Application and admission for BA Online Culture: Art, Media and Society
This is the application and admission procedure for applicants with a non-Dutch educational background.
a) Check your eligibility
Get a quick indication of your eligibility to our international Bachelor's programs.*
*Currently only available for students who want to apply for admission with a national diploma obtained in Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, or USA or with one of the following international diplomas: International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, GCE A-levels (UK, Cambridge). If you want to apply for admission with another diploma, this is possible, please check the information below.
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 by submitting the results of one of the following tests:
IELTS Academic: minimum overall band score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 on all individual parts of the test.
- We do not accept IELTS Online.
TOEFL iBT: minimum total score of 80 for (TOEFL iBT: Computer based and Paper Edition) at a test center.
- We only accept scores from a single test date. We do not accept MyBest Scores.
- We accept TOEFL iBT Home Edition only under exceptional circumstances, such as when on-site language test centers are closed or inaccessible due to unsafe situations in a country.
- The test results must not be older than two years at the time of application.
- You must be able to prove your English language proficiency at the time of application. Without test results your application cannot be processed unless you are exempted.
For a full overview and list of exemptions, please check out our English language requirements.
For information and registration details regarding the tests, including applicable fees, please visit the official websites of IELTS, TOEFL, and Cambridge.
3. Student profile
As a student of Online Culture: Art, Media and Society you will contribute to the quality of your own - and each other’s - learning experience. Our admission process ensures you will be studying alongside other interesting, ambitious and globally-minded students.
For Online Culture: Art, Media and Society we seek candidates who display:
- Motivation and a broad range of interests.
- Ambition and the desire for intellectual challenge and personal development.
- An international mindset, and who can adapt to a truly multicultural classroom.
- A high level of self-motivation and self-discipline.
- An interest in participating in small-scale, interactive classes as well as lectures.
- A passion for discussion and debate.
- An interest in developing their ability to think critically and analytically.
b) Remember the deadline
If you want to start the program end of August 2024, you must submit your complete application at the latest by:
- EEA nationals: May 1, 2024
- Non-EEA nationals: May 1, 2024
- Applicants with a non-EEA nationality and a valid residence permit of an EEA country, other than the Netherlands, should apply before the non-EEA deadline.
- Applicants with a non-EEA nationality and a valid residence permit of the Netherlands, can follow the deadline for EEA nationals. The residence permit should be valid until at least up to the intended start date of your study program.
c) Follow the procedure for international applicants
For a step-by-step guide through the application process, please watch our video How to apply for a Bachelor's program as an international student (12:29).
Make sure you apply for the correct study program
- The name of this Bachelor's program in Studielink:
In Dutch: B Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen
In English: B Culture Studies
Step 1: Prepare your application documents
During the application process, you must upload the following documents in pdf format only.
- Copy Passport / ID card
Please check the exact requirements, including the minimum validity of your passport or ID card, on the webpage Documents to verify your identity.
- 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 - Highschool. 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 currently studying at a higher education institution but have not (yet) obtained your diploma, please upload the Statement of Educational Institution – Higher Education. This Statement gives us more insight in your curriculum and will help us assess your eligibility for admission correctly. You can complete this form yourself.
- If you have obtained or will obtain the International Baccalaureate: we accept the IB diploma and transcript digitally if they can be verified online by Tilburg University. You can arrange (either via your school or yourself directly with the International Baccalaureate Organization) that Tilburg University has access to your final IB results in IBIS (International Baccalaureate Information System). If you have already graduated, please arrange that Tilburg University has access before you submit an application. If you still have to graduate please send a notification to email@example.com when your final results are available online.
- Your grade list(s). If you have not yet obtained your diploma, please upload your most recent list of grades.
- Please note that we only accept official grade lists which have been issued by your school. A screenshot of your school’s student information system is not accepted.
- Official translation of grade list/transcript and diploma(s)
If your grade list and diploma are not already in Dutch, English, French, or German a certified translator must translate the documents, and certify them with a stamp and signature.
- The results of an English language test (unless you are 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, your application can not be processed.
- Curriculum vitae
A curriculum vitae (CV) is a summary of all your work experience and skills. 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.
Step 2: Register in Studielink
Register in Studielink
You must register in Studielink, the Dutch national registration system for higher education, and include the information below. Please do this correctly otherwise we will not be able to process your application.
- Make sure you register for the correct study program as described above.
- Enter 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 important information to this e-mail address, so please check it regularly.
- For instructions on how to register via Studielink, please watch our video How to register in Studielink or check the Step-by-step plans on the Studielink website.
Please note: you must follow the application procedure in step 3 to be considered for admission. Registration in Studielink only is not sufficient. Both steps 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 two e-mails from Tilburg University. Please also check your spam/junk inbox.
- One e-mail contains your OSIRIS Aanmeld account details as well as information on how you can start your application in OSIRIS Aanmeld. If you have not received this e-mail within 48 hours of your registration in Studielink, please first check if you have completed the details of your prior education correctly. If you have not received this email after correction, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The other e-mail contains your Tilburg University account details (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 at a later stage.
For instructions on how to apply via OSIRIS Aanmeld, please watch our video How to apply for a Bachelor in OSIRIS Aanmeld (07:00).
Some tips for your application:
- If you want to upload a document with more than one page, scan each page of the document into one PDF.
- You do not have to complete your application in one go. You can save your application and return to it later.
Submit your application before the deadline as stated above
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.
You can check your application status anytime you log in to your account in OSIRIS Aanmeld.
Step 4: Outcome of the admissions process
When your application is complete, it will be assessed to determine whether your academic background meets our admission requirements, based on your application documents.
Within four to six weeks of the start of this process, you will receive the Admissions Committee's decision by e-mail. Below are the possible outcomes of your application.
This means that you have been admitted to the Bachelor’s program for which you have applied.
- Your admission may be conditional upon factors such as your graduation from your current program. The conditional admission letter will state what you need to do to turn your conditional admission into unconditional admission. Please read it carefully and contact your International Admissions Coordinator if you have any questions. Please make a note of the deadline given for meeting the conditions of admission.
- After you have met all the conditions of admission, you will receive your unconditional admission letter via e-mail.
This means that the Admissions Committee considers your academic background to be unsuitable for admission to our Bachelor's program and we are unable to admit you based on your current academic background.
- Your registration in Studielink will be cancelled.
- You are welcome to re-apply for this program in the future if your academic background changes.
If your application is rejected and you are not directly eligible for admission to our Bachelor’s programs, you may be eligible at a later date via another route:
- Successfully complete the first year of a Bachelor’s degree in any academic subject at a university in your home country.*
- Successfully complete the first year of a Bachelor’s degree in any academic subject at a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands and be awarded a propaedeutic certificate.*
* Please note that you will also need to meet all other requirements stated on this webpage under a) Check your eligibility.
Step 5: Admitted, what's next?
Congratulations on being admitted to Tilburg University, either conditionally or unconditionally!
You may be wondering what the next steps are. To ensure a smooth (and stress-free) start of your studies, we have prepared a timeline to give you an overview of the things you need to arrange and to guide you through the process of becoming a Tilburg University student.
On the timeline you can find information about:
Completing your enrollment
Paying your tuition fees
Arranging your insurances
Books and schedule
Introduction activities like TOP Week and your (mandatory) Study Program Introduction
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.