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International student support

Moving to a different country is a big step, bringing a lot of challenges. Tilburg University wants to help you make this transition as smooth as possible. We offer dedicated services which you, as an international student, can count on before, during, and after your studies.

Each program has its own admissions officer, who will guide you through your application process. You can turn to the admissions officer with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your application. The admissions officer is your main contact person at the university during the application process.

After your admission to one our programs, you’ll have to arrange a number a matters to get fully enrolled. Don’t worry: the university will help adjust to life at Tilburg University as quickly and as smoothly as possible! Our Practical issues is a great source of information to get you started.

Before arrival: things to arrange

Once you have been accepted for the program of your choice, the ball will start rolling. Our Immigration Office will help you arrange your student visa and guide you through the entire process of immigration.

Next on the list is to arrange housing. Tilburg University collaborates with a housing agency which offers furnnished rooms, but you can also look for accommodation on the private market. Our housing officer will give support in case you need help understanding a contract or finding pathways towards housing.  Our helpful pre-departure guide will explain all the steps you need to take for your transition to Tilburg: immigration, housing, insurances, financial matters, and more.

Registration Days: your smooth start in Tilburg

Our Registration Days take place before the Introduction week (TOP week). During the Registration Days, Tilburg University will provide you with a warm welcome and the chance to arrange many practical matters on the spot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you plan your travel to Tilburg University to arrive on the Registration Days.

What to expect?

When you’ve made your way to the campus, we will provide you with all kinds of services that will contribute to a relaxed and organized start of your stay, like:

  • Meet & Greet your Admissions Team
  • Make an appointment to open your Dutch bank account
  • Pick up your Tilburg University Student Card
  • Buy a bike
  • Arrange your insurance
  • Purchase your membership for the Sports Center
  • Information about the hotspots in Tilburg and about public transport in the Netherlands

But what really ties it together is the great atmosphere, supported with live music, typically Dutch snacks and sweets, and refreshing drinks. Current students will be available to answer study-related questions and you will get to meet some of your fellow students from all over the world!

Learn more about the Registration Days

Getting to Tilburg: Tilburg University Travel Assistance

Introduction week: making friends and getting to know the city

The first Monday after the Arrival Days forms the start of the Tilburg Orientation Program, also known as TOP week. TOP week is your introduction to life in Tilburg. You will get to know your way around the city, meet your fellow students, and quickly adapt to campus life. Your mentors during TOP week are current Tilburg University students who know the ropes. They are the ideal guides during your introduction period.

All new international students will be assigned a buddy in addition to your group mentor during TOP week. This buddy is a senior Tilburg University student and member of I*ESN. He or she will help you find your way around in the first few weeks and will help you get acquainted with life in the Netherlands. You can turn to your buddy with any questions you may have during the first weeks of your study.

Please note that the first day of class is quite early on the calendar compared to other countries: we usually the last week of August (fall semester) or in January (spring semester)!

Guidance and mentoring

Making the transition from secondary school to university is exciting, but being far away from your family in a completely new country and school system can be quite challenging. Tilburg University has several services available which you can rely on.

Academic advisor
Dean of students
Student psychologist
Other support

What's next?

Career Center

Our Career Center provides several services to help you with your career orientation, for example coaching, the possibility to take part in workshops on building your CV or writing a cover letter, and other career events. The Career Center can coach and advise you on questions regarding your choice of study, study career planning, and choice of profession.

Alumni network

Stay connected! Tilburg University encourages strong ties among graduates, and between graduates and their Schools or graduate associations. After your graduation, you can stay in touch with fellow alumni, be informed about current developments in your field of study, and make use of our special alumni services such as knowledge vouchers, career services, access to the Sports Center, and discounts on several courses at Tias School for Business and Society. A strong alumni network is a valuable asset when you take your first career steps.