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.

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 below for further information.

Which schools offer distance exams?

Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM) and Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) offer distance exams for courses taught at their school.

Tilburg School of Humanities (TSH), Tilburg Law School (TLS) and Tilburg School of Theology (TST) do not allow distance exams.

What are the conditions to be granted a distance exam?

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB)

You can apply for a distance exam if you have academic obligations at your home university at the time of the exam. You can also apply in case of severe medical reasons or family emergencies (provided these can be proven). In addition, the following requirements apply:

  1. The exam in the home country will need to be taken simultaneously with the exam in Tilburg.
  2. The home institution supports the decision and will facilitate your distance exam by:
  • Agreeing that all correspondence exchanged on this subject will be conducted by the exchange coordinators of both the home and host institution;
  • Agreeing to find a proctor who will be present during the full length of time the exam takes place;
  • Agreeing to e-mail a scanned copy of the exam to the exchange coordinator of the host institution immediately after the exam has taken place;
  • Agreeing to comply with all other preconditions stated on the cover page of the exam.

Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM)

You can apply for a distance exam if you have academic obligations at your home university at the time of the exam. In addition, the following requirements apply:

  1. The exam in the home country will need to be taken simultaneously with the exam in Tilburg.
  2. The home institution supports the decision and will facilitate your distance exam by:
  • Agreeing that all correspondence exchanged on this subject will be conducted by the exchange coordinators of both the home and host institution;
  • Agreeing to find a proctor who will be present during the full length of time the exam takes place;
  • Agreeing to e-mail a scanned copy of the exam to the exchange coordinator of the host institution immediately after the exam has taken place;
  • Agreeing to comply with all other preconditions stated on the cover page of the exam.

We advise you to check with your home university if distance exams are facilitated before you submit a request.

How do I apply for a distance exam?

  1. Make sure the course is offered by either TiSEM or TSB, since the other schools do not allow distance exams.
  2. Check with your home university if distance exams are facilitated.
  3. In case of academic obligations at your home university: ask your home university coordinator to write an official statement that you are unable to return to Tilburg because of academic obligations. Note that your request will not be taken into consideration if a statement to this effect is not included.
  4. Complete the distance exam request form and upload teh supporting documents.
  5. Submit the distance exam request form.

When do I apply for a distance exam?

The Examination Board should receive your request at least 4 weeks before the date of the exam. If your grade for the first attempt was not registered within this time, then you may submit your request within 1 working day after your grade has been published.

Note that requests that are submitted less than 1 week before the exam date may not be processed in time for us to make the necessary arrangements.

How will I know if my request is granted?

The Examination Board will inform you via e-mail if your request is granted. The Study Abroad & Exchange office will handle all practical matters pertaining to the distance exam.

When do I take my exam?

Distance exams always take place simultaneously (on the exact same date and at the exact same time) with the on-campus exam in Tilburg. If you are in a different time zone and the exam is not scheduled yet, we will do our utmost to schedule the exam at a suitable time for all parties concerned. However, this cannot be guaranteed.

Can I take a distance exam at a different date and/or time?

Distance exams always take place simultaneously with the on-campus exams in Tilburg.
No exceptions are made to this rule.

Who do I contact if I have any other questions?

For general information about distance exams please contact the Study Abroad & Exchange team at studyabroad@tilburguniversity.edu. Visiting hours are daily between 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00 in A-403 (Academia building).