Tilburg University education

Buddy System

The success of studying in another country is largely dependent on how well you can adapt to and integrate into your new environment. To help you achieve this as quickly as possible, student association I*ESN and MAK mentor system facilitate you with a buddy and mentor system, in collaboration with Tilburg University.

I*ESN, guidance by our international student association

Before TOP Week, I*ESN ensures that all new international students will be assigned a buddy or a mentor. A buddy guides master students, and a mentor guides exchange and bachelor students.  These buddies and mentors are students in Tilburg and are members of  I*ESN, our International Student Association. They work on a voluntary basis to help make the most out of your time in Tilburg.

  • The buddies and mentors will help you find your way around campus, the city of Tilburg, and life in the Netherlands in general. Think of where to get a bike, how to contact a doctor, as well as the best places to eat and drink in Tilburg.
  • They are your contact person for the whole semester and will make sure you have the best time possible in Tilburg!
  • Your buddy or mentor will also guide you to the activities that I*ESN organizes.
  • They make sure that your questions about I*ESN are answered, and that you are up to date about all the events and activities that are going on. To participate in the events that I*ESN organizes, you have to become a member of the association. 
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Studying abroad during times of the coronavirus can be difficult sometimes. Your buddies and mentors are there to help you and to make sure that you keep up to date of the measures. During the activities and events that I*ESN organizes the applicable guidelines and measures around the coronavirus are followed (given by the Dutch government and RIVM). In case of a lockdown, the activities will continue online.

MAK Mentorship System - supported by Asset - Tilburg School of Economics and Management

MAK is a group of 30 volunteering students and one of the main goals is to support prospective and current students at TiSEM (Tilburg School of Economics and Management) in their personal and academic development.

  • MAK will organize several activities during the introduction period to show you how to get used to Tilburg and TiSEM.
  • Next to this, MAK offers study support in different ways, such as in tutorships for bachelor and (Pre)-Master students.
  • If you are a bachelor student, MAK will guide you through your first year with a program called PASS. Together with mentors they will help you to MAKe sure your academic career will be a success!
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Take a look at www.maktilburg.nl to find more information and discover all possibilities.