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Admission and application for Global Management of Social Issues

Have you decided to apply for our program in Global Management of Social Issues? On this page you will find a description of our admission and application procedure.

The information on this page is intended for international applicants: students who have a non-Dutch educational background. If you are applying based on a VWO diploma, regardless of your nationality, we kindly refer you to our application page for Dutch students. If you have Dutch nationality but your educational background is non-Dutch, you can continue reading on this page.

All applicants must go through an application procedure before starting the program. The process you must follow depends on the diploma that you will receive. Follow the procedure below only if:

  • You have a non-Dutch nationality
  • If you have Dutch nationality, but your diploma will be awarded by a non-Dutch school/university (including those in Belgium and in the Netherlands Antilles/Suriname)
  • If you have Dutch nationality but will be awarded either the full IB or EB diploma
  • If you have Dutch nationality but will be awarded a VWO diploma or HBO-P from a school/university based in the Netherlands Antilles / Suriname

Follow the procedure detailed on our Dutch website if you have Dutch nationality AND a Dutch VWO diploma or Dutch HBO-P.

Please note that you will need to apply and register in two different systems:

  1. MySAS, Tilburg University’s online application system
  2. Studielink, the Dutch national registration system for admission to higher education

Since an application in both systems is necessary, when you start working on your application, we encourage you to register in both systems when you start working on your application. But don’t forget to submit your application in MySAS - registration only in Studielink is not sufficient for admission.


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.

Admission requirements

When you apply for one of our English-taught Bachelor’s programs, there are several admission requirements which you must meet with regards to your diploma, English language skills, and mathematics skills.

Diploma requirements

To be eligible for admission to a research university, you must have a high school diploma that is considered equal to the highest level of secondary education in the Netherlands (the Dutch VWO diploma). Examples of diplomas which are accepted for admission include the

  • Dutch VWO diploma,
  • Full International Baccalaureate diploma,
  • European Baccalaureate.
  • Most European high school diplomas which allow direct access to a university in your own country, such as the Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Germany), Diplôme du Baccalauréate Général (France), Apolytiron (Greece), Diploma za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie (DZSO) (Bulgaria), or Diploma de Baccalaureate - Filiera Tehnologică/ Teoretică.

You can review a list of most commonly accepted diplomas on our website, or, if your diploma is not listed, submit your application via our online application system.

Haven’t obtained your diploma yet? You are welcome to apply when you are in the final year of your secondary education, but only if you will graduate before the start of your program at Tilburg University (i.e. by the end of August).

English language requirements

As our Bachelor’s programs are taught entirely in English, you will need to demonstrate your English language proficiency. Tilburg University accepts all of the following tests (although you only have to provide the results of one test), which must not be older than two years at the time of application:

  • Academic IELTS (minimum score 6.0 overall and a minimum score of 5.5 for all subscores);
  • TOEFL (minimum score of 80 for the internet based test, 550 no paper based test accepted). TOEFL institutional code of Tilburg University is 9860)
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE, score A, B or C) or Cambridge Advanced English (CAE, score A, B or C).

For a full overview and exceptions, review our paragraph on English language requirements.

Mathematics requirements

In order to be successful in the program, you must have sufficient knowledge of mathematics. Specific requirements vary according to the educational system in each country. However, as a general rule, you are required to have followed mathematics up to and including the last year of high school.

Are you unsure whether the level of maths you took is sufficient? If you are interested in our program, we encourage you to apply. By submitting an application, our admissions office can check your level and give you further advice.

More information about the required level of mathematics is given on our mathematics requirements page.

Student profile

As a student of Global Management of Social Issues, you will all contribute to the quality of your own - and each other’s -  learning experience. Our admission process ensures you will be studying alongside other interesting, ambitious and globally-minded students.

For Global Management of Social Issues we seek candidates who display:

  • Motivation and a broad range of interests.
  • Ambition and the desire for intellectual challenge and personal development.
  • An international mindset, and who can adapt to a truly multicultural classroom.
  • A high level of self-motivation and self-discipline.
  • An interest in participating in small-scale, interactive classes as well as lectures.
  • A passion for discussion and debate.
  • An interest in developing their ability to think critically and analytically.

Application package

Do you meet the requirements? Then you are ready to apply! You can apply for Global Management of Social Issues through our online application system, MySAS

You will be requested to upload the following documents:

  1. Your diploma(s) and grade list(s) in the language in which they are issued. If you have not obtained your diploma yet, please enclose your most recent list of grades and/or predicted grades.
    • Please note that we only accept official grade lists which have been issued by your school and/or your school's advisor. A screenshot of your school’s digital environment where you can review your academic progress is not accepted.
    • If you are admitted to the program, you must send in a certified copy of your diploma once you get it, and before you start your studies at Tilburg University.
  2. A legalized translation of all documents, transcripts, certificates and grade lists if these are not already in Dutch, English, French or German.

  3. Your application form: this form combines a curriculum vitae and some questions related to your motivation to apply for this program. This form will be used as the basis for the matching interview. Please use our template to create your application form.
  4. Your essay: you need to choose one of the three statements that are mentioned in the template and write an essay about it. This essay is an opportunity for you to display your ability to critically analyze a topic and effectively argue your viewpoint - illustrating your points with supportive evidence. Your essay will be discussed during the matching interview (phase 3 of the application process). Please use our template to create your essay.
  5. The results of an English language test.
  6. A copy of your passport (or EEA national ID card). If you have dual citizenship, please upload both ID’s.
  7. If you are a non-EEA national and already live in the Netherlands: your Dutch residence permit (back and front).

Please note: incomplete applications cannot be processed . It is therefore important that you make sure that you have uploaded the correct documents mentioned above.

Tilburg University maintains the right to request certified copies (or originals) of the above documents during the admission process, if this is necessary to evaluate your application.

Application process

The application process begins the moment you click on the submit button in MySAS and may take up to ten weeks. This depends on several factors, such as the total number of applications in process, the time of year you apply, your availability for the matching interview and the completeness of your application. We therefore advise you to apply as soon as possible, rather than waiting until the deadline is really close!

During the admissions process, your Admissions Officer will contact you via e-mail. It is therefore important to check your mailbox regularly - including your spam folder!

Please read this paragraph carefully, so that you fully understand the process and are aware of all relevant deadlines and other important information.

Phase 1: Submitting your application

As mentioned above, you must register for Global Management of Social Issues in two different places.

When registering in Studielink, please select the correct program. In Studielink, Global Management of Social Issues is listed as: B Organization Studies: Global Management of Social Issues.

  • Submit your application via our online application system, MySAS

When applying through MySAS, please select the correct program.

Within three days, the Admissions Officer will check whether your application in MySAS is complete. If your documents are incomplete, you will be asked to submit any missing or illegible document(s).

When your application is complete, you will receive confirmation via e-mail, and you will enter Phase 2.

Phase 2: After submitting your application

When your application is complete, your application will be assessed to determine whether your academic background meets our admission requirements, based on your application documents.

  • If your application does not meet our admission criteria, you will receive a letter via e-mail informing you that your application does not meet our requirements, and that you cannot be admitted to the program.  The application process for you will not go further.
  • If your application meets our admissions criteria, you will move to Phase 3 of the process.

Phase 3: Interview

You will receive an invitation (by e-mail) for a Skype interview. Your application form will provide input for this 20-minute interview with a member of our Admissions Committee. The purpose of the interview is to determine whether you are right for this program and whether this program is right for you! During the interview, you will have the opportunity to discuss your academic ambitions, background, personal interests and motivation for following this program of study. The interview will be held in English.

Your application will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • motivation and a broad range of interests;
  • ambition and the desire for intellectual challenge and personal development;
  • an international mindset and the ability to adapt to a multicultural classroom;
  • a high level of self-motivation and self-discipline;
  • an interest in participating in small-scale, interactive classes as well as lectures;
  • an interest in sharpening your ability to think critically and analytically; and
  • a commitment to a career in which the social sciences play a central role.

In filling out your application form and in writing your essay, you were challenged to think about the program, what you expect to learn as well as to display your ability to critically analyze a topic and effectively argue your viewpoint.  The interview is an additional moment in which you, your qualities, abilities and goals for the future are linked to our program in Global Management of Social Issues. During this process, we will determine whether you are a good match for this program and you will determine whether this program is a good match for you.

Phase 4: Outcome of the admission process

You will be informed about the decision of the Admissions Committee within two weeks after the interview date. At this stage, you will receive either positive or negative admission advice.

  • Positive admission advice means that we believe that this program will be a good match for you and you will proceed to Phase 5.
  • Negative admission advice means that we do not feel that this program is a good match for you and we would advise against you starting this program of study. We strongly encourage you to follow this advice.

We will inform you of the Admission Committee’s advice via e-mail.

Phase 5: Unconditional admission

Your admission will remain conditional until you have met the conditions given in your conditional admission letter. Conditional admission always means you have to fulfill a requirement, which means turning it into an unconditional acceptance is in your own hands.  Conditions of admission can be, for example, submitting the results of your English proficiency test, or a  certified copy of your diploma and/or final list of grades.

After you have met all the conditions of admission, you will receive your unconditional admission letter via e-mail. From the beginning of July onwards, you will receive further instructions regarding official enrollment.

To ensure you don’t miss any important messages, please check your e-mail regularly. Add the e-mail address of the Admissions Officer to your safe sender list, and check your spam mailbox regularly to ensure you receive all messages sent by our Admissions Officer. Make sure you don’t lose your Studielink password, and regularly check your Studielink account for updates and messages.


We have a rolling admissions procedure, which means that you can apply for the program any time between October 1 and July 1. 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.

However, we strongly advise you to apply for the program as soon as possible. If you apply right before the deadline it will be more difficult to collect missing documents, or respond to messages from our Admissions Officer about possible issues with your application. It is better not to leave your application to the last moment.

Global Management of Social Issues only offers a fall intake (September). It is not possible to start the program in spring.

Admitted, what's next?

Accepted? Congratulations! We hope you are excited about your move to Tilburg.

Before you start your studies here, there are some things you need to arrange, such as housing, payment of your tuition fees, visa, and more. To help you, we have created a "Welcome to Tilburg University" guide - specifically for our international students. This guide will take you through the process and the preparations you need to make before you come to Tilburg.

Nearer to your arrival, we will create a Facebook group for all admitted students for Global Management of Social Issues so that you can get to know your future classmates before you even move to Tilburg. You will receive an invitation to join the Facebook group via e-mail a few months before the start of the academic year.

All Tilburg University students are encouraged to arrive in Tilburg during our Registration Days. After that, you can take part in the Tilburg Orientation Program (TOP Week) – a great way to get to know your fellow students and the city of Tilburg. It is the best way to start your studies in Tilburg!

Any questions?

Please feel free to contact us with any personal queries about the program, admissions and enrollment. You can contact us before, during or even after you have submitted your application. Our team will be glad to answer all your questions about studying at Tilburg University and provide you with detailed practical information.

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