Application and admission for BSc Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
This is the application and admission procedure for applicants with a non-Dutch educational background.
a) Check your eligibility
Get a quick indication of your eligibility to our international Bachelor's programs.*
*Currently only available for students who want to apply for admission with a national diploma obtained in Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Romania, Poland, Croatia, or USA or with one of the following international diplomas: International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, GCE A-levels (UK, Cambridge).
1. Diploma requirements
To be eligible for admission to a research university such as Tilburg University, you must have a high school diploma equal to the highest level of secondary education in the Netherlands (the Dutch vwo diploma).
You can review a list of most commonly accepted diplomas on our website.
- If your diploma is not on the list, this does not necessarily mean that your diploma cannot be accepted. We advise you to submit your application via our online application system so that we can assess your eligibility.
- Haven’t obtained your diploma yet? You are welcome to apply if you are in the final year of your secondary education, but only if you will graduate before the start of your program at Tilburg University (i.e., by the end of August).
2. English language requirements
English language requirements
As this Bachelor’s program is taught entirely in English, you must prove your English language proficiency.
Tilburg University accepts one of the following tests, which must not be older than two years at the time of application:
- Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 for each section.
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 80 for the internet-based test; we do not accept the revised paper-based test, nor the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP).
- The TOEFL institutional code for Tilburg University is 9860.
- Please request ETS to send us your test results via the ETS online database before you submit your application.
- Cambridge English test results: C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B, or C.
- We do not accept a combination of test results on different test dates, e.g., TOEFL's 'My Best Scores'.
- You must be able to prove your English language proficiency at the time of application. Without test results your application can not be processed, unless you are exempted.
For a full overview and list of exemptions, please check out our English language requirements.
3. Mathematics requirements
Mathematics is a required course. This means that even if you have obtained or are going to obtain a recognized diploma, you must be able to prove that you have a sufficient level of Mathematics.
More information on the level of mathematics that is required for admission to this Bachelor’s program can be found on our mathematics requirements page.
Not directly eligible for admission?
If you are not directly eligible for admission, you can consider taking part in the International Foundation year in Business, Economics and Social Sciences at the Holland International Student Centre.
During this pathway program, you will work on any deficient academic skills, mathematics skills and English skills. Upon successful completion of the pathway program, you can progress to this Bachelor's program at Tilburg University.
If you are interested in studying the pathway program, you can find out how to apply through the Holland International Study Centre.
b) Remember the deadline
If you want to start the program end of August 2022, you must submit your complete application at the latest by:
- EEA nationals: May 1, 2022
- Non-EEA nationals: April 1, 2022
- Applicants with a non-EEA nationality and a valid residence permit of an EEA country, other than the Netherlands, should apply before the non-EEA deadline.
c) Follow the procedure for international applicants
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: Prepare your application documents
During the application process, you must upload the following documents in pdf format only.
A. Documents to verify your educational background and motivation
- Your diploma(s) in the language in which it/they are issued, OR the Statement of Educational Institution.
- If you have not yet obtained your secondary school diploma, please upload the Statement of Educational Institution - Highschool. This Statement helps us assess your eligibility for admission correctly. Please ask your School Counselor or another representative of your school to complete the form as requested, sign it, and stamp it.
- If you are currently studying at a higher education institution but have not (yet) obtained your diploma, please upload the Statement of Educational Institution – Higher Education. This Statement gives us more insight in your curriculum and will help us assess your eligibility for admission correctly. You can complete this form yourself.
- If you are selected for the program, you must send in a certified copy of your diploma once you get it, and before you start your studies at Tilburg University.
- Your grade list(s). If you have not obtained your diploma yet, please enclose your most recent grade list(s) and/or predicted grades.
- Please note that we only accept official grade lists which have been issued by your school and/or academic advisor. A screenshot of your school’s digital environment where you can review your academic progress is not accepted.
- A legalized translation of all documents: grade lists and diplomas if these are not already in Dutch, English, French, or German.
- The results of an English language test if you are not exempted.
- The test results must not be older than two years at the time of application.
- If you do not have your test results at the time of application, your application can not be processed.
- Chinese nationals are advised to apply for a Nuffic Certificate as soon as possible to avoid any delays in the immigration procedure. For more information, please go to the Nuffic website.
B. Documents to verify your identity
- We only accept your passport to confirm your identity.
- Please upload a scan of all pages in your passport which have a stamp or sticker on them, as well as the page with your personal details and the issue and expiry date of your passport.
- Your passport must be valid until at least six months after the starting date of your study program: March 1.
- Are you already living inside the EEA? In addition to your passport, please upload a scan of the front AND back of your EEA/Dutch residence permit.
We accept either your passport or national identification card to confirm your identity:
- Passport: upload the page with your personal details and the issue and expiry date of your passport.
- National identification card: upload a scan of both the front AND back of your national identification card.
- Please make sure that all information in the documents requested is clear and do not cover any information in the scans of the documents you upload. It is important for verification purposes that information including the photo, your personal details and the computer coding at the bottom of the document are visible to us.
Step 2: Register in Studielink
Register in Studielink
You must register in Studielink, the Dutch national registration system for higher education, including the information below. Please do so correctly or we will not be able to process your application.
- Make sure that you register for the correct program. The name of this Bachelor's program in Studielink is B Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation.
- Add your personal details (including your full name) as stated in your passport.
- Enter an e-mail address that you use regularly. Tilburg University will send you important information via this e-mail address, so please check it regularly.
- For instructions on how to register via Studielink, please watch our video How to register in Studielink and read the Studielink Manual.
Please note: you must follow the application procedure in step 3 to be considered for admission. Registration in Studielink only is not sufficient. Both processes must be completed by the deadline stated above.
Step 3: Continue your application in our online application system
After you have registered in Studielink, you need to continue your application in OSIRIS Aanmeld, our online application system.
Within 48 hours of your registration in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail confirming your login details to OSIRIS Aanmeld.
- You can prepare for this e-mail by confirming firstname.lastname@example.org as a safe sender in your e-mail system. You should also check your spam/junk inbox.
- If you have not received this e-mail within 48 hours of your registration in Studielink, please contact your International Admissions Coordinator via Admissions@tilburguniversity.edu.
Log in to OSIRIS Aanmeld using your login details as stated in the confirmation e-mail. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
For instructions on how to apply via OSIRIS Aanmeld, please watch our video How to apply for a Bachelor in OSIRIS Aanmeld (07:00).
Make sure to upload the correct documents, or your application can not be processed. Details about the format and content of the required documents can be found in 'Step 1: Prepare your application documents'.
Some tips for your application:
- We recommend that you use Chrome as your web browser.
- If you want to upload a document with more than one page, scan each page of the document into one PDF.
- In order to assess your application, we only require the documents listed above.
- You do not have to complete your application in one go. You can save your application and return to it later.
You will also receive an e-mail with login details for Tilburg University's computer network
In addition to the e-mail with login details for OSIRIS Aanmeld, you will also receive an e-mail with login details for Tilburg University's computer network from our Library and IT Services department.
- This e-mail has, among other information, your student number and Tilburg University e-mail address.
- You will not need these details for your application, but please save them carefully, as you will need them after your admission to complete your enrollment.
Submit your application before the deadline as stated above
When you have completed your application, you can submit it. If you submit your application either close to or on the deadline, but have not uploaded the correct documents, Tilburg University reserves the right not to process your application.
After submitting your application
Our International Admissions Coordinator will check that your application is complete, according to the requirements above.
If your documents are not complete, you will be asked to submit any missing or replace any illegible document(s). Your International Admissions Coordinator may request additional information from you during the assessment process. Please check your e-mail regularly (including your spam folder) to avoid a delay in the processing of your application.
You can check your application status anytime you log in to your account in OSIRIS Aanmeld.
Step 4: Outcome of the admissions process
When your application is complete, the Admissions Committee will assess your documents to determine whether your academic background meets our admission requirements.
Within four to six weeks of the start of the process, you will receive the Admissions Committee's decision by e-mail.
The possible outcomes of your application are:
You meet all of our admissions requirements and will be admitted to the Bachelor’s program. You may proceed to the matching phase in the next step.
- Your admission may be conditional.
In case of certain missing admission requirements because for example, the timing of your graduation from your current program, or results of the English proficiency test.
- You will receive a conditional admission letter that will state what you need to do to turn your conditional admission into unconditional admission and by which deadline.
- One of the conditions will also be that you complete the next phase: matching.
- Please read your conditional admission letter carefully and contact your International Admissions Coordinator if you have any questions.
- Once you have met all the admission requirements, you will receive your unconditional admission letter via e-mail.
Unfortunately, you do not meet the admissions requirements for this Bachelor’s program and we are unable to admit you based on your current academic background. Your application process ends here and your registration in Studielink will be cancelled. You are welcome to re-apply for this program in the future if your academic background changes.
Step 5: Matching
Through matching, you will find out whether the program you have chosen is a good fit for you, regarding your abilities and aspirations. We expect that you have given your decision to apply for this program careful consideration. Please note that completing all the steps of the matching activity is a mandatory step in your application process.
Matching in Canvas
Within a week after receiving your conditional admission letter, you will receive an e-mail with information about the matching process.
- At this stage, you will log back into your "OSIRIS Aanmeld" account, and confirm that you are aware that matching is a mandatory step in the admission process.
- Once you have confirmed, you will automatically receive an e-mail about the matching activity with a link to our webpage in Canvas (the digital learning environment of Tilburg University), where you will proceed with the matching activity.
For this assignment you are to read an English language biography of an entrepreneur and subsequently interview another entrepreneur to compare and contrast the two entrepreneurial journeys. You present your findings in an essay. There are several things that you need to do to complete the matching activity (more detailed instructions and requirements will be provided in Canvas):
- Select an English language biography of an entrepreneur that you would like to learn more about. It should be a published book, with an ISBN number.
- Read that book and sketch the time-line of your entrepreneur's journey.
- Arrange an in-person interview with a scale-up entrepreneur (someone who at least five years ago started a new business (excluding hotels, bars, restaurants, and supermarkets) that has grown to a company that today employs more than 30 full-time employees) to learn about this entrepreneur's journey.
- Make an overview of key similarities and differences of the experiences of the entrepreneur that you have interviewed with some of the experiences of the entrepreneur in your biography.
- Make an overview of relevant competences of the entrepreneur that you interviewed and the entrepreneur(-s) featured in your biography.
- Identify the linkages between the program learning outcomes of the E&BI program and the development of these competences.
- Write an essay of at least 4 pages where you present:
- those similar and different experiences from the biography and the interview that you deem to be the most interesting, and
- what you have learned to be the key entrepreneurship & business innovation competences that you should seek to develop during your bachelor program.
- Submit your essay in Canvas.
Your essay must be submitted by August 1, but we encourage you to submit it earlier.
After submitting your documents
You will receive feedback in Canvas. You will receive an e-mail with a notification when feedback has been given. In addition we review the essay to conclude whether you have completed the matching activity.
Without completing the activity you cannot be admitted into the program. Yet, successful completion of the matching activity will by itself not guarantee that you can be admitted as you also need to meet the other requirements.
Step 6: Positive of negative advice to start with the program
The purpose of the matching activity is to ensure that you have made a serious effort determining whether there is a match between the program’s objectives and your own interests. Investing effort to the matching activity will help to ensure you enroll to a program that really suits you.
We will inform you of our decision in Canvas and you will receive an e-mail notification.
You will receive either a positive or a negative outcome.
- Positive outcome: you have completed the matching activity. Your essay reflects that you have made a serious effort to execute the matching activity. The essay you submitted is original and does not plagiarize the work of others. As a result, we trust that you will be able to make an informed decision as to whether the E&BI program will be a good match for you.
- Negative outcome: you have failed to complete the matching activity. Your essay does not reflect that you have made a serious effort to execute the matching activity. As a result, we fear that you will not be able to make an informed decision as to whether the E&BI program will be a good match for you. You risk choosing the wrong program, which very well may result in you later failing that program.
Step 7: Admitted, what's next?
Congratulations on being admitted to Tilburg University, either conditionally or unconditionally! We welcome you and wish you good luck with the start of your studies.
We will walk you through the next steps:
Complete your enrollment and pay your tuition fees
Please check your enrollment status and any to-do items that may still be pending in OSIRIS Student. You can use your login details for Tilburg University’s computer network to access OSIRIS Student.
Arrange practical matters
Before you can start your studies in Tilburg, there are a number of important practical matters to take care of, such as your visa (non-EEA nationals only), housing, and insurances.
Participate in orientation activities
All Tilburg University students are encouraged to arrive in Tilburg during our Registration Days, which will take place in mid-August. During the week prior to the start of the academic year, there is a mandatory study program introduction. You may also want to take part in the Tilburg Orientation Program (TOP Week) – a great way to get to know your fellow students and the city of Tilburg.
Tilburg University complies with all the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) regarding all personal information included in the application process, including photocopies of passports/residence permits, etc. For more information, please refer to our Privacy Statement.
Please feel free to contact us with any personal queries about the program, admissions and enrollment. You can contact us before, during or after you have submitted your application. Our team will be glad to answer all your questions about studying at Tilburg University and provide you with detailed practical information.