Quick guide for new students
This quick guide contains an overview of important information you need to successfully start your studies at Tilburg University.
Information: changes due to coronavirus
Important things to know
What does my study program introduction look like?
The compulsory study program introduction will give you the opportunity to meet your fellow students. Receive all the information you will need about your program to have a successful start.
Where can I find my course schedule? What can I expect my classes to be like?
You can find detailed information about your academic program, timetable, and exam schedule on the Course Catalog.
How can I buy a laptop or software at a discount?
As a student you can buy software (e.g., Microsoft Office or SPSS), laptops and tablets at large discounts via the not-for-profit SURFspot webshop.
Exams: Do I have to register? What to do if I can't attend an exam?
How much time do I have to complete an exam? Do I need to register in advance? How will I be informed about my grades? What happens if I do not pass? What to do if I am sick on the day of the exam?
What books do I need to buy?
You will find the complete course literature under the course description in the online OSIRIS Course Catalog.
How to register for courses?
You have to register for (language) courses, working methods and written exams via our online study portal OSIRIS Student. Please read the instructions carefully.
What requirements does my computer or laptop have to meet?
What kind of computer or laptop should I purchase for my studies?
Where can I find information about housing in Tilburg?
More information on finding housing when studying at Tilburg University.
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 than your regular Tilburg University username.
Where are the campus study spaces?
The campus hosts about 2,800 study spaces. There are study spaces with and without desktop computers, study spaces where you can work quietly, and spaces equipped with two-screen workstations suitable for group work. Of course there are also study spaces where you can study with your own laptop.
What to do if I am in need of medical aid?
This page gives you an overview places where you can get medical aid in Tilburg and info on the Dutch health care system.
University account and e-mail address: What are they for and how can I change my password?
As soon as you have registered for a program at the university you will receive an account with a password. After you have changed this password, you will have access to a large number of digital services.
Where can I print, scan or photocopy?
To print, scan, or photocopy 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).
What can I use my Tilburg University card for?
At the university, the card can be used to obtain access to buildings, to borrow books from the library, to identify yourself during exams and to use printing facilities.
Where can I buy food and drinks?
There are several restaurants and eating facilities on campus.For a quick breakfast, lunch, a cup of coffee and dinner you can go to various places. Check out the locations and opening hours.
Where can I go 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. You may disagree with certain decisions, such as the grade received for an exam.
Which study and student organizations are there?
You want to join a study or student assocation, but you have no idea, which assocations there are? Check out the overview.
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 support.
How can I collaborate online with other students?
Collaborate online with other students? What facilities are available?
What to take into account as an international student?
You are about to start as a Bachelor’s, Pre-Master’s or (Research) Master’s student at one of the five Schools of Tilburg University. Of course, if you are new to the Netherlands and/or to Tilburg University, there is a lot to get used to.
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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 combine the different course schedules. If you encounter logistical problems, such as conflicting compulsory group assignments, you will have to discuss this with your Education Coordinator.
Who to turn to when I have problems, either or not related to my studies?
Do not let little problems get out of hand. Do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the people mentioned below. They are here to help you!
What to do if I want to switch to another study program or quit my current program?
If you want to switch to another study program or want to (temporarily) quit your current program, you will have to take care of a number of things, such as registration, grants, etc.
Combining your study program with your own business, top-level sports, or board experience
Tilburg University is proud of its students pursuing Dual Careers, such as entrepreneurs and student athletes. We want to support this group in the best way possible. We also recommend joining a student board and let your voice be heard in university-wide, School-specific, or program-specific matters.
What facilities are 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 this to the Dean of Students, the better it will be for you, because this can then be taken into account and special arrangements can be made.
Information for students enrolled in a Joint program
Joint degree programs are offered in collaboration with another university. For these programs, different or additional information may apply. Therefore, please keep a close eye on the information you directly receive from your joint degree program
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