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Student Maarten de Ridder

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Maarten

"Tilburg University’s Bachelor program in Economics is ranked among some of the best programs in Europe. 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."


What was the reason for you to start the Economics Bachelor?

Tilburg University’s Bachelor program in Economics is ranked among some of the best programs in Europe. 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. To be honest, I have not been disappointed!

Can you tell us something about the program of Economics?

The Bachelor in Economics at Tilburg University combines strong theoretical courses and a decent focus on math and statistics with a practical view on the world outside. As a student in Economics you learn how to analyze economic developments and put them into a context of models and theories. Economics is not business. While business students study profit maximization, I appreciate that as a student in Economics I learn about the maximization of welfare. We focus on the interaction of people, businesses and governments, and their interplay is fascinating to understand.

Is there a specific course in the program that really stood out to you?

I liked that besides ‘core courses’ in Macro and Micro, the program contains a lot of specialized field courses in for instance development economics and the economics of banking and finance. These courses give a practical application to theories studied in other courses and therefore help you in understanding the way economies work. These courses are also well-relatable to current developments and professors spend much attention in assuring that these developments are covered in class. Discussions, debates and student presentations on these items are an important part of the Bachelor.

Have you been active in any student societies next to your studies?

Yes, at Asset | Economics

Did you go on an exchange during your studies? Or are you planning to?

I’ve lived in Seattle for 6 months, where I attended the University of Washington. There are over a 100 destinations for you to pick from to go on exchange and it provided a great opportunity to experience a foreign culture and school. Studying in the USA gave me the opportunity to improve my English, meet fascinating people and study at a well-known university and I would strongly recommend every student how is looking into Bachelor programs to take the possibility to go abroad into account!

What are your plans for the future?

To become an economist at a financial intermediary or policy institute.

Is there anything you struggled with during your studies?

The program has quite a rigorous approach to quantitative methods (math, statistics). Although it is far from impossible to successfully complete your courses, a background in math that is limited to Mathematics A is rather weak compared to the level taught at Tilburg. Courses will be of Mathematics B difficulty in a matter of weeks after the start of the first semester. 

Is there any advice you can give a student who is currently deciding where and what to study?

Definitely have a look at the program in Tilburg! In general, I would advise you to take a look at the exact courses that a program has to offer. It matters quite a bit at which school you decide to apply! Don’t select programs based on their name, select them based on their curriculum. Finally, I would recommend you to participate in some sort of a ‘student-for-a-day’ event because this is the only way to see whether you enjoy a school’s teaching style and program content, as well as whether you feel home.







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