Application and admission LLB Global Law
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). If you want to apply for admission with another diploma, this is possible, please check the information below.
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.
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.
- Fast track candidates receive an exemption of 60 ECTS in the program based on their existing knowledge and skills from their previous Bachelor's or Master's degree. This means you can complete the Bachelor's program in Global Law, totaling 120 ECTS, over the span of two years.
- 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 score of 6.0 for each section.
- TOEFL iBT with a minimum overall score of 80 for the traditional TOEFL iBT test at a test center or the TOEFL iBT Paper Edition. Please check in our corona FAQ whether the TOEFL iBT Home Edition will be accepted for the intake of your choice.
- 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. 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 end of August 2023, you must submit your complete application at the latest by:
- EEA nationals: May 1, 2023
- Non-EEA nationals: April 1, 2023
- 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 (12:29).
Make sure you apply for the correct study program
- The name of this Bachelor's program in Studielink:
B Global Law
If you want to apply for the fast track, you will also need to register for B Global Law in Studielink. You can indicate your preference for the fast track in our online application system OSIRIS Aanmeld on the tab 'Additional documents/Information'.
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:
- Copy Passport / ID card
Please check the exact requirements, including the minimum validity of your passport or ID card, on the webpage Documents to verify your identity.
- 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 - 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) 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 (unless you are 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.
- Curriculum vitae
A curriculum vitae (CV) is a summary of all your work experience and skills. When you have limited or no work experience yet, it may seem difficult to create a CV. However, there are many life experiences and educational experiences which have shaped the person you are today. These can range from extracurricular activities to courses you’ve taken or internships and exchanges you’ve taken part in. Even a visit to a company, organization or social institution can be relevant to your development as a person. If you have never created a CV before, you can use our guidelines to create a CV. Make sure that your CV does not exceed two pages.
- 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.
- The matching process starts in April. You can prepare the form in advance and you will be asked to upload it in April.
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
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 you register for the correct study program as described above.
- 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 or check the Step-by-step plans on the Studielink website.
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 two e-mails from Tilburg University.
- One e-mail contains your Tilburg University account details (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 at a later stage.
- The other e-mail contains your OSIRIS Aanmeld account details as well as information on how you can start your application in OSIRIS Aanmeld. 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.
For instructions on how to apply via OSIRIS Aanmeld, please watch our video How to apply for a Bachelor in OSIRIS Aanmeld (07:00).
- If you want to apply for the fast track, you can indicate this in OSIRIS Aanmeld on the tab Additional documents/Information.
Some tips for your application:
- You can prepare for the e-mail containing your Osiris Aanmeld account details by confirming email@example.com as a safe sender in your e-mail system. You should also check your spam/junk inbox.
- If you want to upload a document with more than one page, scan each page of the document into one PDF.
- You do not have to complete your application in one go. You can save your application and return to it later.
Submit your application before the deadline as stated above
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.
- 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
The matching process starts in April. You can prepare the form in advance and you will be asked to upload it in April.
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.