TOP Winter Week is the introduction week for all new students who will be studying at Tilburg University starting the spring semester of the academic year. This week is organized especially for international exchange and degree-seeking students. TOP Winter Week 2022 will take place from Tuesday, January 25, to Friday, January 28. 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 Days 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 (ESN), you will get to know Tilburg and everything it has to offer.  

During TOP Winter Week, you will be assigned to a group of around 20 students. Guided by two or three senior students (mentors), you will explore Tilburg together with your group for four days, visiting different activities and events. Every year, Tilburg is taken over by more than 350 students actively taking part in TOP Winter Week!

For more information read the FAQ below or contact us.

Please note that TOP Week has nothing to do with hazing!


Who can participate in TOP Winter Week?

All international and (pre-) master students at Tilburg University who start their study programme at the beginning of the second semester can participate.

When will TOP Winter Week take place?

TOP Winter Week will take place from Tuesday, January 25th until Friday, January 28th.

What’s on the program?

The program will be uploaded soon.

Who organizes TOP Winter Week?

ho work hard throughout the year to realize an awesome introduction week for new students in Tilburg. In March, 13 committee members will join the TOP board to support them in order to make TOP Week a success again. If you want more information, have a look at the ‘Organization’ tab.

Do I need to take part in all components of TOP Winter Week?

There are no obligatory components, you are free to take part whenever you want. 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 Introductions who are organized by Tilburg University are obligatory for all students. Although it is integrated into TOP Week, it is not part of the TOP Week program.

What are the Program Introductions?

The Program Introductions (PI) are taken care of by the Schools and the International Office at Tilburg University. All important information about studying at Tilburg University and your study curriculum will be given during the PI. Besides that, you receive information about the digital study environment. Whereas participating in TOP Week is voluntary, the PI’s are obligatory for all new students that study at Tilburg University. The PI’s are incorporated in TOP Week, but are not organized by TOP, but by the university.

Which alcohol and drugs policy does TOP maintain?

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. However, if there are serious medical issues concerning drug abuse, you should always call the Dutch emergency number: 112. You will not get arrested, as using drugs is not prohibited in the Netherlands.

In case of sexual violence, make sure to contact one of the following authorities:

Police (112 for emergencies / 0900-8844 if it is not an emergency)
Sexual Assault Center: 0800-0188

All phone numbers are available 24 hours a day.


Can TOP Winter Week take place this year, considering the coronavirus?

Yes! TOP Week 2021 will definitely take place. We will take all measures by the Dutch government into account when organizing TOP Week.

Will offline (physical) events be organised?

The program will be uploaded soon.

What kind of offline events will be organized, if allowed and safe?

It is too early to make any claims about what these events will look like. In order to decide whether it is safe to organize offline events, the TOP organization is keeping a close eye on all developments regarding the coronavirus, and the measures are taken to prevent spreading.

Does TOP Week take all measures into account?

Yes, TOP Week takes all Dutch measures very seriously. TOP is in close contact with Tilburg municipality, as well as Tilburg University to be able to make sure that everything takes place accordingly.

What are the Dutch measures against the coronavirus?

For a complete overview of all Dutch measures, please visit the website of the Rijksoverheid:

Registration & Payment

How do I join TOP Week?

You will have to register online.

When can I register for TOP Week?

The registrations for TOP Winter Week will open December 6th.

What does the group division look like?

All new students who participate in TOP Winter Week will be assigned to groups based on their study program. Exchange students will be divided into groups of approximately 20 students together with other exchange students. All groups will be guided by two or more enthusiastic senior students (mentors)!

It is not possible to register yourself together with a friend since group division happens at random. Besides, it is important to get to know new people!

When am I able to register as a participant of TOP Winter Week?

As a participant, you need to register on Tuesday morning the 25th of January. The location is at the Sports Centre of Tilburg University (Academielaan 5). The timeslot in which you need to register depends on your faculty and therefore will be communicated later on.

Can I join TOP Winter Week again as a senior student?

No, you can only join TOP Week when starting a new study program at Tilburg University, or one of the Institutes of Higher Education. However, every year we are looking for mentors who can show new students their way around Tilburg and its student life. Would you like to experience TOP Week again? Please register as a mentor next year!

What are the methods of payment for registering for TOP Winter Week?

You can pay via CreditCard of Ideal. There are no other forms of payment available.


On our contact page, you can find our details.