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University Entrance Exam in Law

Who qualifies?

Students must hold a secondary school (pre-university education, or VWO) diploma in order to qualify to take the Faculty Bachelor’s exams. There are no special requirements as regards secondary school subjects or specializations. You can also qualify if you already hold a propaedeutic year certificate or degree from a university of applied sciences (HBO).

For information about qualifying for the Faculty exams on the basis of a foreign degree, please contact the Student Administration admissions officer.

Entrance exam for students with prior education deficiencies

If you do not qualify to take the entrance exam on the basis of your prior education and are 21 or older, you can take the university entrance exam, called the colloquium doctum.

  • Entrance exam subjects
  • Entrance exam costs 
  • Entrance exam registration
  • Entrance exam exemptions

Entrance exam subjects

The entrance exam for the Bachelor’s programs in Law, International and European Law, Tax Law, and Business Law covers the following subjects (total of three subjects worth 6 ECTS credits each):

The entrance exam for the Bachelor’s program in Global Law covers the following subjects:

  • GLB: Introduction to Global Law I
  • Either GLB: Introduction to the Philosophy of Global Law or GLB: History of International Law
  • Either: GLB: Business for Lawyers or GLB: Tort Law

The entrance exam for the Bachelor’s program in Public Administration covers the following subjects:

Please note: you must successfully complete your entrance exam (18 ECTS) within one year. If you do not, all ECTS credits that you have attained will lapse and you will not be permitted to take part in the entrance exam for the next three consecutive years (see Article 29 of the Bachelor’s Education and Examination Regulations).

Entrance exam costs

For information about costs, please see the Fees and payment options for contract courses.

Entrance exam registration

If you would like to take part in the entrance exam, you must first request a permission letter from the School. Please send your request by post, accompanied by a copy of your passport or identity card, before 1 July to: Examining Board, Tilburg Law School, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands. Please also provide your postal address, telephone number and email address in your request.

Once you have received a permission letter you can register for the subjects listed above. For further information, please see the pages about Contract Courses.

Entrance exam exemptions

If you hold any of the certificates listed below, you can qualify to be exempted from taking the entrance exam for the Bachelor’s programs in Law, International and European Law, Tax Law, and Business Law:

  • certificate of completion of the higher civil service (hogere bestuursambtenaar, HBA) training program;
  • certificate of completion of the municipal police service inspector or National Police service officer training program at the police academy (Politieacademie) in Apeldoorn
  • certificate of completion of the collector of state taxes training program in Utrecht;
  • certificate of competence in tax consultancy from the Dutch Federation of Tax Advisors in The Hague;
  •  certificate of completion of the inspector of state taxes training program;
  • five propaedeutic exam certificates in law subjects from the Open Universiteit.

You can submit your request for an exemption from the entrance exam to the Executive Board of Tilburg University, Attn: Secretary to the Examining Board of Tilburg Law School, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands. Please also include the following with your request:

  • extract from the population register or municipal register;
  • certified copies or photocopies of your degree certificates and associated transcripts;
  • any other documents substantiating your request for an exemption.


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