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Tilburg University Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Spring, Academic Year, Summer


Tilburg, Netherlands




• Clear interest and commitment

• Demonstrated preparedness/maturity

• Minimum 3.0 GPA

• Good academic and disciplinary standing

• Spring/Academic Year- Junior, or senior standing at the time the program begins

• Summer- Junior, or senior standing at the time the program begins

• No Dutch language required

• Approval by UI Study Abroad

• Attendance at orientations

• 18 years of age

Application Due:

• September 24 for Spring

• February 24 for Fall and Academic Year

Program Cost:

Check the 'Costs' section under 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.

Tilburg offers a wide variety of courses in English.

Prior Dutch language experience is not required for participation.

Due to Tilburg’s academic calendar, this program is only offered during the summer session, the spring semester, or for the full academic year. This program is not available during the fall semester.

Semester/Academic Year- You can learn more about the exchange program with Tilburg on their Exchange Programs websites.

Summer- Learn more about the summer options on the Tilburg University Summer School website.

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. They also offer Dutch language classes for interested students.


Semester/Academic Year- To see full listing of courses available to exchange students during the semester and academic year, take a look at Tilburg’s Courses for Exchange Students website.

Summer- You can find details about the course offerings during the summer session under the Academic Courses heading on the ’s Tilburg University Summer School website.

Flexibility Regarding Course Offerings (All Sessions)

Foreign universities are typically unable to provide a final course catalog for the upcoming semester until shortly before the semester begins. Students usually do not know which specific classes they can take before arriving abroad, and they usually do not register for classes until they arrive in their host country- this means that there is no way to guarantee that you will be able to enroll in your preferred courses. Your final course schedule may not be finalized until you are already abroad and attending classes.

Because of these differences, all students must meet with their academic advisor before going abroad to discuss how the differences in course availability will affect their degree progress and graduation plans. It is important to develop a back-up plan in case your preferred courses are not available when you arrive at their host university.

Applying credit toward a UI degree

Unless UI Study Abroad has an approval on file for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.

If you plan to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, contact your UI study abroad advisor for details on the process. 

Requesting Transcripts

All participants must complete submit a formal request to Tilburg for their transcript to be sent to the University of Iowa at the end of their program. If you do not complete this form and send it to Tilburg, your transcript will not be sent to the University of Iowa and you will not receive credit for the work you completed on this program.

Contact your UI study abroad advisor for more information about this process.

Cultural Activities

Semester/Academic Year- In the first few days of their time in Tilburg, Semester and Academic Year students participate in orientation programming, including a cultural orientation, Dutch language courses, and a tour of the resources available at the university. You can learn more about the orientation programming on the Program Introduction website.

Summer- The Summer program includes a social program that orients students to the local culture. You can learn more about this programming on Tilburg’s Social program Tilburg University Summer School website.

Program Dates

Semester/Academic Year- This program is only offered for the Spring semester, or the full Academic Year. The program is not available for only the Fall semester.

The dates for the upcoming Spring and Academic Year sessions can be found on Tilburg’s Fact Sheet website.

Summer- Dates for the summer session vary by year, but are typically mid-July - mid-August. You can find more information on the Tilburg University Summer School website.

For More Information

Steps to Studying Abroad

  1. Before initiating an application for this program, students must complete a Discover Study Abroad session at the University of Iowa.
  2. After completing the Discover Abroad session, students must call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to be assigned to the appropriate study abroad advisor.
  3. Once assigned, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to receive program application instructions.

Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-0353

Where You Will Study

Tilburg University is located in the southern part of the 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.

You can learn more about Tilburg on their Student Life website.


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

Tilburg is a hard-working, industrious, and scholarly 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 to 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

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.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements/Accommodations

Semester/Academic Year- Tilburg University does not offer on-campus student accommodation. However, their Housing Office can help you find private accommodation options through their Accommodation for International Students website.

Summer- Housing options are arranged prior to departure in consultation with Tilburg. You will receive details about your housing options early in the spring prior to your departure.

Housing Costs and Deposits

Housing costs will be paid directly to your host institution. You will receive details about how to pay for your housing abroad from your host institution prior to departure. You should plan to pay a housing deposit early in the semester prior to your departure.

Estimated housing costs are provided under the Application tab above.


All students need a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a passport, it is important that you apply for one as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before the program begins. US citizens can find more information about how to apply for a passport on the US Department of State’s website.

Important notice for students without a valid passport or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:

US citizens can find more information about how to renew a passport on the US Department of State’s website.

Students with a valid passport should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the US from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the US, you must renew your passport before applying for the visa you will need to enter your host country.

Expedited processing service is available for US passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). UI Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Non-US Citizens

Students who are not US citizens should contact their consulate for more information if they need to get a new passport or renew their passport.

Travel Arrangements (Flights)

UI Study Abroad will not arrange a group flight to your study abroad destination. Students will purchase their own plane tickets to their host country, though UI Study Abroad can assist by providing advice regarding airline booking options.

You are advised not to purchase plane tickets until:

  1. You have received an official offer of acceptance from your host university, and have submitted confirmation materials to UI Study Abroad.
  2. You have finalized your housing arrangements abroad.
  3. You are aware of both the semester start date and the move-in date for your accommodations abroad.
  4. You have received your visa (if required- contact your study abroad advisor for more information).

If you have questions about purchasing plane tickets, please contact your UI study abroad advisor.

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.


This program is open to University of Iowa students who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Clear interest and commitment- Students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in the program’s subject matter, and a commitment to engage responsibly in coursework abroad.
  • Demonstrated preparedness and maturity- Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel. Students must demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibly abroad while respecting cultural differences. Students are expected to obey both local laws and program directives conveyed to participants before and during the program. The University of Iowa Code of Student Life applies to all program participants while abroad.
  • Minimum 3.0 UI and Transfer GPA- Students must have a minimum 3.0 UI and Transfer GPA to participate in this program (transfer GPAs lower than 3.0 may be considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Students placed on either academic or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad on a University of Iowa program. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program. Students who are not in good standing at any point overlapping with the program dates will have their acceptance revoked, and will be responsible for the associated late withdrawal fees.
  • Semester/Academic Year- Junior, or Senior standing required- Students participating on the semester or academic year program must have junior, or senior standing at the time the program begins.
  • Summer- Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing required- Students participating on the summer program must have sophomore, junior, or senior standing at the time the program begins.
  • Dutch Language Requirements- No Dutch language experience is required.
  • Approval by UI study abroad- A student’s application must be reviewed and approved by their University of Iowa study abroad advisor.
  • Acceptance by host institution- Students must be accepted by their host institution as a temporary visiting student. Acceptance by the host institution is typically automatic for students that have been nominated by their study abroad advisor, but the final acceptance decision is made by the international student office and the sponsoring departments at the host institution based on their own internal requirements.
  • Attendance at mandatory orientation programming- Students must attend all in-person and online pre-departure orientation programing presented by UI Study Abroad.


Students will be responsible for paying many of their program costs through their University of Iowa U-Bill, while other costs will be out-of-pocket costs paid by the student directly to vendors before and after going abroad. Refer to the cost sheets below for details on the costs associated with this program.

The cost sheets outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

Costs for future sessions are usually similar to the current session, however students can expect a modest increase in overall costs each session. Final cost sheets for future sessions are typically available early in the semester before the session begins.

Cost Sheets

A cost sheet for the upcoming sessions session will be available soon. Contact your UI Study Abroad advisor for more information about program costs

Calculating Fees

The cost sheets are based on the fees described below:

Cost sheets do not include the following optional costs:

Personal Travel Costs

Costs for personal travel are not included in the cost estimates provided on the cost sheet. If you plan to travel outside of your host city or country during or after your study abroad program, you will need to budget for additional funds to cover the cost of your personal travel.

The cost of personal travel depends entirely on each student’s individual travel plans and spending habits. Estimates for personal travel costs provided by past students on this program vary significantly from $1,500 to as much as $9,000 or more per session.

Costs charged to the U-Bill

  • Application Fee- (charged at the time of application, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed.)
  • University of Iowa Tuition & Fees- (charged shortly before departure.)
  • Study Abroad Fees- (charged shortly before departure.)
  • CISI Health Insurance- (charged shortly before departure.)

Out of Pocket costs (not charged to U-Bill)

  • Round trip airfare from Cedar Rapids- (paid by student directly to travel agent or airline- approx. 6-8 weeks prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed)
  • Food- (paid by student at their discretion while abroad)
  • Housing- (charged upon arrival to the host country)
  • Housing Deposit- (paid by student shortly before departure to the host country, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed)
  • Visa/Immigration fees- (paid by student on arrival to the host country, or shortly before arrival/before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed. See the Immigration/Visa section under the Predeparture tab for more information.)
  • Local Transportation- (paid at student’s discretion while abroad)
  • Cell phone- (paid at the student’s discretion while abroad)
  • Passport- (paid by student prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed.)
  • Textbooks- (paid as needed while abroad)
  • Medical Exam/Immunizations- (paid by student as needed prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Personal expenses- (paid by student at their discretion while abroad)
  • Personal travel expenses- ( paid by student at their discretion while abroad )

Financial Aid & Scholarships

You can find information about options for funding your study abroad experience, including financial aid, scholarships, grants, etc., on UI Study Abroad’s Finances page.

How to Apply

Interested students should make an appointment with the designated UI Study Abroad advisor to discuss the program and the application process. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 319-335-0353. During the appointment, the advisor will provide full application instructions. Note: Application materials will not be reviewed unless a student has already met with the advisor to discuss the program .

The application process consists of three major steps:

  • Step 1: After meeting with the UI Study Abroad advisor, students must complete the online UI Study Abroad Application. Please note that the non-refundable $50 application fee will be charged to your U-Bill as part of this online application.
  • Step 2: The UI Study Abroad Application is reviewed. If the student meets the requirements for the program and there are sufficient spaces available in the exchange, the UI Study Abroad advisor nominates them for study at the host university.
  • Step 3: Once nominated, the student completes the online application process for the host university. The application is reviewed by the host university, which makes the final acceptance decision.
  • NOTE: Academic Year and Fall semester students can expect to receive their final acceptance decision from the host university by mid-summer, and Spring semester students can expect to receive their final acceptance decision from the host university by late November.
  • Post-Acceptance


    If you are accepted to your program, you will be asked to commit to participating in your program by submitting the University of Iowa Confirmation of Participation form, and by completing requirements for your host university.

    After you have formally confirmed your plans to participate, you will work both with UI Study Abroad and your host university. Follow instructions from both. Later in the semester, your UI Study Abroad advisor will contact you regarding orientation sessions, registration, and other required UI procedures and documentation.

    Application Deadline

    Applications for the Fall and Academic Year sessions are due on February 24.

    Applications for the Spring session are due on September 24.

    Limited Admission

    Admission to this program is limited to a small number of students each semester, based on the current exchange balance with the host university.

    Complete applications from eligible students will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Interested students are encouraged to submit complete application materials as soon as possible to increase their chances of securing a place in the program during their chosen session.

    Enrollment for the Academic Year 2022 - 2023 session is limited to 4 semester students, or 2 academic year students.

    Contact your study abroad advisor for updates on available spaces for future sessions.


    Health & Safety Planning

    Students should carefully review the following materials starting at least two months prior to departure:

    Prepare for Departure

    Health and Safety

    Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information


    All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in your host country. UI Study Abroad and your program provider/host institution abroad will provide you with immigration instructions prior to departure.

    Note that permission to enter and study in your host country is provided exclusively by the host country’s government based on that country's immigration requirements. Your host country’s immigration requirements may include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to receive permission to enter the country in some cases. Contact your UI study abroad advisor for more information.

    It is essential that you thoroughly review all of your immigration materials before you leave for your host country to ensure that they are absolutely complete and accurate. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all of your immigration materials are in order and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration materials contain inaccurate information of any kind, contact your UI study abroad advisor immediately to discuss your options.

    Do not take steps to complete your host country’s immigration requirements until you receive more information from UI Study Abroad.

    Review the UI Study Abroad Travel Documentation website for further guidance on the immigration/visa process.


    In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

    Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

    You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email

    Program-Specific Orientation

    This orientation will be facilitated by your UI study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

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    1111 University Capitol Centre
    The University of Iowa
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

    Phone: (319) 335-0353
    Fax: (319) 335-0343