Tilburg Orientation Program (TOP) Week is the introduction week for all (new) students who will be studying at Tilburg University, Fontys Hogeschool or Avans Hogeschool. TOP Week is known as the largest student event in Tilburg and has become a real known concept in the past 39 years. Every year Tilburg is turned upside down by more than 4,500 students who actively participate in TOP Week. All first year bachelor students and all new (pre-)master students can participate in TOP Week, Dutch as well as international. The introduction week takes place every year in the week before the new academic year starts. TOP Week 2020 takes place from Monday, August 24, until Friday, August 28. During this week you will be divided into a group of approximately 17 students based on your studies. Exchange students will be divided into groups with students from all over the world. You will be guided by two or three senior students (mentors). TOP Week is all about getting to know your fellow students, the city Tilburg and the active student life in Tilburg. That is why TOP Week will help you to get the best start of your student life!

For more information read the FAQ below or contact us.

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

General


What is TOP Week?

Tilburg Orientation Program (TOP) Week is the introduction week for all (new) students who will start their studies at Tilburg University or one of the institutes of Higher Education in Tilburg. All first-year bachelor students and all new (pre-)master students can participate in TOP Week; Dutch as well as international. TOP Week is all about getting to know your fellow students, the city Tilburg and the active student life in Tilburg. That is why TOP Week will help you to get the best start of your student life!

Who can participate in TOP Week?

All first year bachelor students and all new (pre-)master students at Tilburg University, Fontys Hogeschool and Avans Hogeschool can participate. Dutch and international students are welcome to join the introduction week.

When will TOP Week take place?

The introduction week takes place every year in the week before the new academic year starts. In 2020, TOP Week will take place from Monday, August 24 till Friday, August 28.

What’s on the program?

During TOP Week you will be introduced to all kinds of aspects that Tilburg can offer to students. The overall aim is to get to know your fellow students. Besides that, you get to know the city and you discover the active student life in Tilburg. 

This year the TOP Week program deviates from previous editions due to the coronavirus. You will take part in online events together with your group, so you can already meet your fellow students and get to know all aspects of student life in Tilburg. When allowed (by the Dutch government), physical activities will be added to the program.

The program consists of informative as well as social activities. In the mornings of Monday until Thursday, the Program Introductions (PI’s) will take place. The PI’s are organized by the Schools and the International Office at Tilburg University (not organized by TOP) and will give important information about your study program. In the afternoons and evenings, TOP activities will take place. These activities are a combination of information about the city of Tilburg, the student life in Tilburg and getting to know your fellow students. You will for instance learn more about study, sport and student associations. During TOP Week you will learn that there are multiple ways to build an active student life. Not only associations will get a spotlight, but the hotspots and coziness of Tilburg as well. 

The program can be seen under the tab Program, which can be found on the left.

What are the Program Introductions?

The Program Introductions (PI’s) 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’s. 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, only it is not organized by TOP, but by the university. If you have any further questions about the PI’s, we refer you to the Tilburg University website.

Do I need to take part in all components of TOP 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.

Who organizes TOP Week?

TOP Week is organized by the Tilburg Orientation Program (TOP) foundation. The foundation consists of seven enthusiastic board members who work hard throughout the year to realize an awesome introduction week for new students in Tilburg. In March, 13 committee members joined 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 site.

Corona


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

Yes! TOP Week 2020 will definitely take place. The organization is focusing on organizing an online introduction. When allowed (by Dutch Health Institutions), offline events can take place.

Will offline (physical) events be organised?

At this moment, it is not yet known whether offline events can take place in August. We are keeping a close eye on all developments regarding the coronavirus. Of course, there is a plan in which we can upscale from online to offline events. However, these offline events can only take place when allowed and safe.

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. If offline events can take place, you will have to register at most events. This way, crowds can better be managed, so that you can safely get to know student life in Tilburg.

What are the Dutch measures against the coronavirus?

One of the measures is that large events (with large crowds) cannot take place until September 1, 2020. TOP Week can therefore not take place in its usual form. Thankfully, there are more ways to get to know Tilburg, and its student life. TOP Week will take place! For a complete overview on all Dutch measures, please visit the website of the Rijksoverheid: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19.

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. The organization is focusing on organizing an online introduction. When allowed (by Dutch Health Institutions), offline events can take place.

Can I participate in TOP Week 2020 when I’m not physically in Tilburg?

If you are not physically able to be in Tilburg, because e.g. you live in a foreign country and you cannot come to Tilburg as a result of corona, you can still participate in TOP Week! TOP Week has an online program this year. If possible, offline events will take place. Thus, you can even visit all events and meet your mentor group from your own home.  Of course, it is more fun to physically take part in all events (when allowed). This way, you will still get to know student life in Tilburg in the best way possible!

Is it still possible to meet fellow students and my mentor group during TOP Week 2020?

Yes, it is! You will be able to meet your mentor group on an online platform, specially developed for TOP Week! You will receive more information about this platform after your registration for TOP Week 2020. If allowed in August, there will be possibilities to meet your fellow students in an offline way. Of course, it is mandatory to take all measures into account.

Registration & Payment


What is the price of registering for TOP Week?

You can participate in TOP Week for €9,95. For this price, you will get access to the TOP application and registration for offline events (if possible). In the TOP application, all online TOP events will take place.

Please note: food and drinks are not included in this price.

How do I join TOP Week?

To be able to join TOP Week, you will have to register on the TOP website.

Registration for TOP Week 2020 will open June 18. Be carefull: limited capacity.

I registered for TOP Week, but I am not able to participate after all. What do I do?

If you decide not to participate in TOP Week after you have registered, you are obliged to cancel your registration. If you do so before August 10, 2020, your registration fee will be reimbursed in full. If you cancel between August 10 and August 16, 2020, half of the registration fee will be reimbursed. If you cancel after August 16, 2020, we regret that we cannot reimburse the registration fee. 

When can I register for TOP Week?

Registration for TOP Week 2020 will open June 18, 2020.

Is it possible to join TOP Week as a (pre-)master student?

Yes, it is. You will then be divided into a group with fellow (pre-)master students. Your mentors will also be (pre-)master students.

Can I join TOP 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 does the group division look like?

All new students who participate in TOP Week will be assigned to groups. Degree seeking students will be divided into groups of approximately 17 students based on their study program. Exchange students will be divided into groups of approximately 17 students together with other exchange students. All groups will be guided by two or more 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!

TOP mentors


What is TOP Mentor?

TOP mentors are the senior students that will guide the new students during TOP Week. Together with your fellow mentor you will be the point of contact for the new students that you will guide. Mentors will show the city, Tilburg University and will share their student experiences with the new students.

How do I get to be a mentor?

Unfortunately, the online registration is already closed for TOP Week 2020.

Next year in March the mentor registration for TOP Week 2021 will be open. You can apply together with a friend to become a mentor couple. Next to that, you can apply on your own because you will be matched with someone else who also has registered alone. We prefer mentor couples who are following the same study.

When are the Preparation Days for mentors scheduled?

At the Preparation Days you will receive all the important information necessary for TOP Week. Besides that, you will get to know other mentors as well. 

The Preparation Day for mentors is scheduled on Thursday, August 6, 2020 and will be digital. You will receive more information about the Preparation Day via e-mail.

In what way is the role of TOP mentors affected bij the coronavirus?

The organization is focusing on organizing an online introduction. When allowed (by Dutch Health Institutions) offline events can take place. Mentors guide students through the (online) introduction week and are the first point of contact for the participants. Mentors will receive alll information about the (digital) program of TOP Week during the Preparation Day on the 6th of August.

I would like to become a mentor, but I don’t live in Tilburg. Is this possible?

Yes, you can become a mentor, even if you don’t live in Tilburg.

I want to become mentor, but I don’t study in TIlburg. Is this possible?

No, unfortunately you can’t become a mentor if you don’t study in Tilburg.

I am a student at Fontys, or Avans Hogeschool. Can I become a mentor as well?

Yes, you can! All students who study at Tilburg University, Fontys Hogeschool, or Avans Hogeschool can become a TOP mentor.

Are mentors expected to provide sleeping accomodation for students during TOP Week?

No. In consideration of the coronavirus mentors do not need to provide a place to sleep for the students during TOP Week if you do not feel comfortable with this. If you are at ease with this, it is allowed to let students sleep at your place during the week. All mentors are free to choose for themselves how they act on this.

Questions?

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