Studying abroad: broaden your horizon as a Tilburg University student

Step 1: check your eligibility

Before you can apply for your exchange, you need to check your eligibility.

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.

What does my Study Abroad Study Plan say?

More information on how to fit an exchange in your study program:

It is of utmost importance that you check with your Education Coordinator when you can go on exchange in your study program with or without study delay. Any individual questions on how to fit an exchange into your study program need to be discussed with your Education Coordinator.

When do I meet the application requirements?

Before you can apply for an exchange, you will need to have obtained a certain amount of ECTS:

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?

If you have any special circumstances that have prevented you from obtaining the minimum number of ECTS required, you may still apply, as long as your case is known to the Dean of Students (student counselors) and you have discussed your exchange application with them. This is also applicable for students that are dealing with mental health issues.

Before starting your application, please make your case known to the Deans. Only if you receive a positive confirmation from the Deans will we be able assess your application. If nothing has been reported to the Deans or if you have received a negative advice regarding going on exchange, we unfortunately cannot take your application into consideration.

If a student has been in contact with the Deans in a previous academic year, this is not sufficient to let them advise on an exchange application. The Deans will only be able to advise the Study Abroad & Exchange Team whether to consider an exchange application if the student has a case with them in the current academic year.

What's next?

Go further to step 2: choose your destination.