|International Business Exchange
|Tilburg University Exchange Program
The UofSC exchange program at the Tilburg School of Economics & Management, Tilburg University (TiSEM) is designed to expose students to Dutch life and culture and international business practices. The program is located in Tilburg, the sixth largest city in the Netherlands with approximately 200,000 inhabitants. Tilburg is located in the southern part of the Netherlands, not far from the Belgian border. Tilburg University has an undergraduate student population of approximately 7,200, including around 450 international students. Formerly known for being the "wool capital" of the Netherlands, Tilburg now enjoys a thriving economy with varied industries, including transport and logistics. Tilburg is a diverse and international city, with almost 30% of its population originating outside of the Netherlands.
Category: 1, no foreign language proficiency requirement, all courses taught in English
Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs
Requirements: junior standing; International Business major
Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to Tilburg. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Tilburg. Tilburg recommends that students budget €925-€1,250 per month for living expenses. Some students manage to spend less, but this of course depends on your own lifestyle. Tilburg offers a breakdown of suggested expenses.
The program at Tilburg offers a diverse array of courses within the field of International Business Administration and Economics, many of which are offered in English. Exchange students can also take up to two courses at the language center in the following languages: Dutch, German (not beginner), French (also not beginner), Italian, Spanish and Chinese. To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table.
This program does not offer organized excursions, however exchange students at Tilburg have the opportunity for individual travel.
Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details. Additionally, international students in the Netherlands are required by law to have adequate health insurance. Students can purchase insurance from a Dutch provider or show proof of adequate coverage carried by another policy, such as USC's insurance policy.
Tilburg does not have student housing, however there are two housing companies in Tilburg, WonenBreburg and KamerBemiddelingTilburg, which offer furnished accommodation especially for international students. Your Room in Tilburg provides more information about the accommodation offered and conditions for renting. Accommodation typically costs between €500 and €700 per month.
The spring semester runs from late January to the end of May. IB students will attend Tilburg during the spring semester.
Exchange students participate in the Introduction Week, a week of events and activities designed to introduce exchange students to the University and life in Tilburg. Exchange students are also connected with a "buddy" who serves as a mentor throughout the first semester. All international students are invited to arrive to Tilburg during the official Arrival Days. During these days students will be picked up at the train station and brought to Tilburg University where they will be greeted by their exchange coordinator.
Exchange students who are US citizens do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands, but they will need to apply for a residence permit in order to reside in the Netherlands. Tilburg will help you apply for this permit which costs approximately €250.