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Excellence program Social and Behavioral Sciences

Are you a motivated Bachelor student who has achieved exceptionally well in the first year? Would you like to maximize your potential? In that case, you are eligible to participate in the Excellence Program (EP) of Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Develop your talents

As part of this program, you can take additional classes in the field of social and behavioral sciences, extending your knowledge and insight and developing your intellectual talents to the full.

The EP is an intensive, activating, and interdisciplinary English-language program of four courses in addition to the regular curriculum, spread over the four semesters of the second and third Bachelor years.

For whom?

The EP is intended for excellent Bachelor's students of one of the TSB programs. To qualify for the program you should have completed the first year's Bachelor's program (60 ECTS credits) within one year with an average grade of at least 7.5.

The selection criteria for participating in the program are thus stringent. However, although good results are important, we do not think they are enough. We also require that you are motivated, that is to say: you are not afraid to invest more time in your education, you are interested in the entire field of social and behavioral sciences, you desire to get to the bottom of things and you want to know what drives scientists in your field. You must be willing to learn from them by letting them show you 'all the tricks of the trade'.

Tilburg University has several initiatives for students who want more challenges outside of the regular programs. The Honors Program is such an initiative. This program is specifically intended for students who want to develop their knowledge and understanding outside of their own specialty field. The EP, however, is mainly aimed at developing knowledge within the social and behavioral sciences.

Program design Excellence Program

An intensive, stimulating and interdisciplinary program

The EP is an intensive, stimulating and interdisciplinary program of four courses, given in English. The program's design is small-scale and interactive. Prestigious professors and associate professors with various backgrounds in social and behavioral sciences will provide courses. The program is structured according to themes and takes place in a stimulating environment where the needs of the students come first. The students in their turn are expected to show the utmost effort and commitment.

Typically academic skills

Besides increasing your knowledge and understanding of the social and behavioral sciences, participating in this program will also help you gain experience with essential academic skills such as debating, writing and referencing, cooperation and researching.

Interdisciplinary social-scientific approach

Each semester of Bachelor year 2 and Bachelor year 3 a course is offered faculty wide. The courses are either based on the faculty research programs or treat a theme that is ideally suited to an interdisciplinary social-scientific approach.

Participation in the EP does not exempt you from any part of the regular education program. Upon successfully completing all four courses, you will receive a separate certificate, which will be attached to your bachelor's diploma.

Check the courses offered in 2021 - 2023

Program requirements Excellence Program

  • Only students who have completed all subjects of the first year and have achieved an average mark of 7.5 can qualify for participation in the program. This entails that you have gained 60 ECTS credits, the maximum achievable score, in your first year, placing you among the top 10% of students of the School.
  • If you belong to this group, you will receive an e-mail from the faculty vice dean in the summer. In this e-mail you will be invited to send in a written application for the Excellence Program and to motivate your reason for applying.
  • Before the start of the second bachelor year you will be informed by e-mail about placement in the EP.
  • There are 25 places available (per year). In allocating these places, we try to achieve a good mix of disciplines in the program.
  • In addition, the selection committee, which determines who is eligible to participate in the program, looks at the average grade of the candidates and the motivation letter.

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Frequently Asked Questions on the TSB Excellence Program

If I partially complete the program, will I receive a certificate?
If I do not complete the whole program, can I include the completed courses as an elective or minor course?
Would it still be possible to study abroad for a semester if I get accepted into the EP?
Do you have to register for courses/exams?
What should you do if you have a regular exam and an EP exam on the same day/time?
What should you do if you have a compulsory seminar and an EP lecture at the same time?
Can you tell me why I would choose the TSB EP over the Outreaching/Honors Program?
What do you seem to be a greater distinction for a student who wants to appear hardworking, intellectually superior, and smart in his field of focus? An EP-certificate, or a constant high grade average maintained throughout the entire Bach
Is there going to be a remark on my bachelor’s degree if I finish the EP successfully?
  • Demian van Gils

    Demian van Gils

    Participant TSB Excellence Progam

    "The Excellence Program has advanced both my personal- and academic development. It provided a good balance between learning hard skills (by delving deeply into current theories and practices), and learning soft skills (by leading and partaking in loads of discussions)."