Freshmen site

Especially for first-year students we have created these pages, 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.

Freshmen site

We hope that you will not need this site for very long and that you will quickly switch over to the Student Portal instead.

Your Studies and Studying

Introduction

International Student Handbook

What is Top Week all about?

General Introduction

Tilburg Orientation Program, TOP, puts on a general introduction week each year for all first-year students (Dutch and international students) at Tilburg University (including students in higher professional education), organized by the TOP Foundation.

The aim is to provide new students with an opportunity to get acquainted with the city, their study program, study associations, and fellow students, not only from their own program, but also from other programs.

You will get a lot of information, learn tremendous amounts from the second-year students, and it is a lot of fun (but tiring!). You will make friends for the rest of your life during the introduction week.

Will I miss out if I don't take part?

But of course! To begin with, you will miss a lot of important information. Compared to secondary school, you are expected to demonstrate far more independence at university, and to look for help, advice and information yourself when you need it. You are expected to be aware of all relevant information, and that should be no trouble, because all the information you need is available on the internet. Before you suffer from information overload, it is probably better to learn where things can be found during the introduction week and take note of what is important.

Furthermore, you will get to meet your fellow students in your program, which can come in handy if you end up sitting together in a lecture room (everything is new for everybody, after all). Or if you happen to fall ill and want someone to take notes for you, or if you need to work together in a group.

And last but not least, you will have a wonderful time and you will make friends for life!

By the way, some programs have a catch-up information day, in case you are absolutely unable to join us for the introduction week.

Will there be an Introduction for my Program?

Aside from this, schools, individual programs, study associations, and student associations incidentally will offer all kinds of introductory activities, ranging from camping to information days to evening meet-and-greets.

Will I be ragged or hazed?

The answer is no. Ragging or hazing is a sort of initiation ritual students go through in order to be able to become a member of a student association. The excesses of ragging that occasionally occur in other student cities (and that give rise to all kinds of wild stories) do not exist at Tilburg University. During TOP Week there is no such thing as ragging, only the sharing of information, opportunities to get acquainted with each other and of course lots of fun.

Lectures and Books

What can I expect during a Lecture?

A large group of students who have gathered listen to a lecturer's presentation on a relevant subject. Lecture halls are large and the lecture itself is usually amplified.

Often, lectures are accompanied by slides, PowerPoint, videos, or overhead projection. These are usually also available on Blackboard. The lecturer usually works from a book. Beforehand he/she will tell you which chapter will be discussed during the lecture. This is usually available on Blackboard, too but the slides are more important.

Although many of these formal lectures will be new to you, it is still advisable that you attend them; you will benefit from them when it comes time to take exams. If you attend, do try to participate, otherwise it will be a waste of your time and the time of your fellow students who want to participate.

A lecture usually consists of two blocks of 45 minutes, with a 15 minute break in between. Your break is yours to spend as you wish. You can also remain seated and talk with others or discuss assignments.

Eating and drinking in the lectrue rooms is not allowed.

Difference between a Lecture and a Tutorial

During lectures there is often very little interaction between the lecturer and the students. During tutorials, where groups tend to be smaller, you are expected to participate a lot more. You should ask any questions you might have during the tutorial. It will be much more difficult to get the answers you need if you wait.

When does the Academic Year start?

The academic year officially runs from 1 September to 31 August, but the official opening ceremony is on the Monday closest to 1 September.

There is always a formal ceremony marking the opening of the academic year in the University auditorium. There is usually a well-known guest, whose lecturre is published in the next day's papers.

Always consult the study guide for the lecture timetable! 

Which Books do I have to buy?

The study guide lists the books you must buy under literature. The compulsory literature is also indicated on Blackboard. Some study associations offer you the opportunity to order your books at a significant discount. They publish the reading list on their websites. Lecturers usually give you a list of required books and lecture notes (see What else do I need?) for the course during their first lecture.

Naturally, you do not need to purchase all your books at once. Make sure that you buy the books for the courses in the first block. Your lecture schedule will be available on the website from 1 August.

What are the Costs of the Books?

That varies per course and depends on whether you buy the books new or second-hand, with a discount at a study association, or directly at the bookshop. If you buy the books for two blocks at a time, you will be looking at seven or eight books and that costs more or less € 250.-. That works out to about € 400,- per year. You will need some of the books more than once in the coming years. And some standard works, reference books and dictionaries will be needed throughout your studies.

Where can I order my books?

Second Hand

Second-hand books are the cheapest option. Make sure you get the right issue or edition!

The easiest way to buy second-hand textbooks is to use various online trading websites. Websites such as Bol.com and Studystore (does however mainly offer new books). Most studies also have a Facebook page specifically for students of a particular year, books and information are often offered here.

Study Associations

You can get your books at a discount through the study associations. You will quickly recoup your membership fee by ordering through the study associations!

Readers

Readers can vary in price enormously. This depends on whether the lecturer uses his/her own texts or other articles as reference literature. The latter are subject to copyright fees, and these must be paid for. You can buy readers online.

Where can I find my Schedule?

All the information relevant to the different teaching programs at Tilburg University, lecture and examination timetables and information about the lecturers can be found in the Study Guide. A lecture or an exam may have to be cancelled because the lecturer is ill, or it may have been changed to another time or place. These kinds of unexpected events are reported in the Study Guide as well. This is very convenient if you go away for the weekend, because all you have to do is to visit Tilburg University's website to check on any last-minute changes!

You can enter which courses you are taking in Blackboard. It will then show you only those schedules, changes and exams that are relevant for your studies. If you set this up right at the start of the academic year by filling in your program and subjects, your lecture and exam schedule will be automatically compiled for you. The same goes for your reading list. You can also print your schedules and reading list if you like. When you log in to the studentportal you will automatically see all changes to your lecture and examination schedules and any lecturer announcements.
You can find more detailed information about the study guide by clicking the Help button.

How can I prepare for a Lecture?

It is advisable that you print the slides before the lecture and take them with you. You can use the printouts for taking notes. Some students read everything in advance while others do so only afterwards. It would be better to do both, but that is a question of personal choice. After attending a few lectures, you will decide on the best approach, but it will also depends on how the lecturer approaches the subject. If you have an idea of what the lecture is going to be about in advance, it will be that much easier for you to follow along. If you give it another good read afterwards and rewrite your notes, you will be a lot better prepared for your examns. Then it's just a question of revision.

What can I do in case I am not able to attend a Lecture?

You don't need to report your absence to anyone. Whether you attend or not is your own choice and your own responsibility. If you don't feel motivated, if you simply don't feel like attending or if you have a hangover, then it is probably better that you do not attend the lecture. If you show up, then you should be prepared to pay attention, otherwise it will be just a waste of time.

For compulsory lectures you must report your absence the lecturer or to the coordinator. Usually, you are allowed to do this only once.

Missing a non-compulsory lecture is generally not such a big deal because the lecture is usually available on Blackboard as well. Tutorials, on the other hand, are much more important. If you really can't attend one, try join another group to make up for the tutorial you missed.

Tip: Get in touch with your fellow students about taking notes. Make sure that you don't miss important announcements, for example about exams or changes in reading material.

Is there a general Study Guide, or does this vary per School?

No, you can find anything you need in the Study Guide and on our website for students.

Can I follow Lectures even if I have not paid my Tuition Fees?

Officially, no. You must have submitted your registration forms before September 1st and have paid your tuition fees, or have authorized the university to debit your account. But, if you did submit all the paperwork late and are not yet officially registered because of processing time, then you may attend lectures. Otherwise you would miss too much information. It is doubtful that you will have immediate access to the electronic facilities immediately. You can find more information on registration, student cards and tuition fees in the administration and money section of this website.

Studying and your Studies

Where and how do I take care of administrative affairs?

Administrative affairs

You need to make quite sure on your own that your administrative affairs are taken care of. Many university are subject to rules and regulations, procedures with application times and deadlines, passwords, and all kinds of other details. The official regulations can be found in the Student Charter and the Educational and Examination Regulations. For most administrative affairs you can drop by the Student Desk. Please pay close attention to all activities that require advance registration: your enroll for tutorials, exams, etc. in time.

Student Desk

You can go to the Student Desk to have a photo made for your student card, get your user name and password and get information on facilities and procedures. Much information is also available on the Internet, and many enrollments can be taken care of do online as well. At the Central Student Desk (next to the Selexyz Gianotten book store, ground floor of the Goossens building) you will also find useful brochures and forms, such as those of IBG (the national student grant organization).

University card and ID

You need to have a University card, which serves as your campus ID and which you will need to use the library. It is your proof of enrollment, and is also your Sports Center (if you have paid the sports fee).

You will need your login ID for the duration of your studies. This is a seven-figure number prefixed by a "U" (User). You must provide your administration number (ANR: six figures, prefixed by an "S" for student) on all correspondence with the university.

What is expected of me?

The university stimulates individual activities, initiative, and active participation in the Student Associations, and offers extra opportunities to ambitious students through the Talent Programs and additional education

What happens if I don't pass all my exams?

I you fail an exam, you got to do resits untill you pass. This is a Binding Advice (mandatory recommendation) and means that you will not be allowed to register for this particular program during the next three years.

Once you have a positive advice, your study progress is your own responsibility. Try to pass all your exams, because there is a certain order in the program.

How many credits (ECTS) do I have to earn?

ECTS is short for European Credits Transfer System. It means, among other things, that the credits you earn for every subject, are recognized by all Higher Education partners in Europe. To be allowed to continue your studies, you need to pass at least 60% of all your examinations, that means that you get a positive BSA.

When will I be issued with a Study Advice (BSA)?

BSA stands for Binding Study Advice. It is the mandatory progress threshold you have to meet after one year.

In your first year, you must pass at least 70%, that is 42 credits. If not, you will be issued with a negative advice. This is a binding advice (mandatory recommendation) and means that you will not be allowed to register for this particular program during the next three years.

Once you have a positive advice, your study progress is your own responsibility. Try to pass all your exams, because there is a certain order in the program.

Can I take two Degree Programs at the same time?

This is theoretically possible, but you will have to decide for yourself you will be able to fit the different schedules together. In case you encounter logistical problems, such as conflicting compulsory group assignments, you will have to discuss things with your academic advisor. Some programs, such as Fiscal Economics and Fiscal Law, share many common subjects. In this case you don't need to take subjects twice; you will be able to apply for exemptions.

Please note: if you have a nationality other then from an EER-country, you pay tuition fee for each program separately.

My fellow students achieve better results. What am I doing wrong?

Studying at an university is completely different from studying at secondary school, where you might have been able to breeze through effortlessly. Here you don't have to study just three chapters for your test. Instead, you need to study three books all at once. You can easily lose track of what you are doing and be at a loss for how to solve the problem. Study advisors and student psychologists are available to give you advice or counseling.

What should I do in case of ILLness or Disability?

Illness

If you are ill and cannot attend lectures, you should contact your fellow students and ask them to take lecture notes for you. Many lecturers put their lectures and assignments on Blackboard. If you miss a compulsory lecture, you must sign out.

The exact rules differ from course to course. Inquire at the Education Office of your school. If you are ill during an examination, then you will need to wait until the next resit. You may report your absence to your academic advisor. In certain circumstances you may be given an extra opportunity.

If you face a possible study delay due to illness, contact a Dean of students straight away.

Disability

No matter your situation, if you are physically disabled or if you have less visible limitations, the earlier you mention them to the academic advisor, the better. He can take this into account and advise you about the possibilities (e.g. more examination time for dyslectic students) and a specially adapted study program.

Wrong Program Choice

  • The course has not met my expectations!
  • How wrong I was..., my studies do not interest me one single bit!
  • I underestimated the level of difficulty. Is this program too much for me?

Despite all preparations and good intentions, your program might turn out to be a big disappointment. What next? Do you want to stop, do you want to switch programs or do you want to work for a year and look around? You can make an appointment with your study and career counselor at the Student Career Center.

See the overview of all 

Switching Programs

If you want to switch to another program or want to (temporarily) quit your current program, you will have to take care of a couple of things, such as registration, grants, etc.

If you are sure you want to stop, then as a first year student you can cancel your registration at Tilburg University without having to provide a reason. Your tuition fee will be reimbursed from the second month following your deregistration, but you will need to terminate your student grant (if you have one) and return your OV (public transport) card.

If you do this before February 1st, then the BSA (Binding Stuis waived and you won't even need to pay back your student grant over the first months (maximum 5).

Examinations

When are the Examinations?

The first year of most programs is divided into four 'blocks'. There are examinations at the end of each block. Some courses and subjects extend over more than one block, but there will still be an examination at the end of the block.

Each block includes six to eight weeks of tuition followed by one or two weeks of examinations. If you do not pass the examination the first time, there is usually an opportunity to take it again. This is known as a ‘resit’. The examination periods are in the autumn, around the Christmas period, in the spring and in May/June.

The resits for the first block are held before the main examinations of the second block. You should therefore try to pass everything the first time round otherwise you will have less time available for the next block. Some programs run by the School of Economics and Management (TiSEM) do not use the block system but are divided into semesters (half-years) even in the first year. There are examinations at the end of each semester.

In your second and subsequent years you will be working in semesters (half-years). The autumn semester runs from September to January/February, while the spring semester is from February and July. You will then have examinations only twice a year, in December/January and in June/July.

The exact dates and times are shown on your personal pages in Blackboard

How long is an Examination?

Most written examinations are three hours, but there are some exceptions. Those which have multiple choice questions are usually only two hours. The form of each examination and the time allowed are shown in the Study Guide. Having registered for an examination, you will also receive a notification in which the starting and finishing times are stated.

If you require more time to complete an examination (because you are dyslexic, for example), or are unable to sit the examination in the main room for any reason, you should ask your Student Counselor to make alternative arrangements. The university has special examination arrangements for students with restrictions.

Do you need to Register for Examinations?

You must register online to take each written examination. You should first select the courses and subjects in which you wish to sit the examination in your Personal Study Guide. You can then register for those examinations using the Exam Registration.

You can register for your examinations up to 10 working days prior to the examinations. After this period you can still register for your examiniations at the Student Desk up 5 working days prior to date of your examinations. The Student Desk will give you a warning the first time. After that you will have to pay an administration fee.

The final closing date is final. No further registrations will be accepted within five working days of the examination date itself, even if you have your professor's permission.

How should I prepare for an Examination?

The best way to study for an examination varies from one person to another. Some people like to listen to music and they welcome distractions, while others prefer to sit quietly in the library or in their own room. Tilburg University offers various locations at which you can study alone or alongside others.

The material you must study will also vary. The lectures will give you an impression of what you are expected to know. The literature, course notes and in particular the lecturer’s presentation sheets are very important. You can obtain copies of past examination papers through the student associations, which can also provide ‘readers’. A reader is a collection of relevant materials from various sources. It is a very good idea to compile your own reader: that way you are actively involved in exploring the sources of information.

Will my Functional Disability be taken into consideration?

If you are unable to sit an examination in the usual way, you can apply to take advantage of certain special provisions. There is a separate examination room with full disabled access and various forms of assistive technology. Further information can be found in the section on Studying with a functional disability.

How will I be informed of my examination results?

You can find your examination results online, with your Tilburg University username and password.

What happens if I do not pass an examination?

You must take the examination again at the next available ‘resit’. This will of course limit the time you have to study for other examinations, so it is always preferable to pass the first time! If you do not pass the resit, you must wait until the following year and try again.

In your first year, you must achieve at least 42 credits (a 70% pass rate) to be eligible to continue your program (See: Binding Study Advice). Some programs require you to acquire even more credits to register for second-year courses.

What is a ‘conditional’ examination?

Some programs allow students to resit examinations subject to certain special conditions. For example, you must have taken every possible opportunity to pass the examination in the past, and have obtained a grade of 5 on at least one of these occasions. You are then given one extra chance to resit and pass the examination.

This is a special concession: not everyone is given this opportunity. The exact arrangements and conditions are included in the Education and Examination Regulations (EER) of your own program.



Which Grade counts following a resit?

If you take the same examination more than once, the highest grade counts. You may even resit the exam if you have already passed it, but only once.

When you haven't passed your examinations, you can do as many resits as you want.

What should I do if I am Sick on the Day of the Examination?

Unless you are really too sick to attend you should try to do so. You will at least see how the examination procedure works. And you never know – you may still pass!

If you really cannot attend the examination, or attend but do not pass, you will be given one opportunity to resit the examination.

The rules with regard to notifying absence due to sickness vary from one faculty to another. You should therefore consult the Regulations and Guidelines or the Education and Examinations Regulations (EER) of your own program. In some cases you may be given an additional opportunity to take the examination. This is decided by the Student Counselor or the Examining Board. They will invariably expect you to have reported your sickness or other reason for absence prior to the first examination, and to provide written evidence such as a doctor’s certificate.

If your illness has caused you to miss so many examinations or lectures that your study progress has been seriously delayed, you must report this to a student counsellor within two months.

What should I do when I arrive late?

No concessions are made for students who arrive late for an examination because they have overslept, or for any other reason (heavy traffic, cancelled train, etc.). You will be permitted to enter the examination room only if you arrive within thirty minutes of the start of the examination (since no one is allowed to leave the room during this period and there is no possibility of collusion). After that, you must wait until the next examination period.

Study Counseling

To whom can I turn to in case I have (study) problems?

Student Desk

You can make an appointment with a Dean of Students, student psychologist, study and career counselors or a topsports coordinator from the Student Advisory office at the Student Desk. Or turn to the Pastoral care.

Do not let a little problem get out of hand. Do not hesitate to get in touch with one of these people... they are here to help you!

More information about tutoring and coaching.

Education coordinator

In contrast to student counselors, who work for all students irrespective of their study program, the education coordinators or program coordinators  are linked to a specific school. Usually they even specialize in specific programs. They will answer your questions about the organization and contents of the program. For questions of a less personal nature or for general information about your schedule etc., the Educational Offices will usually be able to help you. If not, you can make an appointment right there with one of the Academic Advisors.

At various faculties, you can find also other types of student counseling, such as tutoring and coaching.

What can I do in case I fall behind in my studies?

If you are ill and cannot attend lectures, you should contact your fellow students to take lecture notes for you. Many lecturers put their lectures and assignments on Blackboard. If you miss a compulsory lecture, you must sign out. The exact rules differ from course to course. Inquire at the Education Office of your school. You can report your absence at the academic advisor or program coordinator. If you are ill during an examination, then you normally will need to wait until the next resit.

If you are very ill then you should contact your academic advisor as soon as possible. He/she will decide if your reasons for not taking the exam are sufficient to let you do a resit earlier, or to allow you to take an oral examination. For this you must present medical evidence of your illness. You will generally have to wait until the next resit.

If you are ill quite often or miss exams (or classes) regularly, you must report study delay within two months to a Dean of Students.

What to do in case of Study Delay?

In case of study delay, whether expected or not, you should immediately contact a Dean of Students.

If you run into so much delay that you might not get past the BSA threshold, you definitely need to contact a Dean of Students. The Dean of Students can recommend the Examination Board to postpone their decision by a year.

Also if you have a visa for study, you need to gain 50% of your credits (30 ects) each year. If not, Tilburg University has to report you to the IND. If you have reported special circumstances during the academic year, you might stay and continue your program. Therefore it is really important to report circumstances which causes delay.

Who helps me when I want to switch Programs?

Despite all preparations and good intentions, your program might turn out to be quite disappointment. What next? Do you want to stop, do you want to switch programs or do you want to work for a while and look around? You can make an appointment with your study and career counselor.

I have a Chronic Disease. Can I get help?

If you are able to provide proof that you suffer from dyslexia, by means of an official report or medical declaration, then you are entitled to longer examination time, among other things. You can request for special examination arrangements on line.

If your condition is so serious that it causes structural delays in your studies, then you must report this to a student counselor. This applies also to other chronic diseases or a physical disabilities.

Can I combine Study and High-Performance Sports?

Special facilities are available for students who combine their studies with high-performance sports.

IT, Blackboard & Study Places

University Account & E-mail

How do I activate my Tilburg University Account?

New students receive an e-mail with information and a link on how to activate your Tilburg University account. This e-mail will be send to two addresses:

  • The Tilburg University e-mail address (...@tilburguniversity.edu).
  • The second e-mail address that you have registered through Studielink.

If you have lost this e-mail you can still activate your account.

Go to the webpage Self-service University Account. Read the text in the Password e-mail box (directly under Forgot your Password). Follow the instructions. Please contact IT Support or the Student Desk if you forgot your username.

I lost my password. What shoud I do?

  • If you have set your password recovery options, you can set a new your password online, either by requesting a password mail or by answering your secret questions.
  • If you have not set your password recovery options and you can access your mail (e.g. your mail program is still open), then you can request a password mail. This mail will be sent to your university mail address as a standard.
  • If you have not set your password recovery options and you cannot access your mail (your mail program is closed and you need your password to open it), then you must go to IT Support and set your new password there. Remember that you need to identify yourself at the service desk.

Want to learn more about your university account? Check the webpage self-service university account.

Which e-mail address the university sends e-mail to?

E-mails from the university will be send to your official Tilburg University e-mail address.

How can I forward incoming university e-mail to another e-mail address?

If you already have another email account and you’d like to keep receiving your e-mail there, you must set up forwarding so that you won't miss any important university communications. Check the online manual for instructions, or watch the instruction video on the page Instruction Freshmen.

IT Facilities

How do I access the WiFi Network?

You can use your Tilburg University username and password to access the wireless (WiFi) network called eduroam. To access eduroam you need to use a different username then your regular Tilburg University username. To connect with eduroam you need to add @uvt.nl to your regular username (username@uvt.nl). Your password is your regular Tilburg University password.

If you not yet have a Tilburg University username and password you can also access the WiFi network. Please check the messages on the narrow casting monitors on campus. Every day the access details are displayed on these monitors including an instruction.

Can I get a discount on Software and Hardware?

SURFspot is the not-profit ICT online store that offers special educational discounts on software, cloud services and hardware exclusively to students and staff of Dutch higher and intermediate vocational education institutions. For more information please visit www.surfspot.nl

Can I collaborate online?

Google Apps is the e-mail and collaboration platform for students at Tilburg University. For easy collaboration with our university’s school and staff, all employees are provided with a Google Apps @ Tilburg University account as well. Check out www.tilburguniversity.edu/cloud for an overview of the functionality on offer.

Study Places

Where are the Campus Study Places?

Approximately 2500 study places will be created across the campus by the end of 2017. That number will continue to grow to 2800 places in 2018. In order to make studying as pleasant as possible, different kind of study places are availalable. There are study places with and without PC, studyplaces where you can word quietly and places equipped with two-screen workstations suitable for group work. Off course, there are also study places where you can study with your own laptop. Check the Study Places website for more details.

How to make a Reservation for a Student Desktop in the Library?

You can do so by making a reservation via the Student Desktop Reservations System Library. Also check the instruction video on the webpage Instruction Freshmen.

Can I make a Reservation for a Study Place with PC in the Library from Home?

Yes, the Student Desktop Reservations System is also accessible off-campus. Also check the instruction video on the webpage Instruction Freshmen.

Can I make a Reservation for a Group Workspace?

The Reitse Poort has a number of group rooms that can be reserved (RP 14 - RP 17) via the Web Room Booking System.

Is it possible to check if there are free Study Places with PC?

Check the availability of study places with a PC in the PC Availability Tool. The PC Availability Tool displays the free study places in the following buildings: Dante, Goosens, Library, Montesquieu en Prisma.

Can other users see my locally stored files?

No, other users don't have access to your local files. A reset of the C:\drive takes place after every log in session, causing the computer to reset completely. So, after every restart it is a standard student desktop. Also the student desktop SWAP partition (D:\drive) is cleared every day. The SWAP partition is used to store temporary files. Should you have saved files here, please make sure to store them on your M:\drive or USB stick before ending your session.

If I save files on my desktop, will they remain available for another session?

No, here also goes that the desktop will be cleared after every restart. So mind to save files on your M:\drive or USB stick.

What is an M:\drive?

Students get a home directory with 250 MB disc space on the student server to store data. Therefore, it is not necessary to store the files on a USB stick. This M:\drive is also called your home directory and has got the permanent letter M: for every student.

Do I have access to my M:\ drive at Home?

Off-campus you have access to the files saved in your M:\ drive too. Check the FileZilla manual for instructions.

Can I restore Deleted Files?

No, deleted files cannot be restored.

Can I change my Keyboard and Language Settings?

The standard computer start up is the Dutch language together with the so-called US keyboard settings. You can switch between the keyboard settings by clicking on the NL-icon and selecting the preferred keyboard setting.

Instruction Videos and Manuals (e.g. Blackboard)

Instruction video's have been made in which one gives an aswer to frequently asked questions. E.g. how do you set up a VPN Connection, how can you check your study progress in Blackboard or how to print on a campus printer. Please check the Digital Learning Environment Page for additional information.

Ordering books & searching for information

How can I order Books?

The study guide lists the books you must buy under literature. The compulsory literature is also indicated on Blackboard. Some study associations offer you the opportunity to order your books at a significant discount. They publish the reading list on their websites. Lecturers usually give you a list of required books and lecture notes (see What else do I need?) for the course during their first lecture.

Naturally, you do not need to purchase all your books at once. Make sure that you buy the books for the courses in the first block. Your lecture schedule will be available on the website from 1 August.

What are the Costs of the Books?

That varies per course and depends on whether you buy the books new or second-hand, with a discount at a study association, or directly at the bookshop. If you buy the books for two blocks at a time, you will be looking at seven or eight books and that costs more or less € 250.-. That works out to about € 400,- per year. You will need some of the books more than once in the coming years. And some standard works, reference books and dictionaries will be needed throughout your studies.

Where can I order my books?

Second Hand

Second-hand books are the cheapest option. Make sure you get the right issue or edition!

The easiest way to buy second-hand textbooks is to use various online trading websites. Websites such as Bol.com and Studystore (does however mainly offer new books). Most studies also have a Facebook page specifically for students of a particular year, books and information are often offered here.

Study Associations

You can get your books at a discount through the study associations. You will quickly recoup your membership fee by ordering through the study associations!

  • Asset: School of Econo9mcs and Management
  • Complex: School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Cebojuf: Law School
  • Flow: Culture and Communications

Readers

Readers can vary in price enormously. This depends on whether the lecturer uses his/her own texts or other articles as reference literature. The latter are subject to copyright fees, and these must be paid for. You can buy readers online.

Library

You can borrow books, journals and other publications from the library with your Tilburg University card.

How do I search for information in the Library?

Library Catalog

The library offers a treasure of scholarly information. To get you started; there is a webpage where you can read where to find what kind of information, check searching for information.

(Online) Instructions

Moreover, it is possible to watch online instructions on searching in specialized databases. If you want to improve your writing and information skills, it could be useful to visit the page on writing and information skills.

Information Specialists

It's also possible to ask for support from the information specialists. These people are specialized in searching for literature in a specific subject field. Please check the page help with searching for more info.

Is it possible to access the Library Catalog off-campus?

Yes, that is possible. First you need to establish a VPN Connection. VPN (Virtual Private Network) is used to give access via the Internet to services and servers that are not freely accessible via the public Internet. In this way you can e.g. obtain safe access to library databases. You can even send print jobs to an on-campus printer. Also check the instruction video on VPN on the webpage Instruction Freshmen.

Tilburg University and the Campus

How is the University organized?

The university is governed in a way that much resembles a parliament. There is an Executive Board (the "ministers") and a University Council ("the parliament"), where representatives of students and personnel have a seat.

The teaching that the university offers must also be well organized: the faculties are responsible for this part of day-to-day operations. The general operating conditions of the university must also be well organized. Think for instance about the catering facilities, the library, IT services, student affairs, and so on. The various service departments are instrumental in making sure that all these aspects of university operations run smoothly.

Thinkers en Doers: Educiational Profile

The educational profile of Tilburg University is built on three pillars: Knowledge, Skills and Character. Our educational programs focus on students acquiring in-depth knowledge, on training their professional skills, and on developing themselves as a person. Our students are educated to turn their ideas into deeds, and above all, to do the right thing and turn their ideas into good deeds.  When you are graduated from Tilburg University you are well-equipped to work on complex problems in a changing society. Our motto of Understanding Society is more than a mere slogan; it is really what we are all about.


Can I take part in deciding what happens at the university?

Yes, you can take part in the University Council, which is similiar to a Participation Council or to a Students Council at your secondary school.

How can I exert more direct Influence on my own Studies?

The Faculty Council only deals with issues that are directly related to the school. It is similiar to the University Council, but then at school level. If you really want to have influence on your coursework then you should consider joining the program committee. Every program has one.

That must Cost me a lot of time. What is in it for me?

There's a lot in it for you! Participation is not only an important right in any democracy, but you can really make things happen together with your fellow students. On top of that, you will learn a lot from the experience. And that it costs you should not be much of an issue: you receive a management participation grant to compensate for any delays in your studies.

I have a comment or complaint. Who should I contact?

Everyone at Tilburg University does their utmost to make sure everything runs smoothly and fairly. Nevertheless, you may feel dissatisfied with certain facilities or the way you have been treated. Or you may disagree with certain decisions, such as the result of an exam. There are established complaint and appeal procedures for many areas, but you can also go directly to the Central Complaints Desk.

Alternatively, you can call in help from one of the personal confidential advisors.

Where can I study, access the Internet, or borrow books?

Library

The Tilburg University library has many study places with and without PCs, individual places and places for group work. Off course the library has a large collection of books available.

PC reservation

You can use one of the 700 available student computers to access the Internet or to work on assignments. During busy times, it is advisable to make a reservation in advance.


What else can I do at the university, other than attending lectures?

Zwijsen Building (Center for reflection and prayer)

The Zwijsen building (Center for reflection and prayer) is centrally located on campus. Here you will find a quiet place for meditation, prayer, silence, a place to search for inspiration, or just to relax and sit down. The Zwijsen building is managed by Academic Forum.

Sports Center

Tilburg University has a Sports Center where we offer more than 50 different sports. There are 22 student sports associations affiliated with the Sports Center. If you're interested you become a member.

All student sports associations are coordinated by the umbrella organization FOSST.

The Sports Center offers a year membership, a 6 month membership, a 1 month membership, a summer membership ans a day pass. All for a competitive (student) price!

Study and Student Associations

Joining one or more associations will help you get to know your fellow students, improve your academic skills, quickly feel at home at the university and in Tilburg and generally to have a great time. There are plenty of options, both in your area of study and in many other fields: social life, sports, culture, service to society or religion.

Academic Forum

Academic Forum supports the academic culture at Tilburg University.
Together with students, Academic Forum organizes conferences, lectures, discussions, talk shows, and theater about various subjects and current affairs. Academic Forum offers the opportunity to think about recent developments in society and science.

Other Courses

Other than the courses offered by your own study program, there are courses, work shops etc. which are not specific to any particular program.

Where can I print or photocopy?

Printing and copying

To print you can make use of one of the printers/copiers found on the campus. You can send your print jobs from any student computer, your own notebook computer (if it is connected to the network), and even from your PC at home. To pay for your printouts you need a e-wallet.

Copy shop

If you need to make a lot of copies, or if you want to print in color or on non-standard paper sizes, you can go to the copy shop in the Prisma building.