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    Description

    Economics is a top program! Each year, all students in the Netherlands take part in a large survey. Students of Economics gave the program an overall score of 82. This means Economics in Tilburg is considered the best in its discipline in the Netherlands, and belongs to the top programs in the Netherlands overall!

    A great demand exists for economists who can understand, analyse and forecast changes to the global economic landscape and their implications for the performance of organisations.

    Tilburg University's three-year Bachelor of Science in Economics offers you this coveted area of expertise, as well as the prestige of having been taught by some of Europe's most respected economists.

    On par with the best economics programs in the world, the program provides a solid grounding in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, as well as specific knowledge in core fields including financial economics, international economics, public sector economics and development economics. Two courses in business economics and two in philosophy are also part of the degree, as well as a variety of electives during the last semester of the program.

    Every day you will benefit from the quality inherent at Tilburg University, reflected in the program design, curriculum, teaching methodology, as well as the faculty members themselves, who will inspire you during lectures and tutorials.

    Career Perspectives

    A certain reputation goes with being a Tilburg University graduate. Your degree is an indicator of the best European education - a guarantee of everything from in-the depth knowledge to well-developed intercultural and communication skills. You can be sure of excellent career prospects and a competitive edge in the labour market.

    Graduates of Economics at Tilburg pursue successful careers in the private, public, and non-profit sectors as well as in research institutes. Our economics graduates have a competitive edge for jobs with an international dimension, as well as jobs in the financial sector and where micro-economics is applied to competition policy in an increasingly deregulated environment.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline May 1 Tuition fee
    • EUR 1835 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 7500 Year (Non-EEA)
    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Economists with a handle on the workings of the global economy are in high demand by financial, private and public organisations. With seismic shifts in the world economic landscape - emerging new economies, the dawn of a single European market, a worldwide credit crisis and subsequent plans for new macroeconomic and structural policy by governments worldwide - those who can understand, analyse and forecast these new market forces are highly coveted.

    With a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Tilburg University, you can lay claim to this expertise. Not to mention the prestige of having been taught by some of Europe's most respected economists.

    Tilburg University's three-year Bachelor of Science in Economics is on par with the best Economics programs in the world. The Economics program provides profound knowledge in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, as well as specific knowledge in core fields including Financial Economics, International Economics, Public Sector Economics and Development Economics. Two courses in Business Economics and two in Philosophy are also part of the degree, and a variety of elective courses are offered during the last semester of the program.

    Every day you will benefit from the quality inherent at Tilburg University, which is reflected in the program design, curriculum, teaching methodology, and simply the faculty members themselves, who will inspire you during lectures and tutorials.

    The program is divided in a two-year foundation phase consisting of twenty mandatory courses, and a one-year specialisation phase organised around a variety of free electives and program electives. Assessment schemes take into account written exam results as well as your performance and participation in class.

    Teaching Methods

    In the Economics program you will encounter different forms of teaching, which may be different from what you are used to from highschool. Class sizes vary per teaching form and can range from 25 students up to 75 students. We will describe some of the most common teaching forms.

    Working in teams

    Teams are collaborative units of people joined together to accomplish a common goal. The output of the whole team should exceed that of the sum of the output of individual members.
    As work processes and production systems have become more complex, teams -not individuals - have become the basic working unit in many modern international organizations. Because team environments foster interaction and open communication, and create a desirable setting for generating new ideas, the ability to function effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team has become essential. In the Economics program team work will be used in many courses with team size ranging from 3 to 6 students.
    What makes team work essential for Economics students?

    • Today's labour market requires graduates to have extensive competences in working and learning in teams.
    • Research shows that well-organized collaboration between students has positive effects on learning results, learning productivity, the relationships between the students, individual selfconfidence as well as well-being of students.
    • If a team performs well, individual team members can take advantage of several kinds of synergy effects. Synergy is best described as "1 + 1 = 3" rather than 2. For your learning process this means that you can learn much more in a course when you work in teams.

    In effective team work, you are not only striving for the 'best' results yourself but also for the 'best' results of your fellow students and the other way around. In this way both you and your fellow students learn to create win-win rather than win-loose situations. It is important that you practice this principle because collaboration between people is such an essential element of contemporary business environments.

    Lectures

    Lectures usually take place once a week with all students from the program present in one lecture hall.

    During the lecture the instructor will outline the theoretical concepts described in the literature to be studied for the course, usually making use of a PowerPoint presentation to help you understand and take notes. Real-life examples to further explain these theories are used, such as newspaper articles, videos and cases.

    Instruction lectures

    Instruction lectures take place for quantitative courses like Mathematics and Statistics and form the link between the theory and practical application in assignments. The instruction lectures will help you prepare yourself for the tutorials and explain how you should apply the theory.

    Tutorials

    Tutorials are usually offered once a week and the students are divided over several groups. The average class size for tutorials is 35-40 students per group. Tutorials offer you the opportunity to explore the course materials in more details, work on assignments and cases, ask questions, join in group discussions and share ideas with the instructor and your fellow students. Tutorials have an interactive format and students are required to come prepared. Some tutorials may have mandatory attendance.

    Skills tutorials

    Tutorials are usually offered once a week and students are divided into two groups. The average class size for tutorials is 35-40 students per group. Tutorials offer you the opportunity to explore the course materials in more details, work on assignments and cases, ask questions, join in group discussions and share ideas with the instructor and your fellow students. Tutorials have an interactive format and students are required to come prepared.

    PC Lab sessions

    For some courses in the Economics program more advanced computer skills are necessary. Therefore, PC Lab sessions are offered to teach students these skills and let them work on the application of theory on practical assignments.


    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 80

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS

    Requirements

    With Dutch diploma

    You are eligible to apply for the Economics program if you have one of the following diplomas:

    • VWO diploma as from 2010 with the following profile:
      • Economics and Society
      • Culture and Society, including Mathematics A or B
      • Natural Sciences and Health
      • Natural Sciences and Technology
    • VWO diploma up until 2009 with the following profile:
      • Economics and Society
      • Culture and Society, including Mathematics A1 and 2, or B1 and Economics 1
      • Natural Sciences and Health, including Economics 1
      • Natural Sciences and Technology, including Economics 1
    • A diploma from the first year of a four year HBO-programme, including the same course requirements as VWO

    With non-Dutch diploma

    You are eligible to apply for the Economics program if you have one of the following diplomas:

    • An International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, including Mathematics Standard Level or Mathematics Higher Level. With an IB diploma including English and Mathematics Standard Level or Mathematics Higher Level, there are no extra tests required, or
    • A European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma, including Mathematics (3 hrs). With an EB diploma including English and Mathematics (3 hrs), there are no extra tests required, or
    • Another secondary or high school diploma that equals the Dutch VWO diploma, including English and Mathematics for which you have successfully passed or will pass the exam. For example, the German Abitur, or
    • A + O levels (3 A-levels), including Mathematics A level, or
    • 4 Advanced Placement subjects, including AP Math/Science.

    English Language requirements

    In addition, you may have to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of Mathematics and English. Proficiency in English can be demonstrated by taking either a TOEFL or an IELTS test. The required minimum score for TOEFL is 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet based); for IELTS 6.0 (no partial scores below 5.5). The institutional code for TOEFL is 9860.

    Mathematics Requirements

    Mathematics is a required course. This means that even if you have a recognised diploma, you must be able to prove that you have a sufficient level of Mathematics. In some cases, the Admission Board might require you to participate in an entrance examination in Mathematics, called Colloquium Doctum.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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