TOP Week continues physically with a placated scenario. Check our program to see for which activities Testing for Access will be used.

TOP Week is the introduction week for all new students, who will be studying in Tilburg starting the autumn semester of the academic year. This week is organized for all (new) students, who will start their studies at Tilburg University or one of the institutes of Higher Education in Tilburg. TOP Week 2021 will take place from Monday, August 23, until Friday, August 27. TOP Week is all about getting to know your fellow students, the Netherlands, 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 first semester. All students will be divided into groups with students, who will start a similar degree. 

During TOP 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 five days, visiting different activities and events. Every year, Tilburg is taken over by more than 4000 students actively taking part in TOP 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 Week?

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

Who can participate in TOP Week?

All (new) students who will start their studies at Tilburg University or one of the institutes of Higher Education in Tilburg can participate in TOP Week.

When will TOP Week take place?

The introduction week takes place every year in the week before the new academic year starts. In 2021, TOP Week will take place from Monday, August 23rd until Friday, August 27th.

What’s on the program?

During TOP Week, you will be introduced to all kinds of aspects that Tilburg offers 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. 

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 the 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 cosiness 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.

Can I participate if I do not have a room in Tilburg yet?

Yes, that is possible! Your mentors (TOP parents) make sure you have a place to stay overnight (not obligatory). However, TOP as an organisation is not responsible for sleeping places.

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.

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 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.

Is there a meeting point, especially for internationals?

Yes, there is! Besides Monday, Hostel Roots will be open the entire week between 18:00 hrs. and 21:00 hrs. as a Meeting Point. The Meeting Point serves as an alternative to the afternoon programs at the student associations. Hostel Roots is the place to be if you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere to meet new people.

Which alcohol and drugs policy does TOP Week 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.

COVID-19


Can TOP 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?

Yes, there will be physical events. For the latest updates go to ‘program’.

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: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19.

I would like to have some tips and tricks

Great to hear you’ve decided to study and join TOP Week! You can certainly look forward to some fantastic weeks: the start of the academic year with various introductory activities beforehand. So how can you deal with all of this in a fun, effective and healthy manner, so you can enjoy this introduction period without worrying about corona? Download the flyer to get tips and tricks.

Registration & Payment


How do I join TOP Week?

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

You can register via http://www.top-week.nl/en/registration

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.

When can I register for TOP Week?

Registrations for TOP Week 2021 are closed.

What does the group division look like?

All new students who participate in TOP Week will be assigned to groups 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 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 Week?

As a participant, you need to register on Monday morning the 23rd of August. 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.

What do I have to do if I cannot make it to the registration on Monday the 23rd of August?

In case you are absent during the registration morning of August 23rd, you need to come to the TOP Headquarters (HQ) and register yourself. The opening times and location of HQ will be communicated later on. In case you need to register later, bring your e-ticket and a legitimate identity card. You can register for free until the 25th of August before the TOP Cantus. After this moment, it is no longer possible to get a refund.

What happens if I lose my wristband?

If you lose your wristband without a chip, you need to pay €25. The costs for a wristband containing the payment chip are €40 in case you lose it.

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

Yes, it is. All (new) students who will start their studies at Tilburg University or one of the institutes of Higher Education in Tilburg are allowed to join TOP Week.

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 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. Registrations are currently closed.

Can I get a refund if I no longer want to take part in TOP Week 2021?

If you no longer want to take part in TOP Week, you can sign out before August 1st. In this case, you will be reimbursed in full. If you sign out between August 1st and August 8th, half of the registration fee will be reimbursed. After August 8th it is no longer possible to be reimbursed. These measures are all in line with our General Terms and Conditions.

What do I need to bring along on the registration morning of August 23rd?

Make sure to bring your e-ticket along with your passport or identification card. In case you have luggage, please deliver them to our depot in the Sports Centre (Academielaan 5). This is the location of the registration morning. Attention: only weekend bags and suitcases can be dropped off, no backpacks!

Which items do I receive at the registration on August 23rd?

As a participant, you receive wristbands (age and group) and a TOP bag. You will receive a wristband matching your age (above 18 or under 18). This wristband contains a chip to pay with. You can upgrade your credit using the TOP Week application or one of the cash register points. As a participant, you also receive a wristband matching your group. Mentors also receive these wristbands, a TOP bag and a package containing all necessities.

TOP mentors


What is a 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?

Mentor registrations are currently closed. You can register for mentor again as of March 2022.

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.

When are the Preparation Days for mentors scheduled?

During the preparation days for mentors, you will receive all important information about TOP Week. You will also get to know other mentors and you will be prepared to guide a group. The registration days are July 30th and August 6th.

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

No, you can no longer become TOP mentor. But you and your co-mentor will need to be able to provide enough places to stay for your group members.

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?

TOP Week 2021 continues under NO COVID-19 circumstances. Participants need to test every 40 hours or show their digital corona certificate (proof of vaccination), a negative test result (recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months), or show proof of testing (more information on www.testenvoortoegang.org). Therefore, mentors are expected to make sure participants have a sleeping place to stay overnight (not obligatory). TOP as an organisation is not responsible for sleeping places.

Questions?

On our contact page, you can find our details.