Corona

FAQ on coronavirus for prospective students

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 24th October 2022

Tilburg University is fully open again. Education and events for large groups are possible again. For questions about specific topics you can visit the regular web pages of Tilburg University (e.g. education, application and admission). Below we list the most important pages. We will keep a close eye on the situation regarding COVID-19. If there are any new developments, this page will be updated.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have set up questions and answers about COVID-19. The  questions and answers will be updated regularly.

Application and Admission

In order to compensate for study delay due to COVID-19 and the high pressure on the well-being of our students, we have relaxed the Bachelor-before-Master-rule during the past academic years, allowing students to enroll (under certain conditions) in a Bachelor’s or (pre-)Master’s program while they did not yet complete their previous education. As Tilburg University, we consider the relaxation of this regulation as an important gesture towards our students and their well-being. Therefore, it has been decided that this regulation will be prolonged for students who want to start their studies in September 2022. Read more below.

I am a final-year Bachelor's student and, due to the COVID-19 measures, I am not sure if I can successfully complete my Bachelor's program. Can I start my Master's program? (Bachelor-before-Master rule)
  • If you were enrolled in an academic Bachelor's program in academic year 2021/2022, you will be admitted to the corresponding Master's program per September 2022 if you have not yet completed the entire program, but still have to complete a maximum of 12 EC from your previous program. The Bachelor's thesis must be completed and you must meet the other admission requirements. This regulation applies to Tilburg University Bachelor’s students and to Bachelor’s students of other universities within the European Economic Area, EEA. This regulation does not apply to students from a university outside the EEA;
  • Bachelor’s students of a university in the Netherlands need to hand in their “completion advice” at the Student Desk before August 31, 2022. This advice must be issued by your university. Deposit your copy or copies in the white mailbox of the Student Desk at the reception of Academia building, opening hours on weekdays from 08:30 - 17:30 hrs; send your copies to: Tilburg University, Student Desk, PO Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg or attach your copies to the Student Desk contact formThis only applies if you currently study at  another educational institution or another School within Tilburg University; when you proceed from a Bachelor's to a Master's program within the same School you do not need the completion advice);
  • Bachelor’s students from a university not in the Netherlands but in the EEA who would like to make use of this regulation should contact the Admissions Office at admissions@tilburguniversity.edu;
  • You must complete the Bachelor's program before September 1, 2023. If you do not meet this requirement, you will be de-registered from the Master's program;
  • You cannot graduate from the Master's program if you have not obtained your Bachelor's degree;
  • You have to register for both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s to be able to complete your Bachelor. When you pay the statutory fee and follow both programs at a higher education institution in the Netherlands, you only pay once for both enrollments.

PLEASE NOTE: If you were enrolled in an academic Bachelor's program in 2020/2021 and were admitted to the Master's program in 2021/2022 on the basis of this regulation, you must still have completed the Bachelor's program by September 1, 2022. You cannot use this regulation again.

Because of the COVID-19 measures, I am not sure whether I will graduate from my university (of applied sciences). Can I start my pre-Master's program?
  • If you were enrolled in a university (of applied sciences) in the academic year 2021/2022 and you have experienced a delay in the final phase of your Bachelor's program due to the corona measures, you are eligible for admission to the corresponding pre-Master’s program per September 2022 on the basis of a positive “completion advice” (afrondingsadvies). You must meet the other admission requirements;
  • Bachelor’s students of a university of applied sciences (hbo) in the Netherlands need to hand in their “completion advice” at the Student Desk before August 31, 2022. This advice must be issued by university of applied sciences (hbo);
  • Bachelor’s students from a university not in the Netherlands but in the EEA who would like to make use of this regulation should contact the Admissions Office at admissions@tilburguniversity.edu.
  • Of course you should also follow the application procedure as indicated on the website. Based on your positive "completion advice", it will be decided whether you can be admitted;
  • You must complete the Bachelor's program before September 1, 2023. If you do not meet this requirement, you will be de-registered from the Master's program.

This regulation applies to Bachelor's students at a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands and to Bachelor's students of other universities within the European Economic Area (EEA). This regulation does not apply to students from a university outside the EEA.

Because of the COVID-19 measures, I am not sure whether I will obtain my university of applied sciences propaedeutic year this year. Can I start my Bachelor's program?
  • If you were enrolled in a university of applied sciences in academic year 2021/2022 and you have experienced a delay in the final phase of your propaedeutic year at a university of applied sciences due to the COVID-19 measures, you are eligible for admission to the corresponding Bachelor’s program per September 2022 on the basis of a positive “completion advice” (afrondingsadvies). You must meet the other admission requirements;
  • Bachelor’s students of a university of applied sciences (hbo) in the Netherlands need to hand in their "completion advice" at the Student Desk before August 31, 2022. This advice must be issued by your university of applied sciences (hbo);
  • Bachelor’s students from a university not in the Netherlands but in the EEA who would like to make use of this regulation should contact the Admissions Office at admissions@tilburguniversity.edu;
  • Of course you should also follow the application procedure as indicated on the website. Based on your positive "completion advice", it will be decided whether you can be admitted;
  • You must submit your certificate of the completed propaedeutic year (or Associate Degree) before January 1, 2023. If you do not meet this requirement, you will be de-registered from the Bachelor's program.

This regulation only applies to students following a program of study at institutions within the European Economic Area (EEA).

*UPDATED, OCTOBER 24* | I would like to apply for the academic year 2023/2024 but cannot take a GMAT/GRE/IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge exam because test centers are closed.

It is mandatory to prove your English language proficiency at the time of application. Without English test results your application can not be processed, unless you are exempted. If you can thus not take an English test at this moment, please take the test as soon as possible and submit your application as soon as you have obtained the required results. Please do take the application deadlines into account.

Please check the application page of the program of your choice for the English tests that are accepted for application, as well as the reasons for exemption. On top of the tests mentioned on the application pages, we also accept the TOEFL iBT Home Edition test for the February 2023 intake. If you apply for the September 2023 intake we can only accept TOEFL iBT Home Edition test results if:

  • You obtained your test results before September 2022 and your test results are no older than 2 years at the time of application OR
  • You are unable to take any of the in-person tests on location because there are no test centers in your region or test centres in your region are closed due to COVID-19 or inaccessible due to unsafe situations

We do not accept the IELTS Indicator test.

If you are applying for a (pre-)Master’s program in Economics or Management for which a GMAT or GRE is required, you can submit your application without the results of the GMAT or GRE test. If you meet our other admission requirements, you will be conditionally admitted but must provide these test results before August 31 if you are applying for the September intake or January 31 if you are applying for the February intake. We also accept the results of the online GRE General Test and the GMAT Online exam.

Can I defer my application?

Due to the COVID-19 situation, you might consider deferring your application. If you wish to do so, please see below how to proceed: 

If you wish to defer to 2023, this is possible:

  • Please, contact your International Admissions Coordinator as soon as possible to confirm your deferral. Your International Admissions Coordinator will change the status of your current application to “deferred”.
  • You will then need to apply again for the intake of your choice. Our Bachelor’s programs only start in September but many of our Master’s programs also start in February. If you want to defer to February 2023, you can already apply now. If you want to defer to September 2023, you can apply from October 1 onwards. You can just upload the same documents as you did this year. On top of that, you should upload your conditional admission letter in the ‘Additional Documents’ section;
  • Important: it is not possible to defer your admission for our Bachelor’s program in Psychology.

PLEASE NOTE: we cannot guarantee the admission criteria will remain the same for the next intake. Admissions requirements might change and, should this be the case, you would need to meet them for the new intake in order to be admitted. 

Together we ensure a safe working and learning environment.

  • Wash your hands often and well.
  • Stay at home if you have symptoms and do a self-test.

Education

*UPDATED, OCTOBER 24* | In what form does education take place in academic year 2022-2023?
  • In the academic year 2022-2023, the basic principle is that education and exams will take place on our campus where we meet each other in person. In our opinion, physical proximity among the university community, student participation and interaction are important components of academic education. Therefore, we expect our students to attend on-campus educational activities.

    In addition to on-campus educational activities, there will be an increase in the use of online forms of education. Because the experiences with online education have taught us a lot, we are in fact moving towards a situation of blended learning. This means that for each part of the program we will look at which form of education fits best and aim for a good blend of on-campus education and online teaching formats. It depends on the program if, and to what extent, online teaching formats will be used. What this means for the way in which your courses will be taught, will be communicated via our digital learning environment Canvas.

  • A small number of Master’s programs and the Bachelor’s program Global Law are offered in a hybrid format in the academic year 2022/2023; which means that students can opt for either on campus or online education. Please check the heading ‘Exceptions’ below for more information.

A safe learning environment

  • Be considerate of each other and give each other space;
  • Stay home if you have a cold or flu-like symptoms and do a home-test;
  • Abide by campus guidelines;
  • Vaccination | Have you not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19? We want to encourage you to get vaccinated in order to create a safe working and learning environment. We would like to draw your attention to the possibility to get your jab without an appointment at several GGD vaccination centers (Municipal Health Service). For more information, check out Walk-in vaccination center.

Traveling to the Netherlands for your studies

We expect our students to be in the Netherlands before the start of their studies. If you live abroad and want to come to the Netherlands for your studies, please prepare using this Checklist for travel to the Netherlands of the Dutch government. Do you encounter problems in the process of coming to Tilburg? If so, please contact our Immigration Office.

Exceptions

Exceptions apply for students of the programs LLB Global Law, LLM Law and Technology, LLM International Business Law and LLM International Business Taxation. Students starting one of these study programs in September 2022 or February 2023 will be able to opt for either on campus or online education for the academic year 2022/2023. If you have applied for one of these study programs you will receive more information about the online and on-campus option after you have been (conditionally) admitted.  

Joint degree programs

Joint degree programs are offered in collaboration with another university. For these programs, different or additional information about education during the next academic year may apply. Therefore, please keep a close eye on the information you directly receive from your joint degree program. That information is leading and will prevail over general information you will receive about education at Tilburg University.

Campus

Is the campus open for visits?

More information about the accessibility of the campus.

Immigration (non-EU applicants)

Within what time frame should I collect my visa after it is approved?

You have 3 months to collect your MVV after the original date of approval. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months on the day you get your MVV. You will also have to provide biometric information upon collection of your MVV.

Within what time frame should I travel to the Netherlands after having collected my entry visa (MVV)?

Your MVV is valid for three months from the date of collection, which means you have to travel to the Netherlands within three months.

Can I extend my residence permit online from abroad without having to go to the Netherlands?

Yes, you can extend your residence permit online from abroad from three months before the validity of your current residence permit expires. You will be able to collect your new residence permit at the IND once it’s safe for you to travel back to the Netherlands.

If your current residence permit will have expired by the time you need/are allowed to travel back to the Netherlands, you will need to request a return visa at the Dutch embassy/consulate in your home country in order to be allowed to re-enter the Netherlands.

Practical matters

What if I get COVID-19 during my stay in the Netherlands - Are my medical costs covered?

If you have taken out the AON ICS Student Insurance, your medical costs will be covered by your insurance*. If you are not planning to take out this insurance package, check the conditions of the insurance policy you have/will have to confirm whether these costs will be covered or not. It is your responsibility to make sure you have the correct medical insurance for your complete stay in the Netherlands.

*Please bear in mind that the condition for this cover is that you must apply for insurance before your arrival in the Netherlands. The insured period must be equal to your period of enrollment or for at least the academic year. If your studies commenced more than two weeks prior to the date of the application, the AON Student Insurance package will not cover any costs directly or indirectly related to treatment of the COVID-19.

What general measures and rules are in place in the Netherlands with respect to the coronavirus?

Please, see the following website from the Dutch government about the measures and rules which apply to everyone in the Netherlands.

As an international student, can I get a COVID-19 vaccination in the Netherlands?

Have you not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19 or would like to get a booster? We want to encourage you to get vaccinated in order to create a safe working and learning environment. We would like to draw your attention to the possibility to get your jab without an appointment at several GGD vaccination centers (Municipal Health Service). For more information, check out the Walk-in vaccination center.

I received my first vaccination in my home country. Is it possible to receive my second vaccination after I arrive in the Netherlands?

The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport cannot guarantee that all vaccines that are used worldwide will be available in the Netherlands. The advice is to get both vaccinations in your home country.

Travel and (self-)quarantine

Do I need to go into quarantine or show a negative PCR test upon arrival in the Netherlands or in Tilburg?

See the government's information on traveling to the Netherlands from abroad to find out what is required for entry to the Netherlands on the date of your arrival.

If you follow the advice for entry to the Netherlands, no additional testing is required on arrival in Tilburg.

Please note: the requirements can change quickly, so please check this regularly before you travel to make sure you have the latest information. 

What are the regulations concerning self-quarantining and self-isolating?

See the government’s information on self-quarantining and self-isolating due to COVID-19 and when to get tested. The website also explains the difference between self-quarantine and self-isolation.

What if one of my housemates needs to go into self-quarantine? Do I need to go into quarantine as well?

Also see the  (mental) health section in the FAQ for students.

Contact details 

If the answer to your question is not listed in the Q&A, you can contact us in the following ways:

  • I have a question about my admission or application 
    You can ask your question via this form.
  • I have another question
    Please contact Team Student Information via our form.