Students at their graduation ceremony

QTEM Program Tilburg University

The QTEM program is an extension of your regular Master’s program during which you will study abroad at prestigious universities, and conduct an international internship at a renowned multinational company.

What is the QTEM program?

QTEM stands for Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management, and was founded in 2012 by a group of leading universities and corporate partners. Its network, which by 2017 had 178 enrolled master students - is steadily growing.

The QTEM Program consist of:

  • 1 or 2 QTEM Exchanges
  • 1 professional internship of at least 240 hours
  • The QTEM Data Challenge

Upon completion students obtain the QTEM network certificate.


Participating Master's programs

All students enrolled in a Master's program at TiSEM are invited to apply. The program is also open to students of Data Science and Society (TSHD). The QTEM program is open to both national and international students.

Why would you participate?

There are several reasons why ambitious students should participate in the QTEM program:

  • Add academic courses to your current program to either deepen your knowledge of the field, or specialize in another one.
  • Available spots in this program worldwide are very limited, so you will be part of a very select group of wanted young talent.
  • Receive an official QTEM certificate and make your CV stand out.
  • International work experience makes you attractive to companies operating in a global environment.  
  • Expand your professional network.

Learn all about QTEM and why you should join - in this 3 minute video!
Interested in what a QTEM certificate can do for your career? Watch the QTEM alumni facts video!

Universities in the QTEM network

Australia - Melbourne:Monash University
Belgium - Brussels:The Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
Canada - Montréal:HEC Montréal
China - Hangzhou:Zhejiang University
China - Harbin:Harbin Institute of Technology
China - Suzhou:International Business School Suzhou at XJTLU
China - Xiamen:Xiamen University
Finland - Helsinki:Hanken School of Economics
France - Nice:EDHEC Business School
France - Paris:Université Paris-Dauphine
Germany - Frankfurt:Goethe-Universität
Germany - Munich:Technische Universität München
Italy - Milan: Politecnico di Milano
Italy - Rome: LUISS Guido Carli
Japan - Tokyo: Waseda University
Norway - Oslo:BI Norwegian Business School
Portugal - Porto: Universidade do Porto
Russia - Moscow:Higher School of Economics
Russia - St. Petersburg:Higher School of Economics
Spain - Barcelona:BSM - Pompeu Fabra University
Switzerland - Lausanne:Université de Lausanne
The Netherlands - Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam
United Kingdom - Coventry:Warwick Business School
United Kingdom - Exeter:Exeter Business School

Exchange experience of student Bastiaan Nabben

"As a European, I always wanted to discover a culture that was completely different from mine. I wanted to experience a big 'culture shock'.  Waseda University, located in Tokyo, was able to make this happen. My exchange offered a unique view on the amazing, open, friendly, crazy, but respectful culture of Japan. You will never have the same experience as a tourist. It is a privilege to be in QTEM during your exchange, you are connected to many academic and corporate partners.  Explore as much as you can and expand your network. QTEM offers you everything that is needed for your future, make the most out of it." -  Bastiaan Nabben


Corporate partners

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • FIRM
  • Gjensidige
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Millennium bcp
  • Optiver
  • Ortec
  • Q8
  • Rostelecom
  • Santander
  • Volkswagen

Fees and compensation

Students stay enrolled at Tilburg University during their QTEM year.

  • You do not pay tuition fees at other institutions.
  • Cost of living is at your own expense.
  • Companies however may offer an internship fee, according to their company policy.

Application process and requirements

1. Apply for the regular Master's program

All students first apply for the regular Master's program of their interest. After being accepted, students start their regular program at the end of August. At the beginning of the fall semester, the QTEM program will be introduced to students of participating programs.

2. Apply for the QTEM Program

There are two application deadlines per year around December and June. Check out the Canvas website for the exact dates.

Application form for the QTEM program

3. Pre-selection by Tilburg University

The QTEM team will pre-select students who are believed to be good candidates for the program, based on academic competence, extracurricular activities, motivation, and the GMAT score 650 (600 if exceptional file). Selected students will be invited for an interview.

4. Destinations

Selected students can indicate which track they wish to pursue and what their top 5 preferences are for exchange destinations. Final placement will be based on availability and ranking of selected candidates.

Do you have any questions?

Are you interested in participating in the QTEM program, or would you like to know more about it?