FAQ on coronavirus for prospective students

Published: 25th February 2020 Last updated: 04th April 2023

As of March 11, 2023, the government cancelled the last corona measures in the Netherlands. Tilburg University is fully open. For questions about specific topics you can visit the regular web pages of Tilburg University (e.g. education, application and admission). Naturally, we are keeping a close eye on the situation regarding the coronavirus. If there are new developments, this page will be updated.

Application and Admission

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?

No, unfortunately you cannot simply defer your application to a later intake. You will need to apply again for the intake of your choice. 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. 

If you wish to start at a later intake, please see below how to proceed: 

  • Please, contact your International Admissions Coordinator as soon as possible to confirm that you want to start at another intake than the one you have applied for. Your International Admissions Coordinator will inform you about the steps to take.
  • 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. You can apply for the September intake from October 1 of the preceding year and for the February intake from March 1 of the preceding year. On top of that, please upload your admission letter of the current application in the "Additional Documents" section of your new application." The admission letter can be conditional as well as unconditional.
  • Important: if the program of your choice has a selection procedure (e.g. Bachelor in Psychology), you will need to go through this procedure again. 

Education in the academic year 2023-2024

In the academic year 2023-2024, 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 in-person 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, aiming for a good mix of on-campus education and online teaching formats. It depends on the program whether, 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.

Study programs with an online option

For four Master’s programs, Tilburg University does offer a completely online option:

  • LLM Law and Technology
  • LLM International Business Law
  • LLM International Business Taxation
  • MA Art and Media Studies (track of MA Culture Studies)

Students starting one of these study programs will be able to opt for either on-campus or online education. If you have applied for one of these study programs, you will receive more information about the online and on-campus options after you have been (conditionally) admitted.  Students applying for the MA Art and Media Studies please note: at the moment, the online option is only available for students enrolling in September 2023.

Practical matters

On the Dutch government website you can find the most recent advice for preventing respiratory infections.

See the government website when you are travelling to the Netherlands.

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.