Quick guide for new students
This quick guide contains an overview of important information you need to successfully start your studies at Tilburg University.
Important things to know
Which introductions do I have to participate in?
As a new student in the Netherlands, we strongly recommend you to participate in the introduction of your program/school and preferably also to participate in the TOP week for all new students in Tilburg.
Where can I find my schedule? What can I expect during a lecture?
You can find more detailed information about the study guide in the Course Catalog. Lecture and examination timetables can be found in the Course Catalog and in MyTimetable.
Which books do I have to buy?
The Course Catalog lists the books you must buy. Some study associations offer you the opportunity to order your books at a significant discount and publish the reading list on their websites. Lecturers usually give you a list of required books and lecture notes for the course during their first lecture.
Examinations: do I have to register? What to do if I can't attend an exam?
How long is an examination? Do I need to register? How will I be informed of my results? What happens if I do not pass? What should I do if I am sick on the day of the examination?
How can I get a discount on a laptop and computer software?
SURFspot is a non-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.
Where can I print, scan or photocopy?
To print, scan or copy you can make use of the multifunctional printers/copiers found on campus. You can send your print jobs from any student computer or from your own notebook computer (if it is connected to the network).
How do I access the WiFi network?
You can use your Tilburg University username and password to access the wireless (WiFi) network called eduroam. However, to access eduroam you need to use a slightly different username then your regular Tilburg University username.
How do I search for information in the library and other collections?
As a student you have online access to the library collection as well as many other scientific collections. Please have a look at the online instructions to get you started. If you can't find the information that you are looking for, you can ask one of our information specialists for help.
Where are the campus study places?
The campus hosts about 2800 study places. There are study places with and without desktop computers, study places where you can work quietly, and places equipped with two-screen workstations suitable for group work. Of course there are also study places where you can study with your own laptop.
University account and e-mail address: what's it for and how can I change my password?
As soon as you're registered for a program at the university, you receive an account with a password. After you have changed this password, you will have access to a large number of digital services.
How can I collaborate online with other students?
Google Apps is the e-mail and collaboration platform for students at Tilburg University. You can use for example Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Calendar. For easy collaboration with our university’s staff members, all employees are provided with a Google Apps @ Tilburg University account as well.
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What to do when I want to switch or quit with my current study program?
If you want to switch to another program or want to (temporarily) quit with your current program, you will have to take care of a couple of things, such as registration, grants, etc.
To whom can I turn to in case I have (study) problems?
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!
Combining your study program with your own business, top sports, or board experience
Tilburg University is proud of its students with Dual Careers, including entrepreneurs and student athletes. Therefore we support this group in the best way possible. We can also recommend joining a student board to have a voice in university-wide, school, or program specific matters.
What facilities are there available if I am studying with a disability?
Whether you are physically handicapped or have something that is less visible but does affect your study results; the sooner you report it to the dean of students, the better it can be taken into account.
Where can I go to if I have a complaint or if I am not satisfied?
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.
Can I take two degree programs at the same time?
This is theoretically possible, but you will have to decide for yourself if 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 education coordinator.