Enrollment in a Bachelor's program with Dutch prior education
You will need to take a number of steps to enroll at Tilburg University. If you want to start a program for which you have not or are no longer enrolled, then you must take the following steps.
Step 1: Register in Studielink
You must register in Studielink, the Dutch national registration system for higher education.
This applies even if you are already enrolled at Tilburg University but you would like to switch programs, or if you want to enroll in a second program alongside your current program.
- Make sure that you register for the correct program. You can find an overview of the names of all Bachelor's programs in Studielink in our Studielink Manual (see below).
- Add your personal details (including your full name) as stated in your passport.
- 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 step-by-step instructions on how to register via Studielink, please refer to the Tilburg University Studielink Manual.
If you are already enrolled and want to re-enroll for the same program
If you are enrolled in the current academic year at Tilburg University, then you will receive an e-mail from the Student Administration well in advance asking you to re-enroll in (or de-enroll from) the same program for the following academic year. Wait for this e-mail before taking steps to re-enroll in the same program.
Step 2: Send the additional documents (if required)
Do you have a Dutch vwo diploma?
With a vwo diploma, we can already assess whether you can be admitted based on your profile and your subjects. You do not have to send us additional documents now.
Please do take a look at the mathematics requirements page to check whether any specific mathematics requirements are applicable for the program you wish to apply for.
Do you have a hbo (propaedeutic) certificate?
If you are applying on the basis of a hbo (propaedeutic) certificate, some programs require you to demonstrate that you have Mathematics A or B and English at vwo level (the highest level of highschool in the Netherlands).
For Dutch-taught Bachelor's programs you might need to provide proof of your proficiency in the Dutch language if you completed your highschool in a country other than the Netherlands.
Please check the mathematics requirements page to find out whether any additional mathematics requirements are applicable for the program you wish to apply for.
English proficiency requirements
The following programs require proof of English language proficiency if you are applying on the basis of a hbo (propaedeutic) certificate:
- Global Law
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence
- Data Science
The following programs MIGHT require proof of English language proficiency* if you are applying on the basis of a hbo (propaedeutic) certificate:
- Global Management of Social Issues
- Human Resource Studies: People Management
- International Sociology
* For the above mentioned Bachelor’s programs, applications are assessed on an individual basis. Therefore, you might be requested to submit an English proficiency certificate. You will be informed about this during the application procedure.
How to prove your English language proficiency
You can find more information about how to prove your English language proficiency at our English proficiency requirements webpage.
- Test results should be send to the Student Desk by August 1 latest.
- Please note: Exception is the Bachelor in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence: students applying for this Bachelor’s program must send their English language proficiency test results to TSHD.ExCOM@tilburguniversity.edu by August 1 latest.
Dutch proficiency requirements
All non-Dutch applicants who apply for a Dutch-taught program must provide proof of their Dutch language proficiency. You can find an overview of the diplomas and language certificates we accept at our Dutch proficiency requirements webpage.
Step 3: Admitted, what's next?
Admitted? Congratulations! We hope you are excited to start your studies at Tilburg University.
Complete your enrollment at Tilburg University
Once you have finished the steps above, you must complete your enrollment.
- You will receive an e-mail from Tilburg University with information about your student number and your Tilburg University e-mail address. With this Tilburg University account you have access to OSIRIS Student.
- Via OSIRIS Student you can check your enrollment status and/or see any 'To do' items that are still pending.
Before you can start your studies in Tilburg, you must arrange some important things, such as your visa (non-EEA nationals only), housing, payment of your tuition fees, and more.
- To help you, we have created a Pre-departure Guide (with checklist) specifically for our international students. This guide will take you through your final preparations before you come to Tilburg.
- You can also check our ‘Quick guide for new students’.
Participate in the introduction activities
General introduction: TOP Week
As a prospective student in Tilburg you can participate in the TOP Week: an introduction week for all new national and international students who are going to study at one of the higher education institutions in Tilburg.
- TOP Week takes place every year in the week before the new academic year starts.
- The purpose of the TOP Week is an introduction to the city, study, associations and fellow students, both from your own study program and other study programs. You get a lot of useful information, learn a lot from the experiences of senior students and it is also fun! Here you will make friendships for the rest of your life.
At the start of the academic year, the faculty organizes the Program Introduction.
- During this day you will receive all the information you need to get off to a good start with your new study program.
- You will also meet the education coordinator of your study program, the program director and your fellow students.
- Participation in this activity is mandatory. If you have been admitted to the program, you will receive an e-mail with more information about this introduction during the summer.
Step 4: Matching
If you have enrolled in the first year of a Bachelor’s program, you will probably be offered to take part in a ‘matching’ activity.
- Matching means that the university and yourself will have to find out whether the program you have chosen fits your abilities and aspirations. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example by means of an interview, a test, or a study activity (such as attending a lecture).
- Tilburg University offers matching for all Bachelor’s programs, with the exception of those programs with a selection procedure. Our website contains a summary of programs with matching and programs with a selection process.
- If you are registered in Studielink for a program with matching, you will automatically receive an invitation to participate in a matching activity.
Please see the matching webpage for further information.