Application and admission for BSc International Business Administration
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
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. 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. Mathematics requirements
Mathematics is a required course. This means that even if you have a recognized diploma, you must be able to prove that you have a sufficient level of Mathematics. Some more information about the level of mathematics is mentioned on our mathematics requirements page.
Are you worried, or even certain that you might not meet the mathematics requirement? We advise you to always contact your International Admissions Coordinator.
You may be offered the opportunity to take an additional mathematics exam, for example, at the Boswell-Beta Institute, or online. Students who meet all entrance requirements except the mathematics requirements will be informed about this option by our International Admissions Coordinator.
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 the International Business Administration program at Tilburg University.
If you are interested in studying this 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 in September 2021, you must submit your complete application at the latest by:
May 1, 2021
c) Follow the procedure for international applicants
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. 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). 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, please provide an indication of your test date in your application.
- A motivation letter (guidelines below)
- A curriculum vitae (guidelines below)
- 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.
Your motivation letter is your chance to show us why you are a good fit for International Business Administration. Your letter should not exceed two pages in length, and it should answer the following questions:
- what drives you to apply for a BSc in International Business Administration, rather than another business or economics related program?
- what makes you want to study at Tilburg University, rather than another university?
- what motivates you to apply for an international program? In answering this question, please highlight your international experience.
- what are your ambitions for your future education and/or career?
Please use our template to create your motivation letter.
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, and that it mentions at least the following:
- Personal information (name, address, contact details, etc)
- Educational background
- Extra courses or special programs followed
- Professional experience (if applicable)
- Additional activities
- Skills (Languages, other skills)
- Interests and additional information
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, 2022.
- 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.
Sending documents via regular mail
It is not necessary to send us certified copies of your documents right away. You can apply via the online application system, and upload your documents there. Submitting certified copies of your documents is necessary for enrollment. If you are conditionally accepted to the program, you will be prompted to send us certified copies of your documents.
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 International Business Administration.
- 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 step-by-step instructions on how to register via Studielink, please refer to the Tilburg University 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.
- We recommend that you use Chrome as your web browser.
- Please upload the documents detailed above. If you do not upload the correct documents, we will not be able to process your application.
- 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. 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
Phase 1: Assessment whether your academic background meets our admission requirements
When your application is complete, it will be assessed within four to six weeks to determine whether your academic background meets our admission requirements, based on your application documents.
- Firstly, it is necessary that you have passed, or will pass, mathematics with a satisfactory (passing) grade during secondary school.
- In addition, motivation plays a large role as well. It is important that you have really thought your decision to apply through. Through the motivation letter, we want to get to know you, your aspirations and dreams, and your goals in life, to find out whether you are a good fit for our program.
If your application does not meet our admission criteria, you will receive a letter via e-mail informing you that you cannot be admitted to the program. The application process will end here for you.
If your application meets our admissions criteria, you will move to the next phase of the process.
Phase 2: Positive or negative admission advice
You will be informed about the decision of the Admissions Committee via e-mail. 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, but it is not binding.
Your admission will remain conditional until you have met all the conditions stated in your conditional admission letter
- The conditional admission letter will state what you need to do to turn your conditional admission into unconditional admission.
- Examples of conditions of admission may include providing the results of your English proficiency test, and/or a certified copy of your diploma, and/or a final list of grades.
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 exited to start your studies at Tilburg University.
Complete your enrollment at Tilburg University
After your conditional admission, you must turn your conditional admission into unconditional admission and complete your enrollment.
- You can check your enrollment status and/or see any 'To do' items that are still pending in OSIRIS Student. You can use your login details for Tilburg University’s computer network to access OSIRIS Student.
Before you can start your studies in Tilburg, you must arrange some important things, such as your visa (non-EEA nationals only), housing, payment of your tuition fees, and more.
- To help you, we have created a Pre-departure Guide (with checklist) specifically for our international students. This guide will take you through your final preparations before you come to Tilburg.
- We will also send you regular e-mails about this 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!
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.