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Liberal Arts and Sciences

Degree type
Language of education
English (100%)
36 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

Tilburg University offers a 3-year Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor's program entirely taught in English, connecting you to a wide network of (international) students with shared global ambitions.

The distinctive focus of Tilburg University’s Liberal Arts and Sciences program is on Europe in a globalising world. Both historical and current key societal issues are tackled in the course of this international program.You are trained to approach complex issues from different perspectives and academic disciplines. To achieve this intellectual flexibility, lectures are team-taught by tutors with different academic backgrounds.

There is a strong emphasis on the training of academic skills such as scientific reasoning, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and presentation skills, which is supported by small class size. You are offered a wide range of courses ranging from law and literature to business and psychology. At the end of the first year you choose a Major: Business and Management, Law, Social Sciences or Humanities. Next to your Major, you choose a set of subsidiary subjects, providing you with a broad interdisciplinary perspective.

You round off your Bachelor of Arts degree by writing an academic essay. Having completed this high-quality education, you are optimally prepared for your future (academic) career: whether that be in the Netherlands or abroad.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Program Tracks

There are several tracks available in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program.

European History and Culture
Within this major, you explore ideas and schools of thought in the humanities and culture studies. You learn to analyse themes from historical, cultural, political and philosophical perspectives. The main focus in this Major is on European History and Culture. Europe is united in its diversity. In this curriculum, we will study the historical foundation and the developments of this diversity. Questions we will focus on are: What is the significance of Europe? What are the traditions, values and ideals (the cultural heritage) of Europe? What is the political agenda of the European Union today and what role can Europe play in a globalizing world?

Graduation Video
Here is what Simon van der Weele, a recent graduate of the European History and Culture Track has to say about the program and how it helped him to improve his career opportunities.

Law in Europe
The Law major helps you to understand the interaction between law and society. The central theme of this program is law as a social and cultural phenomenon within the context of European civilization and society. You learn about the two great Western legal traditions – the adversarial or common law system widespread in the English-speaking world and the “continental” inquisitorial or civil law system – and learn to evaluate both in an independent and academically sound way.

Graduation Video
Here is what Damayanthy Satianathan, a recent graduate of the Law in Europe Track has to say about the program and how it helped her to improve her career opportunities.

Business and Management
Within this Major, you study the different aspects of management, in particular accounting, finance, marketing, and organization and strategy. Our Major differs from the more traditional Management Major in at least three ways. First of all, we emphasize the connections between the various management fields instead of approaching them separately. Secondly, we devote a lot of attention to the broader societal and scientific context of management. For example, we create links with history, law, psychology, sociology and especially economics in our courses. Finally, we use small-scale teaching methods that encourage a high degree of interaction between the students and the teachers. By taking a more integrated, contextual, and small-scale approach, students develop a more comprehensive understanding of management.

Graduation Video
Here is what Pia Gutierrez Zarata, a recent graduate of the Business and Management Track has to say about the program and how it helped her to improve her career opportunities.

Social Sciences
At one time your identity would have been defined by where you lived, what school you attended, what church you went to and to what social class you belonged. But in today’s globalised society, developing an identity has become much more of a personal matter. This certainly opens up entirely new possibilities, but it also presents challenges and dilemmas. This Major helps you understand how identity is formed by looking at it from three perspectives: sociology, leisure studies and culture/communications.

Graduation Video
Here is what Lior Benador, a recent graduate of the Social Sciences Track has to say about the program and how it helped her to improve her career opportunities.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Prospects

You graduate from the BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a specialisation that qualifies you for a range of international careers in that area. And because your education is broader than most, you acquire additional knowledge and skills that can be applied to every industry or career - giving you a competitive edge in the job market. You will be amazed at how many doors your liberal background opens - in international business, government, non-profit or academia. Your ability to take an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems is valued by employers worldwide.

Our students are equipped to pursue international careers as specialists or in positions that require the application of cross-disciplinary insights. You might become a policy officer for the United Nations; a consultant or policy advisor for the European Parliament or UNESCO; a strategic advisor in a multinational company; a lawyer, diplomat, manager, journalist, or researcher. The choice is yours.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Related Programs

Besides the Bachelor in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Tilburg University offers a range of other Arts related program such as the Dutch taught bachelor in Communicatie en Informatiewetenschappen program

See which programs are related to the Bachelor in Liberal Arts and Sciences program.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Bachelor in Liberal Arts and Sciences will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top BA degree at Tilburg University.

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Liberal Arts and Sciences program.

About Tilburg University

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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Admission requirements

Assessment interview

The application procedure includes the submission of a written application, a motivation letter, an essay as well as an interview.

Certified competences

Because the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme is taught entirely in English, you may be required to demonstrate your proficiency in English by producing the results of a TOEFL test, an IELTS test or a Cambridge Proficiency Certificate.

Language requirements

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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