Exchange programs

Tilburg University welcomes hundreds of international exchange students each year. These students come to Tilburg within the framework of ERASMUS agreements and bilateral agreements with universities all over the world.

Complete online application form

In general the following instructions apply

  • The green text boxes are compulsory fields and need to be filled in before you are able to submit your application.
  • After you have completed a step, you have to click the button 'save' and continue.
  • Every time you complete a page successfully, you will see a red tick before that particular step.   
  • If there is no red tick the step is NOT completed fully, so you will need to add something in that step.
  • If you encounter problems or are not sure what a particular field means, you can find the online help pages by using the Information button (the green letter 'i') at the top of each page.

Step 1: Personal Details

Please make sure that your First Name and Family Name are as stated in your passport. Enter your Initials with a dot (.) in between them. Initials are the first letters of your first / given name(s) as stated in your passport. (For instance, if your name is James Michael Smith, your initials are J.M.).

Step 2: Address Details

At ‘Do you have a Dutch residence permit’ only indicate ‘yes’ if you already have a Dutch residence permit. In all other cases, tick ‘no’.

Step 3: Educational Background

For ‘Number of completed years prior to this application’enter the number of study years you will have completed before you go on exchange to Tilburg.

Step 4: Language Proficiency

You only need to tick the box ‘I hereby declare that’. Note that exchange students are not required to provide English language test results with their application. Ticking the box is sufficient to continue with your application.

Step 5: Proposed Study Plan

Please select the courses that you are interested in from the drop-down list. Note that not all courses offered in the Electronic Study Guide are available to exchange students. Therefore it might occur that a course you found on our website does not appear in this course list. You can choose courses from all schools of Tilburg University, as long as you meet the specific requirements of a course. To avoid the disappointment of not being able to take your indicated courses, we advise you to critically assess each course and only select courses which match your specific academic background.

Detailed information on available course, their requirements and certificate programs can be found on the webpage Courses for Exchange Students.

Please keep the following in mind when making your Proposed Study Plan:

  • A normal (full-time) course load is 30 ECTS per semester
  • Tilburg University requires students to take at least 24 ECTS per semesters.
  • You are allowed to take a maximum of 36 ECTS per semester
  • You are only allowed to take a maximum of 12 ECTS of the Language Center (LC)
  • Some courses have limited places available. We therefore advise you to already have a few back-up courses available should you be placed on a waiting list.
  • Some Schools work with a block system (two blocks per semester), but the majority works with a semester system (two semesters per year)

Step 6: Nomination Form

After entering the contact details of your coordinator at your home insitution, you should download this document from the online application system by clicking the 'nomination form button' and have it signed by your home university. You should upload it at step 7.

If you encounter trouble with downloading the form, you can use this format.

Step 7: Supporting Documents

You will only have to provide us with the supporting documents (max. 5 MB per document) listed below:

  • The nomination form (see Step 6).
  • Copy of valid passport.
  • Transcript of records/ list of grades in English (including your undergraduate transcript if you are a graduate student).
  • Only if you already have one, you should upload a copy of your Dutch residence permit. If not, please choose ‘Not applicable’ under 'Options'.

You can attach each individual scanned document by selecting ‘upload now’ under ‘Options’ and browsing for the correct document on your PC. Please make sure the documents are clearly legible. After selecting and attaching the correct documents, please click on the ‘Upload and continue’ button to upload all the documents to our system. Once a document was successfully uploaded, a red tick will appear in the status column.

Step 8: Additional Documents

Here you should upload supporting documents for courses offered within the BSc/BA Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) program (School of Humanities), and the LLB Global Law and MSc Victimology and Criminal Justice programs (Law School). Due to the popularity and small-scale character of these programs additional entry requirements and a selection apply.

Step 9: Review

On this page you can review all the information you filled in. The headers indicate in which step you filled in the information (for example, the header Personal details is located above the information that has been filled in at 'Step 1: Personal details'). If you notice that any of the information you have provided is incorrect or incomplete, you can go back to this step by clicking the step's header or the appropriate link in the sidebar menu.

If all the information is correct, click 'Next' to proceed to the last step: submitting your application.

Step 10: Submit your Application

If all steps have been completed successfully, you can click the 'Submit' button to submit your application.

If not all steps have been successfully completed, this page will indicate with red ticks on the left sidebar which steps still have to be completed.

Please note: After submitting your application, you can no longer make any changes. The 'Status view' page will show you the status of your application.

Don’t forget to check the 'I hereby give Tilburg University permission to send my personal details to' box, if you want to apply for housing through

What happens after you have submitted the exchange application?

Please read more on this subject on the webpage After submitting the Application?