Studying for exams

Illness during exams

If you are not able to take an exam due to illness or other mitigating circumstances, you can catch up the missed exam at the regular resit. If there are special circumstances, please contact the education coordinator.

Consequences for the exams due to COVID-19

We ask students who are unable to come to campus due to a COVID-19 infection, mandatory quarantine, or a waiting period following a COVID-19 test to act responsibly and stay home. 

For students, who are not able to take an exam due to illness or quarantine, the standard procedure of Tilburg University applies: they can make up the missed exam at the regular resit.

If there are special circumstances, please contact the education coordinator.

Exemption: Catch-up exam for exam missed in December/January for COVID-19 related reasons

If you were unable to come to campus in December 2021 or January 2022 for COVID-19 related reasons and you therefore have missed the first on-campus exam opportunity and you did not pass the second opportunity, you can submit a request for a catch-up exam for the exam(s) concerned. Please note that this request can only still be submitted by students whose second opportunity takes or has taken place in March or April 2022.

Please note that this is an exceptional arrangement and only applies if you missed an exam between November 19, 2021 and February 18, 2022 due to corona-related reasons. This is due to stricter quarantine regulations. For exams before November 19, 2021 or after February 18, 2022, this regulation does not apply.

You may submit such a request if you meet the following conditions:

  • You missed the first on-campus exam opportunity in December 2021 or January 2022 for the exam(s) concerned as a result of quarantine because you or someone in your household had COVID-19 or showed COVID-19 symptoms; and
  • You participated in the resit in April/March 2022 (second opportunity) for the exam(s) concerned; and
  • You have failed the exam(s) concerned.

Please submit a request by completing this form and by submitting the completed form not later than 20 working days after the second exam opportunity. Complete the form after you receive your grade for the second opportunity to make sure you meet the requirements.

After deciding on your request, you will be informed of the next steps. How and when any extra opportunities granted are to take place will be determined and communicated for each School and course separately.

  • What if I miss the catch-up exam? Only one catch-up exam will be offered, if you miss it there will not be an additional catch-up exam.
  • Does the catch-up exam also apply to an exam missed in October or earlier? No, this catch-up exam only applies to exams scheduled between November 19, 2021 and January 31, 2022, due to the fact that stricter quarantine regulations have taken effect on November 19.
  • If I have already passed my exam, can I still participate in a catch-up exam? No, this is not possible. The purpose of the catch-up exam is to prevent students from falling behind with their studies. If you have already passed the exam, you can retake it at the next regular opportunity.
  • What if I am/was in quarantine because of traveling instead of corona(symptoms)? If you come to the Netherlands too short before an exam and are therefore in quarantine, you will not be eligible for a catch-up exam. The policy that exams are taken on campus has been announced in a timely manner and it is the responsibility of an individual student to be in the Netherlands on time.
  • What if I am an Exchange student? If you are an Exchange student and are abroad in the second semester and want to be considered for a catch-up exam, but you cannot make it on campus, you can submit a request to your Examination Board instead of filling out the form.

Additional information per School

Each school has its own rules for canceling your registration for an exam. Learn which procedures and conditions apply by checking your program’s Education and Examination Regulations (EER).

Economics and Management

Only notify your program coordinator if missing the exam will cause you to fall seriously behind with your studies.

Humanities and Digital Sciences

Rules and Guidelines, article 5.4


There are two examination opportunities per academic year. If you cannot participate in one examination opportunity, you will use the other examination opportunity. Special circumstances such as illness or unexpected personal problems do not entitle you to a replacement examination. Only in very exceptional situations can the Examination Board deviate from this rule in individual cases.

If there are special (personal) circumstances or in the case of a chronic illness, it is possible that you cannot participate in all exam opportunities and that you have to adjust your study planning. The education coordinator can help you with this.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Catholic Theology