Exchange programs

Tilburg University welcomes hundreds of international exchange students each year. These students come to Tilburg within the framework of ERASMUS agreements and bilateral agreements with universities all over the world.

Courses for Exchange students

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Please find here all the courses that are available for exchange students. Exchange students can choose courses from all schools of Tilburg University, as long as you meet the specific requirements of a course. To avoid the disappointment of not being able to take your indicated courses, we advise you to critically assess each course and only select courses that match your specific academic background.

Please keep the following in mind when selecting courses:
  • A normal (full-time) course load is 30 ECTS per semester.
  • Exchange students are only allowed to take a maximum of 12 ECTS of the Language Center.
  • Some courses have admission requirements (e.g. the course coordinator will have to check your academic background or a course may have limited places available). These courses have been listed as courses to which conditions apply.
  • Some Schools work with a unit system (two units per semester), but the majority works with a semester system (two semesters per year).
  • Check the column: “pre-requisites” before selecting a course. If you do not meet the pre-requisites, do not select this course.

Courses overview


  • Please check the overview Bachelor Courses Fall 2018
  • Please check the overview Master Courses Fall 2018


  • Please check the overview Bachelor Courses Spring 2019
  • Please check the overview Master Courses Spring 2019

Please note: Master students are allowed to take Bachelor courses if it is approved by their home university. Bachelor students can only choose from Bachelor level courses (except from Tilburg Law School – where Bachelor students can also choose Master level courses).

You can find all information about the academic calendars of our Schools. Here you will find information about holidays and exam periods. Be aware that the holidays and the end of your Exchange are dependent on the courses you will take.

Courses with additional entry requirements

Courses offered within the BSc/ BA Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) program (School of Humanities and Digital Sciences), LLB Global Law (GLB) program and MSc Victimology and Criminal Justice program (Law School) have additional entry requirements.

Due to the popularity and a small-scale character of these programs additional entry requirements and a selection apply.

Selection criteria for the LAS courses for all students

Please read this information carefully, as it will help you prepare your study plan and meet additional entry requirements before the deadline. Please make sure you have met all additional requirements before finalizing your study plan, in order to avoid disappointment for not being accepted to the courses of your choice!

We kindly ask you to pay careful attention to the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) courses, offered within the School of Humanities. Due to the popularity and a small-scale character of the program, Liberal Arts and Sciences courses have additional entry requirements. If you would like to follow one of these courses during your exchange semester at Tilburg University, make sure to upload an essay (1-2 A4) and a short motivation letter (1 A4) to your online application.

In your motivation letter you need to explain why you want to take the LAS course(s). An essay needs to address a societal problem or issue (be it social, political, legal, moral, or artistic) you found particularly compelling this year. This is an opportunity for you to display your ability to critically analyze a topic and effectively argue your viewpoint - illustrating your points with supportive evidence. One Motivation letter and one essay are sufficient even if you apply for several LAS courses. All documents must be in English.

Admission to the courses is based on a case-by-case basis and depends on the number of available places, good English-language command and prior knowledge (if applicable).

More information about LAS courses can be found in the Electronic Guide of this particular School.

Selection Criteria Bachelor Global Law

  • Motivation letter, the expected length is one page.
  • Grading 7 in average.
  • Please note that 100% class attendance is mandatory (including preparation and active participation during class)
  • No possibility of mixing classes from different years
  • Max. 2 Global Law courses per semester

Selection Criteria Master Victimology and Criminal Justice

A motivation letter from each bachelor student of 15-20 lines.

Certificate Programs

Besides courses, students can also take courses in a so-called certificate program. A Certificate Program is a fixed program in which a student follows courses according to a specific theme. If the student passes all the courses he/she will receive the certificate at the end of his/her exchange program. Please check the Certificate Programs web page for more information.

Distance exams for incoming exchange students

In certain cases, incoming exchange students can submit a request to take an exam abroad. If permission is granted, the exam can be taken at the student's home university. Please check the FAQ on distance exams for incoming exchange students for further information.