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Tilburg University Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Summer


Tilburg, Netherlands




3.0 GPA; junior standing (for semester/AY); no language prerequisite.

Application Due:

10/1 for Spring
4/1 for Fall/Academic Year, Summer

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

The exchange between the UI and Tilburg University in the Netherlands offers English-language courses in business administration (accounting, applied microeconomics, finance, production management, international marketing, and electronic commerce) as well as other subjects. The exchange is suitable for upper-level business majors and students pursuing an International Business Certificate.

Academic Program

Tilburg University is a dynamic institution with top quality education and research, a compact campus and excellent facilities (library, computers, and sports). The university also has a strong commitment to international cooperation, with a goal of offering all classes in English in the near future. UI business students will find ample coursework in English available in economics, business administration, information management, international business, international economics and finance. An intensive Dutch language course is also offered. To see an updated list of course offerings for this program, go here .

Program Dates

Fall semester: mid-August to mid-December

Spring semester: mid-January to late June.

Summer session: early/mid July- early/mid August

Summer 2017
Summer 2017 program dates are July 17 to August 11.

To see more information about this program and an updated list of course offerings for this summer 2017, go here.

For More Information

More information about this program is available on the Tilburg University Exchange webpage. If you are interested in learning more about how this program fits in your academic plan, please make an appointment with Netherlands Study Abroad Advisor Aubree Compton. Business Students must also meet with their Academic Advisor.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands today is one of the world's most prosperous countries, thanks to its advanced industries and agriculture, its role in world trade and its large reserve of natural gas. A highly developed system of social welfare is meant to ensure that everybody in the Netherlands can share in this prosperity.

The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. About 16 million people live in an area of approximately 37,000 square km. Sixty per cent of the population lives in the western part of the country, which is called Holland. This name is often used to refer to the Netherlands as a whole.

Though the country may be tiny in size, its friendly people, fascinating culture and charming cities make it one of the most grandly charismatic places in all of Europe. Hope on a bike and explore the country's many picturesque windmills, canal cities and breathtaking garden. The Netherlands' central location in Europe makes it an ideal place to begin one's journey to other nearby countries.


With a population of nearly 200,000 inhabitants, Tilburg is the Netherlands' sixth largest city.

Tilburg is a hard-working, industrious, and scholary city, with an array of educational institutions few other towns can match. Tilburg is rightly proud of its reputation as a centre of learning. A student population of over 25,000 makes Tilburg one of the Netherlands' principal educational centres.

However, there is more to Tilburg than work and study. The city has a great deal to offer to tourists, too. As well as a rich cultural life. Tilburg provides plenty of opportunity to take part in entertainment and leisure activities. And it is situated in the beautiful Brabant countryside, one of the most attractive areas in the Benelux region, with many popular theme parks such as the 'Efteling', 'Beekse Bergen' and the 'Land van Ooit'.

In the heart of the city, on a site known simply as 'de Heuvel', stands a statue of King William II. From 1831 tot 1849, Willian held court at Tilburg, and the city has several striking buildings that recall this period. On 'Willemsplein', the square named after the monarch, is the palace William had built in the English Romantic style. The King also had a monumental barracks house built, called the 'Lancierskazerne' (the Lancers' Barracks). Which is the oldest preserved cavalry barracks in the Netherlands

Tilburg University

Tilburg University is located in the southern Netherlands. It specializes in the Social Sciences and the Humanities and has an outstanding international track record for research and teaching excellence in Economics, Business, and Law. Making Tilburg a true European Leader in Economics, Business, and Law.

Tilburg University is pursuing a dynamic internationalization policy. Currently, seven per cent of its student population are international students enrolling in its array of English-language taught programs and, of all Dutch universities, it is offering the most appealing service and support package in recruitment of international staff.

Its campus, designed with a compact architectural concept in mind, is set in gently undulating, park-like grounds on a forest edge. Cultural venues and sports opportunities make Tilburg an attractive place to be, with excellent transport links to other European capitals. The university community, therefore, offers you every opportunity to achieve your goals intellectually, professionally, or socially.

Living Arrangements

Although Tilburg University does not offer student accommodation itself, they do provide a service to help you find your own accommodation in Tilburg while still in Iowa City. There are two housing companies in Tilburg which offer furnished accommodation specifically for international students - WonenBreburg and KamerBemiddeling Tilburg. Together these companies have launched the website Your Room in Tilburg. Here you can find more information about the accommodation offered and the Terms and Conditions for renting. The Tilburg web site contains more information about rental costs and how to reserve a room.

Travel Arrangements

Students will make their own travel arrangements with advice and coaching from Study Abroad.

Local Transportation

Tilburg has an excellent bus system and rail service throughout the Netherlands is frequent and dependable.

Cycling is part of daily life in the Netherlands – there are 16 million people and approximately 12 million bicycles. The mild climate, short distances, and flat roads all mean that cycling is the logical choice for getting around. There are over 9,000 miles (15,000 kilometers) of bicycle trails in the Netherlands, and the Tilburg international office will happily recommend some bike shops for you to visit.


Semester/AY :3.0 GPA; junior standing; no language prerequisite.

Summer: 3.0 GPA; no language prerequisite.


UI students pay tuition and fees to the UI and then study at Tilburg University without paying tuition fees there. The TU international office estimates that the average students spends approximately $11,500 for living expenses, which include accommodation, food, books, health insurance, and fees for a residence permit.

Tilburg Summer School is eligible for use of the Summer Hawk Tuition Grant!

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date $500
Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date $1000
Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date $2000
Less than 14 days before the program start date 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

How to Apply

Before starting an application for this program, students should must meet with Study Abroad advisor Aubree Compton to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353.

After receiving permission from Aubree Compton to apply to this program, click here to apply.

Application Deadline

10/1 for Spring; 4/1 for Fall, Academic Year or Summer.

Orientation Information

Tilburg participants will be required to participate in two pre-departure sessions before leaving for the Netherlands. The first orientation is a program-specific orientation. During this session, students receive information on registering for their program on MyUI, payment and billing, course approvals and other practical matters. Students also have the opportunity to have their questions answered about academics, Dutch culture and other general topics by Aubree Compton, who has spent extended time in the Netherlands.

The second required orientation is an online study abroad prep course that will appear on ICON after students are confirmed.


Visit the Tilburg University Exchange Programs website for comprehensive information about classes, cost of living, student life, and many practical matters.

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The University of Iowa
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Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343