• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Economics is all about what happens in our daily lives: how people, companies and governments make certain decisions (microeconomics), and how these decisions influence the economy as a whole (macroeconomics). In the Economics program at Tilburg University, you will learn how to use and apply economic models to study and analyze economic phenomena, and how to use this knowledge to your advantage. 
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Micro- and macroeconomics

The Economics program provides a solid foundation in micro- and macroeconomics. In macroeconomics, you will study the relationship between factors such as national income, consumption, unemployment, inflation, interest rates, investment, international trade, and international finance. 

In microeconomics, the focus is on the actions of individual agents, such as firms and consumers, and how their behavior determines prices and quantities in specific markets. Other subjects covered in the program are international trade, public finance, and development economics.

Specialized focus on economics

The Economics program at Tilburg University takes a unique approach: whereas other universities in the Netherlands combine business and economics, Tilburg University offers a specialized program with a strong focus on economics in all its forms. Therefore, the only business courses in the program are the two basic first-year courses in Finance and Accounting. Another important aspect are the two philosophy courses in the program, which are a hallmark of your education at Tilburg University. In the third year, you can choose from a wide variety of electives, such as environmental economics, health economics, and behavioral economics.

Career prospects

With a diploma of the bachelor Economics, you have access to a variety of Master’s programs, ranging from Economics and Finance to International Management, with excellent job perspectives due to the high reputation of Tilburg University, both in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Our graduates can be found in various different positions in both the private and public sector, for example: economic analyst or consultant at a multinational firm, bank or insurance company; a policy advisor at a central bank, a ministry or the European Commission; or as a researcher and lecturer at a university.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Microeconomics 1
  • Macroeconomics 1
  • Mathematics
  • Business Economics 1: Accounting
  • Skills: writing, presentation, information
  • Microeconomics 2: Welfare Economics
  • Macroeconomics 2: International Finance
  • Mathematics 2: Linear Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Business Economics 2: Finance
  • Programming for Economists
  • Microeconomics 4: Information Economics
  • Macroeconomics 3: Dynamic Models and Policy
  • Econometrics
  • International Trade
  • Philosophy, Science and Free Markets

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Before you apply for the Economics program, please make sure that you meet the following requirements:

  • You have a secondary school diploma* which is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma. Examples of diplomas which are accepted are the IB, EB, Abitur, Swiss Maturité, etc. You can find out whether your non-Dutch diploma meets our admission requirements.
  • Since the Economics program is taught entirely in English, you need to demonstrate your English language proficiency. 

Mathematics requirements

  • Mathematics is a required course. This means that even if you have a recognized diploma, you must be able to prove that you have a sufficient level of Mathematics.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    8800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8800 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Tilburg

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
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