Make the most of University College Tilburg: Liberal Arts and Sciences
At Tilburg University, you can hone your skills through a range of extracurricular activities and opportunities outside the classroom.
You can, for example, participate in our exciting and challenging on top programs, or take an internship and gain work experience in your field of interest. You can also broaden your horizon by following workshops or trainings, or by becoming an active member in a study association.
Study association Extra Muros
The Extra Muros Study Association for Tilburg University’s Liberal Arts and Sciences students. No matter whether they are first, second or third-year students – all LAS students can join Extra Muros for a range of academic as well as social activities.
The Last Lecture Series
Last Lectures offer Tilburg University professors the chance to take the stage with the “wisdom they would try to impart to the world if they knew it was their last chance”. Professors choose the topic of their lecture, ranging from insights from their field of expertise to personal life lessons.
Every year, LAS students get the chance to go on a fascinating and fun study trip that not only gives them a greater experience of the various cultures in Europe and beyond, but that also gives them the opportunity to socialize with their fellow students in a different setting. So far, students have visited Rome, Istanbul and Morocco. More pictures of the Study Trips can be found on the Extra Muros' website.
Extra Muros also organizes various social activities (parties, band nights, dinners, galas, amongst others) throughout the year so that LAS students of all years have the opportunity to meet each other outside the classrooms.
Board & Committees
You can also choose to not only enjoy the diverse activities that Extra Muros has to offer, and to become actively involved in organizing them by becoming a member of the board or participating in a committee. This is a great way to gain first-hand experience in what it is like to run a study association, enhance your organizational and leadership skills, and have a year full of challenges and fun.
Discourses on Europe / Honors Program
If you are interested in an even greater intellectual challenge, or the chance to broaden your scientific knowledge, you have the opportunity to take part in the Discourses on Europe / Honors Program. This is a supplementary program consisting of eight courses (four of which can be chosen by the participant), upon successful completion of which you are awarded a (prestigious) Tilburg University Honors Certificate in addition to your Bachelor's degree qualification.
Outreaching Honors Program
Demonstrate motivation, ambition, and sense of social responsibility by taking the Outreaching Honors Program. This is an excellent opportunity to make a real contribution to society while expanding your own career prospects. Outreaching is a two-year university-wide, supplemental Bachelor’s program that helps students to develop sustainable leadership and personal skills. Master classes with industry professionals, lab sessions supervised by notable professors, internships and team activities (which include a study trip) are just part of what you can expect from this program.
Scholarships & awards
The Excellence Scholarship is a grant of € 2,500 plus a maximum of € 5,000 in the case of a Master's program abroad (dependent on the fee abroad). The scholarship must be used for a Master's program abroad or a Research Master’s at Tilburg University. To qualify for an Excellence Scholarship you must have obtained a complete Bachelor's degree (without exemptions) within three years and with an average result of no less than 8 (out of 10) over 180 compulsory credits. If you have an acknowledged study delay or a delay because of an active membership of the management of a student organization or management participation, this will be taken into account during the application process.
To stimulate internationalization, The Tilburg School of Humanities grants two so-called Dante Awards each year for the best travel plans for a studying activity abroad. Every semester, there is an award for the best travel plan involving teaching activities, research activities or a combination of the two.
Additional courses & workshops
Language vouchers & exchange opportunities
Every LAS student receives free language course vouchers worth a total of 12 ECTS. These vouchers allow you to attend language courses two language courses worth 6 ECTS each, or one language course worth 12 ECTS each at the Language Center. Courses include Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, German, French, English and Dutch. Your ability to speak another language will be invaluable on an international exchange semester - not to mention in any future career.
Training courses & workshops
Besides your regular curriculum, you can enhance your
skills in a variety of courses and workshops offered by the Student Desk or additional training courses offered by Career Services. Some of these are "How to find a job in The Netherlands (for non-Dutch students)", a Linkedin workshop, an Intercultural Communication workshop, amongst others.
Culture & sports
Symposia and debates
Academic Forum organizes symposia, debates and small-scale exchanges focusing on scientific, social and ideological issues throughout the year. There are a number of cultural associatons and places dedicated to theater, drama, musical foundation. Furthermore, Tilburg University also provides spaces for performances and rehearsals, and it also provides a music room with a piano which can be freely used.
Tilburg University's Sports Center has been ranked the best sport centre in The Netherlands by students. For a small fee you can engage in a wide range of sport activities such as aerobics and dance, boxing and martial arts, ball sports, water, snow and ice sports, amongst many others. You can also join a sports association and participate in competitions.
If you aspire to start your own company either now or in the future, Tilburg University offers you many ways to advance your entrepreneurial skills and ambitions. There are relevant and specific courses; access to
Starterslift, an organization that functions exclusively to help start-ups bring their products or services to market; the chance to rent an office via the Business Center; and even an Academic Business Club where you can exchange experiences and best practices with fellow student entrepreneurs.
Student participation in decision-making
Tilburg University is home to every kind of society and association: student associations, unions, arts and culture clubs, sports clubs, student politics or philosophical societies, umbrella organisations, associations with specific objectives such as social services or book purchases. There are many ways and places in which you can become active; the following are some options:
Jobs, internships & volunteering work
While it is important to note that Tilburg University does NOT assist students in finding jobs, students seeking work opportunities (part-time jobs, internships, entry-level jobs) could find the following information useful. Please note: the number of jobs open to non-Dutch speaking students is limited. Part-time jobs Learn more about finding part-time work:
- Part-time jobs
- Working while studying
- Job interviews in the Netherlands
- Applying for a job in the Netherlands
For non-EU citizens. Internships and entry-level jobs Learn more about finding an internship during or after your studies:
Dutch-speaking students should also have a look at the following websites:
Volunteering services Learn more about opportunities for doing volunteering work .
Tilburg University Summer School
Tilburg University Summer School: your perfect start in Tilburg. Before starting your studies in September, you will have the opportunity to take interesting and intensive high-quality courses combined with a fun-packed social program to discover the Dutch culture and the city of Tilburg.
Make the most of your summer
- You gain academic advantage and improve your language skills by following one of the many language courses.
- You can start your academic career by getting familiar with Dutch culture and exploring student life in Tilburg.
- You will meet new people from all over the world.
- You can use your language vouchers to finance the biggest part of your Dutch, English, Spanish or Chinese summer course.
- By participating in these courses, you can obtain official credits (2 to 8 ECTS).
- You can participate in our Summer School now or later, it is also open for students of our university!
Do you want to learn Dutch or improve your English? Or have you always wanted to learn Spanish or Chinese? Then follow one of our language courses! For students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s program, it is also possible to attend the other courses offered by the Summer School. If you want to deepen your knowledge in a particular domain, you can follow a thematic course in the field of Economics, Law, Management & Organization and Psychology.
Besides first-rate interactive courses, Tilburg University Summer School includes a fun packed social program offering you a large number of activities, such as city trips, sports, diners and parties. During the social program you have the opportunity to get to know students from different countries and cultures. Develop your intercultural skills and start to create your international network during this amazing summer experience