The bachelor's program in Economics focuses on all aspects of the function of a modern market economy, by means of both economic theories, practical application and institutional design.
A great demand exists for economists who can understand, analyse and forecast changes to the global economic landscape and their implications for the performance of organisations. Tilburg University’s three-year Bachelor of Science in Economics offers you this coveted area of expertise, as well as the prestige of having been taught by some of Europe’s most respected economists.
On par with the best economics programs in the world, the program provides a solid grounding in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, as well as specific knowledge in core fields including financial economics, international economics, public sector economics and development economics. Two courses in business economics and two in philosophy are also part of the degree, as well as a variety of electives during the last semester of the program.
Every day you will benefit from the quality inherent at Tilburg University, reflected in the program design, curriculum, teaching methodology, as well as the faculty members themselves, who will inspire you during lectures and tutorials.
At the Economics program, learning is not passive. It is interactive, creative, demanding, stimulating and challenging. It is rooted in theory, but always connected to what is going on in the real world, in the global economy.
You will learn by lectures, tutorials, case studies, group assignments, and classroom debates. Discussions are made that much more enlightening by the fact that your classmates come from all over the world.
A focus on group work prepares you for the reality of a working environment. In diverse teams, you work on assignments and prepare presentations, always applying what you have learnt to the task at hand, just as you will, during your career. Class sizes are kept small, so you will never be just another face at the back of the lecture hall.
The program is divided in a two-year foundation phase consisting of twenty mandatory courses, and a one-year specialization phase organized around a variety of free electives and program electives. Assessment schemes take into account written exam results as well as your performance and participation in class.
Tilburg University has set up exchange programs with other top economics departments around the world. You will spend an unforgettable semester abroad at another top university, immersed in a different culture, way of life, language, and of course, economic environment.
A certain reputation goes with being a Tilburg University graduate. Your degree is an indicator of the best European education - a guarantee of everything from in-the depth knowledge to well-developed intercultural and communication skills. You can be sure of excellent career prospects and a competitive edge in the labour market.
Graduates of Economics at Tilburg pursue successful careers in the private, public, and non-profit sectors as well as in research institutes. Our economics graduates have a competitive edge for jobs with an international dimension, as well as jobs in the financial sector and where micro-economics is applied to competition policy in an increasingly deregulated environment.
Besides the Bachelor in Economics, Tilburg University offers a range of other Economics programs such as the English taught bachelor in Econometrics and Operations Research program
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Students who would like to register for the Bachelor in Economics will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top BSc Economics degree at Tilburg University.
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At Tilburg University, our mission is to inspire students and faculty members to reach their full potential, and in doing so, reap a positive impact on the society around them. Our education and research is internationally inspired and is ground breaking. Tilburg is represented among the top institutes in the international university rankings.
Tilburg University educational programs instil a broad social awareness in our students along with critical personal and professional skills. Learning and development are offered at all career levels. Research endeavours aim to advance the frontiers of knowledge on issues and subjects of direct value to society – and are actively disseminated and applied within the community with this objective in mind. We play an active part in the local community and that of the region, the Netherlands and the entire world, maintaining close contact at all levels.
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Students are selected based on their motivation letter. In your motivation letter, please indicate:
- Your international drive and motivation
- Your reason for enrolment in the English-language Economics programme
- Your international background regarding nationality, country of residence, education, experience
- Why you choose Tilburg University
- Your career aspirations
Written in ENGLISH!
Proficiency in English can be demonstrated by taking either a TOEFL or an IELTS test. The required minimum score for TOEFL is 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet based); for IELTS 6.0. The institutional code for TOEFL is 9860.
IELTS overall band: 6, IELTS listening: 5.5, IELTS reading: 5.5, IELTS writing: 5.5, IELTS speaking: 5.5, TOEFL paper based: 550, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 80
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