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Program in Economics

Economics is all about what happens in our daily lives: how people, companies and governments make certain decisions (microeconomics), and how these decisions influence the economy as a whole (macroeconomics). In our Bachelor's program in Economics, you will learn how to use and apply economic models to study and analyze economic phenomena, and how to use this knowledge to your advantage.

Student Layla Izfaren:

"Economics is very international, small scale, and very highly rated, and that was exactly what I was looking for. What I like most about the program is that it really takes you out of your comfort zone."

Micro- and macroeconomics

The Economics program provides a solid foundation in micro- and macroeconomics. In macroeconomics, you will study the relationship between factors such as national income, consumption, unemployment, inflation, interest rates, investment, international trade, and international finance.

In microeconomics, the focus is on the actions of individual agents, such as firms and consumers, and how their behavior determines prices and quantities in specific markets. Other subjects covered in the program are international trade, public finance, and development economics.

Specialized focus on economics

The Economics program at Tilburg University takes a unique approach: whereas other universities in the Netherlands combine business and economics, Tilburg University offers a specialized program with a strong focus on economics in all its forms. Therefore, the only business courses in the program are the two basic first-year courses in Finance and Accounting. Another important aspect are the two philosophy courses in the program, which are a hallmark of your education at Tilburg University. In the third year, you can choose from a wide variety of electives, such as environmental economics, health economics, and behavioral economics.


The courses in the Economics program are taught by some of Europe’s leading economic researchers, and they will bring all their expertise into the classroom. The program is rooted in theory, but always links to what is going on in the economy of the real world. Due to its small scale and great diversity of international students, classes are never passive, but interactive, stimulating and challenging.

Economics at a glance

SchoolTilburg School of Economics and Management
StartLast week of August
Deadline for applicationMay 1
Numerus Fixus No
DurationThree years
TitleBachelor of Science (BSc)

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