Students Tilburg University

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 instructions on how to register via Studielink, please check the Step-by-step plans on the Studielink website.

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.
  • For the Dutch-taught law Bachelor's programs you need to proof that you obtained your hbo propaedeutic certificate within a year

Mathematics requirements

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:

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Science
  • Theology

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 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?

Congratulations on being admitted to Tilburg University, either conditionally or unconditionally! 

You may be wondering what the next steps are. To ensure a smooth (and stress-free) start of your studies, we have prepared a timeline to give you an overview of the things you need to arrange before the start of your studies. 

On the timeline you can find information about:  

  • Completing your enrollment  
  • Paying your tuition fees 
  • Tips on finding accommodation (if applicable) 
  • Books and schedule 
  • Introduction activities like TOP week and your (mandatory) Study Program Introduction

Go to the Welcome page

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 study check webpage for further information.