Bachelor Psychology

Application and admission for BSc Psychology

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Have you decided to apply for our Bachelor's program in Psychology? On this page you will find a description of our admission and application procedure. The enrollment period for this study program for the academic year 2022-2023 is closed (it was open October 1, 2021 - January 15, 2022).

Which application procedure should you follow?
  • Follow the international application procedure below only if:
    • you are applying based on a non-Dutch school/university education, regardless of your nationality (including Belgium and the Netherlands Antilles).
    • you are graduating from an educational institution in the Netherlands with a non-Dutch diploma, such as the full International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma.
  • Please follow the national application and admission procedure if you are applying based on a Dutch vwo or hbo-p diploma, regardless of your nationality.

Numerus Fixus

The Bachelor's program in Psychology is a Numerus Fixus program with selection by the educational institution. This means that you go through a selection process after applying. Due to the fact that a numerus fixus applies, it may occur not everyone will be allocated a place to study Psychology at Tilburg University.

  • There are 600 places available in total for both the Dutch and the English taught Psychology program.
  • The allocation of the ranking numbers is based on the outcome of the selection procedure results and there is no link with the language version.
  • You can apply for the academic year 2022-2023 in Studielink as of October 1, 2021 until January 15, 2022 23.59  (Central European Time (CET).

a) Check your eligibility

Get a quick indication of your eligibility to our international Bachelor's programs.*

Go to our Eligibility tool

*Currently only available for students who want to apply for admission with a national diploma obtained in Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Romania, Poland, Croatia, or USA or with one of the following international diplomas: International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, GCE A-levels (UK, Cambridge).

1. Diploma requirements

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. 

Tilburg University accepts one of the following tests, which must not be older than two years at the time of application:

  • Academic IELTS  with a minimum overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 for each section.
  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 80 for the internet-based test; we do not accept the revised paper-based test, nor the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP). 
    • The TOEFL institutional code for Tilburg University is 9860. 
    • Please request ETS to send us your test results via the ETS online database before you submit your application.
  • Cambridge English test results: C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B, or C.

Please note

  • We do not accept a combination of test results on different test dates, e.g., TOEFL's 'My Best Scores'. 
  • You must be able to prove your English language proficiency at the time of application. Without test results your application can not be processed, unless you are exempted.

For a full overview and list of exemptions, please check out our English language requirements.

3. Mathematics requirements

Mathematics is a required course. This means that even if you have obtained or are going to obtain a recognized diploma, you must be able to prove that you have a sufficient level of Mathematics. More information on the level of mathematics that is required for admission to this Bachelor’s program can be found on our mathematics requirements page.

Good to know is that this Bachelor's program offers a mathematics course in the first months of the program. Specific requirements vary according to the educational system in each country but - in general you can be exempted from this course if you have taken mathematics up to and including the last year of high school. You will be informed at the start of the academic year whether you will have to follow (and pass) this course or if you can be exempted based on your final diploma and list of grades. If you are exempted, you can still choose to follow this course on a voluntary basis because it can be a good preparation for any research or statistics related courses.

Please note that the Tilburg University mathematics course cannot be used for admission to other Dutch universities. For this reason, you will not receive a certificate at the end of the course.

b) Remember the deadlines

  • You can apply for this program in Studielink as of October 1, 2021. The application deadline for Studielink is January 15, 2022, 23.59 (Central European Time (CET)).
  • In addition to your registration in Studielink, you need to submit your application in OSIRIS Aanmeld before January 31, 2022. Shortly after you registered in Studielink, you will receive an email with your OSIRIS Aanmeld account details. 
  • On April 15, 2022 you will receive a message via Studielink about the ranking number assigned to you and whether you can directly accept the place (ranking number 1-600) or whether you will be on the waiting list (all ranking numbers above 600).
    • If your ranking number is within the number of available places (there are 600 available places in total, for both the Dutch and the English-taught Psychology program), you will receive a proof of placement via Studielink on April 15, 2022. As soon as you have received your proof of placement, you must accept this via Studielink within 14 days.
    • A proof of placement that has not been accepted on time, will expire due to law. If a proof of placement expires, a proof of placement will be granted to the next candidate who qualifies for this on the basis of his/her ranking number and to whom no proof of placement has previously been granted. Proof of placements for the academic year 2022-2023 will be issued until August 31, 2022.
    • If your ranking number is above 600 and you are awarded a place at a later moment, you will be notified in this regard. You need to accept the place via Studielink within 14 days.
    • Please be informed that your ranking number is unique and will not change, even when you are on the waiting list and you would be a awarded a place at a later moment.
    • More information regarding accept, await or reject a place can be found on the Studielink website.

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).

View the frequently asked questions about this application and selection procedure.

For questions regarding the Numerus Fixus procedure, please contact the Admission Coordinator Numerus Fixus: psychology-numerusfixus@tilburguniversity.edu.

Step 1: Register in Studielink

Register in Studielink

You must register in Studielink, the Dutch national registration system for higher education, including the information below. Please do so correctly or we will not be able to process your application.

  • Make sure that you register for the correct program. When you register in Studielink, you must choose either:
    • B Psychology (English) or
    • B Psychologie (Dutch)
  • Add 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 you important information via 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 and read the Studielink Manual.

Registration for 2022-2023 opens on October 1, 2021. The Studielink application deadline is January 15, 2022 (23.59, CET time). 

Register in Studielink 

Please note: you must follow the application procedure in step 3 to be considered for admission. Registration in Studielink only is not sufficient. Both processes must be completed by the deadline stated above.

Step 2: Prepare your application documents

After your registration in Studielink (step 1), an application procedure follows for which you will need to upload a number of documents in our online application system OSIRIS Aanmeld. We recommend that you start collecting the required documents timely.

Please prepare the following documents in pdf format.

If you already have graduated:

  1. Your diploma(s) and grade list(s) in the language in which they are issued.
  2. An official translation of all documents, transcripts, certificates and grade lists if these are not already in Dutch, English, French or German.
  3. The results of an English language test.  Please note that your application will not be assessed until you have provided your English language test results that meet our requirements. You must provide your English language test results by January 31, 2022 latest.
  4. copy of your passport or EEA national ID card. If you have dual citizenship, please upload both passports/ID cards.
  5. If you are a non-EEA national and already live in the Netherlands: your Dutch residence permit (back and front).

If you have not graduated yet:

  1. If you have not yet obtained your secondary school diploma and will obtain non-Dutch diploma, you must upload the ‘Statement of Educational Institution’ in your application. This statement provides information we need to assess your eligibility for admission correctly.
    • Please download the Statement of Educational Institution and ask your School Counsellor/representative to complete it as requested, sign it and stamp it.
    • The completed Statement must then be scanned as a PDF document and uploaded in your application under ‘Additional Documents’.
    • The above applies to all applicants who will obtain a non-Dutch diploma. This also includes those with the Dutch nationality who will obtain an international diploma, such as an IB or EB diploma or a diploma that is issued by a school based in the Dutch Antilles or Surinam. 
  2. Your official final grade list from the previous school year (2020-2021) in the original language.
  3. Your most recent grade list or the predicted grades from the current school year (2021-2022) in the original language.
  4. An official translation (issued by a sworn translator or by your school) of all documents, transcripts, certificates, and grade lists if these are not already in Dutch, English, French or German.
  5. The results of an English language test. Please note that your application will not be assessed until you have provided your English language test results that meet our requirements. You must provide your English language test results by January 31, 2022 latest. 
  6. A copy of your valid passport or EEA national ID card. If you have dual citizenship, please upload both passports/ID cards.
  7. If you are a non-EEA national and already live in the Netherlands: your Dutch residence permit (back and front).

Please note

  • We only accept official grade lists, which have been signed and stamped by your school and/or your school's Study Advisor. A screenshot of your school’s digital environment where you can review your academic progress is not accepted.
  • Incomplete applications cannot be processed. It is therefore important that you make sure that you have uploaded the correct documents mentioned above. 
  • Tilburg University maintains the right to request certified copies (or originals) of the above documents during the admission process, if this is necessary to evaluate your application.
Step 3: Continue your application in our online application system

After you have registered in Studielink, you need to continue your application in OSIRIS Aanmeldour online application system.

In addition to your Studielink registration, you are required to submit your application in our online application system OSIRIS Aanmeld. 

Within 24 hours of your registration in Studielink, you will automatically receive two e-mails from Tilburg University.

  1. One 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.
  2. The other e-mail contains your OSIRIS Aanmeld account details as well as information on how you  can start your application in OSIRIS Aanmeld. 

For instructions on how to apply via OSIRIS Aanmeld, please watch our video How to apply for a Bachelor in OSIRIS Aanmeld (07:00).

Make sure to upload the correct documents, or your application can not be processed. Details about the format and content of the required documents can be found in 'Step 2: Prepare your application documents'.

Some tips for your application:

  • You can prepare for the email containing your Osiris Aanmeld account details by confirming noreply@tilburguniversity.edu as a safe sender in your e-mail system. You should also check your spam/junk inbox. 
  • We recommend that you use Chrome as your web browser.
  • If you want to upload a document with more than one page, scan each page of the document into one PDF.
  • In order to assess your application, we only require the documents listed above.
  • 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

Your complete application in OSIRIS Aanmeld must be submitted latest by January 31.

When your application is complete

When your application is complete, your application will be assessed to determine whether your academic background meets our admission requirements, based on your application documents.

  • If your application does not meet our admission criteria, you will receive a letter via e-mail informing you that your application does not meet our requirements and that you cannot be admitted to the program. The application and selection process for you will not go further.
  • If your application meets our admissions criteria, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail within 6 weeks. Additionally, you will timely receive an invitation and further instructions for the knowledge test and the motivation assignment.
Step 4: Go through the selection procedure

For the Bachelor’s program in Psychology, the selection committee determines whether you can be admitted to the program. After you registered for the Psychology study program in Studielink your application will be assessed. If your application meets our admissions criteria you will receive a provisional conditional admission letter.

If you received a provisional, conditional admission letter, you will receive an invitation for the knowledge test as well as for the motivation assignment between end January and end February including further information and instructions.

The  selection procedure consists of the following elements:

  • A ) Average high school grade
  • B ) A selection assignment consisting of a knowledge test
  • C ) A selection assignment consisting of a motivation assignment

The selection assignments B (knowledge test) and C (motivation assignment) will be organized online. The knowledge test will take place on Thursday March 10, 2022 and the duration will be 75 minutes. You will be informed about the exact time for the knowledge test via the invitation which may be expected between the end January and the end of February. 

The motivation assignment will be available from Thursday March 10 until Friday March 11, 2022 16.00 Dutch time (Central European Time).

Preparation for the (B) knowledge test and (C) motivation assignment

  • You can prepare for the knowledge test by studying the study material which will be available from Wednesday March 2, 10.00 Dutch time (CET) until Wednesday March 9, 17.00 Dutch time (CET). More information and details will be provided in the personal invitation (see above). 
  • The study material is completely in English, irrespective of the language of the program for which you have applied. The study material will be provided in the same digital system which will be used for the knowledge test and the motivation assignment.
  • The study material consists of literature and several video clips.
  • Three psychology related topics are involved in the knowledge test. No mathematical nor statistical parts are involved in the knowledge test.
  • The language of the knowledge test will be determined by the language of the program you have applied for. If you have applied for Psychology (English), the knowledge test will be in English. If you have applied for Psychology (Dutch), the knowledge test will be in Dutch. 
  • For the motivation assignment no preparation can be done. The language for the motivation assignment will also be determined by the language of the program you have applied for.

Set-up of the ranking list

  • The selection criteria A (Average high school grade) and B (knowledge test) are weighted in the ratio of 40-60% respectively
    In case of identical final scores of two or more candidates after applying selection criteria A and B, a ranking number will be assigned to each of these candidates based on their score on the knowledge test; that is, the order of the ranking numbers of these candidates will be determined by the level of their score on the knowledge test. In case no unique ranking number can be assigned to candidates by application of the foregoing, the order of the ranking numbers will be determined by the grade for the subjects English, Mathematics and Biology successively. 
  • Criterion C will be used by the Selection Committee to differentiate between candidates to whom no unique ranking number could be assigned even after applying the above.  
  • Based on the outcome of the selection, all candidates for both Psychology programs (Dutch and English) are jointly ranked by the selection committee according to the above selection criteria. This results in a list of ranking numbers, with a ranking number assigned to each candidate.

Announcement of ranking numbers

  • On April 15, 2022 you will receive a message via Studielink about the ranking number assigned to you and whether you can directly accept the place (ranking number 1-600) or whether you will be on the waiting list (all ranking numbers above 600).
  • If your ranking number is within the number of available places (there are 600 available places in total, for both the Dutch and the English-taught Psychology program), you will receive a proof of placement via Studielink on April 15, 2022.
    As soon as you have received your proof of placement, you must accept this via Studielink within 14 days. A proof of placement that has not been accepted on time will expire due to law. If a proof of placement expires, a proof of placement is granted to the next candidate who qualifies for this on the basis of their ranking number and to whom no proof of placement has previously been granted. 
  • If your ranking number is above 600 and you are awarded a place at a later moment, you will be notified in this regard. You need to accept the place via Studielink within 14 days. Proof of placements for the academic year 2022-2023 will be issued until August 31, 2022.
  • Please be informed that your ranking is unique and will not change, even when you are on the waiting list and you would be a awarded a place at a later moment.

More information regarding accept, await or reject a place can be found on the Studielink website.

The selection and admission procedure is subject to the Selection and Admission Regulations Bachelor’s in Psychology Tilburg University 2022–2023 that were adopted by the Executive Board of Tilburg University on August 30, 2021.

Please note

  • You can register for a maximum of two numerus fixus programs at the same time, for example Psychology Tilburg University + Psychology University Maastricht.
  • You can register a maximum of two times for the selection procedure of the Bachelor's program in Psychology at Tilburg University. Selection results cannot be carried over to the next year.
  • A candidate who does not accept his proof of placement has used one selection attempt. If he / she registers the following year, the entire selection procedure must be repeated.
  • Should you have any questions regarding the selection procedure, please contact the Admission Coordinator Numerus Fixus: psychology-numerusfixus@tilburguniversity.edu

Step 5: Admitted and accepted your place, what's next?

Admitted and accepted your place? Congratulations! We hope you are excited about your move to Tilburg. We welcome you and wish you good luck with the start of your studies.

We will walk you through the next steps:

  • Complete your enrollment and pay your tuition fees
    Please check your enrollment status and any to-do items that may still be pending in OSIRIS Student. You can use your login details for Tilburg University’s computer network to access OSIRIS Student.
  • Arrange practical matters
    Before you can start your studies in Tilburg, there are a number of important practical matters to take care of, such as your visa (non-EEA nationals only), housing, and insurances.
  • Participate in orientation activities
    All Tilburg University students are encouraged to arrive in Tilburg during our Registration Days, which will take place in mid-August. During the week prior to the start of the academic year, there is a mandatory study program introduction. You may also want to take part in the Tilburg Orientation Program (TOP Week) – a great way to get to know your fellow students and the city of Tilburg.

Take the next steps to become a Tilburg University student

Any questions?

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.

Check out the frequently asked questions

For questions regarding the Numerus Fixus procedure, please contact the Admission Coordinator Numerus Fixus: psychology-numerusfixus@tilburguniversity.edu.