Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of support can I expect to get from Tilburg University before my arrival in Tilburg?

We strongly believe that the quality of the services we provide are of equal importance to you as the quality of the degree programs we offer. Therefore, we do our utmost to support you before and after your arrival in Tilburg. Before your arrival we will assist you with the admissions procedure, the visa application process (if applicable) and help you with finding suitable accommodation. For a complete overview, please have a look at our international student services.

Which students need to take an English proficiency test?

You are exempt from an English test:

  • if you are an English native speaker, i.e. if you are a citizen of, or have obtained all your secondary school or university education in English in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States of America
  • for the Bachelor’s programs: if you obtained an IB or EB diploma with English as the language of instruction; or if you obtained a Dutch VWO diploma, the German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, or the Belgian Diploma van secundair onderwijs (ASO), and English was one of the examination subjects.

All other applicants will need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting:

  • a TOEFL certificate (Bachelor’s*: minimum of 550 paper-based / 213 computer-based / 80 internet-based; Master’s: minimum of 575 paper-based / 233 computer-based / 90-91 internet-based)
  • an Academic IELTS certificate (Bachelor’s*: overall minimum score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 on each of the parts; Master’s: overall minimum score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 on each of the parts)
  • Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced English results.

*Different requirements apply for the BSc Data Science: IELTS – min 6.5 / TOEFL – min 90

Do I still need to pass the TOEFL or Academic IELTS test when I have studied English during secondary school?

I have already studied English during secondary school and I did an internship in the United States. Do I still need to pass the TOEFL or Academic IELTS test?

This depends on your secondary school diploma. If you obtained an IB or EB diploma with English as the language of instruction and if you obtained a Dutch VWO diploma, you are exempt from an English test. Some other European secondary school diplomas are exempt from an English test as well, such as the German Abitur. For more information, contact the Admissions Office.

All other students will need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting a TOEFL certificate (BSc: minimum of 550 paper-based / 213 computer-based / 80 internet-based; MSc: minimum of 575 paper-based / 233 computer-based / 90-91 internet-based) or an Academic IELTS certificate (BSc: overall minimum score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 on each of the parts; MSc: overall minimum score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 on each of the parts), or Cambridge Proficiency results.

My Academic IELTS / TOEFL score was lower than the minimum requirement. Can I still be admitted?

NO! Unfortunately we cannot make any exceptions. If you are not an English native speaker or a citizen of an EEA member state with English as their first foreign language at secondary school, you will have to meet the minimum English proficiency requirements.

Do I need to submit a GRE or GMAT?

A GRE or GMAT is only required for specific Master of Science programs at the School of Economics and Management. Check the admission requirements of the program(s) of your interest for more information.

I want to follow a Dutch taught program at your university. Is that possible?

In order to be admitted to a Dutch taught program, you should have sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language and of course meet the 'normal' entry requirements. Therefore you must pass the national exam in 'Dutch as a Second Language', called NT-2. The University Language Center provides excellent preparation for the national exam. If you are registered as a student, you are eligible to take these courses for free. If you have no prior knowledge of Dutch, you must take into account that it will take at least one year to obtain a sufficient command of the language. More information can be found at the Language Center.

I already have a degree. Can I get exemptions for the Master's program?

In order to assess whether you can be exempted for part of the degree programme, you will have to send in a separate formal request for course exemptions. You can either send in the request together with your application or after you have started the degree program at Tilburg University.

What to do:

First of all, you should carefully compare the courses of the degree program at Tilburg University with the courses you already took and successfully passed. If you think there is an overlap, you can apply for exemption of the(se) course(s) by including the following in your request:

  • a list with titles of the courses from the degree program at Tilburg University you want to be exempted for and
  • a list of course titles, including course descriptions and literature used, of the corresponding courses you already successfully passed in your previous programme.

Please note that all information should be in English!

Do I need a visa to study at Tilburg University?

Depending on your nationality, you might need a visa. More information about visa and residence permits.

Will I need to apply for accommodation as I am moving to Tilburg?

And how or when should I do it?

Tilburg University helps you to get started with finding your own accommodation if you apply before the deadline. After being admitted to Tilburg University, we will bring you in contact with two housing companies in Tilburg that specialize in offering fully furnished accommodation.

Check the accommodation section for more information.

What is the tuition fee for my program?

Tuition fees can be found here.

How can I apply for a scholarship?

To apply for one of the scholarships, please see what the requirements and procedures are for each of the scholarships.

What does the Introduction Week offer?

With the introduction week, called TOP-week, you will quickly become integrated into life at the university and in Tilburg. During this week we offer you:

  • Information about class schedules
  • Administrative affairs
  • Information about buying your books
  • A tour around campus and a guided tour through Tilburg City
  • Possibility to buy a second hand bicycle
  • Social activities to meet fellow Dutch and international students

More information and contact

In case you did not find the answer to your question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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