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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 the Pub Crawl and a Night at the Museum, you will be introduced to the various study, sports and student associations during the afternoon programs, you can enjoy an outdoor cinema at Willem II, you can relax and swim at Stappegoor on Friday, and you can take part in the TOP festival and the famous TOP Cantus. For (pre)master students, a different activity will be organized during certain moments in the week.

For more information check out the TOP program booklet or take a look at the program for TOP Week 2019 down below! 

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Two versions of the program

There is one version of the program for all Bachelor’s, exchange, and HBO students. The other version is for all pre-Master’s and Master’s students. The two versions of the program are largely the same, but differ at three moments in the week. On Monday afternoon, almost all Bachelor’s and exchange students have a Program Introduction. The pre-Master’s and Master’s students will have a Kick-Off at that moment. In addition, pre-Master’s and Master’s students have a different late afternoon program on Tuesday and Thursday: they will not be going to the student associations.

New to the program: optional activities

At certain moments in the program, you will have the option to choose what program item, or items, you want to go to. If the program has two activities at approximately the same time, you can either chosen one or opt to combine the two, for instance, by going to the first and joining the second program item a little later. In that way, you are more in control of how you spend your TOP Week! You can choose to visit the same activity together with your group or with just a few members of your group. Here is a list of the optional activities during TOP Week.

Meeting Point

The whole week, except for Monday, Hostel Roots will open the doors between 18:00 hrs. and 21:00 hrs. as a Meeting Point. Hostel Roots is the place to be if you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere to meet new people.

International Center

On Thursday, International Center will organize an activity from 12:00 hrs. till 14:00 hrs. As the city of Tilburg becomes increasingly international oriented, the International Center Tilburg provides information and assists all internationals with their questions. They stand for connections in the city and they provide free events, workshops, language courses, consultation, job events and good coffee!

Monday

TOP Week starts with your registration as a participant in the Tilburg University Sports Center. After you have registered online, you will receive your e-ticket by e-mail. In the weekend before TOP Week, you will receive an e-mail with the time slot in which you need to register. When you register at the Sports Center, you will receive two wristbands (a participant wristband and an age wristband) and a TOP bag. You need to wear the wristbands all week, since they are your admission ticket for all activities. During registration, you will also receive your “group number” (a color + a number). After registration, you can go to the “find your group” field, where your mentors will be waiting for you.               

For all our Pre-Master’s and Master’s students, we will start TOP Week 2019 with a grand opening in the Cube at Tilburg University. The Master Kick Off will be all about ‘How to reach the TOP’. We have invited two different speakers who will inspire you with their story how they reached the TOP. Afterwards, different organizations will host an information stand where you can see what Tilburg has to offer you in your future career.

On the first evening, dinner will be served in Wagenmakerij, for all people participating in TOP Week. You have dinner as a group. Outside, a team will be preparing the food. Your mentors can pick up the food for the whole group there. Please make sure that you have clearly informed the TOP Registration of any allergies or dietary requirements you may have.

TOP ON is TOP Week’s official opening party, in Koepelhal. During this event, you will be taught the official TOP dance routine and various artists will be sure to provide a festive evening.

Tuesday

Begin Tuesday in a sportive fashion with a sports class at the Tilburg University Sports Center! Nine different sports classes are on offer, the fitness facilities are freely accessible, and you can do a workshop on healthy food and fitness schedules. Please note that you need to sign up for this activity. You can sign up HERE!

In the afternoon, there will be sports and games in Leijpark. Here lunch will be provided for your whole group. During this afternoon, various companies, organizations, and associations will be present with inflatable and other games and provide you with information that might be interesting for your stay in Tilburg. In addition to the study, student, and sports associations, there will be political parties and commercial businesses, like CoolBlue, Pathé, and Douwe Egberts.

In the late afternoon, your group will visit one of the four student associations: Plato, Olof, Vidar, or I*ESN. Remember to check beforehand in the TOP app what association you will be visiting when. The program consists in any case of a tour of the association building, dinner, and introductory activities.

For Master’s and pre-Master’s students, a different program will be organized on Tuesday and Thursday in the late afternoon. On Tuesday, you and your group will go to RAW for a hands-on barbecue in the relaxed atmosphere of the courtyard garden in Spoorzone!

On Tuesday night, you can soak up some culture at the Textile Museum. It will open its doors especially for you to show you its permanent collections and exhibitions. The Textile Museum shows inspiring exhibitions in the areas of art, design, and heritage and offers educational programs in a former textile factory. Come and explore this versatile building!

To feel really at home in Tilburg, you need to know what the city has to offer at night. During the Pub Crawl, all pubs in the Tilburg city center will open their doors for you. Your mentors will receive a map with a route, guiding you to various student pubs. Do make sure that you are in the relevant pubs at the time indicated so you won’t miss your free drink.

Wednesday

The Recharge Lunch takes place in Tilburg’s brand new city park: Spoorpark. In the morning, you will be prepared for the legendary TOP Cantus! There will be a wide range of foods available for you to fuel up for the rest of the day.

When everyone’s got their grub on and laid a good foundation with the Recharge Lunch, it is time for the one and only TOP Beer Cantus. This is the largest official Beer Cantus in the Netherlands! The TOP Beer Cantus is a party where all TOP Week participants sing along with the Cantus band while having drinks. Prepare to be dazzled and taste the wonderful atmosphere during this TOP Week highlight! Please note: the minimal age for participation in the TOP Cantus is 18 years. If you are not yet 18, we refer you to the Boozeless Crew for an exciting alternative.

Are you not 18 years old yet or are you not interested in the TOP Cantus? Join the Boozeless Crew! As member of this crew, you get the opportunity to discover Tilburg newest sensation: Doloris Meta Maze! Doloris invites you to enter her Meta Maze, a walkthrough art experience with over 40 rooms of surreal art. In the realm of Doloris you immerse yourself in a world beyond ours. As you follow oblique pathways, slip through hidden loopholes, walk through walls and encounter mysterious objects, time becomes fluid. Please note: this activity has a limited number of places available. You can sign up HERE!

In the late afternoon, your group will visit one of the four student associations: Plato, Olof, Vidar, or I*ESN. Remember to check beforehand in the TOP app what association you will be visiting when. The program consists in any case of a tour of the association building, dinner, and introductory activities.

Thursday

The TOP Festival is the perfect place to spend the afternoon with your TOP group. The Festival will be held in two locations. Do you want to go wild near the stage in Muzetuin or do you prefer to discover creative expressions in Vrijheidspark? In addition, there will be an opportunity to enjoy a snack and a drink.

In the late afternoon, your group will visit one of the four student associations: Plato, Olof, Vidar, or I*ESN. Remember to check beforehand in the TOP app what association you will be visiting when. The program consists in any case of a tour of the association building, dinner, and introductory activities.

You will be dining with your group in one of the Tilburg landmarks: the Koning Willem II stadium. You can have a relaxed meal in the grandstand before the film starts later in the evening.

On Thursday night, the Koning Willem II Stadium is the venue of an enormous outdoor cinema. Do you fancy a night chilling out with your TOP group, enjoying the night-time air, a drink, and some popcorn to watch a film with hundreds of other viewers? Come to the Outdoor Cinema!

On Thursday night, various student, study, and sports associations are organizing open parties at different locations. Meet people from a wide variety of associations in Tilburg or just go to a fun party of your choice!

Friday

On the last day of TOP Week, you can go for a swim at Stappegoor swimming pool. During the day, you can chill out after an intensive week, cool off in the pool, sunbathe while enjoying music, and recharge for the fantastic TOP Week final party in the evening.

After a week full of parties, it is time to relax at outdoor sports association Were Di. This is the ideal event to recover from the intensive week and to play a game of beach volleyball. Remember to bring sportswear. Join in one of the sports activities or install yourself on a bench to watch.

In the late afternoon, your group will visit one of the four student associations: Plato, Olof, Vidar, or I*ESN. Remember to check beforehand in the TOP app what association you will be visiting when. The program consists in any case of a tour of the association building, dinner, and introductory activities

After a week full of fun and interesting activities, TOP Week is concluded with a grandiose final party: TOP OFF. Enjoy TOP Week to the brim and spend your last tokens.