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Matching at Tilburg University

Choosing the right Bachelor’s program increases your chances of study success. To find out whether the Bachelor’s program of your choice is a good match, most of our programs offer you a matching activity prior to the start of your studies.

What is matching?

Matching is very common in the Netherlands. A matching activity will give you the chance to find out to what extent your preferred Bachelor’s program matches your skills and interests. This can be done in various ways, such as:

  • the assessment of a motivation letter
  • an interview
  • a test
  • a study activity such as attending a lecture

After the matching activity, you will receive a positive or negative advice. Based on this, you can decide whether the program is suitable for you or not.

How does it work?

We offer you this matching activity after you have registered for one or more programs in Studielink. If your program offers a matching activity, you will automatically receive an invitation to take part. Most, but not all of Tilburg University’s programs have a matching activity. If you apply for multiple programs, you may be invited to multiple matching activities.

Is matching mandatory?

For some Bachelor’s programs taking part in matching is a mandatory step in the application process. For others it is an optional step. You can check whether or not matching is mandatory for the program of your choice in the overview of matching procedures per Bachelor’s program below or on the application and admission webpage of the program of your choice. Since a good orientation on your study program is advisable, we do recommend you to take part.

Which programs offer matching?

The offered matching activities vary per Bachelor’s program and might also vary for students who are completing their prior education in the Netherlands and those who are completing their prior education in another country. 

We offer matching for most Bachelor’s programs. Sometimes matching does not apply for international students. Find out which programs are subject to matching for international students. 

Matching procedure per Bachelor's program

Matching is not selection

It is important to know that matching is not the same as selection. Matching is intended to help you assess whether a particular Bachelor’s program suits you.

  • In case of matching the advice is not binding and the choice is yours: will you stay with your preferred program or will you choose a different one?
  • In the case of selection, the advice is binding and the choice is not yours, but it is the university's decision as to whether you will be admitted to the program of your choice. 

Currently, only our Bachelor’s programs in Liberal Arts and Sciences and Psychology are selective programs. Important difference is that Psychology has a Numerus Fixus and that Liberal Arts and Sciences does not.

Matching is also independent of your admission to a study program. The admission is based on the evaluation of your educational background, whereas matching is based on your skills and motivation.

Negative advice? What to do

It is possible that you are conditionally admitted for the program of your choice, but that you receive a negative matching advice. This means that you have met the requirements for admission, but the university has doubts whether this program is the right fit for you. Since the matching advice is just an advice, and is not binding, you may choose to start the study program even if you have received a negative advice. Of course, we do recommend you to take the advice seriously when deciding whether you want to start a certain program or not.   

Conversely, it is also possible that you have received a positive matching advice but are ultimately rejected for the program based on your prior education. In this case you will unfortunately not be able to start the program.

More information

Do you have any questions about matching for a specific program? Feel free to contact us