International Sociology, B.Sc.

International Sociology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The International Sociology program at Tilburg University focuses on the dynamics between man and society. You study social themes such as migration, poverty and inequality, and cultural differences, while connecting these themes to politics and policy.


After having acquired a broad sociological basis in the first year, you will choose one of two majors: 'Culture in comparative perspective' or 'Social risks in a changing world'. Depending on your ambitions and interests, you shape your own education.

International Sociology International Sociology program at Tilburg University Tilburg University is a small-scale program ensuring personal attention and guidance. The curriculum leaves enough room to put into practice what you have learned. You will conduct exploratory sociological research and also do an internship. On top of that, the program in International Sociology offers the possibility to study abroad without study delay.

Career perspective after International Sociology

International Sociology is a broad study program in which you will obtain great expertise about society. In addition, you will learn specific skills that are useful for your professional career, such as arguing, thinking critically, asking questions, reporting, analyzing and presenting.

By specializing in one of two majors, you will choose the field in which you would like to be employed.

Graduates of International Sociology are employed in various professions:

  • Policy and consultancy for municipalities, provinces and ministries;
  • Research and data analysis at universities, research agencies and commercial organizations;
  • Teachers in secondary or higher education (for example, teaching Social Studies in secondary schools or teaching Sociology at third-level institutes);
  • Advising and consultancy in public or semi-public institutions and companies;
  • Journalism and opinion-forming institutions.
Why study International Sociology in Tilburg?
  • International Sociology in Tilburg offers you the chance to self-direct your education. During the Bachelor’s program, you choose one of two majors in which Tilburg specializes: ‘Culture in comparative perspective’ or ‘Social risks in a changing world’. The program therefore offers flexibility and freedom of choice.
  • If you choose International Sociology in Tilburg, you not only choose for a quality academic program, but you also learn how to put your knowledge into practice. International Sociology in Tilburg deals with current and relevant issues and teaches you how to work on these issues during and after your studies.
  • International Sociology in Tilburg is a small-scale program. You will quickly get to know your fellow students and it’s easy to contact lecturers. One of the lecturers will become your personal study mentor, whom you will meet regularly throughout your studies to discuss your study progress, interests, ambitions and career opportunities.
  • After your Bachelor’s in Sociology in Tilburg, you can choose from various Master’s programs. You can follow the one-year Master’s program in Sociology or participate in the Extended Master’s program including an internship, which increases your chances on the job market. You can also choose an international Double Degree program in Trento (Italy) or Barcelona (Spain), or follow the Research Master’s program.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Academic Skills: Sociology 1
  • Political Science
  • Research Methodology for International Students
  • Academic skills: Sociology 2
  • Qualitative Research Methods for International Students
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Sociological Themes
  • Introduction to Psychology for International Students
  • Introduction to Statistics for International Students
  • Academic Skills: Sociology 3

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

To be eligible for admission to a research university, you must have a high school diploma that is considered equal to the highest level of secondary education in the Netherlands (the Dutch VWO diploma). Examples of diplomas which are accepted for admission include the

  • Dutch VWO diploma,
  • Full International Baccalaureate diploma,
  • European Baccalaureate.
  • As our Bachelor’s programs are taught entirely in English, you will need to demonstrate your English language proficiency.
  • In order to be successful in the program, you must have sufficient knowledge of mathematics. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8500 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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One time immigration fees: € 317.

Living costs for Tilburg

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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