Application and admission: Public Governance - international procedure
This is the international application and admission procedure for the MSc Public Governance: Public Administration, Economics and Law.
Do you want to apply with a diploma from a non-Dutch educational institution, including those in Belgium and the Dutch Caribbean?
- Then you must follow the international procedure below.
Do you want to apply with a diploma obtained in the Netherlands?
- Then you must follow the national procedure.
a) Check your eligibility
1. Educational background
Before you apply, please make sure that you meet the following admission requirements:
- You have an academic Bachelor's degree in Public Governance/Public Administration/Public Policy before the start of this Master's program, or;
- You have an academic Bachelor’s degree in Global Law before the start of this Master’s program, or:
- You have an academic Bachelor’s degree in Global Management of Social Issues before the start of this Master’s program, or:
- You have an academic Bachelor’s degree in Economics before the start of this Master’s program, or:
- You have an academic Bachelor’s degree in a related field with sufficient knowledge of politics, policy, governance, or economics.
Are you not directly admissible?
Tilburg University offers a program designed for students with a Bachelor's degree who do not entirely meet the entry requirements of the Master's program in Public Governance. The pre-Master's program can be tailor-made to individual learning needs. Please, send a request for admission via e-mail: toelatingscommissieTLS@tilburguniversity.edu
2. English language requirements
You must prove your proficiency in English by submitting the results of one of these tests:
- Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 for each section.
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test; we do not accept the revised paper-based test.
- The TOEFL institutional code for Tilburg University is 9860.
- Please note: we do not accept the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP)
- 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.
- 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, you must confirm your test date in your application.
An English proficiency test is not required if one of the following applies to your situation:
- You hold a passport from one of the following countries:
Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
- You have studied your entire Bachelor's or Master's program in one of the following countries:
Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
For all other countries and situations, the English language test is compulsory. No exemptions from this requirement will be made other than those mentioned above.
b) Remember the deadline
You must submit your application in our online application system before the deadline that applies to you.
- Starting end of August: July 1
- Starting end of January: December 1
EEA countries are…
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Spain, and Sweden.
- Applicants with a Swiss citizenship should follow the deadline for EEA nationals.
- It is not yet clear whether UK nationals must apply by the deadline for EEA nationals or non-EEA nationals. This will only become clear once the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement have been finalized. We therefore suggest that UK nationals apply before the deadline applicable for non-EEA nationals to ensure a timely processing of their application.
Are you applying with a diploma obtained in a non-EEA country?
If you are an EEA national with a diploma obtained in a non-EEA country, we strongly advise you to apply before the deadline applicable for non-EEA nationals. The reason is that the diploma evaluation and assessment of the application takes longer for non-EEA diplomas, which might leave you with insufficient time to make the necessary arrangements for the start of your studies.
- Starting end of August: April 1
- Starting end of January: October 1
If you are applying for a scholarship, you must apply for admission to Tilburg University at least six weeks before the scholarship deadline. This will ensure that you receive an admission decision before the scholarship deadline.
You can check the tuition fees and scholarships page for an overview of opportunities, application deadlines, and eligibility criteria.
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 Master's program as an international student (11:12).
Step 1: Prepare your application documents
During the application process, you must upload the following documents in pdf format only.
A. Documents to verify your educational background and motivation
Your Bachelor's (and Master's) diploma(s), if you already have them.
- If you have not yet completed your higher education study program, you should upload a provisional transcript with your grades up to this point (see 2). Once conditionally admitted, you must send a certified hard copy of your diploma to us, according to the details in your conditional Admission Statement.
- If you already have completed your higher education study program but have not yet received your diploma, you can provide us with a Graduation Statement from your university that you have completed all graduation requirements for your study program and the date the diploma will be awarded. Such a statement must have an original seal/stamp and signature.
- Transcript of Records
This is a list from your University of the courses you have taken in your Bachelor's (and Master's) degree, with the grades you have achieved. This must be an official list from your University, not your results downloaded from the University’s student system. If you have not yet completed all courses at the time of application, please provide the Transcript plus a list of the courses you still need to complete before graduation.
- Official translations of the Transcript of Records and diploma(s)
If your Transcript of Records and diploma are not in English or Dutch, a certified translator must translate the documents (with the exception of the course description and the thesis/research paper). The translator must attach the translation to copies of the original document and stamp both documents. Please note: we cannot accept translations that are not attached to a copy of the original document; the translator must make sure that s/he stamps the copy of the original document and attaches the two documents to each other.
- English language test results if you are not exempted
You can check the requirements above under the heading 'English language requirements'. Please note that it is not obligatory to have completed the English language test before application. In our online application system you can indicate the type of test you intend to take and the approximate test date.
- A letter of motivation (free format).
- Your Curriculum Vitae.
- Chinese nationals are advised to apply for a Nuffic Certificate as soon as possible to avoid any delays in the immigration procedure. For more information, please go to the Nuffic website.
B. Documents to verify your identity
- We only accept your passport to confirm your identity.
- Please upload a scan of all pages in your passport which have a stamp or sticker on them, as well as the page with your personal details and the issue and expiry date of your passport.
- Your passport must be valid until at least six months after the starting date of your study program:
- at least until March 1, if you apply for the September intake.
- at least until August 1, if you apply for the January intake.
- Are you already living inside the EEA? In addition to your passport, please upload a scan of the front AND back of your EEA/Dutch residence permit.
We accept either your passport or national identification card to confirm your identity:
- Passport: upload the page with your personal details and the issue and expiry date of your passport.
- National identification card: upload a scan of both the front AND back of your national identification card.
- Please make sure that all information in the documents requested is clear and do not cover any information in the scans of the documents you upload. It is important for verification purposes that information including the photo, your personal details and the computer coding at the bottom of the document are visible to us.
- In order to assess your application, we only require the documents listed above.
Step 2: 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 you register for the correct study program.
- The name of this Master's program in Studielink is:
M Public Governance (croho: 66627)
- The name of this Master's program in Studielink is:
- Add your personal details (including your full name) as stated in your passport.
- Add details of all your educational programs leading to your Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree, even if you have not completed the program of study.
- 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 (03:32) and read the Studielink Manual.
Please note: you must follow the application procedure in step 3 to be considered for admission. Registration in Studielink alone is not sufficient. Both processes 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 must continue your application in OSIRIS Aanmeld, our online application system.
Within 48 hours of your registration in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail confirming your login details to OSIRIS Aanmeld.
- You can prepare for this e-mail by confirming email@example.com as a safe sender in your e-mail system. You should also check your spam/junk inbox.
- If you have not received this e-mail within 48 hours of your registration in Studielink, please contact your International Admissions Coordinator via Admissions@tilburguniversity.edu.
Log in to OSIRIS Aanmeld using your login details as stated in the confirmation e-mail. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
For instructions on how to apply via OSIRIS Aanmeld, please watch our video How to apply for a Master in OSIRIS Aanmeld (06:57).
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 1: Prepare your application documents'.
Some tips for your application:
- In OSIRIS Aanmeld, the name of the application process in the Type column is "Application pre-Master + Master" for all applicants. This is independent of the type of program you have registered for in Studielink.
- 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.
You will also receive an e-mail with login details for Tilburg University's computer network
In addition to the e-mail with login details for OSIRIS Aanmeld, you will also receive an e-mail with login details for Tilburg University's computer network from our Library and IT Services department.
- This e-mail has, among other information, 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 after your admission to complete your enrollment.
Submit your application before the deadline as stated above
When you have completed your application, you can submit it. 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.
If your documents are not complete, you will be asked to submit any missing or replace any illegible document(s). Your International Admissions Coordinator may request additional information from you during the assessment process. Please check your e-mail regularly (including your spam folder) to avoid a delay in the processing of your application.
You can check your application status anytime you log in to your account in OSIRIS Aanmeld.
Step 4: Admissions Committee's decision
After your application is complete, your application 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:
- Admission to the Master's program
This means that you have been admitted directly to the Master’s program for which you have applied.
- Your admission may be conditional upon, e.g., your graduation from your current degree and/or meeting the English proficiency requirements. 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.
- After you have met all the conditions of admission, you will receive your unconditional admission letter via e-mail.
- Admission to the pre-Master's program
This means that your application was considered for admission to the Master’s program, but the Admissions Committee felt that your academic background was not sufficient to start the Master’s program directly. HOWEVER, it is considered that the pre-Master's program would prepare you sufficiently to begin the Master’s program in the next intake, once you have successfully completed the pre-Master’s courses.
- If you have received admission to the pre-Master's program, your application for the Master’s program will be cancelled in Studielink and you must register in Studielink for the pre-Master’s program.
- As soon as you have registered in Studielink, you will be asked to apply again via OSIRIS Aanmeld. You must upload your Conditional Admission Letter in addition to the other documents requested. Please note: you can use the same documents which you have uploaded for your Master's application.
This means that the Admissions Committee considers your academic background to be unsuitable for admission to either our Master's or pre-Master's program. Your registration in Studielink will be cancelled.
Step 5: Admitted, what's next?
Congratulations on being admitted to Tilburg University, either conditionally or unconditionally! 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.
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.
Do you have any questions?
Please feel free to contact us for your personal queries. You can contact us on every page of the Master's website.