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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.

After your admission to one our programs, a number of matters have to be arranged with the assistance of our International Office. We will help you adjust to life at Tilburg University as quickly and as smoothly as possible! Check our Practical issues section for more information.

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. As Tilburg University cooperates with a housing agency in Tilburg, all international students will be offered the chance to rent a furnished room through this agency. 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.

Arrival days: your smooth start in Tilburg

Our Arrival Days take place before the Introduction week (TOP week). It is the ideal moment to arrive at the university for a smooth start.

You can book your flight for one of the Arrival Days and take a train to Tilburg University. At Tilburg University railway station a group of students will be waiting to bring you to our campus. You can arrive any time during the day. For some students this will be their first real visit to Tilburg University.

On campus, you will be greeted by our admissions team and receive a welcome package. You can arrange several practical matters on this day, such as setting up a bank account, buying a bike, becoming a member of international student association I*ESN, registering for TOP week if you haven’t done so already, and picking up the keys to your accommodation. If you have pre-booked your accommodation, our students will then bring you to your room.

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 start in January or the last week of August!

Guidance and mentoring

Making the transition from secondary school to university is an exciting time. 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

Each program at Tilburg University has an academic advisor. You can talk with your academic advisor about issues such as methods of planning and study, disappointing results, or binding study advice. Are you struggling with personal matters such as illness, adjusting to university life, or are you experiencing domestic problems? Then you can talk to the Dean of Students who can help you find appropriate help if you have questions or issues that are less related to the content of your study program.

Student psychologist

Tilburg University has several student psychologists available for students from all Schools. Depending on the nature and the seriousness of the problem, the student psychologist can help you with information and coaching, refer you to other staff members or authorities, or offer you certain training sessions or courses.

Study Abroad Advisor

Every school has a Study Abroad Advisor. This advisor is solely focused on helping students who wish to study abroad. If you want to study abroad for a semester, this is your mentor through the entire process of finding a partner university, signing up for the exchange program, selecting your curriculum, etc.

Other support

Are you a top-level student athlete and do you want to combine your sports with your studies? The university will support you the best way possible by facilitating a successful combination of top-level sports and studies.

Studying with a disability is nearly always more difficult and takes more time and energy than studying without an impairment. To make studying easier for you, we offer a number of special arrangements and specialist facilities.

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.

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