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International Sociology

Study the relationship between individuals, groups and society, learn to understand social problems, and specialize in the analysis of social phenomena in the modern world by choosing one of two majors: 'Culture in comparative perspective' or 'Social risks in a changing world'.

What is International Sociology

  • International Sociology focuses on the dynamics between man and society. You study social themes such as migration, poverty and inequality, and cultural differences, while connecting these themes to politics and policy.

  • You shape your own education. Depending on your ambitions and interests, you make a choice of two specializations: 'Culture in comparative perspective' or 'Social risks in a changing world'.

  • 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. You conduct exploratory sociological research and also do an internship. On top of that, the program in International Sociology offers the possibility to study abroad without study delay.

What can you do after International Sociology

  • 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.

Why study International Sociology in Tilburg?

  • International Sociology in Tilburg offers you the chance to self-direct your education. During the Bachelor’s program, you choose one of two majors in which Tilburg specializes: ‘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 choose for a quality academic program, but you also learn how to put your knowledge into practice. International Sociology in Tilburg deals with current and relevant issues and teaches you how to work on these issues during and after your studies.

  • International Sociology in Tilburg is a small-scale program. You will quickly get to know your fellow students and it’s easy to 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.

  • After your Bachelor’s in Sociology in Tilburg, you can choose from various Master’s programs. You can follow the one-year Master’s program in Sociology or participate in the Extended Master’s program including an internship, which increases your chances on the job market. You can also choose an international Double Degree program in Trento (Italy) or Barcelona (Spain), or follow the Research Master’s program.

Curriculum of International Sociology

Thomas, 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."

Bas, student

"Sociology is a broad program. In the first year, you also follow courses of other disciplines, such as psychology and economics."

Erwin, student

"Besides lectures, there often are mandatory tutorials and practical classes in which the lecture material is discussed in smaller groups."

Tuition fees and monthly cost of living

  • Tuition fee for EU/EEA students: € 2,060 per year.
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: € 8,500 per year. One time immigration fees: € 317.

Life in Tilburg is relatively inexpensive compared to other student cities in the Netherlands, such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Utrecht. The overview below gives an indication for your monthly cost of living (including rent, food and drink, books and insurance), of course depending on your lifestyle.

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The tuition fees mentioned above are the tuition fees for 2018-2019. Please note that this is an indication, slight differences in the exact tuition fees are possible.

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