TOP Week is the introduction week for all new students who will be studying at Tilburg University. You can participate in TOP Week 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, and life as a student in Tilburg. It will help you to hit the ground running in your new student city! TOP Week takes place every year in the week after the Tilburg University Registration Days and before the start of the semester. TOP Week 2019 will take place from Monday, August 19, to Friday, August 23.
During TOP Week, you will be assigned to a group of 15 to 20 students. Guided by two senior students (mentors), you will explore Tilburg together with your group for five days, visiting different activities and events. Every year, Tilburg is taken over by more than 4,000 students actively taking part in TOP Week.
Do you want to start your life as a student in Tilburg in the best possible way? Register for TOP Week via the website starting May 27.
Please note that TOP Week has nothing to do with hazing!
Do you want to help and give new students the best possible start of their time as a student? Become a TOP Mentor! The online registration for mentors is closed. If you still want to become a mentor, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: to become a mentor, you need to attend one of the preparation days. This year, the preparation days will be held on July 26 and on August 2.
During TOP Week, you will be introduced to all kinds of things that Tilburg has to offer to students. You participate in all kinds of activities with your group. Since the overall aim is to get to know your fellow students and to discover Tilburg and its vibrant student life, you will be visiting all activities together. The activities are varied. For instance, you will discover Tilburg by means of the Pub Crawl and a Culture Night, you will be introduced to the various study, sports and student associations during the afternoon programs, you can enjoy an outdoor cinema at Willem II, you can relax and swim at Stappegoor on Friday, and you can take part in the TOP festival and the famous TOP Cantus.
At the moment, we are busy designing the program for TOP Week 2019. However, to give you some idea of the activities, please take a look at last year’s program.
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 Week, you need to register via the website. Registration is open between May 27 and August 9. The costs of TOP Week are € 75. This gives you access to all TOP Week activities, you will get dinner five times and lunch three times plus a TOP bag with all kinds of coupons/gadgets. Please note: breakfast is not provided during TOP Week.
The steps you need to take:
1) Register via our website before August 10.
2) You can pay in two ways: through iDeal or by credit card.
3) You will receive your e-ticket via e-mail.
If you have registered and we have received your payment, you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration. This e-mail also includes an e-ticket with a barcode, which is your proof of registration. Please make sure to print this ticket and bring it to the Registration on the first day of TOP Week: Monday, August 19. If you do not receive an e-ticket after payment, please contact us via email@example.com. 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 Week but you have already registered, you will have to cancel your registration. If you do so before August 5, 2019, you will be reimbursed in full. If you deregister between August 5 and August 11, 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.
All students participating in TOP Week will be assigned to groups.
For degree-seeking students: You will be divided into groups of approximately 20 students based on your program. This means that, if at all possible, you will be assigned to a group of students who will be taking the same program as you are. Exceptions are some (pre-)Master’s students; it is not always possible to make groups of people with the same program. In these cases, participants will be assigned to a group with (pre-)Master’s students of related programs. We aim for well-balanced groups, but groups will reflect the student populations taking a particular program. All groups will be guided by two senior students (mentors) of the same program, if at all possible. These mentors accompany the group during the entire week to all TOP Week activities and will answer any questions you may have.
For exchange students: You will be divided into groups of approximately 20 students. As a new student, you will be assigned to a group with other exchange students. 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 Week activities and will answer any questions you may have.
If you do not found a place to sleep in Tilburg yet, your mentors will arrange a place to sleep for you during TOP Week. However, you will have to bring your own sleeping gear.
During TOP Week, you do not need to worry about meals as the TOP Week fee includes three lunches and five dinners. You only need to provide your own breakfast every morning. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
When you are vegan, we unfortunately cannot provide your food during TOP Week. In that case, you will receive a part of the registration fee in return. If you are vegan, please contact us at (+31) (0)13 466 28 49 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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.
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 Monday, August 19 at the Tilburg University Sports Center. During registration, you can also pick up any tokens you have ordered, upon presentation of printed e-ticket(s) for the tokens.
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.
To be able to register for TOP Week on Monday, August 19, 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.
Drinks during TOP Week will be for your own account. You can pay with TOP tokens at all activities during TOP Week, with the exception of the afternoon programs at the student associations. You can buy TOP tokens at all venues during TOP Week.
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.
Sports clothes, swimsuit, and comfortable (sports) shoes
Tuesday is Games Day, with an inflatable playground and water games. You run the risk of getting rather wet, so it makes sense to put on sports clothes and/or your swimsuit on Tuesday. In addition, you will also need your swimsuit for Swim & Chill on Friday. There will be a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are essential.
Should the weather be wet, you can prepare by bringing water-proof clothing and shoes.
If the weather is warm, you will of course need sunscreen to protect yourself against the sun.
Tilburg University organizes the Registration Days as a warm welcome for international students on Thursday, August 15 and Friday, August 16. 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 Week. Exchange students already receive their TOP wristband and bag on the Registration Days. 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.
Our alcohol and drugs policy is completely in line with Dutch law. This means that alcohol will not be sold to anyone under the age of 18. Drugs are also strictly prohibited. If you are caught using or carrying drugs, you will be excluded from all of our events and the police will be informed if you are carrying or selling drugs.