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What will I learn?

The Bachelor's program in International Sociology 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. Depending on your ambitions and interests, in your second year you make a choice of two specializations: 'Culture in comparative perspective' or 'Social risks in a changing world'.


  • In the first year, you lay the foundation for your further studies in International Sociology. Besides introductory courses in sociology, you follow introductory courses in other disciplines that have common ground with sociology: political science, psychology and economics. You also learn more about academic skills and research methods.
  • After choosing a major in the second year, you follow courses related to either culture or social risks. In addition, you take classes in the field of methods and research, and you dive into the philosophy of science.
  • In the third year, you do a mandatory internship that allows you to practice your skills. Additionally, you choose a number of minor courses and electives. The third year offers plenty of opportunity to shape your studies according to your interests, ambitions and talents. This is also the perfect time to study abroad without study delay. You also write a Bachelor's thesis to complete your study program.

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.

Which department am I in?

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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

The admission requirements for this program for international students are, in short:

  • You have a secondary school diploma which is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma.
  • You need to demonstrate your English language proficiency. Tilburg University accepts Academic IELTS (minimum score 6.0 overall and a minimum score of 5.5 for all subscores), TOEFL (minimum score of 80 for the internet based test, 550 no paper based test accepted), 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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