Our program with the Tilburg University in Tilburg, The Netherlands is designed to give students a chance to study Business or Administrative Law at a school in the Netherlands.
- Application Process
- Course of Study
- The University and City
- Cancellation Policy
- Additional Information
- Tilburg Contacts
- Law School Contacts
- Student Contacts
The program is open to students matriculating at the University of Connecticut School of Law. First- and second-year day division students are eligible to apply to study abroad in their second or third year. Evening division students and four-year students are eligible to apply in their second or third year to study abroad during their third or fourth year.
The application process for all programs takes place once a year in February and decisions are made in March for the following academic year. Application forms are available at the Study Abroad Fair and online. Selection criteria include grades, faculty recommendations, essay and interview.
Students who wish to study abroad for one semester may attend school in Tilburg during the Autumn or Spring semester. There is an orientation in late August and classes begin in September and run through mid December. Spring semester starts in late January and exams are in May and June. Students take four courses at Tilburg and earn a total of twelve credits for a semester of work. This equates to Tilburg's requirement that all exchange students take a minimum of 22 ECTS. The ABA has also approved study abroad credit for a full year. Connecticut students must take eight courses to be eligible for the full twenty-four credits.
Students will be examined and graded as are all other students at Tilburg. Credit will be awarded for all courses in which a passing grade is received. Grades are not listed on the Connecticut transcript, but credit for those courses passed is noted. No mention is made nor credit given for failed courses. Credits are not averaged as part of the student's GPA. The grading system from 1-10 and US equivilency is as follows:
|ECTS||DUTCH GRADE||US GRADE|
|A||8.5-10.0||A to A+|
|C||6.5-7.0||C+ to B|
|FX||5.0-5.5||D to F|
Students pay tuition directly to the UConn Law School Business Office. You will be charged for 12 study abroad credits. In addition, you will be charged a Study Abroad Fee of $475 to help defray the administrative expense of the program.
Costs for housing range from €240,00 to €300,00. It is difficult for international students to locate suitable accommodations on their own. The Wonen Midden-Brabant service offers a few on-campus rooms and a number of rooms next to the campus in student flats (8-16 students have a unit and share the kitchen, living room and bathroom). There are also rooms further away from campus in student flats and private houses (cycling distance of no more than 20 minutes from campus). Applications for on campus or near campus usually outnumber spaces, so early application is recommended. The Coordinator for International Relations will assist you in getting housing close to campus. Other associated living expenses will be detailed as soon as the information is available.
Tilburg is The Netherlands' sixth largest city located in the Province of Brabant. The population is nearly 200,000 and it is located about 1.5 hours by train from Amsterdam and 2 hours by train from Brussels.
Tilburg University was founded in 1927 and is a fully accredited government financed university with almost 10,000 students. The university specializes in the social sciences and humanities and has five faculties: Economics and Business Administration, Law, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Philosophy and Arts. The university is small and easy to navigate. It has one of the most modern libraries in Europe and has a sophisticated computer system. The Student Center which opened in 1998 provides a place for students to relax and meet other students. It houses a campus pub and a theater for plays and musical performances. Tilburg encourages foreign exchanges and has over 350 international students annually.
The Tilburg University Faculty of Law was founded in 1963. The faculty offers four degree programs: Dutch Law, Tax Law, Administrative Law and Public Administration, and European Law. The law faculty is comprised of 30 professors, 15 senior lecturers, and 150 junior lecturers. In May 1998, the German magazine Der Spiegel published their results of a comparative study of European Universities. The Tilburg law faculty was at the top of the list of European universities. There are 2200 students in the Law department.
Foreign study in Tilburg will not be canceled due to lack of enrollment. Should Tilburg University decide to cancel the program, Connecticut students will then register for regular classes at the School of Law. In the event that cancellation occurs after the pre-registration period for the semester in question, every effort will be made to accommodate student preferences in registering for classes. No promise can be made that all desired classes will be available.
Check the Reserve Section in the Law Library for the Tilburg notebook containing catalogues, course listings and other useful materials about Tilburg University. Additional information can be located on their website: www.tilburguniversity.nl
Blanche Capilos can answer many questions or direct you to helpful resources.
Several Connecticut professors have visited and taught at Tilburg: Professors Janis, Kay, McLean, Strasser, Weisbrod and Wilf would be happy to answer questions about the university and town.
If you are an individual with a disability that requires accommodation in order to participate, please consult Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown, Dean's Office, 570-5130.
Eline van Scherpenzeel, Coordinator Intl Relations
Tel: 011 31 13 466 8377
Professor Joe McCahery
Tel: 011 31 13 466 2306
International Legal Programs
Professor Mark Janis
Director of Student and Faculty Exchanges
- Kathleen Carey
- Jay Kommuru
- Ben WIlliams
- Jaap van de Vlasakker - LLM student from Tilburg