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Flexible Studying at Tilburg University

It is possible (for selected target groups and under certain conditions) to participate in a pilot project on Flexible Studying.

January 2023: intention to not extend the flex-study experiment

Recently the Ministry of Education, Culture and van Science informed us that the intention is to not extend the flex-study experiment at this time. The question about the desirability of legally embedding flex-study will become part of the broader conversation about flexibilisation of education, within the ‘Future Studies’ (toekomstverkenningen) of Higher Education. These discussions will continue later this year.

This will mean that from September 2023 onwards it will no longer be possible to make use of the current flex-study policy within Tilburg University. Without a legal basis, it is not possible for institutions to offer this regulation to students. The Tilburg University students currently participating in the flex-study regulation are personally informed about the recent developments.

The requirements for the 2022-2023 academic year

Flexible Studying enables students to take fewer courses in an academic year, with a minimum of 18 ec and a maximum of 42 ec per academic year, and to only pay for the courses selected (plus a 15% administrative fee). It will be possible to start in February as well, under modified conditions. Students will be able to study flexibly for a maximum of six academic years (with 2022-2023 being the last year).

In the pilot phase, the Flexible Studying Regulations will apply to three target groups:

  1. Student athletes (with a registered Top-Sport Status of Tilburg University); with a maximum of 19 applicants per academic year
  2. Informal carers; with a maximum of 19 applicants per academic year
  3. Entrepreneurs (registered with Tilburg University Brabant Startup Alliance:  Braventure); with a maximum of 19 applicants per academic year.
  4. Students with chronical illness; with a maximum of 18 applicants per academic year.
  5. Pregnant student: a student who has reported their (or his/her partner) pregnancy to the dean of students (including evidence provided).
  6. Students with children: a student who provides care for his/her underaged biological child, adopted child or recognized child. Students who provide care to their foster child, stepchild or prospective adopted child can also apply. The child must then live with you according to the Personal Records Database.

Admission takes place in order of application.

Applications for flexstudy does not concern any of the following courses:

  • Bachelor Global Law; croho code 56475
  • Bachelor Data Science (joint degree); croho code 55018
  • Master Data Science and Entrepeneurship (joint degree); croho code 65018
  • Master Communication- and information science (research); croho code 60834

Applicants to the flexstudy pilot agree to participate in the evaluation of the flexstudy pilot.

Regulation regarding participation and (premature) termination of participating in the flexstudy pilot are included in the Regulations Flexible studying

The regulations for resits of exams and the validity period are equal to the Rules and Regulations of the concerning faculty.