Welcome to this site dedicated especially to first-year students at Tilburg University! You will quickly notice that as a student you are expected to take care of things on time and on your own. At Tilburg University you will be treated as an adult. Here you no longer are at school where a teacher might correct you for doing something wrong, call your attention to items of interest, or inquire how things are going.
Because everything is new to you, things will not always be as easy as you might expect. However, one thing you will need to know for sure is which pre-requisites you need to meet and where you can obtain the relevant information.
Tilburg University's website is a rich source of information. We have created this site especially for first-year students, as an introduction to the whole site so that you will easily be able to find the answers to the most important questions you might have. Should that not be the case, or if you feel there are important questions and answers missing, please contact us.
We hope that you will not need this site for very long and that you will quickly switch over to the student portal instead. Tip: make that page your home page, so that you remain up to date on all news items.
Please click on the headings below for more information.
How can I get an e-mail address? I forgot my password! What now? Can I also burn CD-ROMs? Are there computer courses available? How can I get a student workstation and what can I do with there? Can I work with a group on one computer? Can I get a connection to Tilburg University's network from home? Can I only register for exams electronically and how does that work exactly? What is Blackboard? Go to this page for more information about Computer Facilities
When do examinations take place? How must I prepare for an examination? I heard that you need to register for examinations in advance. How does that work? What if I fail all? Or if I oversleep? Go to this page for more information about Examinations
Introduction/ Welcome Week
What is the Welcome Week all about? Where can I find more information?
What do I need to take with me? Where can I find accommodation? Will I
miss something if I do not take part? Will I be ragged or hazed? Go to this page for more information about the welcome week
Where can I find my schedule? What can I expect from a lecture? When do the lectures start? How long does a lecture last and what can I do during the break? Must I do anything specific to prepare for a lecture? What if I cannot attend a lecture? Go to this page for more information about Lectures
As a student you have certain rights and obligations. Are you entitled to any grants or loans? Are you eligible to participate in the management of the university? What are the rules of behavior? Go to this page for more information about your Legal position
Living in Tilburg
When deciding where to study, university life and the cost of living play a major role. But then there are also concerns about living quarters. Where will you live while in Tilburg? How do you go about securing housing? What kind of insurances do you need? Go to this page for more information about Living in Tilburg
Where can I make photocopies? Where can I get my readers and my student card? Where can I get a bite to eat? Can I also get involved in sports, theatre or music at Tilburg University? And if I need to give a presentation, what do I have to do to rent a projector or reserve a room? Where is the lost and found? Where can I file a complaint? Go to this page for more information about Other Facilities
Where can I buy my books and what will they cost? Can I buy them secondhand, too? Will I need other things, such as a computer? Go to this page for more information about Preparations
When do I need to start making preparations if I decide I want to spend some time studying abroad? Where can I go and what can I do? Are there also any scholarships available? Where should I go to take care of all of this? Go to this page for more information about Studying abroad
I study very hard, but still I can't manage to pass my exams. What should I do? What should I do if I fall ill? What if I can't keep up because I have a physical disabality or because I participate in high-performance sports? I think I chose the wrong program, what can I do now? What do I need to do if I decide to switch to another program or to quit studying altogether? I might not pass the BSA threshold...what now? Go to this page for more information about Study Counseling
Studying at Tilburg University
What do other first-year students have to say? What will be expected of me as a student? What does studying at university level actually mean? What are BaMa, BSA and ects? How can I approach my studies effectively? Can I take two degree programs at the same time? What do I need to do in case I want to switch to another program or stop altogether? Go to this page for more information about Studying at Tilburg University
Traineeship and Graduation
Are internships or traineeships compulsory? When do I have to do a traineership? Must I find a traineeship myself? How do I go about doing that? And what do I need to know about graduation? Go to this page for more information about a Traineeship and Graduation
How is the University organized? I hear and read about faculties, services, institutes and so on. It totally bewilders me. How can I put my two cents in, is there a student council for instance? Go to this page for more information about University Organization