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Application and admission Bachelor's programs Tilburg University

Are you interested in one of our Bachelor’s programs? We welcome and encourage both national and international students to submit an application. Applying for our programs is free of charge and can easily be done online. Also, submitting an application is the best way to know whether you are eligible for the program of your choice. This page is meant for students with a non-Dutch educational background.

Application requirements

To be admitted to a Bachelor's program at Tilburg University, you will need to meet several application requirements:

In addition, we want to get to learn more about you in order to determine whether a certain program is the right fit for you. Therefore, we may require you to write a motivation, submit a CV or essay, or take part in an interview. Because of these slight differences between programs, it is necessary to always navigate to the admissions page for the program of your choice. Make sure to read the instructions thoroughly before you start your application.

Application procedure

Applying to Tilburg University is free and easy. You can apply via our online application system, and you will not need to send us any official documents until you know whether you are conditionally admitted for the Bachelor's program of your choice. The application procedure to Tilburg University consists of two steps:

  1. Register in Studielink, the Dutch national registration system for admission to higher education.
  2. Continue and submit your application in OSIRIS Aanmeld, Tilburg University’s online application system.

Tilburg University has a rolling admissions process . This means your application will be assessed as it comes in, and you will know whether you are (conditionally) accepted within 4-6 weeks. 

The longer you wait to submit your application, the busier our International Admission Coordinators will be. It will be more difficult to upload missing documents or make changes to your application, and it will take longer to receive the final admission decision. Therefore we encourage you to apply earlier rather than later, and not leave your application to the last moment.

Check our overview of application deadlines

The application process in steps

For a step-by-step guide through the application process, please watch our video How to apply for a Bachelor's program as an international student (11:39).

Step 1: Find the right program
Step 2: Prepare your application documents
Step 3: Register in Studielink for the correct program
Step 4: Continue your application in our online application system
Step 5: Outcome of the admissions process
Step 6: Admitted, what's next?

Not directly eligible?

The best way to find out whether you can be admitted to the program of your interest is by submitting an application. In this way, our International Admissions Office can determine if you are eligible to enroll in a Bachelor’s program at Tilburg University

If you are not directly eligible for our programs, don’t give up just yet! With an additional year of higher education you will be able to work on bridging the gap(s).

Listed are the pathway options to our Bachelor’s programs:

  • Complete the pathway program at the Holland International Study Centre.
    This International Foundation Year is designed to develop your academic and English language skills in preparation for your Bachelor’s degree at Tilburg University. This pathway program is available for students interested in a selection of Tilburg University’s international Bachelor’s programs.
  • Complete one year in an academic program at a research university in your home country closely related to your Bachelor’s program of choice at Tilburg University.
    The entire first-year curriculum needs to be completed with sufficient scores. This extra year could make the difference and make you eligible to apply again next year.
  • Complete one year at a Dutch university of applied sciences, preferably in a study program related to the program you want to study at Tilburg University, and pass all the courses offered.
    You will then earn a propaedeutic certificate. With this certificate, you can re-apply for entry into our Bachelor’s programs. This option applies to all Bachelor’s programs, but be aware: additional requirements may apply, such as passing a Mathematics test or achieving a certain grade point average.

Get in touch with us to find out about your options.