COVID-19 X TOP Winter Week 2021

At the moment, TOP is compiling the program for TOP Winter Week 2021. Unfortunately, everyone has to deal with the coronavirus. This means that there are still uncertainties about the execution of the program during Winter Week. The organisation of TOP Winter Week will keep you updated as much as possible.

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 2021 will take place from Tuesday, January 26, to Friday, January 29. 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 (I*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 15 to 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!

General


What is TOP Winter Week?

Tilburg Orientation Program (TOP) Winter 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 international and (pre-) master students can participate during TOP Winter Week. TOP Winter Week is all about getting to know your fellow students, the city Tilburg and the active student life in Tilburg. That is why TOP Winter Week will help you to get the best start of your student life!

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?

The introduction week takes place every year in the week before the new academic year starts. In 2021, TOP Winter Week will take place from Tuesday, January 26th till Friday, January 29.

What’s on the program?

During TOP Winter 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 Winter 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. During the week, Program Introductions (PI’s) will be organized. 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 Winter 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 will be announced as soon as possible. When announced, it can be found under the tab Program on the left-hand side.

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, 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 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 Winter Week, it is not part of the TOP Winter Week program.

Who organizes TOP Winter Week?

TOP Winter 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.

COVID-19


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

Yes! TOP Winter Week 2021 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?

At the moment the Dutch government maintains a partial lockdown. This means that transportation and contact moments are limited as much as possible. These measures were announced on the 13th of October and will continue to count till at least December. Thankfully, there are more ways to get to know Tilburg and its student life. TOP Winter Week will therefore take place anyhow! For a complete overview of all Dutch measures, please visit the website of the Rijksoverheid: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19.

Does TOP Winter Week take all measures into account?

Yes, TOP Winter 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 Winter Week 2021 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 Winter Week 2021?

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 Winter Week 2021. 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 Winter Week?

The costs for participation in TOP Winter Week are €15.

How do I join TOP Winter Week?

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

The registrations are currently closed!

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

If you decide not to participate in TOP Winter Week after you have registered, you are obliged to cancel your registration

When can I register for TOP Winter Week?

Information about the opening of the registrations will follow soon.

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

You can pay via CreditCard of Ideal. There are no other forms of payment available. You can pay once the registrations are open.

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

Yes, it is. TOP Winter Week is for international and (pre-) master students. You will be assigned to groups who will be guided by mentors from I*ESN.

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

No, you can only join TOP Winter 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 Winter 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) from I*ESN.

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


How do I become a mentor during TOP Winter Week?

TOP works together with I*ESN Tilburg (International Erasmus Exchange Student Network) during TOP Winter Week. Are you are interested in becoming a Buddy or Mentor during TOP Winter Week? Please click on one of the links down below.

Buddy

Mentor

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.

Questions?

On our contact page, you can find our details.