University profile

Tilburg University

2016/17 edition

About Tilburg University


Why the Netherlands

Have you considered studying in the Netherlands? Here are three reasons why you should:

Excellent career prospects
The Netherlands belongs to the strongest economies in Europe and is the world 5th largest exporter in goods (despite its size ...). Compared to other European countries, the job prospects are excellent.

Value for money
Life in the Netherlands is not expensive compared with English-speaking countries, and tuition fees are relatively low. With the renowned quality of education and the comparatively low cost of living, studying in the Netherlands will give you real value for money.

A pioneering country with innovative ideas
Dutch people enjoy innovation and working on original ideas. As a student, you are continuously encourages to come up with creative ideas and to think beyond conventional solutions and methodologies. You will be trained to become a problem solver.

Why Tilburg University?

Top quality

If you choose to study at Tilburg University, you choose for high-quality education. We have been chosen as Best General University for Master’s programs in the Netherlands and also regularly take a leading position in international rankings. For example, we rank #3 in Europe and #11 in the world in Business & Economics in the Times Higher Education Ranking 2016-2017.

International environment

We are known for our international orientation: students and staff from more than 100 countries currently study and work here, so our campus really is a ‘global village’ of diversity. Learning to appreciate, understand and work with people from different cultures and with different lifestyles and perspectives is part of our education.

Interactive and challenging

At Tilburg University, class sizes are relatively small, which allows room for personal attention. In-class discussions and group work keep you actively engaged and involved. You gain the critical and analytical thinking skills you need to tackle challenges in the real world.

Have a positive impact on society

Our mission is to inspire you to contribute to the development of a better, fairer and more sustainable society. All our programs instill broad social awareness and stimulate critical personal and professional skills. You will be well prepared for a responsible and successful position in society.

Master’s programs

We offer more than 50 specialised Master’s programs in the fields of:

Data Science
Finance and Accountancy
Law and Public Administration
Culture Studies
Social Sciences
Social Psychology

We offer both one year Master’s programs to prepare you for a professional career, as well as two year Research Master’s programs that prepare you for a PhD.

Admission requirements Master’s programs

Diploma requirements
In general, you are eligible for Tilburg University Master’s programs if you have:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline for the program of your choice

English language proficiency

You need to demonstrate your proficiency in English by submitting the results of either:

  • Academic IELTS: minimum score of 6.5 (6.0 min for all components)
  • TOEFL Internet-based: minimum of 90
  • Cambridge Proficiency Examination (Pass) / Cambridge Advanced English (grade C)

An English proficiency test is not required if you are an English native speaker.

Additional requirements

Programs in the field of Economics require a GRE.
Programs in the field of Business require a GMAT.

However, the specific application procedures and requirements may vary between Master’s programs.

Please visit to find out the exact requirements for the program of your choice.


September intake: non-EEA citizens – April 1 / EEA citizens – July 1
January intake*: non-EEA citizens – October 1 / EEA citizens – October / December 1
*January intake is not applicable for all programs

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Fees and Scholarships

Tuition fees per academic year

EEA students: € 2,006 per year
Non-EEA students: € 11,000 - € 15,500 p/yr


Non-EEA/EU students
Tilburg University provides a number of scholarships for outstanding international students who have been admitted to a Master’s program. On, you will find a short description and a link to various types of scholarships which can help you finance your studies at Tilburg University. Please note that the number of scholarships are limited and mainly targeted at students with excellent grades.

EEA/EU students
As a student from within the EEA/EU, you are entitled to pay tuition fees that are heavily subsidized by the Dutch government. Hence no additional scholarships are available.

You do have the opportunity to apply for a loan from the Dutch government to cover the tuition fees. If you meet specific requirements, you can also apply for a loan to cover your living costs, a free public transport card, and a supplementary grant from the Dutch government. You can find more information on, click ‘Foreign student’.

Contact details

+31 13 466 2000
Warandelaan 2
5037 AB
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