Application to the LLB Global Law program
This is the application and admission procedure for applicants with a non-Dutch educational background.
Which application procedure should you follow?
- Follow the international application procedure below only if:
- you are applying based on a non-Dutch school/university education, regardless of your nationality (including Belgium and the Netherlands Antilles).
- you are graduating from an educational institution in the Netherlands with a non-Dutch diploma, such as the full International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma.
- Please follow the national application and admission procedure if you are applying based on a Dutch vwo or hbo-p diploma, regardless of your nationality.
a) Check your eligibility
1. Diploma requirements
Diploma requirements regular program
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).
Does your high school diploma not directly meet the requirements for entry?
- In most cases, you can take a full year of university in your home country and if you pass all the courses offered with a 7/10 average, we will consider your application. If this is the case, please get in touch with us. We will be able to advise you what your options are.
- If you do not qualify to take the entrance exam on the basis of your prior education and are 21 or older, you can take the university entrance exam, called the colloquium doctum.
Diploma requirements fast track
If you already have a Bachelor's or Master's degree from an academic institution of higher education, you may be eligible for the fast track, starting in year 2.
- In principle, the field of study does not matter: Having an educational background other than law can enrich your legal studies. This is why students with a background in economics, business, sociology, political science, psychology, languages, history, liberal arts and sciences, or biology are eligible.
- In the case of a non-Dutch diploma, a diploma expert from Tilburg University determines whether the diploma gives admission to the fast track.
- Do you doubt whether your specific background gives admission? We encourage you to apply. We will process your application and let you know within a few weeks whether you are eligible for the fast track, or if you have to start as a regular student.
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 6.0 for each section.
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 80 for the internet-based test; we do not accept the revised paper-based test. The TOEFL institutional code for Tilburg University is 9860.
- 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.
Please note: We do not accept a combination of test results on different test dates, e.g., TOEFL's 'My Best Scores'.
For a full overview and list of exemptions, please check out our English language requirements.
3. Student profile
For Global Law we are looking for students who have:
- Motivation and a broad range of interests; interest in an interdisciplinary approach.
- Ambition and the desire for intellectual challenge and personal development.
- An international mindset and ability to adapt to a multicultural classroom.
- A high level of self-motivation and self-discipline.
- An interest in participating in interactive classes.
- A passion for discussion and debate.
- An interest in honing the ability to think critically and analytically.
- A commitment to a career where law will play a central role.
b) Remember the deadline
If you want to start the program in September 2021, you must submit your complete application at the latest by:
May 1, 2021
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 (11:17).
Step 1: Prepare your application documents
During the application process, you must upload several documents. The process consists of two phases, an application phase and a matching phase. You will need to upload documents in both phases.
Please prepare the following documents in pdf format:
A. Documents to verify your educational background and motivation
- Your diploma(s) in the language in which it is/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. 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 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) in the language in which they are issued, showing the grades obtained to date for all your secondary education.
- Please note that we only accept official grade lists issued by your school. A screenshot of your school’s student information system 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, please provide an indication of your test date in your application.
- A letter of motivation (free format).
- 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.
The following documents are part of the matching phase and you only need to complete them once you have been conditionally admitted:
- Your Matching Form.
- In this form you will be asked to answer a number of questions regarding your motivation for the program. We are looking for excellent and driven students. Global Law is a challenging and intense study and our matching process aims to ensure that it is a good match for you.
- This Matching Form is new as of March 30, 2021 and replaces the short pitch and interview. The Matching Form is part of the Matching step after you have received your conditional admission letter. You must complete the Matching Form as part of the application process. You can use the content of your motivation letter for some parts of the Matching Form.
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
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 Global Law.
- 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 (03:32) 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 email@example.com 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 (07:01).
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
We expect that you have given your decision to apply for this program careful consideration. The matching process is an additional check to ensure that this program is a good fit for you, for your abilities and aspirations.
Within a week after receiving your conditional admission letter, you will receive an e-mail with information about the next step in the process: matching.
Please note: this is a mandatory step in your application process.
Upload the necessary documents
At this stage, you will log back into your OSIRIS Aanmeld account, and upload the necessary documents for the matching process:
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
You have uploaded your CV in OSIRIS Aanmeld before. You can just upload the same document again.
- Matching Form Global law
This Matching Form replaces the short pitch and interview. You can use content of your motivation letter for some parts of the Matching Form, and upload it in our online application system.
Details about the format and content of the required documents can be found in 'Step 1: Prepare your application documents'.
After submitting your documents
Our International Admissions Coordinator will check if you have uploaded all the necessary documents for the matching process.
If your document set is incomplete, you will be asked to submit any missing or replace any illegible document(s). 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 6: Positive or negative advice to start with the program
The Admissions Committee will inform you of their decision via e-mail. You will receive either a positive or a negative advice.
- Positive advice to start with the program means that we believe that this program will be a good match for you.
- Negative advice to start with the program means that we do not feel that this program is a good match for you and we advise against you starting. We strongly encourage you to follow this advice, but it is not binding.
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.