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Tuition fees

When you wish to study at Tilburg University, you must pay a tuition fee. Tuition fees cover the cost of lectures and facilities provided by the university, such as the extensive university library, Wi-Fi on campus, and symposia and other meetings. Tuition fees at Tilburg University are always for one full academic year.

Tilburg University receives state funding for students with European Economic Aera (EEA) citizenship. Therefore students who are EEA citizens pay lower tuition fees than students who are non-EEA citizens. In addition, when you have obtained a previous Bachelor's diploma in the Netherlands, different rules apply as well. The Dutch Ministry of Education determines these general rules and regulations.

Halve tuition fees for first year bachelor's students

On 10 July, the Senate approved the legislation to halve tuition fees for first-year students. This means that students who pay the statutory fee and start a Bachelor's program for the first time in September 2018 will pay €1030 for the first twelve consecutive months.

Please note: this only applies during the first 12 months after your first enrollment. If you end your program halfway through and switch to another program in September 2019, the first 12 months are over and you pay the full amount as of September 2019.

The same applies to the first 24 months of a Bachelor's program for teachers. This does not apply to the academic teacher programs at Tilburg University.

More information is available on the Dutch Government website.

Two different rates

There are two different tuition fee rates: the statutory rate and the institutional rate. It depends on your nationality and previous education which rate applies.

Statutory rate

The statutory fee is determined by the Ministry of Education in the Netherlands. In general, you qualify for the statutory fee if you have an EU/EEA nationality, and if you have not previously obtained a Bachelor’s degree in the Netherlands. Please note that there are possible exceptions.

The statutory fee increases by about 3% each year. The government determines the fee in the year preceding the academic year in which you start your studies. As an indication, the statutory fee for the academic year 2018/2019 is €2,060.

Institutional rate

The institutional rate is determined by the educational institutions and universities themselves. This rate applies to students for whom the institutions do not receive government funding. In general, the institutional rate applies if you have a non-EU/non-EEA nationality, or if you have previously obtained a Bachelor’s degree in the Netherlands. Please note that there are possible exceptions.

The institutional fee increases by about 3% each year. The institution determines the fee in the year preceding the academic year in which you start your studies. The institutional fee for the academic year 2018/2019 is €8,500 for all Bachelor’s programs except Global Law, Data Science, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Online Culture: Art, Media and Society, and Theology.

  • The institutional fee for Global Law is €14,500, but there are tuition fee waivers up to €4,000 available: this means the institutional rate is effectively €10,500.
  • The Institutional fee for Data Science is €10,000.
  • The Institutional fee for both Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence and Online Culture: Art, Media and Society is €5,100.
  • The Institutional fee for Theology is €2,060.

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