Radboud University vs Tilburg University

Posted on 09/05/2019

The Netherlands or Holland is one of the countries in Europe with breath-taking nature, beautiful scenery, historical buildings, delicious cheeses as well as a high-quality educational system. This country has been attracting many students from all over the world because of its reputable cultural diversity as well as international character. Today, EDUopinions will compare two of the top universities located in the Netherlands.

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Radboud University

What You Need To Know

Radboud University is located in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Established in 1923, this university offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in more than 10 different majors – Behavioural & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Geography & Environment, Humanities, Language & Communication, Law, Science, to name a few.

Radboud University has 10 reviews on EDUopinions and has scored an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Most Frequent Comments

In the comment section, Students from Radboud University regularly talk about how delighted they are with the modern buildings and green environment of the campus, the support they receive from the administrators, and the interactive lectures held by experienced lecturers. All these factors help the students feel welcomed, supported and motivated. In addition, their self-confidence increases as a result of different case studies, role plays, discussions, and hands-on job experiences.

Moreover, the students seem happy about the internationality of the university and they enjoy all the facilities provided for them – career service, study associations, academic writing centre, as well as a sports centre. In addition, there are 3 restaurants and coffee shops on campus available for hot meals or cold snacks.

Political Science
2018-11-28 14:19:53
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I really like Nijmegen

I went to Radboud University after I graduated from my previous university to pursue a different subject. I have been living in Nijmegen for quite a while and I currently consider it my home town. It’s a lively place with lots of things to do for students, for entertainment and professional purposes. My study is great! I love the courses and the building where I am studying is new and has nice facilities for studying. Classes are often interactive and teachers like students to be active and involved during courses. This has helped me to focus on my studies and gave me confidence and experience in expressing my views on topics. My current Master’s program is challenging but very interesting. Often courses reflect current issues and debates which makes it more relevant and of use for later careers. Dutch students are used to cooperate with internationals and overall I would say this university has an international and open perspective, where developing your interests and skills are heavily encouraged.

Programme: Political Science
Degree: Master's
Graduation: 2018
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Business Administration
2018-10-10 11:02:55
Nora
an overall experience!

Radboud University Nijmegen is a place full of possibilities, opportunities, and support. The university has a wide range of studies on different faculties. The campus is very green and has many facilities to enjoy your studies apart from simply following courses. Among other things, there is a career service, study associations, a sports center and an academic writing center where you can follow activities or get help with your future planning. All in all, Nijmegen is a great student city with a well-facilitated university. I definitely made the right choice to follow a bachelors programme at the RU and I am looking forward to the upcoming years in Nijmegen!

Programme: Business Administration
Degree: Bachelor's
Graduation: 2021
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Economics
2019-02-01 11:39:33
Constantina
Constantina
Excellent environment, student city, personal approach

Radboud is the perfect place for a student who wants the feeling of an active university environment in a beautiful city. The campus is forested and green, the buildings are modern, and the university community is very active. There are many kinds of supporting services especially for international students. As a student there you can have a membership at an excellent gym for a very low yearly fee and be active in sports clubs, there are opportunities to be a student assistant for your professors, to be active in student associations, and many more things. Although Nijmegen is not very big it always has an event going on, and it is very well connected for visiting Germany, Belgium, and many other places. I am happy with the student experience because the classrooms are small, the program structure is very interesting with a number of elective courses, there is an opportunity to study abroad for a semester, and talking to or getting advice from teachers is very easy. I would definitely recommend Radboud to someone interested in a good academic environment in a beautiful environment.

Programme: Economics
Degree: Bachelor's
Campus: Nijmegen
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The Good

Radboud University has some national and international recognition and is also scored 115 on Shanghai ranking, 204 on QS ranking, and 123 on Time Higher Education ranking in the world. Apart from education and reputation, Radboud has also won many research awards (e.g. Noble Prize for Physics in 2010).

The university supports its students throughout their studies and respects their social and educational life choices. Read about Willem’s experience in Radboud, from the very first day of the university to the day he successfully landed a job in Prague:

2018-03-25 12:28:41
Willem
Radboud Is Perfect For An International Student Experience

From its very beginning, the Radboud University Nijmegen was founded on the idea that your studies should be more than just studying. Every course you’ll follow will not only educate you in the field of studies but will also contain courses on the relevant philosophical concerns regarding your studies, allows you to combine your curriculum with many extra-curricular activities and actively promotes following part of your education abroad.

I’m happy that the Radboud University allowed me to combine my studies with AEGEE, the European Students’ Association. The curriculum the university provided didn’t simply teach me new stuff, but also made me more aware of the impact and practicality of my studies in the real world. And AEGEE allowed me to follow extra-curricular courses all over Europe. The university even reimbursed my travel costs for the biggest of which, in Kiev and Chișinău. Plus, the university’s support for allowing me to do some of its courses while on Erasmus in Sheffield was fundamental in allowing me to complete my studies without any delay.

During the first lecture I ever had at the Radboud University, the professor said, “So far you’ve only learned to learn a trade. Now, it’s time to also learn how to grow into a fully formed human being.” This has proven to be incredibly true. The Radboud University gives you many opportunities to develop yourself everywhere around Europe. The clearest result of which is that I recently started a job in Prague, because of the extra-curricular skills that I have learned in AEGEE, which I was encouraged to join because of the Radboud University’s promotion of interdisciplinary development, both within Nijmegen and abroad.

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In Conclusion

Radboud University, in the beautiful and green city of Nijmegen, is only 10 minutes away from the city centre. This provides comfort for the students while enjoying their free time off-campus. Also, Radboud has shops on campus not only for the purchase of food, snacks, and drinks, but also for clothing, stationery, and gifts. The international and friendly atmosphere of the university helps the students feel welcomed and safe. Student accommodations are also available for the internationals and everyone can enjoy the variety of facilities available on campus – sports centre, modern library, and different study places.

Tilburg University

What You Need To Know

Established in 1927, Tilburg University is one of the reputable universities in the southern part of the Netherlands, Tilburg. It offers undergraduate programmes as well as postgraduate programmes (Master’s and PhD). Tilburg University specializes in Economics & Management, Law, Social & Behavioural Sciences, and Humanities & Digital Sciences.

Tilburg University has 31 student reviews on EDUopinions and has scored an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Most Frequent Comments

Students at Tilburg University frequently talk about how professors, faculty, and administrators are experienced, helpful, and approachable. In addition, the environment of the university is calm and clean; which motivates the students to concentrate fully on their studies. Also, the campus welcomes many international/exchange students from many countries and provides a pleasant environment for them; not only with educational programmes but also with various cultural events.

Moreover, the campus is in the heart of the city and as the campus is not very large, everything is within walking distance; which is convenient for everyone. Also, students have frequently mentioned how they praise the modern facilities on campus (e.g. sports centre, library, and study places).

2017-11-23 16:10:29
Anonymous student
Good, modern university

Faculty and administrators are very helpful. All my professors that i have had are fantastic. Wish the restaurant/cafeteria was open a few hours later. The university is always clean. Never have to worry about demonstrations or other disruptions to learning.

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2017-11-01 17:41:16
Anonymous student
Finance student

Great place to study. I am studying Finance in this awesome university. First of all, they provide a very effective system and way of learning. Secondly. they pay attention to students. So for example when you have any kind of question. you are able to make the appointment and professor will surely reply and take care of your problem. Moreover, the university organizes a lot of events here you can meet many international students to exchange cultures. I would recommend this institution to other students as well.

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2017-10-27 12:17:34
Anonymous student
Wonderful international experience!

I have spent two semesters at Tilburg University and I have to recommend it everybody looking for a place to do their exchange. Helpful staff, interesting lectures from professors from around the world. Perfect library and internal communication system.

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The Good

Tilburg University is in the list of the Times Higher Education 2019 (Top 250 Universities in the World). In addition, each of the majors in different departments are reputable among local and international rankings: Accounting & Finance is ranked 12 in the world and 3 in Europe while Business Administration is ranked 6 in the world and 2 in Europe by Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. Other subjects have also appeared on the Top 150 Times Higher Education 2019 Ranking by Subject.

Some of the students have been attending Tilburg University because of its high rankings and reputation among different international references and higher education rankings.

Law
2017-10-23 15:15:42
Anonymous student
Out-of-the-box thinking

First of all, TiU is the living heart of the city, which adds value to the first. But most importantly it has an incredible set of master programs. I came to TiU because it was listed by the FT as one of the most innovative in the field of Law. Indeed, it matched my expectations. The IBL master has both traditional subjects and out-of-the-box ones, given that the first is ancillary to the second. Also, conditions are great.

Programme: Law
Degree: Master's
Graduation: 2018
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In Conclusion

Tilburg University has gained much national and international recognition. It not only provides a welcoming atmosphere for the local and international students but also supports them throughout their studies. In addition, the university cares about education as well as mental and physical health of the students; by providing a modern library, various study places on campus, a food court (Mensa) with international variety, as well as a sports centre and scheduled fitness sessions. Also, the professors are competent and approachable even after the lecture hours.

Conclusion

To conclude this article, it should be mentioned that both universities offer courses in English as well as Dutch languages. Prospective students, whether local or international, may choose their preferred field of study with regard to the language of their choice. In addition to the points mentioned in the article, please note that both universities have a strong focus on research and have had recognition for their various achievements; this makes both universities suitable for undergraduates or postgraduates seeking course work or research-based programmes.

Written by
Parto
Parto Ghalehkhani is a current master's student of International Management at IUBH University, Germany. She has graduated from Monash University with an Honours Bachelor's degree in Mechatronics Engineering. She is passionate about swimming, travelling, learning new languages, and learning new skills.
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