Study and Student Organizations
We believe in making your study experience as dynamic and fun as possible. Thanks to our study associations and student organizations, you will be able to take your student life to a whole new level completely tailored to your interests. Meeting like-minded new students and making new friends has never been easier! Become Tilburg University’s next star athlete, join a fraternity/sorority, help your teammates win debate competitions, show off your art and music skills, or philosophically enlighten your peers.
While some associations are only open to Dutch students, most are more than happy to welcome international students. Simply check directly with an association if you are unsure whether you can join. Are you ready to meet your new friends for life? Tilburg University study associations and student organizations are looking forward to hearing from you!
Study Associations (per school)
Tilburg School of Economics and Management
If you are studying Economics and Management at Tilburg University, Asset is the association for you. Asset organizes fun social events, offers study support, and organizes career events such as the Economic Business Weeks, Asset Inhouse Days, and the Business Night. Asset consists of seven specialized departments that offer activities for specific studies:
- Asset | Account & Finance focuses on finance, accountancy and financial controlling.
- Asset | Econometrics serves the bachelor in Econometrics and the Master's programs in Business Analytics and Operations Research, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science.
- Asset | Economics serves students interested in Economics and/or students in the bachelor’s programs Economics, Economics and Business Administration and the master’s program Economics.
- Asset | International Business & Manangement serves the students of the bachelor study program International Business Administration and the master study program International Management.
- Asset | Marketing is for all students interested in Marketing, Marketing Research and Communication.
- Asset | SBIT serves the Bachelor’s students with an interest in economics or IT and the (pre-)Master’s students of Information Management.
- Asset | Strategy & Logistics focuses on students of Tilburg University who are interested in the field of Strategy and/or Logistics.
- MAK is a Mentorship Program focused on students from any program of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management and gives new students the opportunity to learn about student life through a likeminded mentor.
Tilburg Law School
The Tilburg Law School has several study associations which focus on legal topics and provide the perfect environment to learn in a fun and dynamic way. You’ll have the opportunity to go on several trips, join networking events, and even contribute legal articles to their quarterly magazines. Find out more about these associations below:
Magister is the go-to studyassociation for future lawyers that is also a part of the student council. They offer study-related social activities with a focus on Criminal Law, Civil Law, Law and Management, Law and Technology, and International and European law. Interested in writing about legal topics? Magister also publishes a quarterly magazine! Magister members also get a 10% discount on all their course books.
Ready to put your law skills into action? De Rechtswinkel or Legal Shop is a volunteer organization you can join that provides free legal assistance to those who need it but are not capable of paying for it.
Specifically interested in Tax Law? De Smeetskring is the Tilburg Tax Consultant study association for Tax Law students at Tilburg University.
ELSA is short for European Law Students’ Association: a study association for law students that operates all throughout Europe. They organize MUN debates, trips to The Hague (the city of International Law), and host many networking events.
De Vierschaar is the study association for legal history and welcomes both students and teachers. This association covers all aspects of legal history.
The Tilburg Law Review is a quarterly legal magazine.. If you have a passion for writing about legal topics, then this could be the place for you! Editors include students and teachers of Tilburg Law School.
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Every Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences program has its own study association. These associations are managed entirely by students and focus on making student life more dynamic, vibrant (get-togethers, parties, study tours, etc.) and challenging (symposia, congresses, etc.). Are you interested? You can visit the websites of the student associations for more information below:
- Complex (Psychology) contributes to student life by organizing both study related events as well as fun and relaxing activities.
- Input (Human Resource Studies) serves bachelor and master HR students by organizing social activities as well as providing various learning opportunities.
- Polis (Organization Studies and Global Management of Social Issues) serves the students of both studies and brings them together in fun learning and socializing environments.
- Versot (Sociology) focuses on Sociology students, organizes study related and relaxing activities which allows them to interact with people with similar interests in an environment outside of the classroom.
Tilburg School of Humanities
Are you (or will you be) studying at the Tilburg School of Humanities? Besides the interesting and captivating study programs you can also join one of their five study associations. These associations organize study-related events such as master classes on ground breaking topics and networking events. They also organize fun parties where you can get to know fellow students in a more relaxed and informal environment. Find the one that best suits you below:
- Animo (Culture Studies) is a study association focused on Online Culture that organizes both formal and informal events (such as city trips) for their members. They provide discounts on study books as well as helpful guidance throughout your studies.
- Extra Muros (Liberal Arts & Sciences) is the study association of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program at University College Tilburg. Extra Muros aims at allowing students to explore life outside of the walls of the university. They organize events such as Gala Nights, monthly drinks, cultural activities and a study trip abroad.
- Flow (Communication and Information Sciences) is the study association for bachelor and master students of the Communication and Information Sciences, Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence, and Data Science & Society programs. They are one of the biggest study associations at our university.
- Sapientia Ludenda (Philosopy) or 'Sapi' for short, is the Philosophy study association. Their motto, the expression 'Sapientia Ludenda' translates to 'the wisdom that must play.' They organize lectures and other activities with diverse topics and speakers, and promise fun and educational evenings.
Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
The students of Tilburg School of Catholic Theology are welcome to join Ad Interim, the study association with a focus on theology. They are located in Utrecht, and are a partnership between the Fontys University of Theology Philosophy of Life and the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology. They organize fun study trips and other events to bring students together in formal and informal environments.
Interest in expanding your student life outside of your study? Student Associations focus on bringing students together regardless of their study program choices. Instead, they focus on bringing together like-minded people and asking them to join their ever-growing families. Some of these associations are sororities/fraternities, while others focus on exchange and international students. Get to know our student associations below, or come meet them during TOP week!
- I*ESN (short for International Exchange Student Network) is a student association which focuses on making international as well as exchange students feel welcome at their home away from home. They also welcome Dutch internationally minded students. I*ESN organizes activities such as city trips, and hosts parties at their very own bar in the city center, “Carpe Noctem.”
Watch the introduction video of I*ESN
- St. Olof is one of the largest and most active student associations of Tilburg. They organize a wide range of activities throughout the year in the fields of sports, culture, music, and relaxation. It is also possible to live in one of their student accommodations in the city center in order to be fully immersed in their student life.
Watch the introduction video of St. Olof
- T.S.R. Vidar is the Tilburg Rowing student association, founded in 1961. It has its very own complex in the outskirts of Tilburg, where those who are passionate about rowing can train together and enjoy a drink after practice. They are very proud of their athletes, with some even reaching Olympic level!. They organize many events such as tournaments and parties.
Watch the introduction video of T.S.V. Vidar
- T.S.V. Plato is the youngest but already one of the largest student associations in Tilburg (they now have more than 600 members). Their core values are openness, diversity, and equality. At T.S.V. Plato you can join committees, year clubs and societies. They also organize many events such as trips and parties.
Watch the introduction video of T.S.V. Plato
Student Sport Associations
In the Netherlands, and also at our very own Tilburg University Sports Center, sports practices and competitions are organized by sports associations and federations. Our sports associations are mostly student run, and provide the perfect opportunity for you to meet new people who share the same passion in sports as you. You can choose from over twenty sports and become a member, as well as join their committees. With your new sports association you will be able to participate in competitions and in many other social activities.
The Federation of Student Sports Tilburg represents the interests of all Sports Pass holders.
Here at Tilburg University you will find several different cultural associations which focus on the arts, including theater and music. By joining these associations you will be able to develop and show off your talents surrounded by like-minded students, meet new people, and make friends. Besides organizing occasional shows, many of these associations also organize social events that you are welcome to join. Get to know our cultural associations below, and get in touch!
- Debating Club Cicero is one of Tilburg’s biggest and most active debating associations. They are open to all students of Tilburg, connecting like-minded students with a passion for the art of debate. They offer workshops, training, social events, trips, and much more!
- De Koffer (theater) is a student theater association where students can (affordably) develop their theatrical acting skills and meet like-minded people. They offer a varied program for both beginners and advanced theater students alike.
Check out their promotional video of De Koffer
- On Stage (musical) is a musical association that has been around since 1999. Their goal is to give young people (including students) the opportunity to develop in the fields of singing, dance, and drama. They hold auditions every year.
- TSDV Dance Nation is the first dance association for Tilburg University students, founded in July 2011. DanceNation has a wide range of various dance styles; from Classical and Jazz dance to HipHop! A great (student) life with lots of dancing starts here! They organize various activities such as drinks, member weekend and dance workshops. But above all: lots of dancing together!
- Pop Choir Epic is the student pop choir association of Tilburg. They focus mainly on the pop genre, but sometimes take on gospel and musical pieces, accompanied by the piano. They are made up mainly of students from the Tilburg area, and hold rehearsals ever Wednesday in the Blackbox of Esplanade Building.
- Rataplan (improvisation theater) is Tilburg’s very own improvisation theater association. The actors who join this association focus on theater without a script and hold performances and competitions across the country. Every month, they have a competition in the Blackbox of Esplanade Building.
- Stukafest (Students Room Festival or “Studenten Kamer Festival” in Dutch) is an annual festival/cultural event that takes place in 16 Dutch student cities. During the festival, cultural performances take place in student rooms! Every Stukafest is organized by a board (which you are welcome to join as well). It allows for students throughout the Netherlands to connect better with art and culture and like-minded people.
Organizations related to entrepreneurship, internships and work
Tilburg University has a number of organizations focused on work and internship mediation. These organizations will help you to develop your entrepreneural mind set, find an internship, or even help you to find a job after your study. They do this through a series of social events (including networking opportunities), trainings, information sessions, and counseling. Look through our list of organizations and find the one that best suits you:
Associations related to student participation
Tilburg University is very proud of its University Council, and we encourage you to join and participate in university policy and decision-making! The University Council represents both students and staff.
Students who join the council, first become members of either Party SAM or Fractie Front. If you have ever been at our campus during the month of April, it is very likely that you have encountered representatives asking for your vote, proudly wearing Blue or Green.
If you are interested in politics, or would simply like to help bring positive change to our university, find out more about our council parties and get in touch!
At Tilburg University we like to make sure that all our international students feel as welcome as possible! Here, you can find a list of all the associations which have an international focus. As an international student you are always welcome to join any of the associations of our university that suit your interests, but for your convenience here are our best international associations:
Interested in joining an association with a religious focus? At Tilburg University we have four religious associations you can join to meet like-minded people and practice your faith:
- Emèt Qenee (C.S.F.R.) is a Christian student association based in Eindhoven and Tilburg. They organize activities such as Bible Studies and study circles. They also organize lectures where speakers present interesting topics, and meet regularly for social drinks and weekend breaks.
- Muslim Students Association(MSA) is an association that aims to provide networking, educational, and empowerment opportunities for (Muslim) students in Tilburg. The MSA strives to represent Muslim students on campus and their focus is to help students develop at Islamic and academic level. Their mission is to educate and empower Muslim students of today to be citizens of the world of tomorrow. They organize multiple interesting activities and events where you can meet other members.
- Navigators Studentenvereniging Tilburg is a Christian student association whose motto is “Bible and Beer.” They are an open, active, and diverse student association which strives to improve members’ student lives and welcome believers and non-believers alike. They come together every Wednesday evening and have a diverse social calendar.
- Via Fidei is a Christian student association located in Tilburg. Via Fidei is Latin for "the way of faith.". As Christian students, they encourage and support each other in the path of faith. They are an interdenominational association which means that whatever church you are in, you can join them. Even if you are not affiliated with a church at all. They meet every week for fun activities as well as focused Bible studies.
Here are some other associations you might be interested in and are worth knowing when you join Tilburg University:
- TOP Week (Tilburg Orientation Program)
TOP Week is the introduction week for all new students who will be studying at Tilburg University. TOP Week is organized by the Tilburg Orientation Program (TOP) Foundation. The Foundation is run by the TOP Board, consisting of seven enthusiastic students who work one whole year to realize an awesome introduction week for new students in Tilburg.
- TUC (Tilburg University Cantus)
- Serve the City (voluntary work for students)
- Vitruvian (LGBT-association)
from various schools
over 2,100 members