Application and admission for BSc Global Management of Social Issues
Have you decided to apply for our program in Global Management of Social Issues? On this page you will find a description of our application and admission procedure for applicants with a non-Dutch educational background.
How do I apply for the BSc Global Management of Social Issues?
- We kindly refer you to the national application procedure if:
- You are applying based on a Dutch VWO diploma, regardless of your nationality.
- You have Dutch nationality AND are applying based on a Dutch HBO-P.
- Follow the international application procedure below only if:
- You are applying based on a non-Dutch school/university education, regardless of your nationality (including those in Belgium and in the Netherlands Antilles/Suriname).
- If you have Dutch nationality but will be awarded either the full IB or EB diploma.
a) Check your eligibility
When you apply for this English-taught Bachelor’s program, you must meet the following admission requirements:
1. Diploma requirements
To be eligible for admission to a research university, you must have a high school diploma that is considered equal to the highest level of secondary education in the Netherlands (the Dutch VWO diploma).
Examples of diplomas which are accepted for admission include the:
- Dutch VWO diploma
- Full International Baccalaureate diploma
- European Baccalaureate
- Most European high school diplomas which allow direct access to a university in your own country, such as the Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Germany), Diplôme du Baccalauréate Général (France), Apolytiron (Greece), Diploma za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie (DZSO) (Bulgaria), and Diploma de Baccalaureate - Filiera Tehnologică/ Teoretică (Romania).
You can review a list of most commonly accepted diplomas on our website.
- If your diploma is not listed, this does not necessarily mean that your diploma cannot be accepted. In this case, please 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 our Bachelor’s programs are taught entirely in English, you must demonstrate 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 (minimum score 6.0 overall and a minimum score of 5.5 for all sub scores);
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 80 for the internet-based test; we do not accept the 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.
All grade requirements above must be met on the same test date. We do not accept TOEFL’s ‘My Best Scores’ or a combination of test results.
For a full overview and exceptions, review our paragraph on English language requirements.
3. Mathematics requirements
In order to be successful in the program, you must have sufficient knowledge of mathematics. Specific requirements vary according to the educational system in each country.
However, as a general rule, you are required to have followed mathematics up to and including the last year of high school.
Alternatively, you are required to take (and pass) a mathematics course offered by our Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in September and October of the first semester of the program.
Are you unsure whether your level of maths is sufficient?
- If you are interested in our program, we encourage you to apply. By submitting an application, our Admissions Office can check your level and give you further advice.
- More information about the required level of mathematics is given on our mathematics requirements page.
4. Student profile
As a student of Global Management of Social Issues, you will all contribute to the quality of your own - and each other’s - learning experience. Our admission process ensures you will be studying alongside other interesting, ambitious and globally-minded students.
For Global Management of Social Issues we seek candidates who display:
- Motivation and a broad range of interests.
- Ambition and the desire for intellectual challenge and personal development.
- An international mindset, and who can adapt to a truly multicultural classroom.
- A high level of self-motivation and self-discipline.
- An interest in participating in small-scale, interactive classes as well as lectures.
- A passion for discussion and debate.
- An interest in developing their ability to think critically and analytically.
b) Consider the deadline
On Campus if we can | Online because we can
- We will continue to offer all of our programs in the 2020-2021 academic year. At Tilburg University, we are fully capable to offer our education online, and will switch to on-campus education when possible. We guarantee that you can take all exams.
- Due to the current situation, it has been agreed that for EEA/Dutch students, the deadline for registration in Studielink for bachelor's programs has been postponed to June 1 at the latest. Non-EEA students need to have had applied before May 1, 2020.
- Please keep an eye on our frequently asked questions website, check your e-mails regularly, and feel free to contact us with any questions about your new program at Tilburg University.
c) Follow the international application procedure
Step 1: Prepare your application documents
You will be requested to upload (see next step) the following documents in PDF format.
A. Documents to verify your educational background and motivation
- Your diploma(s) in the language in which they are issued, OR the Statement of Educational Institution.
- If you have not yet obtained your secondary school diploma, you must upload the Statement of Educational Institution in your application. This statement provides information we need to assess your eligibility for admission correctly. Please ask your School Counsellor / Representative to complete it 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 which have been issued by your school and/or your school's Advisor. A screenshot of your school’s digital environment where you can review your academic progress is not accepted.
- The results of an English language test.
- 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 the date of the test in your application.
- A legalized translation of all documents, transcripts, certificates and grade lists if these are not already in Dutch, English, French or German.
- Your application form. Please use our template to create your application form.
- This form combines a curriculum vitae and some questions related to your motivation to apply for this program.
- This form will be used as the basis for the matching interview.
- Your essay. Please use our template to create your essay.
- you must choose one of the three statements that are mentioned in the template and write an essay about it.
- This essay is an opportunity for you to display your ability to critically analyze a topic and effectively argue your viewpoint - illustrating your points with supportive evidence.
- 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 September 1, 2021.
- 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. Please 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.
- Tilburg University complies with all the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) regarding all personal information included in the application process, including copies of passports/residence permits, etc. For more information, please refer to our Privacy Statement.
Step 2: Register via Studielink and apply in our online application system
Do you meet the requirements? Then you are ready to apply!
- The application process may take up to ten weeks. This depends on several factors, such as the total number of applications in process, the time of year you apply, your availability for the matching interview and the completeness of your application.
- We therefore advise you to apply as soon as possible, rather than waiting until the deadline is really close!
- Please note that you will need to (A) register for the program and (B) submit your application in two different systems.
A. Register via Studielink
Studielink is the Dutch national registration system for admission to higher education.
- For a step-by-step instruction on how to register via Studielink, you can download the Tilburg University Studielink Manual.
- When registering in Studielink, make sure you choose the correct program. In Studielink, this Bachelor's program is listed as:
B Organization Studies: Global Management of Social Issues (English program).
- Enter an e-mail address that you use regularly and check your spam folder. Tilburg University sends you important information via this e-mail address to complete your registration.
B. Submit your application via our online application system: MySAS
MySAS is Tilburg University’s online application system.
- When applying through MySAS, please select the correct program.
- Enter an e-mail address that you use regularly and check your spam folder to ensure you receive all messages sent by our International Admissions Coordinator. When your application is complete, you will receive confirmation via e-mail.
After submitting your application
The Admissions Officer will check whether your application is complete.
If your documents are incomplete, you will be asked to submit any missing or illegible document(s).
- Your International Admissions Officer 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.
When your application is complete, your application will be assessed to determine whether your academic background meets our admission requirements, based on your application documents.
- If your application does not meet our admission criteria, you will receive an e-mail informing you that your application does not meet our requirements, and that you cannot be admitted to the program. The application process for you will not go further.
- If your application meets our admissions criteria, you will receive an invitation for a Skype interview.
Step 3: Matching interview through Skype
You will receive an invitation by e-mail for a 20 minute Skype interview with a member of our Admissions Committee.
- The purpose of the interview is to determine whether you are right for this program and whether this program is right for you!
- During the interview, your essay will be discussed and you will have the opportunity to discuss your academic ambitions, background, personal interests and motivation for following this program of study.
- The interview will be held in English.
Your application will be assessed according to the following criteria:
- motivation and a broad range of interests;
- ambition and the desire for intellectual challenge and personal development;
- an international mindset and the ability to adapt to a multicultural classroom;
- a high level of self-motivation and self-discipline;
- an interest in participating in small-scale, interactive classes as well as lectures;
- an interest in sharpening your ability to think critically and analytically; and
- a commitment to a career in which the social sciences play a central role.
Step 4: Outcome of the admission process
Within two weeks of the interview, you will be informed via e-mail about the decision of the Admissions Committee. At this stage, you will receive either positive or negative admission advice.
- Positive admission advice means that we believe that this program will be a good match for you.
- Negative admission advice means that we do not feel that this program is a good match for you and we would advise against you starting this program of study. We strongly encourage you to follow this advice.
Your admission will remain conditional until you have met all the conditions given in your conditional admission letter.
- Conditions of admission can be, for example, submitting the results of your English proficiency test, or a certified copy of your diploma and/or final list of grades.
- The conditional admission letter will state what you need to do to turn your conditional admission into an unconditional one, so it’s in your own hands.
After you have met all the conditions of admission, you will receive your unconditional admission letter via e-mail.
Step 5: Admitted, what's next?
Admitted? Congratulations! We hope you are excited about your move to Tilburg.
Complete your enrollment at Tilburg University
- From the beginning of July onwards, you will receive further instructions to complete your enrollment. Our Student Administration Department will communicate with you a number of times about your enrollment, using the e-mail address you provided in Studielink.
Practical matters you need to arrange
Before you start your studies here, there are some things you need to arrange, such as housing, payment of your tuition fees, visa, and more.
- To help you, we have created a Pre-departure guide and checklist specifically for our international students. This guide will take you through the process and the preparations you need to make before you come to Tilburg.
- In addition, several e-mails regarding the above mentioned topics will be sent to you before your arrival.
Participate in the introduction activities
- All Tilburg University students are encouraged to arrive in Tilburg during our Registration Days which will take place in mid-August.
- After that, you can take part in the Tilburg Orientation Program (TOP Week) – a great way to get to know your fellow students and the city of Tilburg. It is the best way to start your studies in Tilburg!
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.