Tilburg is a lively town of 200,000 inhabitants, located in one of the greenest areas of the Netherlands. Tilburg is surrounded by woods, with easy access to outdoor recreation facilities, including hiking, skiing adn amusement parks like the Beekse Bergen - a nearby safari park. As a former textile capital, Tilburg is home to the National Textile Museum, as well as the Maison du Vin and the Dolls and Toys Museum. You will also find a wide variety of cafes and pubs. Tilburg is a quick train ride from Amsterdam (~68 miles), Brussels (~75 miles), and Paris (~250 miles).
Tilburg University was founded in 1927 and has an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. The academic year at Tilburg runs from late September to late January and from early February to June. Students who wish to study at Tilburg for the Fall semester only may take their exams early in order to return to NC State in time for the Spring semester. Go here to take a virtual campus tour of Tilburg
Coursework in English at both the undergraduate and graduate level is broadly available in each of Tilburg's Schools (Colleges): Economics and Management, Law, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, and Theology. See the full listing of courses available to exchange students. An optional intensive course in Dutch language is available for students interested in learning Dutch. They also offer a language center for regular semester courses to students who wish to improve their Chinese, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. Exchange students receive language vouchers (12 ECTS total), which can be used to register for a free language course.
Most courses are 6 ECTS and a full-time workload for one semester equals 30 ECTS. Exchange students generally take between 4-5 courses.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at Tilburg University. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
Tilburg University has accommodations with host families, in residence halls, and boarding houses located throughout the city. All students are housed in single rooms. Students have access to cooking facilities, and can also find inexpensive meals in University-operated restaurants and downtown area.
For more information about housing options and costs, please see Tilburg's exchange student housing website.
Tilburg University offers a summer program for international students. The summer program combines an intensive academic program with cultural and social activities. For more information, visit the Tilburg University Summer School website.
Estimated costs for program participation are located in the budget link at the top of this page. In addition, you should also review the cost of living data provided by Tilburg University.
Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad such as applying to outside scholarships, and starting a funding page. For more information about funding opportunities, please visit this link.
All students are required to have a valid passport. Non-EU nationals will need a visa and/or residence permit. U.S. citizens do not require a visa to study in the Netherlands, but a Dutch residence permit is required. The international office at Tilburg offers support for visa and residence permit applications. Their service is free of charge, but note you are still required to pay the appropriate fee(s) to the Dutch Immigration Authorities. Further information can be found on Tilburg's immigration page and through their immigration guide booklet.
Approximate start date | late August
Approximate end date | late December
**Early fall examination is available to students who need to return home for the spring term.
Approximate start date | late January
Approximate end date | mid-June
The fall and spring terms at Tilburg University do not align exactly with the NC State academic calendar. Students should consult the Tilburg Fact Sheet for exact dates. Students studying in the fall term should note that final exams are taken in mid-January; however, Tilburg can offer early examination to those students who need to return home.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.
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