• 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 program at 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 prospects

As a sociologist, you are an expert in the field of social issues. These issues often occur in education, government or cultural institutions. Some graduates, for example, become policy advisors on culture at municipalities, whereas others become trainees at European organizations.Commercial companies and organizations employ graduates in sociology as well. Think, for example, of data analysts at insurers and energy companies, researchers at market research firms, or consultants in the field of technology and society.

Additionally, sociologists work as researchers within scientific institutions, as third-level lecturers in sociology or art and culture, or as teachers of social studies in secondary education. Sociologists are also employed as journalists or opinion formers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Schedule IELTS
  • 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

    8700 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8700 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2092 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2092 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

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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