Bachelor International Sociology

BSc International Sociology

3 years English Starts end of August

The Bachelor's program in International Sociology focuses on the dynamics between man and society. You study social themes such as migration, cultural differences, and poverty and inequality, while connecting these themes to politics and policy. Depending on your ambitions and interests, in your second year you make a choice between two specializations: 'Culture in comparative perspective' or 'Social risks in a changing world'. International Sociology uses a comparative perspective on the Western world.

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Short overview of BSc International Sociology

Program and courses


International Sociology uses a comparative perspective on the Western world. This means that your personal background and experiences are of great value in our international classroom. During the program, you put into practice what you have learned in order to prepare for your career.

  • In the first year, you lay the foundation for your further studies in International Sociology. Besides introductory courses in sociology, you follow introductory courses in other disciplines that have common ground with sociology: political science, psychology and economics. You also learn more about academic skills and research methods.
  • After choosing a specialization (Culture in comparative perspective or Social risks in a changing world) in the second year, you follow courses related to either culture or social risks. In addition, you take several classes in the field of methods and research, and you dive into the philosophy of science. At the end of the second year you participate in a self-chosen sociological research project in the field of your specialization.  
  • The third year offers even more opportunity to personalize your studies. You have the opportunity to shape your program by choosing minor courses and electives, which further deepen your knowledge of sociology. This is also the perfect time to study abroad without study delay, or do an internship. To conclude your studies, you will write  your Bachelor's thesis in the field of your specialization. 

Typical courses are:

  • Introduction to Sociology
    This course gives an introduction to Sociology based on its most important questions about social inequality, social cohesion and rationalization.
  • Social problems
    In this course, you discuss and approach social problems in a scientific way.
  • Sociological Themes
    This course covers the most important sociological theories and approaches, as well as contemporary tendencies that belong to a specific theme.

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Why this program in Tilburg?

Study International Sociology in Tilburg

  • You have the chance to self-direct your education by choosing one of two specializations in which Tilburg excels: ‘Culture in comparative perspective’ or ‘Social risks in a changing world’. The program therefore offers flexibility and freedom of choice.
  • If you choose International Sociology in Tilburg, you not only pick a quality academic program, but you also learn how to put your knowledge into practice. You will learn how to deal with current and relevant issues and how to work on these issues during and after your studies.
  • In this small-scale, international program you will quickly get to know your fellow students and easily contact lecturers. One of the lecturers will become your personal study mentor, whom you will meet regularly throughout your studies to discuss your study progress, interests, ambitions and career opportunities.
  • In this program, you will pay a lot of attention to your personal and professional growth, preparing for your career. You will have the opportunity to do an internship in the third year, and through PASS, the program also pays attention to professional skills. Watch a short video about our Program for Academic Study Success (PASS) (2:21 min).
  • This program offers a comparative, international perspective on the Western world.

A short impression of International Sociology (video - 2:58 min)

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What to expect when coming to Tilburg

After your Bachelor's

Pursue a Master's degree

Most of our students continue towards a Master's degree after completing their Bachelor's degree. For example:

Check out all applicable Master's programs

Career prospects

As a sociologist, you are an expert in the field of social issues. These issues often occur in education, government or cultural institutions. Some graduates, for example, become policy advisors on culture at municipalities, whereas others become trainees at European organizations.
Commercial companies and organizations employ graduates in sociology as well. Think, for example, of data analysts at insurers and energy companies, researchers at market research firms, or consultants in the field of technology and society.

Additionally, sociologists work as researchers within scientific institutions, as third-level lecturers in sociology or art and culture, or as teachers of social studies in secondary education. Sociologists are also employed as journalists or opinion formers.

 More on the career prospects

Extracurricular Activities
  • Join study association Versot. This association aims to make student life challenging (symposia, conferences) and fun (drinks, parties, study trips). Check out their website!
  • Challenge yourself by joining one of our oadvanced programs such as the Outreaching Honors Program and Excellence Program TSB 
  • Broaden your horizons by studying abroad for a semester. The experience of a lifetime! 
Application and admission

Please follow the national application and admission procedure (in Dutch) if you are applying based on a Dutch vwo or hbo-p diploma, regardless of your nationality. A general description of the national application procedure is also available in English.

Admission 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).
  • As this Bachelor’s program is taught entirely in English, you must prove your English language proficiency
  • A good knowledge of mathematics is important for being successful in this Bachelor’s program. In order to be admitted, you must therefore prove that you have sufficient knowledge of mathematics.

You can find more detailed information about the admission requirements on this program's 'Application and admission' page.

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Tuition fees and monthly cost of living

Tuition fees

When you wish to study at Tilburg University, you must pay a tuition fee.

  • Tuition fees cover the cost of lectures and facilities provided by the university, such as the extensive university library, Wi-Fi on campus, and symposia and other meetings.
  • Tuition fees at Tilburg University are always for one full academic year.

More information on the tuition fees and rates

Estimated monthly costs of living

Besides the tuition fees, you will have living costs and other expenses. You will find life in Tilburg relatively inexpensive compared to life in other Dutch university cities, such as Amsterdam and Utrecht. The approximate cost of living is between € 715 and € 1,215 per month.

(Furnished) accommodation € 350 - 750 per month
Foods & Drinks € 200 - 300 per month
Books & Readers € 65 per month
Insurance € 100 per month
Sport membership + € 139.95 per year
  • Subeh Chowdhury

    Subeh Chowdhury

    Bachelor's student

    "About a year ago, I didn’t even know about Tilburg University but now I feel like I couldn’t be in a better place. Tilburg is the next best thing to being home!"

  • Thomas

    Thomas van Gasteren

    Bachelor's student

    "The number of people studying sociology is relatively small, which means that you quickly get to know each other. There’s also a lot of room to ask questions in class."

  • Manaar Mohammed

    Manaar Mohammed

    Bachelor's student

    "This program is for anyone interested in how society works and how institutions come about. We learn about the different ways in which society(ies) remain connected (cohesion), challenges they face due to differences (inequality), and how we think about society and justify the way we've built it (rationality)."

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Are you and International Sociology a match? If you...

  • are interested in people and society, and social issues

  • analytical with a broad interest

Then this is the program for you!