Study in Tilburg


Tilburg is located in the South of the Netherland, in the province called Noord-Brabant. The province is known for its “gezelligheid” [cosiness], burgundy lifestyle and the yearly celebration of carnaval. Tilburg has a population of over 200.000 inhabitants, making it the sixth largest city of the Netherlands. Tilburg has a lot to offer for students: a booming pub and restaurant culture, great music events at locations like pop centre 013 or the Tilburg Concert Hall, sport events, museums and many festivals. Tilburg has a student population of over 27.000 students, studying at the Tilburg University, Avans University of Applied Sciences or Fontys University of Applied Sciences.

The Dutch education system offers two ways to study a bachelor’s degree: the more practical (applied) science (Hoger Beroeps Onderwijs, HBO) and the academic teaching with a more theoretical approach (Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs, WO). WO institutes are generally called university, while HBO institutes are generally called “Hogeschool”.

Tilburg University contributes to solving social issues and is mainly specialized in Human and Social Sciences. The educational profile of the university is built on three pillars: knowledge, skills and character. The university has around 13.000 students, including around 1700 international students of 100 nationalities. They have 22 bachelor programs and 41 master programs, 41 of the programs are English-taught. Tilburg University actively participates in various international research networks focused on knowledge-sharing and advocacy. Tilburg University has the following faculties: Economics and Management; Law; Social and Behavioural Sciences; Humanities; & Catholic Theology.

In Tilburg you can also find the TIAS School for Business and Society, it is the business school of Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology. Every year, around 2400 students from 25 countries follow one of their MBAs, (executive) Masters, custom programs, master classes, and PhDs. They work with the following knowledge areas: Finance; Governance; Health; HRM; IT and Operations; Marketing; Public Management; Real Estate; & Strategy and Leadership. The TIAS-building at the campus of the Tilburg University is its main location.

Tilburg hosts the following HBO institutes:

  • Fontys University of Applied Sciences, in Dutch called Fontys Hogeschool, offers a variety of bachelor and master programs taught in English and German. Their campus in Tilburg offers international course programmes. The Tilburg Campus is located on the outskirts of Tilburg but there are good bus connections and safe cycling routes that connect you with the rest of the city. The Arts cluster is situated in the centre of the city. Tilburg hosts the Fontys Academy for Creative Industries (ACI) and the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts (FHK).
  • Avans University of Applied Sciences, in Dutch called Avans Hogeschool, is highly rated: recently they were ranked the top large university of applied sciences in the Netherlands by leading higher education guide Keuzegids HBO. They are located in three cities: Breda, ’s-Hertogenbosch and Tilburg. The institute offers programs in the following fields: Economics and Business, Technology, Behaviour and Society, Health, Exact and Informatics, Arts and Culture, Law and Management, Education and Education, Earth and Environment and Language and Communication.

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