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TOP Week 2019 will take place from Monday, August 19, to Friday, August 23. During these days, you will be introduced to all kinds of things that Tilburg has to offer to students. You participate in all activities with your group and the overall aim is to get to know your fellow students, since you will be visiting all activities together, and to discover Tilburg and its vibrant student life. 

The activities are varied. For instance, you will discover Tilburg by means of “Explore Tilburg” and the Pub Crawl, you will be introduced to the various student associations during the afternoon programs, and you can take part in the TOP festival and the famous TOP Cantus. For exchange students, a different activity will be organized during certain moments in the week.

At the moment, we are busy designing the program for TOP Week 2019. However, to give you some idea of the activities, please take a look at last year’s program down below.

Monday

On Monday, TOP Week starts with your registration as a participant. You can register using your e-ticket(s) and ID. You will receive two TOP Week wristbands after you’ve registered. One wristband gives you access to all TOP Week activities. The second wristband shows whether you are over or under the age of 18 and also serves as your e-wallet throughout TOP Week. Do not take the wristband off during TOP Week. After registration, you join your group, based on a number that you will receive during registration.

On Monday, TOP Week will be launched with a big Kick Off in the center of Tilburg. After the Kick Off, you will discover the city of Tilburg with your TOP group by participating in ‘Experience Tilburg’. This is a great way of exploring the city in collaboration with 013 straatjes and City Marketing. During this activity, you will see the different local, lively, cultural, and culinary hotspots of Tilburg with the help of some interactive games.

The barbecue takes place at “De Wagenmakerij”. A team will be preparing the food outside. You take part in this together with your group, so not individually. There are two rounds, so check beforehand in the TOP app when it is your group’s turn.

Like every introduction week, TOP Week kicks off with a grand opening party. One of the traditional highlights of TOP-ON is the TOP Dance; a special dance created for TOP Week 2018. During TOP-ON you will learn how to do this TOP Dance. The dance will recur in the course of TOP Week, but also in the course of your studies at the university. Also there is an outstanding line-up with DJ acts such as Puinhoop Kollektiv and Childsplay.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, Leijpark is turned into one great games paradise. In all kinds of interactive and fun games, various study-, student-, and sports associations as well as political parties and commercial organizations will show you what Tilburg has to offer for you. Lunch will be served from 12:30 till 13:30 hrs.

In the late afternoon, your group will relocate to one of four student associations. The program at each association involves at least a tour of the student association building, dinner, and further fun introductory activities.

During the Pub Crawl all the pubs in the Tilburg city center are waiting to welcome you. Your mentor will be given a map with a route taking past a range of different pubs for a free drink

Wednesday

This is the moment you get to recharge for the second half of TOP Week. The Recharge Lunch will take place in the middle of Tilburg University’s green campus. You can take your pick of the wide range of lunch items served at various food trucks to get you off to a good start of the day.

When everybody has lined their stomachs, it is time for the one and only TOP Cantus. This is the largest official Beer Cantus in the Netherlands. During the Beer Cantus participants sing along with the Cantus band while enjoying drinks. Prepare to be dazzled, and taste the wonderful atmosphere during this TOP Week highlight!

In the late afternoon, your group will relocate to one of four student associations. The program at each association involves at least a tour of the student association building, dinner, and further fun introductory activities.

Thursday

On Thursday, the TOP Festival takes place at the Muzentuin. The TOP Festival is the perfect place to spend the afternoon with your TOP group. You are able to go wild at several areas or just relax in this green oasis in the city center. For example, you can party at the mainstage or grab a bite at one of the authentic Tilburg food trucks.

In the late afternoon, your group will relocate to one of four student associations. The program at each association involves at least a tour of the student association building, dinner, and further fun introductory activities.

On Thursday TOP organizes several interactive symposia in the skyboxes of the Koning Willem II stadium. Dinner will be
served at the location.

On Thursday evening, the Koning Willem II football stadium will be transformed into a gigantic outdoor cinema. You can watch a movie together, enjoy a snack and a craft beer (or other drinks) and familiarize yourself with the Koning Willem II stadium. Willem II is Tilburg’s professional football team.

Friday

On this last day of TOP Week, you get to choose between going for a swim at Stappegoor or relax at the beachvolleyball fields at Avans Hogeschool. During the day you can relax and recover from the Week’s intensive activities.

In the late afternoon, your group will relocate to one of four student associations. The program at each association involves at least a tour of the student association building, dinner, and further fun introductory activities.

All good things come to an end, so have a wonderful evening at the last party of the week together with your TOP group.