Frequently Asked Questions
TOP Week is the introduction week for all new students, both exchange and degree-seeking students, who will be studying at Tilburg University. TOP Week is the best possible start of your new adventure in Tilburg!
It is the introduction week organized by the Tilburg Orientation Program.
This week is organized especially for new students. You can participate as a Bachelor’s student, as a (Pre-)Master’s student, and as a Dutch or international student. TOP Week is all about getting to know your fellow students, the city of Tilburg, study and sports associations, and life as a student in Tilburg. It will help you to hit the ground running in your new student city!
TOP Week and TOP Winter Week are organized by the Tilburg Orientation Program (TOP) Foundation, in collaboration with Tilburg University. The Foundation is run by the TOP Board, consisting of seven enthusiastic students who work hard throughout the year to realize an awesome introduction week for new students in Tilburg. In March, they are joined by 13 commission members, and together they take care of all the preparations necessary to make the introduction week a success.
To participate in TOP Week, you need to register via the website. Registration costs are € 75. This not only gives you access to all TOP Week activities. but also includes three lunches and five dinners, as well as a TOP bag with all kinds of coupons/gadgets. Please note: Breakfast is not provided during TOP Week.
TOP Week 2019 is scheduled from Monday, August 19, through Friday, August 23. During these days, you will be introduced to all kinds of things that Tilburg has to offer to students. Together with the other members of your group, you will be participating in all kinds of activities. The overall aim is to get to know your fellow students and to discover Tilburg and its vibrant student life. The activities are quite varied. Click here for the full program of TOP Week 2019.
You are free to take part, and free not to take part. There are no obligatory components. Of course it is more fun if you take part in as many components as possible and to see as much as you can! Do not forget, however, that the Program Introduction organized by Tilburg University is obligatory for all students. Although it is integrated into TOP Week, it is not part of the TOP Week program per se.
You will get to know your fellow students while discovering Tilburg and its vibrant student life. All students will be divided into groups with students of their own study program, with students from all over the world. Guided by two mentors, you will get to know Tilburg and everything it has to offer.
If you have registered for TOP Winter Week 2020 but decide not to participate, you need to cancel your registration. If you do so before January 1, 2020, your registration fee will be reimbursed in full. If you cancel between January 1 and January 12, half the registration fee will be reimbursed. If you cancel after January 12, 2020, we will unfortunately not be able to reimburse you.
As you will be cycling from one activity to the next, you will really need a bike. You need to register in advance for TOP Week. Your e-ticket is your proof of registration, so make sure you print it and bring it to Registration on Monday, August 19. To be able to complete your registration on this Registration Monday, you will also need to bring your passport or ID card. During TOP Week, you have to pay for your own drinks, so please make sure you bring cash or a card that you can pay with. During the sports activities in TOP Week, you will need sportswear and swimwear, so do not forget to bring it!
Students participating in TOP Week will be divided into groups of approximately 17 students. As a new student, you will be assigned to a group with other exchange students or other degree-seeking students, depending on your study program. We aim for a good mix as regards gender and nationality. Each group will be assigned two or more mentors. These are senior students that will accompany the group during the entire week to all TOP Week activities. They will answer any questions you may have.
If you have not found a place to sleep in Tilburg yet, your mentors will arrange a place to sleep for you. This can either be at one of your mentor's homes, or at another student's home who is also in your group. This means you do not have to pay for accommodation during TOP Week. However, you will have to bring your own sleeping gear.
Tilburg University organizes Registration Days for international students on Thursday, August 15, and Friday, August 16. You will be welcomed by Tilburg University staff in the Academia Building (the A Building) and receive useful information about studying at Tilburg University. Registration Days are organized to give you enough time to arrange several practical matters, such as finding accommodation, opening a bank account, and buying a bike. Also, exchange students will register for TOP Week and receive their wristband here. For more information about the Registration Days, please go to the Tilburg University website.
Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you cannot attend one of the Registration Days on August 15 or 16, or the TOP Registration on Monday, August 19. If you register for TOP Week on our website before August 10, you can still attend the introduction week after the registration moment. In that case, you will need to pick up your wristband at TOP headquarters, located in the so-called Koepelhal at the Spoorzone. You will need to send an e-mail beforehand to email@example.com, to let us know when you will be coming to pick up your wristband. Do not forget to bring your e-ticket and valid ID.
The Program Introduction (PI) is taken care of by the Schools and the International Office of Tilburg University. It is incorporated in TOP Week, but it is not organized by TOP itself. The Program Introduction is obligatory for all new students, also for those not taking part in TOP Week. If you have any further questions about the Program Introduction, we refer you to the Tilburg University website.
No they cannot, unless they are starting on a new program. However, ever year we are looking for mentors that can show new students around and introduce them to student life in Tilburg. So as a senior student you can take part once again, but this time as a mentor! You can register as a mentor via this link!
Yes, you certainly can. TOP Week is also for Master’s students. Your group will consist of fellow Master’s students, and will be mentored by students currently doing a Master’s program. Certain components of the Master’s TOP program are different from the regular program.
The TOP Mentor Preparation days are on Friday, July 26, and Friday, August 2. Attendance at one of these two days is obligatory. Mentors and substitute mentors will receive an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying the date of the Preparation Day they are expected to attend.
TOP Goes Green
Stichting TOP aims to be as sustainable as possible during the introduction week and during the preparations of TOP Week. TOP tries to create awareness within the organization on how to be considerate of the environment and to be as sustainable as possible. TOP is contributing to a healthy environment in the following ways:
- As compared to last year TOP has reduced printed pages by almost one million. We achieved this by printing less program booklets and getting rid of other printed booklets in the TOP goodie bag;
- The amount of waste is reduced by making big lunch/diner crates instead of separately packed lunches/diners for everyone during TOP Week;
- All leftover food goes to the food bank: Pater Poels;
- We stimulate students to ride their bikes to every event during TOP Week. Together with Swapfiets we give students without a bike the possibility to rent one;
- TOP crew t-shirts are printed without a date on them which makes them reusable for next year;
- TOP primarily works together with companies from direct surroundings to stimulate the local economy;
- Everyone rides their bike to the office;
- Every committee and board member brings their own mug to the office.
TOP also tries to make their participants more aware of the environment. What can you as a participant do to be more sustainable? A few suggestions are:
- Bring your own reusable water bottle which you can fill at several water points throughout TOP Week;
- Download the TOP application where you can find all the information you need, this will replace the printed program booklets;
- Pick up your own garbage and throw it in the bins, try to stimulate you group members to do the same;
- Try to produce as little waste as possible by only opening new packets when other packets are empty and take leftover food home;
- Use your bike to go to every event during TOP Week.