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What will I learn?

In the Bachelor's program in Economics you will study how people, firms and governments make certain decisions (microeconomics) and how these decisions affect the economy as a whole (macroeconomics). You will learn how to use economic models to study and forecast changes in the local and global economic landscape.


Economics is focused on the environment in which individuals, companies and countries relate to each other. You will focus on the big picture and how different forces are at work in a global economy. Business related courses only play a small role in the program in order to allow for a specialized focus on economics.

  • The first year will give you a solid foundation in the core micro- and macroeconomics topics. Mathematics and Statistics will serve as tools: they are a language used to understand economic models.
  • The second year will build further on the knowledge you have gained in the first year. You will delve into microeconomics and macroeconomics in more depth, gaining specialized knowledge in a range of courses such as Development Economics or International Trade.
  • In the third year you can study abroad for one semester at one of our many partner universities around the world, or you can stay in Tilburg and take electives. Your thesis is the crowning achievement of all your hard work.

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.

Which department am I in?

School of Economics and Management

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
€8,800.00 (7,10,824) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Tilburg University

Warandelaan 2,



5037, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL test score with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based version; Cambridge Proficiency Examination (CPE, score A, B or C) or Cambridge Advanced English (CAE, score A, B or C).

For international students

You are eligible for the Bachelor’s program in Economics, if you hold a secondary school diploma which is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma.

Finally, you need to demonstrate your English language proficiency. Tilburg University accepts Academic IELTS (6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 on individual parts), TOEFL (minimum score of 80 internet based), and Cambridge English test results: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B or C.


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