Check your eligibility
Before you can apply to go on exchange, you must check that you meet all eligibility requirements.
You can apply for an exchange if:
- your study plan allows you to go on exchange for one semester,
- you meet the application requirements, and
- you are registered as a Tilburg University student at the time of applying and for the full period of your exchange, including pre-departure processes.
Does my study program allow me to go on exchange for one semester?
Students are able to go on exchange once in their Bachelor’s program and once in their Master’s program. Most Bachelor programs at Tilburg University have the flexibility to go on exchange without experiencing a study delay. Some programs have a mobility window of one semester, which is dedicated to either following electives or minor courses abroad. Other programs have special arrangements whereby students can be flexible with their courses, moving them to another semester or substituting courses by courses at one of our partner universities. For most Master programs, an exchange is considered as extra to your regular program, therefore causing a study delay of one semester.
What does my Study Abroad Study Plan say?
Your TiU School has its own requirements about how to fit an exchange into your study program and the kind of courses you should follow at the host university:
Any questions about course selection and how to fit an exchange into your study program need to be discussed with your Education Coordinator.
What are the application requirements?
Before you can apply for an exchange, you will need to have obtained a certain amount of ECTS by the day of the application deadline:
|You are registered as a:||# ECTS obtained|
|First year bachelor student||not allowed to apply (except for Philosophy and Theology students, see linked Study Abroad Study Plans)|
|Second year bachelor student||60 (also for Global Law Fast Track students, see Study Abroad Study Plan)|
|Third year bachelor student – applying for an exchange taking place in the fourth year of the bachelor program*||90|
|Third year bachelor student – applying for an exchange taking place in the master program||120|
|Fourth year bachelor student**||120|
28 for pre-Master Rechtsgeleerdheid students as the structure of their program enables a maximum of only 28 ECTS to be achieved in the first semester
30 for students of all other pre-Master programs
|Master student||No ECTS requirements|
* students who are registered in their 3rd year of studies and have been awarded a board grant for more than 4,5 months in their second year will be exempted from being required to obtain 90 ECTS. These students will be considered as 2nd year bachelor students and are therefore required to have obtained 60 ECTS.
** students who are registered in their 4th year of studies and have been awarded a board grant for more than 4,5 months in their second or third year will be exempted from being required to obtain 120 ECTS. These students will be considered as 3rd year bachelor students and are therefore required to have obtained 90 ECTS.
*** you can apply during your pre-Master program for an exchange that will take place during your Master program. It is not possible to go on exchange during a pre-Master program.
What if I do not have enough ECTS to apply?
Only students who have already reported special circumstances* with the Dean of Students in a timely manner, or who have been granted talent status by the Dual Career Officer, are eligible to apply for an exchange without fulfilling the minimum ECTS requirement. If you do not have sufficient ECTS to apply for an exchange due to other reasons, you should consider applying at a later exchange deadline.
*Special circumstances may refer to having mental or physical health issues, experiencing the serious illness or death of a loved one, caring responsibilities, pregnancy and childbirth, or any event that has a major impact on your life and study progress. This is not an exhaustive list; other special circumstances that you face may also be taken into consideration. The circumstance must fall under 'force majeure', i.e. something that you did not choose and is outside of your control.
If you meet the eligibility requirements then you are ready to go to the next step: Choose your study abroad destinations.