Tilburg University was founded in 1927 as the Catholic University of Economics. It now hosts over 10,000 students on a scenic campus surrounded by local forests, lakes, and rivers. Students give the city a lively appearance. They bike and walk through the city streets, meet in local cafés and outdoor restaurants, and have fun in the town's clubs and bars. They make Tilburg a lively city in which students are a main priority. The Office for International Relations provides on-site support for our students, assisting with academic needs, living arrangements, and other daily concerns.
The program at Tilburg University is academically challenging. Course work in business administration, economics, international studies, and social sciences are available for our students. Because these are considered upper-division courses, students must have previous knowledge in the area they wish to study and meet prerequisites set by the host university. You should be sure you are sufficiently prepared before deciding on a specific area of study.
UAlbany students: Tilburg University has been pre-approved for Business Majors. Please contact your academic adviser to see if this program will work for you.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
There are over 160 courses taught in English to choose from. A full course description for each class can be viewed online.
Review Tilburg University’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
You will have professors and instructors from Tilburg University.
Students attending Tilburg University are housed in Residence Halls. They are across the street from the campus and you can easily walk to your classes. Exchange students all live in the same area so you will have a close international community where you live. A group of around 20 students would share a floor kitchen and bathroom facilities. You can also choose to make your own housing arrangements off campus and there are plenty of apartments to choose from.
Note that housing can be limited and it will fill up very quickly. Make sure to apply immediately once the application opens.
Check out all the Tilburg Housing Options and Check out this video to about housing.
The Residence Halls have cooking facilities, although students may eat at the University’s cafeterias and restaurants. There is no meal plan but you can add money to your student ID card for campus purchases. There are also two grocery stores on campus. A weekly farmers market is adjacent to campus as well!
Academic Year 2019/20
Estimate of Costs
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Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Juniors, seniors, exceptional sophomores, and graduate students are eligible to participate. Applications are welcome from students in all majors. For the Tilburg program, it is recommended that applicants have have an overall GPA of at least a 3.0. A higher GPA in your major is preferred. Courses can be challenging. Please contact us if your GPA is below a 3.0.
The Netherlands is a great location to travel around Europe! A quick tram ride to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam or Eindhoven Airport and a cheap ticket, will get you anywhere in Europe in a few hours. Recent students have enjoyed going to Iceland, England, Belgium, France, Poland, Morocco, and Slovenia! By joining I*ESN, you will have many international friends to travel with. Europe is your classroom!
Student Clubs and Organizations
Tilburg University has a rich student life with over 40 student organizations, excellent sports facilities and a large number of pubs and bars. On a cultural level, Tilburg has cinemas, museums and concert halls.
Combined with the numerous events organized by and within the (student) community such as festivals, exhibitions and conferences this ensures that Tilburg has something to offer for everyone!
In this section you can find out what student life at Tilburg University, the city of Tilburg and the Netherlands is all about.
Check out this in depth “survival guide” from I*ESN, the student association at Tilburg University! The I*ESN is your best way to get involved with other exchange students for events, traveling, socializing and more. You will meet them during your orientation and you will be assigned an exchange group with mentors.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
“Tilburg University (University van Tilburg) is a public research university in the southern Netherlands. Noted for the academic rigor and highly trained professors, the University is among the top throughout Europe. With over forty student organizations, a 1:1 international student ratio, a central European location, low cost of living, ease of travel and transportation, and a high student concentration – Tilburg and its primary University offer an unforgettable student experience. Studying in Tilburg provided the opportunity to travel to countless Dutch cities, 15 countries, and to build a lifetime worth of experiences. Anyone considering studying abroad should put Tilburg at the top of their list!” – Kyle Luchese, Business Administration
“I loved my experience at Tilburg University! It was life changing and met some of the best friends I’ll ever have! It afforded me the ability to travel and to take some difficult and interesting classes. Philosophy of mind was one of my favorite classes and it counted towards my home campus requirement for my major. It was great to not have to know Dutch to get around and feel comfortable. I spent two week in Slovenia during a break and it is now my favorite place I’ve ever been: we hiked every day, casually walked to Italy, drove 10 minutes to Austria to hike in the Alps! I didn’t go with anyone help from my home campus in the US but I met some great people that I will keep in contact with forever. So, don’t worry if you are the only person applying this semester! My biggest piece of advice is: get a bike! You will feel lost without and they are cheap! Remember to appreciate the time you have abroad. Despite the challenge of the application, paperwork, resident permit, housing, recommendations… it was all worth it!” – Max Mozes, Cognitive Science
About the City
Commonly referred to as Holland, the Netherlands is a small country with 12 provinces, bordered by Belgium and Germany. In the low-lying country of the Netherlands, the Dutch are most well known for windmills, clogs, tulips, bicycles and their unique political and social tolerance. Visitors to the Netherlands can anticipate an annual visit from Sinterklass (Saint Nicholas) in December and celebrate Koningsdag (King’s Day) every April with a citywide festival in Amsterdam. The Netherlands is also home to several National Parks that are available for recreational purposes, as well as nature and environmental education, nature-oriented recreation and research.
Check out this video about studying in the Netherlands!
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. The Tilburg University Immigration Office has resources online for you and they will help you with the process. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Academic Year 2018/19
Academic Year 2018-2019
8/19/2018 to 7/8/2019
8/19/2018 to 1/20/2019
1/20/2019 to 7/8/2019
Check out the full Academic Calendar online here. Your exam schedule could change your end date. More details on the calendar will be available after your admission.
About the Program
An organized Fact Sheet for exchange students is available online and covers information about the international office staff, town, campus life, calendar, courses and more. It also provides direct links to more information on the Tilburg University Website.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at Tilburg University, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
Tilburg University’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.