Apply for an exchange
Once you've decided on your destination, you will need to submit an application to your School's Study Abroad Advisor. Hand in your application no later than 25 March if you wish to go abroad in the following academic year.
You can apply for an exchange by
- Creating your on-line application account and
- Finalizing your application by submitting it on-line, printing it and handing it in to your Study Abroad Advisor before the deadline.
Your online application account
Your account will consist out of different pages which you will have to complete before you can submit your exchange application. Don' t worry, you do not have to do this at once. You can take your time and log in every time you would like to work on your application. The system will save your input and will retrieve it every time you log in again. Make sure to read all the information carefully so you will not miss any important steps. Below you will find some helpful tips and ideas to prepare your application.
We expect your motivation letter to be 2 pages long. Generally
speaking we expect you to tell us why you want to go on exchange, why
you want to go to the universities of your choice, and why you want to
go to the country or city of your choice, but feel free to add anything
else. Keep in mind that we expect you to motivate all three of your
- Be creative!
- Try to explain why an exchange is important to you, and what it would add to your study program/career plans/personal life/etc. Keep in mind that we receive hundreds of motivation letters, so don’t just write about general things like “I want to gain a different perspective”, “I want to improve my inter-cultural skills” or "I want to live the American Dream", but explain it a bit more and tell us what difference an exchange would make for you personally and in your specific situation.
- Keep in mind that you are applying for an academic exchange, not booking a holiday! The cultural experience is very important, so do write about why you are interested in a specific country’s culture/economic situation/history/language/etc, but don’t write about how beautiful the landscape is, the many trips you can make in the area or the weather. Travel and social activities are part of your exchange, of course, but don’t make them the most important argument in your motivation letter. The courses offered at the host university of your choice are your best argument for why you are interested in that particular university.
- As an exchange student you are an ambassador for Tilburg University, so you can also write about why you would be a good ambassador for the University and the city of Tilburg.
Indication of courses
Look up on the partner university website which courses will be
available to exchange students in the semester you are applying for and
make a list of the courses you are interested in following. If the
courses of your exchange semester have not been published by the host
university yet, please look at the courses offered during the previous
We expect you to list 4 courses. More information about which courses you can do during your exchange at each partner university can be found on this website, on the specific partner’s page.
Remember, it is your own responsibility to make sure the partner university you are interested in has enough courses on offer for you to transfer to your program here at Tilburg University! Some partner universities have limited choice in courses, so make sure your destination of choice fits into your academic progress to prevent any delay in your studies after your exchange.
Please add your curriculum vitae, listing any job experience, membership of student associations or student unions, volunteer work, international experience, language skills, etc. Do not forget to think about your experiences so far and how this may be able to contribute to your wish to go abroad. Have you gained valuable skills or experiences that may help you adjust to a new and unknown environment? Did you travel abroad already or have have you been in contact already with people from other cultural backgrounds? Every past experience may complement your exchange application in a positive way. Do not forget to stress these things by mentioning them in your CV!
Your Study Plan contains an overview of your entire study career at Tilburg University. Start with this current academic year and work your way up to your graduation year. Make sure to schedule the courses you still need to do of previous years (e.g. first year courses) in your current academic year. Do not forget to include your study abroad semester in the study plan and be sure to make a realistic study plan. For some students it is possible to obtain 42 ECTS per semester, for others it is not. Know your study limits; sometimes this means it will take you four years to obtain your bachelor degree instead of three. This is not the end of the world as long as you spend the extra year well!
Please make two print outs of your application and all supporting documents. This means that you have to hand in three sets: one original application package, and two copies.
NOTE: All documents need to be in English
Selection Criteria for the Tilburg School of Economics and Management
All other Schools do not have additional criteria or requirements. The following information is also not applicable for students with a major in Business within the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.
Selection Criteria for the Tilburg School of Economics and Management
application for an exchange will be considered mostly based on your motivation,
but there are additional requirements that will also be taken into
consideration. Some are general and others are specific depending on your study
phase and/or your study program. Please therefore carefully look into the
selection criteria here below to see if you would be eligible for an exchange
For all exchanges we require a minimum
average grade of 6.0 at the time of applying. Some partner
universities have strict grade requirements, so if you apply for one of those
universities your minimum average grade needs to be in the required range. If a
partner university has a minimum grade requirement different than the general
6.0 requirement, it will be mentioned on the partner's information page on the Study Abroad website.
- We select students exclusively for an exchange period of 1 semester
are only allowed to go on exchange once
students at Tilburg University are not allowed to go on exchange to their home
- Preference will be given to students with a good academic progress and with relevant extracurricular activity/work experience
should have obtained a minimum of 48 ECTS of their First Bachelor year at the
moment of application
- Preference will be given to students who will be going on exchange during the first semester of the third year (applicable to students from the Bachelor programs IBA, Economics, BE and EBE)
- Students of the study programs International Business Administration; Economics, ‘Bedrijfseconomie’ and ‘Economie en Bedrijfseconomie’ who started in 2011 or 2012 can only be selected for an exchange during their Bachelor program.
- Students of the study programs ‘Bedrijfseconomie’ and ‘Economie en Bedrijfseconomie’ who started before 2011 can be selected for an exchange during either their Bachelor or their Master program.
- Students of the study programs ‘Fiscale Economie’ and Econometrics and Operations Research can be selected for an exchange during either their Bachelor or their Master program.
- Bachelor students can only be selected for an exchange for during their 3rd or 4th Bachelor year.
- Pre-Master students are not allowed to go
on exchange during their Pre-Master program, but are welcome to apply for an
exchange for during their Master program
- Master students can only be selected for an
exchange provided that they will finish their Master program within 2 years and
provided that they haven’t been on exchange during their Bachelor