Studying and Student life

Cashing in Language Vouchers

Tilburg University offers its students the opportunity to take language courses free of charge. If you are enrolled at Tilburg University and pay tuition, then you will have received twelve electronic language vouchers at the beginning of your course of study. Exchange students and pre-master’s students receive twelve language vouchers.

You can use these vouchers to take language courses at the Language Center.  Each voucher is generally worth 1 ECTS. Most courses have a study load of 6 ECTS. This means you receive at least two languages courses for free!

You can view your voucher credit in the Study Guide.

FAQ about language vouchers

Who receives language vouchers?

Every Tilburg University student who pays tuition receives twelve language vouchers once when they initially enroll with the university. Exchange students also receive twelve vouchers.

What can I do with the language vouchers?

You can use these language vouchers to take language courses at the Tilburg University Language Center.

Which courses can I take with my vouchers?

Each Language Center voucher course can be found in the Electronic Study Guide under the course description Tilburg University Language Center.

How can I see whether I have any vouchers left?

Your voucher credit can be found in the Individual Study Guide that is part of the Electronic Study Guide.

I have used all my language vouchers, but would like to take a language course. What can I do

If you have used all your vouchers and you still want to take a language course, you have the option of paying for the course yourself. You can pay and register for a language course at the Student Desk.

How should I register for courses at the Language Center?

You can register for languages courses at COMAP just like for other courses. The system monitors whether you have sufficient vouchers. If you do not have enough vouchers or you would like to register for an intensive Dutch as a Second Language course, you cannot register at COMAP but should send a motivational letter to the coordinator of the Dutch department.

Why can’t I use COMAP to register for an intensive Dutch as a Second Language course?

The intensity of the courses requires that an intake for these courses be conducted beforehand. Before you can register, you must send a motivational letter to the coordinator of the Dutch department. You will be invited for an intake and/or assessment. If you are admitted, you can register with a registration form.  

When can I register?

You can register for first semester courses (fall) in August up until about a week before the courses’ start date. You have more time to register for courses in the second semester (spring): from December to January. The second registration period closes approx. a week before the start of the courses. The exact schedule can be found on the Language Center’s website.

When am I still able to cancel my registration?

You can cancel your registration until the end of the registration period. Your vouchers (or the paid fees) will be refunded. You can no longer cancel your registration for a course after the registration period has closed.

Can I have my vouchers refunded?

You will be refunded if you cancel your registration before the registration period has closed. You will not be refunded if you cancel after the registration period has closed. The reason for canceling the language course is not relevant, even if it concerns a scheduling conflict with another course you would like to take.

How do I know whether my language level is sufficient to take a course?

The course descriptions in the Electronic Study Guide contain the required or assumed start levels for the language courses. If you have concerns about your language level, you can request an intake consultation for Dutch at the Student Desk. For English, you can take the Student English Language Assessment on Blackboard. For the other foreign languages, you must decide yourself whether you should take the course, or request a consultation with the coordinator of Foreign Languages.  

Am I guaranteed a place with my language vouchers?

If most cases, everyone can register for the course of his or her choice. However, sometimes places are limited. You can have your name placed on a waiting list and you will be notified immediately when a place becomes available. Occasionally, the Language Center is forced to cancel a course. All registered students will have their vouchers and/or fees refunded.

If I am required to take a language for my course of study, do I have to use my vouchers?

Required language courses that are part of an educational program do not have to be paid for with vouchers. Registration for these courses is arranged by the faculty.

Will I receive credits for language courses at the Language Center?

Yes, if you pass the final exam and meet all the course requirements, you will receive the number of credits mentioned in the Electronic Study Guide. These credits will be included in your grades at your graduation, and will usually be mentioned as an extra subject. Information about how this is mentioned for your course of study can be obtained from the educational desk. If required, a certificate can be obtained for a small fee.

I am enrolled as a student of another university or university of applied science and am taking other courses at Tilburg University. Am I entitled to vouchers, too?

No, only students enrolled at Tilburg University and who pay tuition here are entitled to language vouchers.

I have already graduated and have received knowledge coupons. Can I use these for language courses?

No, these knowledge coupons (knowledge vouchers) can only be used for Contractual Education. More information can be found here.

I am an alumnus of Tilburg University. I don’t have any language vouchers, but can I receive a discount on language courses?

The Language Center offers graduates of Tilburg University a discounted rate for language courses up until ten years after graduation. Alumni pay the same fees as university staff. You can request the discounted rate at the Student Desk counter by showing (a copy of) your diploma.