TOP Winter Week is the introduction week for all new students who start their studies at Tilburg University in February. This week is organized especially for exchange students and (pre-)Master’s students. TOP Winter Week will take place from January 25 to January 27, 2022. In this week you will get to know your fellow students, the Netherlands, the city of Tilburg, and life as a student in Tilburg. TOP Winter Week is the best start of your student life in Tilburg!

You participate in TOP Winter Week as part of a group of approximately 20 students from all over the world. The groups will be guided by mentors of ESN Tilburg. They will make sure that you get to know Tilburg and everything it has to offer.

TOP Winter Week takes place in the week after the Tilburg University Registration Day. The Registration Day takes place on January 21 and is organized by Tilburg University for international students to give them a warm welcome and to make sure they have enough time to arrange practical matters. Among other things, you can buy a bicycle and get information about opening a bank account in the Netherlands. For more information about the Registration Day, please visit the Tilburg University website.

Do you want to know more about TOP Winter Week? Take a look at our frequently asked questions below or contact us.

Please note: TOP Winter Week has nothing to do with hazing!


Who can participate in TOP Winter Week?

TOP Winter Week is for all new exchange students and (pre-)Master’s students who start their study at Tilburg University in February. 

When will TOP Winter Week take place?

TOP Winter Week takes place from Tuesday, January 25, to Friday, January 28 2022.

What’s on the program?

You can find the program here.

Who organizes TOP Winter Week?

The TOP organization consists of the TOP Board and the TOP committee members. In October the board starts with the preparations for TOP Winter Week. After TOP Winter Week, the preparations for TOP Week begin. In organizing TOP Week, the board is supported by thirteen committee members, who start in March. Click here to find more information about the organization.

What is TOP Winter Week?

TOP Winter Week is the introduction week for all new students who start their study at Tilburg University in February. All new exchange students and (pre-)Master’s students at Tilburg University can participate. During TOP Winter Week everything revolves around getting to know your fellow students, the city of Tilburg, and the active student life in Tilburg.

Can I participate in TOP Winter Week if I don’t live in Tilburg?

Yes, you can! The program is scheduled in such a way that you still have the possibility to travel. Your TOP Mentors may be able to arrange a place to sleep if you do not live in Tilburg. TOP is not responsible for arranging overnight stays.

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

There are no obligatory components in our program; you are free to take part whenever you want. Of course, it is more fun if you take part in as many program components as possible and to see as much of Tilburg as you can!

What are the (Study) Program Introductions?

The (Study) Program Introductions are not organized by TOP, but by Tilburg University: by International Office for exchange students and by the Schools at Tilburg University for degree students. All important information about studying at Tilburg University and your curriculum will be given during the (Study) Program Introduction. Besides that, you receive information about the online study environment. Whereas participating in TOP Week is optional, the (Study) Program Introductions are obligatory for all new students.

What is TOP’s alcohol and drugs policy?

Our alcohol and drugs policy is completely in line with Dutch law. This means that alcohol cannot and will not be sold to students under the age of 18. In addition, drugs are strictly prohibited. If you are caught using drugs, you will be excluded from all events, and we will report you to the police. Should a serious, threatening situation arise due to drug use, we will the police. You will not be arrested because the use of drugs is not an offence in the Netherlands.

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

Police: 112 for emergencies, 0900-8844 if there is no emergency

Sexual Assault Center: 0800-0188

These numbers are available 24 hours a day!


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

Yes! TOP Winter Week will definitely take place. We will take all measures by the Dutch government into account when organizing TOP Winter Week. Take a look at our program here!

Will there be offline events during TOP Winter Week?

If possible, offline activities will be organized during TOP Winter Week. See our program for the in-person activities we plan to organize. There may be last-minute changes to our program, should the measures regarding COVID-19 change.  

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 take all COVID-19 measures into account?

Yes, TOP takes all Dutch COVID-19 measures very seriously. We are in close contact with the City of Tilburg, Tilburg University, and other relevant parties.

What are the Dutch COVID-19 guidelines?

For a complete overview of all Dutch measures, please visit the website of the Dutch Government.

Registration & Payment

How can I attend TOP Winter Week?

To participate in TOP Winter Week, you need to register via this link.

When can I register for TOP Winter Week?

You can register for TOP Winter Week 2022 now! You can sign up via this link.

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 TOP Mentors.

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

Where can i register during TOP Winter Week?

As a participant you have to register on Tuesday morning (January 25) at the Tilburg University Sports Center (Academielaan 5). Your registration time will be announced in the weekend before TOP Winter Week.

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Can I attend TOP Winter Week as a (pre)Master’s student?

Yes, you can! You will be placed in a group with fellow (pre-)Master’s students. Two TOP Mentors who are also in their (pre-)Master’s phase will guide you during TOP Winter Week.

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.

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

No, you can only attend TOP Winter Week when you start a new program. However, every year we are looking for TOP Mentors to guide new students. It isn’t possible to become a mentor in TOP Winter Week, but you can become a mentor during TOP Week in August. Do you want to relive TOP Week? Then sign up as a TOP Mentor in 2022!

What is the price of registering for TOP Winter Week?

The costs for participating TOP Winter Week 2022 are €30.

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