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Study Abroad Study Plan - Law

Would you like to lend color to your Bachelor’s degree? Why not opt for studying a semester abroad! Tilburg University Law School thinks it is important that all students are given this unique opportunity during their studies. Below you will find more information on how you can incorporate a Study Abroad experience in your program.

How do I fit an exchange into my study program?

Most students opt for a study abroad experience in the Bachelor phase. However, there are also each year a few Master students who apply for an exchange. To enable you to include a study abroad experience into your study program without (too much) delay, the academic directors of all programs formulated the following arrangements.

Global Law

Each student is expected to take a minimum of 30 ECTS worth of courses abroad. If you would like to substitute courses from the fifth semester of your bachelor program, the courses must meet the following requirements:

  1. Courses need to be in the field of Law.
  2. Courses need to be at least at third year level.
  3. If possible, we strongly recommend students to take a course in the field of Tax Law.
  4. No overlap within the selected courses (they need to be diverse).
  5. The content of the selected courses may not overlap with the courses you’ve already obtained in your program.
  6. Dutch Civil Effect’ courses and the course Final Essay cannot be substituted.
  7. The course “Final Essay” cannot be substituted.

You can consult the Global Law Canvas page for study program-specific questions related to going on exchange.

Note for Global Law Fast Track students:

Global Law Fast Track students can apply for an exchange in the same way as regular 2nd year Global Law students.

You will meet the eligibility requirements for an application of a minimum of 60 ECTS, since you have received 60 ECTS in exemptions upon entrance in the Fast Track program. Furthermore, the same Study Abroad Study Plan applies to you as to 2nd year Global Law students. If you apply as a Fast Track student and do not yet have a grade average at Tilburg University, we will ask you to submit a transcript from your previous studies to rank the applications by grade average.

Fast Track students can find an example course approval request for the fast track on the Global Law Canvas page.

Bestuurskunde

Parts of the fifth and sixth semesters (the Fall or Spring semester of the third year of the Bachelor’s program Bestuurskunde), with the exception of the Bachelor’s Thesis (630502; second, third and fourth block of the third year, may be replaced by courses taken at the university abroad with a study load of at least 24 credits. It is possible to undertake Bachelor’s Thesis trajectory through distance learning. The courses must meet the following requirements:

  1. Courses need to be from the field of Public Administration.
  2. Courses need to be at least at second year level, but preferably at third year level.
  3. The totality of selected courses needs to show the multidisciplinary character that is specific to the Bachelor's program Bestuurskunde (i.e. there should be some diversity in the selected courses with regards to the basic disciplines of Bestuurskunde (law, sociology, political science and organization studies).
  4. The content of the selected courses should not overlap with the courses you’ve already obtained in your program.
Public Governance

Parts of the fifth and sixth semesters (the Fall or Spring semester of the third year of the Bachelor’s program Public Governance) with the exception of the Research Proposal Bachelor Thesis (fifth semester) and the graduation project (sixth semester) may be replaced by courses taken at the university abroad with a study load of at least 24 credits. It is also possible to undertake Research Proposal Bachelor Thesis and the graduation project through distance learningThe courses must meet the following requirements:

  1. Courses need to be from the field of Public Governance.
  2. Courses need to be at least at second year level, but preferably at third year level.
  3. No overlap within the selected courses (they need to be diverse).
  4. The content of the selected courses should not overlap with the courses you’ve already obtained in your program.
(Other) Law Programs (Rechtsgeleerdheid en Fiscaal recht)

Students who enrolled for the program before September 2018, can substitute the courses from the sixth semester of your bachelor program except for Rechtsfilosofie B so 24 ECTS credits. Students who enroll in the Bachelor’s program for the first time in the 2018-2019 academic year or later, can substitute the courses from the fifth semester of the program except for Rechtsfilosofie B and MTO/bachelor thesis (literatuuronderzoek) (2 ECTS credits) so 22 ECTS credits. See the download for more information about which courses you can replace.

If you don’t know which courses you may substitute, please see your Education Coordinator at the consulting hours every day between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. on the 9th floor of the Montesquieu building.

The courses must always meet the following requirements:

  1. Courses need to be in the field of Law
  2. No courses at first year level
  3. No overlap within the selected courses (they need to be diverse)
  4. The content of the selected courses may not overlap with the courses you’ve already obtained in your program in Tilburg
  5. The course Rechtsfilosofie B can be followed abroad by means of distance learning. Once you have been selected for an exchange and you are in your pre-departure phase you will receive more information about this option.
  6. For students who substitute the courses from the sixth semester, the following applies: If you decide to substitute your Bachelor thesis, your selected course abroad must have a paper obligation of one or multiple papers (up to three) that meets the paper requirements of your Bachelor thesis (+/- 15 pages/6000 words).  Upon return, you are required to hand in the paper together with your transcript of record to prove that you have fulfilled this requirement.
  7. Students from the Bachelor Rechtsgeleerdheid, track ‘Ondernemingsrecht’ have the ‘Civil Effect’ course ‘Rechtsbescherming tegen de Overheid’ during their sixth semester or the ‘Civil Effect’ course Strafrechtelijke aansprakelijkheid during their fifth semester. These  courses cannot be substituted by courses obtained abroad. Students need to take the ‘Civiel Effect’ course before or after their study abroad.
  8. Students from the Bachelor Fiscaal recht have Grondslagen Europees en Internationaal belastingrecht during their fifth semester. This  course can only be substituted by a course on European and International Tax Law. If it isn’t possible to take such a course, students need to take Grondslagen Europees en Internationaal Belastingrecht before or after their study abroad.
Additional: Top class

Your Top Class Coordinator can give you more information about the possibility to replace your Top Class courses.

In case you are unsure how to fit in your exchange into your study program and the above information is unhelpful, please contact your Educational Coordinator. The Study Abroad & Exchange Coordinators are unable to help you with questions regarding your study plan and study program.

Selecting courses at the Partner University

When looking for courses at the Partner University, there are a couple of rules to keep in mind:

  1. Each student is expected to take a minimum of 24 ECTS credits worth of courses abroad. It does not matter whether you need the credits for your study program at Tilburg University or not. A language course starting before the official exchange period will not count towards the 24 ECTS credits you are required to obtain.
  2. Master students are allowed to substitute the free elective (6 ECTS credits) if this is part of the program. Additional subjects (on top of) are not subject to any further conditions, except that they must be master subjects. Consult your Educational Coordinator for more information about the possibilities
  3. Courses need to be at the appropriate level. Master students can only take courses at Master level, while Bachelor students can take courses at Bachelor or Master level as long as the partner university approves this. You cannot take any first year courses. Any course that covers practical skills will not be approved as a free elective. In addition, courses that overlap with courses you already took or will take at Tilburg University will not be approved.

All courses you will take abroad will need to be approved by the TLS Education Coordinator of your study program. This happens during the pre-departure phase, after you find out which host university you have been selected for. You can find the instructions for your course approval on our Courses at the partner university page, and in the pre-departure instructions in your Mobility Online workflow.