Studying and Student life

Language Requirements

If the language of instruction at the Partner University is Spanish, Italian, German, French or Portuguese, Tilburg University will require you to master that particular language. In that case, you will have to meet a certain language requirement before your departure.

In some cases the partner university has certain language requirements and require you to take an official TOEFL or IELTS test or hand in a Language Proficiency Report from Tilburg University’s Language Center.

Language Requirements Tilburg University

Meeting Tilburg University's language requirement

If you will be following courses in Spanish, Italian, French, German or Portuguese, you will have to meet Tilburg University’s language requirement before your departure to the partner university. For each language a minimum CEFR level of proficiency that needs to be met.

In general there are two ways to meet the Tilburg University language requirement:

  • Take a language course at the Language Center
    You are allowed to study for a maximum of 12 ECTS at our Language Centre for free.  You will meet the requirement once you successfully pass the language course with a course target level equal to the minimum required CEFR level.
    Please refer to the overview of language courses and the corresponding CEFR level here below.
  • Take a test at the Language Center
    If you feel your language skills are already up to the required standard, you can take a test at our Language Center. Upon successful completion of the test, you will be awarded a certificate. With this certificate you will meet the requirement. Visit the Language Center website for more information.

In the overview below the minimum required CEFR level per language is indicated. This is the level that each student needs to meet prior to their departure. For each language the courses offered by our Language Center are listed.

Language Minimum required CEF level Courses
Spanish B1 Spanish Beginners Course
Spanish Intermediate Summer Course
Italian A2 Italian Pre-intermediate Course
German B2 (bachelor) German for Upper-intermediate Learners
C1 (master) German for Advanced Learners
French B1 French Intermediate Course
Portugese A2 Portuguese Pre-Intermediate Course

Language Requirements Partner Universities

Meeting the language requirement at the partner university

Some of our partner universities expect you to show proof of your language proficiency. Usually they will indicate in the application instructions what kind of certificate or language scores they require.

There are three possibilities to meet the (English) language requirement of a partner university. Please note that not all partner universities accept the below options. It is the decision of the partner university what kind of proof they are willing to accept:

  • Take a language course at the Language Center
    You are allowed to study for a maximum of 12 ECTS at our Language Centre for free.  Once you successfully passed a language course, you may request a Language Proficiency Report which will state your obtained CEFR level.
Language Courses at Language Center Target CEFR level
English English for the Future C1
English for TOEFL B2/C1
English for Academic Writing C1
English for Academic Purposes Summer Course B2/C1
English Advanced C2
  • Take a test at the Language Center
    If you feel your language skills are already up to the required standard, you can take a test at our Language Center. Upon successful completion of the test, you will be awarded a Language Proficiency Report which will state your obtained CEFR level.
  • If the partner university requires you to take a language test at an official language test center (e.g. TOEFL or Academic IELTS) you will have to take this test and obtain the required test score in order to be accepted at the partner university. More information about the official test centers can be found below.
Test Centers
TOEFL Cito Arnhem, Amsterdam, Tilburg or Velp
Cost: approximately $ 250 (Internet Based Test)
www.toefl.org
Tilburg University Code: 9860
Academic IELTS British Language Training Centre Amsterdam, Utrecht, Breda or Groningen.
Cost: approximately € 195
www.ielts.org