Studying abroad: broaden your horizon as a Tilburg University student

Step 1: 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

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
Pre-master student 30
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.

What if I have special circumstances?

Only students who have already reported  special circumstances with the Dean of Students in a timely manner, are eligible to apply for an exchange without fulfilling the minimum ECTS criterium. If you do not have sufficient ECTS to apply for an exchange due to other reasons, you should look at applying at a later exchange deadline.

What's next?

If you meet the eligibility requirements then you are ready to go to the next step: step 2: choose your destination.