be found in both the private and public sector: they work for example as an economic analyst or consultant at a multinational, bank or insurance company; a policy advisor at a central bank, a ministry or the European Commission; or as a researcher and lecturer at a university.

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 2018) and number one ranking when compared with all Dutch programs in the fields of economics and business economics in the Netherlands (Elsevier 2017).

  • 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.

  • Tilburg University holds excellent international rankings in the fields of Economics, Econometrics and Business (ARWU Economics subject ranking: # 30; QS Economics & Econometrics ranking: # 50)

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, alumna

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

Menghui Liu, alumna

"The design of the Economics program enabled me to discover the specific field that I really want to engage in later in my master study and career life."

Victor, student

"In an era of change in the way we tackle and understand economic issues, Tilburg University sits at the top of this revolution enabling students with the tools necessary to drive this change and enabling them with a better way of understanding society in the 21st century."

Tuition fees and monthly cost of living

  • Tuition fee for EU/EEA students: € 2,060 per year.
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: € 8,500 per year. One time immigration fees: € 317.

Life in Tilburg is relatively inexpensive compared to other student cities in the Netherlands, such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Utrecht. The overview below gives an indication for your monthly cost of living (including rent, food and drink, books and insurance), of course depending on your lifestyle.

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The tuition fees mentioned above are the tuition fees for 2018-2019. Please note that this is an indication, slight differences in the exact tuition fees are possible.

Quality assurance

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

    • # 21 in the world in Economics & Business according to the THE University Rankings (2017)
    • # 18 in the world in Economics & Business according to the US News Best Global Universities ranking (2016)
    • # 30 in the world in Economics according to the Shanghai Global ranking of Academic Subjects (2017)
    • # 50 in Economics & Econometrics according to the QS World University Rankings (2017)
    • Special quality label ‘Top Rated Program’ in the Netherlands in Keuzegids 2018, for the fifth year in a row

    Study in Holland AACSB NVAO Top rated programme Keuzegids 2018 Keuzegids and Elsevier Best Studies 2017

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    Meet us in your own country! Throughout the year we will visit education fairs around the globe.

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    Apply for Economics

    Before July 1, 2018 (only for EU/EEA students)

    View the admission requirements and application procedure for Economics. The regular deadline is May 1, 2018 but has been extended to July 1, 2018 for EU/EEA students. For non-EU/EEA students who require a visa it is not possible to apply anymore.

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