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Tilburg University

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Program Snapshot

Located on a compact, suburban campus west of the city center, Tilburg is in one of the loveliest parts of the southern Netherlands with its many forests, lakes, dunes and rivers. Tilbrug has become a cultural center for young people where students can enjoy restaurants, cafés and historical sites. Courses in English include social sciences, humanities, economics, business administration and law.

The 11-hectare university campus is located in the city of Tilburg, about 100 kilometers south of Amsterdam. With a population of nearly 200,000 inhabitants, Tilburg is the sixth largest city in the Netherlands. It is situated in the beautiful Brabant countryside, one of the most attractive areas in the Benelux. Brussels and Paris are within a few hours' reach by train, car or bus.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally limited.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally limited.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: late August to late June
Semester 1: late August to early January
Semester 2: early January to late June
Re-exams are in January and July.

Fast Facts
Tilburg, Netherlands (pop. 200,000)
Student Enrollment: 12,000
Language of instruction: Dutch, English
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School of Economics and Management (AACSB accredited): accounting, economics, finance, information management, marketing; School of Humanities: communication, information science, religion, language, literature, and philosophy; Faculty of Law: public law, international law; and Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences: psychology, sociology, social psychology, human resources, clinical psychology

Courses taught in English
Courses in English are available in most subjects.

Academic Notes
Tilburg is strongest in the fields of economics, social sciences and humanities and all programs offer a number of programs in English.

There are also a number of certificate programs available to exchange students including the following: Econometrics Certificate, Management Certificate, International Business Administration Certificate, International Economics and Finance Certificate, Organization Studies Certificate, Social Psychology Certificate Humanities Certificate, and Public Administration in Comparison Certificate. Students can obtain up-to-date information regarding certificate programs for exchange students by visiting the certificate page for details.

Students typically enroll in 4-5 classes per term which averages to 10-20 hours in class per week. A term runs for 13 weeks.


Transcripts are issued in February-March for Semester 1 students and September-October for Semester 2 and Full Year students. The ISEP student must inform the ISEP Coordinator of Tilburg University about the exams he/she took. Before going home, the student will have an exit interview with the ISEP Coordinator in which transcript issues will be explained in detail. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes

Language Requirement: For courses taught in Dutch, fluency is required.

Language Courses: Dutch language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year or semester.

Pre-session: Exchange students receive two language course vouchers, which they can use for up to12 ECTS for often two courses at the language centre to learn Dutch. These courses are provided during the summer. Summer School

Additional Information Exchange students receive two language course vouchers, which they can use for up to 12 ECTS in courses at the language centre. Any further language courses are fee-based. These courses are provided during the semester. Semester Language Courses


ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
TOEFL: 79-80 iBT/550 PBT/213 CBT
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
IELTS: 6.0
Other tests accepted: A Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (not older than two years)
English as a Foreign Language courses available? No

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
All candidates must have an overall GPA of at least 2.75. Additionally students should be entering their 3rd year at time of application. Most courses are intended for students that have completed basic coursework in their field of study who have completed entry level coursework in their major field prior to exchange (at least 4-5 courses).

Students interested in the Business program must be declared majors and have completed 8-10 courses of business coursework at time of application including one upper level math course.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Students will be expected to provide a transcript with a list of courses they are taking in the current semester with the official ISEP application.

Please note that all participants to the Netherlands from outside the EU must pay a residence permit fee via their host university. As of January 2013, the fee is EUR 300. See Country Handbook for details.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in student apartments and given a stipend for purchasing meals at the cafeteria or preparing their own meals. Disabled students can be accommodated.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: Housing-Euro 325-425 per month; Books-Euro 150, Insurance-Euro 40, Clothing and miscellaneous-Euro 150, Additional fixed costs: residence permit-Euro 300, sports card (optional)-Euro 90 (for one semester), bicycle (optional)-Euro 60-150.

NOTE: Students going to Tilburg University must pay a housing deposit, the equivalent of 2 months rent, and a cleaning deposit upon arrival. Students should be prepared for significant expenses up front. The student will ultimately be reimbursed for the rent through a montly stipend distributed to the student's Dutch bank account. The deposits will be returned providing there are no damages.

Orientation will cover essential information about living and studying at Tilburg University. It will include important information about registration and enrollment as well as topics in the following: transportation, accommodations, cultural information sessions, and a tour of the campus.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
There are many student organizations at Tilburg University, including academic, social and athletic groups and clubs. Two special student organizations, the Erasmus Student Network and ICONN, organize many activities during the semester for international students.

Originally established in 1927 as a school of economics, Tilburg has since diversified its curriculum to include several main faculties, as well as special research programs and institutes. Tilburg University (Universiteit van Tilburg) is a government-financed university of Catholic affiliation. A large number of research institutions are directly allied to Tilburg including the Center for Economic Research (CentER), one of the top research institutes for fundamental economic research in Europe.

Exchange students should visit the Tilburg University exchange portal for current information regarding all aspects of exchange (courses, accommodation, pre-arrival, etc.) in Tilburg: http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/exchange/.