TOP Winter Week is the introduction week for all new students who start their studies at Tilburg University in February. TOP Winter Week will take place in the week of January 22, 2024. In this week you will get to know your fellow students, the city of Tilburg, and life as a student in Tilburg. TOP Winter Week is the best start of your student life in Tilburg!
You participate in TOP Winter Week as part of a group of approximately 20 students. The groups will be guided by TOP Mentors, these are students who are already studying in Tilburg. They will make sure that you get to know Tilburg and everything it has to offer.
Please note: TOP Week has nothing to do with hazing!
What is TOP Winter Week?
TOP Winter Week is the introduction week for all new students who start their study at Tilburg University in February. All new (pre-)Master’s and exchange students can participate. During TOP Winter Week everything revolves around getting to know your fellow students, the city of Tilburg, and active student life in Tilburg.
What’s on the program of TOP Winter Week?
You can see the program at the top of this page!
Who organizes TOP (Winter) Week?
The TOP Organization consists of the TOP Board and the TOP Committee members. In October the board starts with the preparations for TOP Winter Week. After TOP Winter Week, the preparations for TOP Week begin. In organizing TOP Week, the board is supported by thirteen committee members, who start in March. Click here to find more information about the organization.
Do I need to take part in all components of TOP Week?
There are no obligatory components in our program; you are free to take part whenever you want. Of course, it is more fun if you take part in as many program components as possible and to see as much of Tilburg as you can!
Where do I go in the event of harassment or sexual violence?
In the event of sexual violence, make sure to contact one of the following organizations:
Confidential advisor of Tilburg University: https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/about/conduct-and-integrity/confidential-advisor
Police: 112 for emergencies, 0900-8844 if there is no emergency
Sexual Assault Center: 0800-0188 (anonymous and free of charge)
These phone numbers are available 24 hours a day!
Who can participate in TOP Winter Week?
TOP Winter Week is for all new (pre-)Master’s and exchange students who start their studies at Tilburg University in February.
When will TOP Winter Week take place?
TOP Winter Week 2024 takes place in the week of January 22, 2024.
What are the (Study) Program Introductions?
The (Study) Program Introductions are not organized by the organization of TOP, but by Tilburg University: by International Office for exchange students and by the Schools of Tilburg University for degree students. All important information about studying at Tilburg University and your curriculum will be given during the (Study) Program Introduction. Besides that, you receive information about the online study environment. Whereas participating in TOP Week is optional, the (Study) Program Introductions are obligatory for all new students.
What is TOP’s alcohol and drugs policy?
Our alcohol and drugs policy is completely in line with Dutch law. This means that alcohol cannot and will not be sold to students under the age of 18. In addition, drugs are strictly prohibited. If you are caught using drugs, you will be excluded from all events, and we will report you to the police. Should a serious, threatening situation arise due to drug use, we will call the police. You will not be arrested because the use of drugs is not an offense in the Netherlands.
Registration & Payment
How can I attend TOP Winter Week?
You can find the registration link when it’s available here.
When can I register for TOP Week?
The registration date will be announced here.
How much is the registration fee for TOP Winter Week?
The registration fee for TOP Winter Week 2024 will be announced here.
Can I join TOP Week again as a senior student?
No, you can only attend TOP Week when you start a new program. However, every year we are looking for TOP Mentors to guide new students.
Can I attend TOP Winter Week as a (pre-)Master’s student?
Yes, you can! You will be placed in a group with fellow (pre-)Master’s students. Two TOP Mentors who are also in their (pre-)Master’s phase will guide you during TOP Week.
What does the group division look like?
All new students who participate in TOP Week will be assigned to groups of approximately 20 students. There will be groups with exchange students and groups with degree students. All groups will be guided by two TOP Mentors.
It is not possible to register together with a friend since group division happens at random. Besides, it is fun to get to know new people!
What are the methods of payment for registering for TOP Week?
You can pay via creditcard or iDEAL. No other forms of payment available.