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What kind of support does the University offer before I arrive in Tilburg?

We strongly believe that the quality of the services we provide are of equal importance to you as the quality of the degree programs we offer. Therefore, we do our utmost to support you before and after your arrival in Tilburg. Before your arrival, we will assist you with the admissions procedures, the visa application process (if applicable), and two housing agencies in Tilburg will help you to find suitable accommodation. For a complete overview of our support services, please have a look at our international student services.

Which students need to take an English proficiency test?

You are exempt from an English test:

  • if you are an English native speaker, i.e. if you are a citizen of, or have obtained all your secondary school or university education in English in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States of America
  • for the Bachelor’s programs: if you obtained an IB or EB diploma with English as the language of instruction; or if you obtained a Dutch VWO diploma, the German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, or the Belgian Diploma van secundair onderwijs (ASO), and English was one of the examination subjects.

All other applicants will need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting

  • a TOEFL certificate (Bachelor’s*: minimum of 550 paper-based / 213 computer-based / 80 internet-based; Master’s: minimum of 575 paper-based / 233 computer-based / 90-91 internet-based)
  • an Academic IELTS certificate (Bachelor’s*: overall minimum score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 on each of the parts; Master’s: overall minimum score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 on each of the parts)
  • Cambridge Proficiency results.

*Different requirements apply for the BSc Data Science: IELTS – min 6.5 / TOEFL – min 90

I studied English in high school.. Do I still need to pass an IELTS test?

"I have already studied English during secondary school and I did an internship in the United States. Do I still need to pass the TOEFL or Academic IELTS test?"

This depends on your secondary school diploma. If you obtained an IB or EB diploma with English as the language of instruction and if you obtained a Dutch VWO diploma, you are exempt from an English test. Some other European secondary school diplomas are exempt from an English test as well, such as the German Abitur. For more information, contact the Admissions Office. All other students need to submit All other students will need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting a TOEFL certificate (BSc: minimum of 550 paper-based / 213 computer-based / 80 internet-based; MSc: minimum of 575 paper-based / 233 computer-based / 90-91 internet-based) or an Academic IELTS certificate (BSc overall minimum score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 on each of the parts; MSc overall minimum score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 on each of the parts), or Cambridge Proficiency results.

My English test score was lower than the minimum requirement...

"My Academic IELTS / TOEFL score was lower than the minimum requirement. Can I still be admitted?"

No! Unfortunately we cannot make any exceptions. If you are not an English native speaker or not a citizen of an EEA member state with English as their first foreign language at secondary school, you will have to meet the minimum English proficiency requirements.

I want to follow a Dutch taught program. Is that possible?

In order to be admitted to a Dutch taught program, you should have sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language and of course meet the 'regular' entry requirements. Therefore you must pass the national exam in 'Dutch as a Second Language', called NT-2. The University Language Center provides excellent preparation for the national exam. If you are registered as a student, you are eligible to take these courses for free. If you have no knowledge of Dutch, you must take into account that it will take at least one year to obtain a sufficient command of the language. More information can be found at the Language Center.

Do I need a visa to study at Tilburg University?

To enter the Netherlands, all non-EU/EEA citizens (except for those from Australia, Canada Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, USA and Vatican City State) will require a single-entry visa ('Machtiging voor Voorlopig Verblijf').

The countries of the EU/EEA are:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Tilburg University will apply for this visa on behalf of all students not coming from one of the countries mentioned above.

EU/EEA member state citizens do not need a visa.

Certain nationalities are also required to apply for a Residence Permit. More information about Residence Permits can be found here.

I have a residence permit in one of the EEA member states. What now?

If you have a residence permit in The Netherlands, please contact the Foreigners Police to extend your permit.

If you have a residence permit in any of the other EEA member states, please contact the Dutch Embassy or Consulate in that country.

Will I need to apply for accommodation as I am moving to Tilburg?

...How or when should I do it?

Two housing agencies in Tilburg (Wonenbreburg and KamerBemiddeling Tilburg) arrange accommodation for international students who apply before the deadline. Please have a look at the accommodation website.

What is the tuition fee for my program?

Tuition fees can be found here.

How can I apply for a scholarship?

To apply for one of the scholarships, please see what the requirements and procedures are for each of the scholarships.

What does the introduction Week offer?

During this week we offer you

  • Information about class schedules
  • Administrative affairs like opening a bank account and registration at City Hall
  • Information about buying your books
  • A tour around campus
  • Possibility to buy a second hand bicycle
  • Social activities to meet fellow Dutch and international students

For more information please have a look at TOP Week

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