TOP Winter Week is the introduction week for all new students who will be studying at Tilburg University starting the second semester of the academic year. This week is organized especially for international exchange and degree-seeking students. TOP Winter Week 2019 will take place from Tuesday, January 22, to Friday, January 25. TOP Winter Week is all about getting to know your fellow students, the Netherlands and the city of Tilburg, and life as a student in Tilburg. It will help you to hit the ground running in your new student city!

TOP Winter Week takes place every year in the week after the Tilburg University Registration Day and before the start of the second semester. All students will be divided into groups with students from all over the world. Guided by mentors of the International and Exchange Student Network (I*ESN), you will get to know Tilburg and everything it has to offer. 

Do you want to start your life as a student in Tilburg in the best possible way? Register for TOP Winter Week on the Registration Day at Tilburg University on Friday, January 18 from 9:00 to 18:00 hrs. You can also register on Tuesday, January 22 between 13.00 and 15.00 hrs at the TOP Registration. But in this case, please let us know via email before Friday, January 18. 

TOP Winter Week 2019 will take place from Tuesday, January 22, to Friday, January 25. During these days, you will be introduced to all kinds of things that Tilburg has to offer to students. You participate in all activities with your group and the overall aim is to get to know your fellow students and discover Tilburg and its vibrant student life. The activities are varied. You will explore Tilburg through a TET Walk, a Pub Crawl, and city dinners, be introduced to the sports associations and the Sports Center during the FOSST Sports Afternoon and to Dutch culture during the Dutch Culture Festival, sample some typically Dutch sports like ice skating and experience exciting parties in the wee hours, such as the opening and closing parties.

Click here for the full program of TOP Winter Week 2019.

Testimonial Hussein – International exchange student 

I was 20 years old while on exchange at Tilburg University. My experiences in Tilburg were incredible. The experience first started with TOP Winter Week; a week of endless fun including meeting everyone that’s also on exchange at Tilburg University from their own home schools all over the world. Plenty of activities are planned for the day and parties at night. TOP Winter Week was the best way to get my Tilburg experience started. The fact that I was meeting people from so many different countries who were also on exchange made the experience a lot better as well. This was because I got to understand the cultural differences between our countries. New students can expect to have a really great time and to create memories with friends that will last a lifetime.

Testimonial Thomas Højsteen-Ljungbeck – International exchange student

TOP Week was one of the best weeks of the exchange. Everything was exciting and new, no one knew anyone and everyone was super enthusiastic. There were tons of fun events planned, you hardly had time to catch a break. It starts out with your mentors taking care of you in your family group where everyone slowly gets to know each other. There are awesome parties organized every day of the week, so lots of opportunities to meet new people who are all in the same situation as yourself. The best event was definitely the Beer Cantus which is a Dutch thing where everything is just simply crazy. TOP Week in itself is simply a fantastic week where you get to bond with the amazing people you’ll be spending the next six months with, see a ton of people trying to bike for the first time, and just party and have the time of your life!

To participate in TOP Winter Week, you need to register via the website. Registration is open between December 5 and January 14. The costs of TOP Week are € 45. This gives you access to all TOP Winter Week activities, you will get dinner four times plus a TOP bag with all kinds of coupons/gadgets. Please note: Breakfast and lunch is not provided during TOP Winter Week.

The steps you need to take:

1) Register via our website before January 15.

2) You can pay in two ways: through iDeal or by credit card. 

3) Like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram to stay updated regarding TOP Winter Week. 

If you have registered and we have received your payment, you will automatically be recorded as taking part in TOP Winter Week. You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration. This e-mail also includes an e-ticket with a barcode. This e-ticket is your proof of registration. Please make sure to print this ticket and bring it to the Registration on the first day of TOP Winter Week: Tuesday, January 22. If you do not receive an e-ticket after payment, please contact us via topregistration@ tilburguniversity.edu. If you have any questions on your registration, please contact us at this e-mail address, call (+31) (0)13 466 2849, or ask your question using WhatsApp via +31 6 42 09 21 70. 

If it turns out you cannot take part in TOP Winter Week but you have already registered, you will have to cancel your registration. If you do so before January 1, 2019, you will be reimbursed in full. If you deregister between January 1 and January 14, half the registration fee will be reimbursed. If you deregister in the week before the event, you are no longer entitled to any reimbursement of the registration fee.


Students who participate in TOP Winter Week will be divided into groups of approximately 20 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. All groups will be guided by two or more senior students (mentors) of the International and Exchange Student Network (I*ESN). These mentors accompany the group during the entire week to all TOP Winter Week activities and will answer any questions you may have.

Four dinners are included in the TOP Winter Week registration fee. You have to take care of breakfast and lunch yourself. Drinks are for your own account, too.

If you have an allergy, please state this when you register (under ‘allergies’), to enable us to see whether we can make the necessary arrangements. It is very useful for us to know whether you are allergic to nuts or gluten. In addition, you can indicate whether you are a vegetarian or eat halal. If you have multiple allergies, please contact us at (+31) (0)13 466 28 49 or send an e-mail to topregistration@tilburguniversity.edu. Have you registered already and forgot to mention your allergy? Please contact us as soon as possible, so we can try to help you as quickly and efficiently as possible!

A bicycle 

The activities during the week take place all over Tilburg. As you will be cycling from one activity to the next, you really need a bike. During the Registration Days at the Tilburg University campus, it will be possible to buy or rent a bicycle. A different option is using a “Swapfiets”. For a fixed monthly amount, you lease a bike. Since maintenance and repair are included in the price, you have a bike that is always in good working order. You can find more information about Swapfiets on the website. 


After we have received your payment, you will receive confirmation of your registration by e-mail. This e-mail contains a link to your e-ticket. You can also download an e-ticket via your TOP account. Your e-ticket is your proof of registration, so make sure you print it and bring it to the Registration on Tuesday, January 22. 

Please note: If you have made any changes to your registration, the barcode will have changed as a result and you will have to make a new print-out of your e-ticket.

Passport/ID card

To be able to register for TOP Winter Week, you will not only need your e-ticket but also your passport or ID card. We need to check your age in connection with the Dutch legal drinking age, which is set at 18 years. 

Bank card/cash

At several activities, you can pay for them with TOP tokens, which you can buy at several locations during the week. During other activities, you will have to pay cash or by card for your own drinks.

Please note that the use of a credit card as payment method is not very popular in the Netherlands. Therefore, credit cards are not always accepted in every (online) store. We recommend you to open a Dutch bank account and obtain a debit card. You can easily do this here in 5 minutes from your home couch.

If you don’t have a Dutch home address yet, you can send the card to the post office of Tilburg University (Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg, The Netherlands) and pick up your card here with your passport or ID card.


During the FOSST sports afternoon in TOP Winter Week, you will need sportswear, so make sure you bring it with you. Do not forget to bring warm clothes as well, especially for the ice skating activity. Bring a cap, shawl, and gloves. 

Tilburg University organizes a Registration Day for international students on Friday, January 18. You will be welcomed by Tilburg University staff in Academia Building (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. The Tilburg Orientation Program (TOP) strongly recommends that you come to the Registration Day, especially if you will be participating in TOP Winter Week. For more information, please go to the Tilburg University website. 

With a population of over 211,000, Tilburg is the sixth largest city in the Netherlands. There are over 29,000 students in Tilburg, so the student way of life has an important impact on what happens in Tilburg. The city has something for everyone: a thriving café and restaurant culture, sports, art films, world-class pop music at pop music venue 013, classical music at the Tilburg Concert Hall and great contemporary art at the De Pont Museum. Combined with numerous festivals, exhibitions, and conferences, you will look forward to an exciting and stimulating time as a student in Tilburg. 

The city of Tilburg is also conveniently located. Getting around in the Netherlands is easy as the public transportation system is excellent. It is just a short train ride to cities like Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam, and European capitals like Brussels, Paris, and London are also within easy reach. Would you like to register straight away? Please click here. For more information, read our FAQ or contact us.