Students Tilburg University

Free or self-compiled minor Social and Behavioral Sciences

As a TSB Bachelor student, you have the opportunity to self-compile your minor. We expect you to put together a course package with an interesting content, which meets the requirements. No prior approval is required. When determining your Bachelor-degree, it will be assessed whether your minor courses meet the quality requirements of a free minor.

The course requirements of a free minor are:

  • Total coverage of a minimum of 18 ECTS. It will often involve three courses of 6 ECTS. However, it is also possible to do two courses of  6 ECTS and two courses of 3 ECTS, or three courses of 7,5 ECTS.
  • Courses at bachelor level. So no master-level courses.
  • No language courses. If there is a language course you would like to include as an elective, e.g. because it is important for your future prospects,  you can submit a substantiated request to the Examination Board to be allowed to include the course as part of your program.
  • No courses that have a very large overlap with courses from you own study program.

Taking courses at another university or school

TSB allows you to take courses at another school or another university within the framework of your minor. It also applies to these courses that they must meet the requirements from above. It may be that another school/university sets entry requirements for the course and that a course is not accessible to students from outside. Please make sure that you can actually take the course!

To take a course at another university, you must register there as a so-called “individual minor student”. Universities often request permission from your own study program. For that you can visit the Student Desk and ask for a statement of consent.

You also need a Proof of Payment (BBC) to show the other educational organization that you pay tuition fees at TiU. You can apply for this proof online.

The courses that you have obtained at another university in the Netherlands can be credited via the Student Desk. You need a certified grade list for this. Once you have passed the courses, this is usually available at the student administration of the university of question.


You are allowed to do courses for the free space in your program at a university abroad.

Doing an exchange semester requires more planning and preparation. You are allowed to apply for an exchange at the Study Abroad office when you have obtained 60 ects. The deadlines for application are published. 

A number of administrative items regarding the exchange need to be arranged through the examination board.

For most of our programs, a mobility window is designed. This is a free term in your study program in which you could go on an exchange without having a study delay (if you don't have resits from previous years). 

Of course, you could do an exchange in another semester, but that could have consequences for your study plan. Contact the Education Coordinator if you have questions about that. 

Exchange information for each TSB program

  • GMSI - the mobility window takes place in the first semester of the third year of your study program. 
  • People Management - the mobility window takes place in the first semester of the third year of your study program. 
  • Personeelwetenschappen - the minor is 18 ects in the third year of the study program. When the minor courses take place depends on when the chosen courses are scheduled.
  • Sociology/International Sociology - the mobility window consist of 42 ects. This space is to be filled with minor courses, electives and/or an internship. 
  • Psychology - the mobility window takes place in the second semester of the third year of your study program. 


When planning, make sure that the study load per block does not become unrealistically high.  With a self-compiled minor, it can happen that several lectures are given at the same time or that the exams take place at the same time. Try to take that in account too! If you notice in the exam schedule that two exams are scheduled on the same day, do not wait until you are informed of the times, but contact the education scheduling immediately. If you contact them early, there is a good chance that the exams can be rescheduled to different  times, although no guarantee can be given for this.

Help with decision

It is your own responsibility to ensure that you make a conscious and responsible choice. If you can use help with this decision, make an appointment with your education coordinator.