I*ESN TILBURG SURVIVAL GUIDE
A Survival Guide for International Students
Hi there! Welcome to the country of cheese, tulips, clogs and windmills! In the name of I*ESN Tilburg, I warmly welcome you to this unique and unforgettable experience. I am sure you will have a great time abroad with unexpected impressions of your new home for a term, a year – or even for good! The mission of ESN is to foster student mobility in Higher Education under the principle of “Students Helping Students”. The organisation is one of the biggest interdisciplinary student associations in Europe and is based mainly on voluntary work. I*ESN Tilburg is a very active section, we even have our very own building, Carpe Diem, in the center of the city! You are about to experience an exciting time abroad. This booklet will spare you precious time looking for information and will prepare you for some typically Dutch quirks. In here, you will find answers to all the key questions that may arise before and during your stay in Tilburg. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org in case you are missing some information or in case of errors. As space is limited in here, we added a lot of additional links. Please also visit www.iesntilburg.nl to get the latest news about activities! The aim of I*ESN Tilburg is to make your stay an unforgettable experience. I*ESN activities take place all year long. These events offer you the best opportunity to meet locals and other incoming students and to get to know new places as well as Dutch traditions and, of course, to have lots of fun! Besides showing you our country and our customs and values, we will also show you that the Netherlands have a lot going for itself besides the stereotypes mentioned above. I would like to thank my fellow board members for supporting me with the corresponding texts. Last but not least, I wish you an unforgettable time abroad and hope you will enjoy your time overseas as much as I did during my ERASMUS in Sweden! …Exchange your life! Dominique Coumans, January 2013
Contents INTRODUCING I*ESN Tilburg The Board Committees Buddy & Mentor System Faculty Contacts Student Bodies ACTIVITIES Main upcoming activities ESNow INFORMATION ABOUT THE NETHERLANDS Dutch for beginners Information about the Netherlands Transportation Shopping Safety, Health Care & Insurance TILBURG Housing Sports Things to do & Going out TILBURG UNIVERSITY Restaurants, Library and Printing & Books OTHER INFORMATION Lebara Activities Calendar
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I*ESN Tilburg I*ESN Tilburg is an interdisciplinary student association, which is the result of a merge between the student associations ICONN and ESN Tilburg on 18 April 2011. Our goals are to enrich the student life in Tilburg through a platform for internationalization and integration. A unique thing about I*ESN Tilburg is that we do not only provide activities for exchange students, but also for degree-seeking students, who are in Tilburg for their Bachelor or Master degree. We have our own international meeting point in the city center of Tilburg since the end of October 2011, of which we are very proud. I*ESN Tilburg is one of the most active sections of the Netherlands. Our Activities Calendar is filled with 3-6 activities a week! A small overview of what we organize: International Dinners, Theme Parties, Poker Nights, Movie Nights, T -days (local excursions), City Trips, Gala, International Parties, Karaoke Night, Foam Party, â€˜Create your own eventâ€™, and way more. Contact Information I*ESN TILBURG Room E203 & E205 Warandelaan 2 5037 AB Tilburg
Carpe Diem Heuvelring 120 5038 CL Tilburg
Office hours: To sign up for activities, or pay for them after signing up online, you have to visit our office. Also, if you have questions or when you just want to chat you are always welcome during our office hours. Monday through Friday someone of the board will be present from 12.00-16.00. You can find our office at E.203 and E.205. This is in the Esplanade building at University. Website: www.iesntilburg.nl Facebook: Facebook/iesntilburg (like it!) & group: I*ESN Tilburg 2012-2013. Email: When you have questions you can always send an email to email@example.com. In case you want to contact a specific board member, check the website for their contact details.
Carpe Diem Carpe Diem is I*ESN's international meeting point, situated in the city centre of Tilburg. We are very proud of it, since Tilburg is the first section in the ESN network which has its own building! It is run by the board, bar committee, and other active I*ESNers.
Membership Joining I*ESN Tilburg equals making lots of new international and Dutch friends, learning about other cultures in many ways by having dinners together, going on trips and of course a lot of partying! Also, you can gain experience and get to know people with the same interests in one of our committees. In short, joining I*ESN is an enrichment to your social life and experience! The first opportunity to subscribe is Monday morning during the TOP-week after our presentation. During the TOP week you can also subscribe in Carpe Diem and during the campus tour at the I*ESN office (E203 + 205). After the TOP week you can come to our office during our office hours or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being a member of I*ESN costs 30 euros and gives you a broad range of benefits: - Enter Carpe Diem and enjoy our student prices (beer 1 euro). - Join activities like Pub quizzes and Poker nights. - Discount on our trips (e.g. Amsterdam/Paris trip). - Discount on our introduction camp. - Discount on activities like Ice skating and Gala. - Participate in a language exchange. - Chance to join a committee or become a mentor or buddy. - Receive the ESN Card and get discounts throughout Europe!
PRESIDENT—Tim de Vries Dear International or Internationally oriented student, For all the new International students: Welcome to Tilburg. You are going to have the most amazing time of your life here. My name is Tim de Vries and I am the president of the I*ESN board, together with my five colleagues we will make sure you will enjoy every last bit of your stay here. I am 21 years old and after my bachelor International Business Administration on TiU, I will dedicate this year to the best association in the world, I*ESN Tilburg! I joined two years ago as a mentor and in between I have been on exchange in Buenos Aires, which was definitely the best semester of my life. I can’t wait to meet you on our arrival days and during the Introduction week. INTEGRATION MANAGER / VICE-PRESIDENT—Dominique Coumans Hi new international students! As you can see my name is Dominique Coumans. I am 21 and study Law. Because I love the international atmosphere I joined I*ESN Tilburg in 2011 as a mentor. Being a mentor was the perfect preparation to my own exchange in Lund, Sweden, which has been the time of my life! In Lund I was active for ESN Lund and coming back I felt it was time to step up my ESN career. And thus, I applied for the board! As integration manager my task is to make sure you will integrate into Dutch society in every way. I will be leading the Research, Introduction and Social Project Committees and take care of sports events. In my spare time I enjoy playing field hockey and tennis and I try to travel as much as possible. Prepare for the best time of your life! SECRETARY — Maartje van Paassen Hi everybody! Welcome to Tilburg. I hope you are all well prepared, because your stay in Tilburg will be the experience of a lifetime. My name is Maartje van Paassen and I study psychology. 23 years ago I was born in Tilburg and I have lived here ever since until I went on exchange to South Korea in 2011. After my exchange I wanted to stay abroad, but unfortunately I had to finish my bachelor degree back home. However, last semester I maintained enjoying the international atmospheres since I became an I*ESN mentor and this year I even became the secretary of I*ESN Tilburg. This means that besides bringing other board members their cup of coffee I will also be responsible for the mentor and international dinners. This might not ring a bell now, but you will remember them after one semester at I*ESN. Or maybe not ;-)
BUILDING MANAGER—Eva van Zelderen Hi fellow students! When thinking of I*ESN Tilburg, Carpe Diem automatically comes to mind, our bar in the city centre. This is where I jump in. I am Eva van Zelderen, Building Manager of I*ESN Tilburg which makes Carpe Diem my responsibility. I have been a mentor and member of the bar committee of I*ESN Tilburg for two semesters. I joined I*ESN Tilburg in the first place to broaden my network, but I have gained so much more than that. Originally I am a country girl, I’ve lived in a small village for 20 years before I came to Tilburg to study Psychology. Since then it keeps getting better and better. This year will be another step in my life and will definitely bring a lot of experiences, hard work and fun. I truly hope you will all enjoy I*ESN Tilburg and Carpe Diem as much - if not more than I did! TREASURER — Ruud Meeuwissen Dear incoming students, welcome to Tilburg, the best choice for your time abroad! I'm Ruud, I’m 21 years old and have been a mentor for 2 semesters. Two semesters ago I was an exchange student myself in Taiwan. It was definitely the best half year of my life, as this one will be for you! Currently I’m the treasurer of I*ESN and responsible for all money and sponsoring matters. This spring I finished my Bachelor in IBA and I will probably enroll in some law courses next year but will mostly focus on I*ESN. I am from Roermond in the south of the Netherlands. I like playing and watching sports, especially tennis, skiing & sailing and I sometimes like to enjoy a beer or two or three… I’m glad I can be a part of your Tilburg experience and will try to make it your best time ever! Have a great time in Tilburg! ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR—Natalie Kop Welcome to Tilburg! I’m Natalie and I’m going to be your Activities Coordinator this semester! I’ll be responsible for all the parties and activities, and I’ll make sure you have a great time with I*ESN. I’ve been part of I*ESN for only one semester, but it certainly was the best one! I love traveling and other cultures, and I love to meet new people. It started when I was traveling around Australia for half a year, and after that a lot of countries followed. I came in touch with I*ESN through a friend of mine who was in the board of ESN Utrecht. He told me I*ESN was the association for me to join, and I’m so glad that I did! I’d never want to have missed this. I’m looking forward meeting you all,
Social Projects Committee This committee has a focus on projects in which international students can contribute to society through volunteering, social work, education etcetera. One crucial aspect is that international students come into contact with Dutch people, mostly non-students. One of our projects is the High School Project which gives international students the chance to give a presentation on two bilingual high schools in Tilburg. In this presentation you will compare your culture to the Dutch culture. Other projects focus on helping the less fortunate people in Tilburg by organizing clothing markets and fun evenings, organizing activities with the elderly, visiting prisoners, working with troubled teenagers and more. As a member of this committee you will organize these projects and find volunteers. You can also be in charge of a certain project and be the contact person towards the other cooperations. If youâ€™re interested send an e-mail to email@example.com in which you can tell in a few lines why youâ€™re motivated to join this committee. Research Committee Do you want to make a change for the future international students? This is your chance! Together with the (policital) student bodies SAM and Front we started up a research group last year. As a member of the committee you will do research with some other I*ESN members regarding a topic which is very valuable to international students. Every semester we tackle a different issue. The committee will set up a research plan and execute it amongst the international students. You will receive a certificate from both I*ESN as the University that you participated in the research and most importantly, you can have a true impact on University policy by showing good results! If youâ€™re interested, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Maintenance Committee We are looking for volunteers to make the new bar a wonderful place where many unforgettable moments will take place! Before the building opens, it has to be painted (maybe you are creative and have ideas about pictures to paint on the walls?), and also during the year small shortcomings might need to get fixed. So if you are the Bob the Builder we are looking for, apply for the maintenance committee! You can also apply only for the painting part before the new building opens! Why join? You can be a big influence on the interior/looks of our new building with your creativity. Besides, you can really help out our new association. So if you have an I*ESN heart and are creative or handy, join now! To apply for this committee or if you would like more information, send an email to email@example.com
Acquisition Committee This committee is all about contacting possible new sponsors and negotiating contracts. Looking around for new opportunities is also part of the job. One person needs to be the chair of this committee. This person has more responsibility and will have to keep an overview of what everyone is doing. About 6 to 8 people are needed for this committee. It wonâ€™t take a lot of your time, about 1 or 2 hours a week. The committee chair might have to put in a few hours more.Why join? You will improve your negotiation skills and gain valuable experience in looking for and attracting sponsors. This is especially interesting for students with a Business background. Besides, you will gain new contacts in companies.To apply for this committee or if you would like more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pub Quiz Committee Next semester we will have a monthly pub quiz, but of course we need some students to come up with tricky questions, host the pub quiz and we need someone with the skills to put everything together. To apply, send an email to email@example.com or talk to Tim. Bar Committee As you might know, I*ESN has the ambition to have its own (international) building in the city centre and we are looking for people who can help us make the new building a big success! For the new building, we are looking for people who are interested in working one or more nights behind the bar and become the hero of the evening since you provide everyoneâ€™s drinks. Experience is not required (it is an advantage though). One person needs to be the chair of this committee. This means he/ she has more responsibility and will take care of tasks like making schedules, informing the rest of the committee etc. Keep in mind that you donâ€™t have to work every party, we will fit people in according to their wishes! Why join? You will work in a great social and international atmosphere and get to know a lot of international people. Besides, being behind the bar is lots of fun and you will be the most respected person on the night of a party. ;) To apply for this committee or if you would like more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Battle Committee In the Battle of the Committees each committee can earn a certain amount of points with for being present, dressing up, completing fun tasks, etc. However, we need some people to set up this battle, which is a lot of fun! Interested? Send an email to email@example.com or talk to Natalie. Activities Committee To organize activities and trips for international students we need people who can help us. There will are three subcommittees: 1) Excursions: There will be about 2 excursions each semester, for instance a trip to Amsterdam. You and your team will have to offer the international students a complete program for a day/weekend. 2) Cultural: Organizing cultural activities like a trip to the museum or iceskating. 3) Other activities: Organizing activities like going to the ‘Efteling’ or watching a game of Willem II. Being in one of the committees will take about 2-3 hours a week and maybe a bit more in the week of the activity itself. Why join? You will improve your organization skills and expand your network, as you will get to know a lot of international students on these activities. Besides, it is a lot of fun and you can join for free on activities and trips you are (co-)organizing. To apply for this committee or if you would like more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to Natalie. Promo Committee Do you like I*ESN and do you want to promote our association to other people and spread the I*ESN brand? Then you should apply for the Promo Committee! Throughout the year the promo committee is responsible for creating brand awareness on and off fontys and TiU campus. However, we will receive more specific promotion jobs during the year. To apply or ask questions contact email@example.com or talk to Maartje. Cooking Committee Our very own mentors came up with the idea to have a weekly dinner for I*ESN members in Carpe Diem. Now, we have a dinner every Thursday. For only €5, members and guest can enjoy a two course meal prepared by the chefs from the cooking committee. The committee thinks about how we can make these dinners work and will help out once a month on Thursdays. Interested? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to Dominique.
Introduction Committee As a member of the Introduction Committee, you and your co-â€?members will be: 1) in charge of making plans for the I*ESN spot in the Welcome Week in January. You will have to organize and set up a plan for 750-1000 people and during the TOP- week itself you will be partly responsible for the coordination of this event. 2) responsible for organizing the Introduction Weekend. The Introduction Weekend is one of the first important activities within I*ESN. Planning and coordinating a 3- day camp for about 200 international students is hard work but so much fun! Besides, seeing the international students having the time of their lives because of you is very rewarding. Why join? You will train your organization skills, work in a team and you will receive a lot of responsibility. You will gain a huge amount of contacts, especially with international students. These first weeks is where friendships will start, and you have the chance to play a role in making these events a great success. To apply for this committee or for more information, send an email to email@example.com or talk to Dominique. Editorial Committee This committee is responsible for the contents of the magazine and some of the website. There is room for various things: interviews, articles, photography and other creative input. You have a lot of freedom in the contents and the topics you want to address. We also need someone to manage the contact between I*ESN and the Univers, the student magazine of Tilburg University, and help them with ideas for the international pages. So if you like to write articles, have an interest in journalism or if you are enthusiastic about making the magazine a success in some other way, do not hesitate to join! About 5-6 people are needed for the editorial committee. Since the magazine is coming out only a couple of times per year, it won't take a lot of your time; about 1 hour a week, maybe 2 hours just before it is coming out. Why join? Depending on the tasks you want to perform, you will improve writing skills and learn how to apply your creative skills on relevant topics. It is also enjoyable to work in a team, to brainstorm and have a lot of fun together! Moreover, you will broaden your cultural horizon by getting to know the ins and outs of international student life. To apply for this committee or if you would like more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to Dominique.
Buddy and Mentor System
Buddies and mentors For the next few months, or maybe years, you will be living in Tilburg. In this period you will study, make friends and adjust to the new country you will be living in. To help you integrate in the Netherlands and give you the full Dutch student experience we present to you the buddies and mentors. They will show you what being a Dutch student is all about. Who are the buddies and mentors? There are a couple of differences between the buddies and the mentors. The first group focuses on degree seekers; international students that will finish a degree (bachelor or master) in Tilburg. The buddies organise a diner each month: the international diners. At these dinners we dine in the atmosphere of a certain chosen country. Students from the country cook local dishes, play local music and we drink famous local drinks. After the international diner we finish the evening with an international party in the city center. The mentors focus on the exchange students that will only be in Tilburg for a short period. The mentor system is famous for the weekly mentor dinners in â€œVerbsâ€? (or Professor Verbernelaan). Tuesday night we organize (theme) parties in Carpe Diem (I*ESNâ€™s international bar) for all international students and internationally minded Dutch students. When will you meet your buddy or mentor? During the first day of the TOP week all the exchange students will be introduced to their mentor groups. A group consists of approximately twenty exchange students and three mentors. With them you will spend your time during the mentor diners. During the city tour on sunday the 19th of August the degree students will be introduced to their buddy groups. Their group consists of degree seekers and two buddies. During your stay in Tilburg it would be wise to join the mentor or buddy groups since they will be of great assistance during your adjustment to Dutch student life. The biggest plus of having both the mentors and buddies under one roof is the possibility to participate in both groups. Degree students are more then welcome to join the mentor diners and the exchange students the international diners.
Tilburg University has five different schools:
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Tilburg School of Economics and Management TiSEM Tilburg Law School TLS Tilburg School of Social and Behavioural Sciences TSSBS Tilburg School of Humanities TSH Tilburg School of Theology
Tilburg School of Theology does not have an international office, but the others all do. Who work at the these offices? And who will be able to help you? During the SID - Study Introduction Days - you will meet your exchange coordinator or degree officer. EXCHANGE TiSEM Linda van der Tuijn E-mail: email@example.com Phone: +31 13 466 2547 Room: D 306 Maaike Wachters
Elena Ă…seby TLS
Tessa Barten E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +31 13 466 3141 Room: M 101 D TSSBS Kim Horsten E-mail: email@example.com Phone: +31 13 466 2088 TSH Nadine Ptashchenko E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +31 13 466 3580 Room: D 306 University wide students:
DEGREE Alejandra van Delft E-mail: email@example.com Phone: +31 13 466 2801 Room: K 9 Janneke van den Boom E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +31 13 466 3337 Room: K 126 Sandy van der Smissen Room: K 207 Lies Siemons E.J.Siemons@uvt.nl Phone: +31 13 466 8377 Room: M 101 B Ruth Davis E-mail: email@example.com Phone: +31 13 466 2571 Paulien Staal E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +31 13 466 2140 Room: D 308 Gerdien Zijlstra E-mail: email@example.com Phone: +31 13 466 3076 Room: A 406
Faculty Contacts Fontys contact details Fontys Hogescholen/ University of Applied Sciences Visiting address: Prof. Goossenlaan 1-01 Mollergebouw P1 Kamer C.019 5022 DM TILBURG Tel. +31877 874 044 Fax 0877 875 699 www.fontys.nl www.fontys.edu Daily: 10.00â€”14.00
Avans contact details Do you have questions you would like to ask the International Office? If so, call +31 76 523 8001. Or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Would you like to talk to someone at the Avans International Office? If so, go to the Avans Student Information Desk on any of the campuses. The staff at the Student Information Desk will help you right away or make an appointment for you with one of the staff at the Avans International Office
Student Bodies SAM & Front
Front The university council is the advisory board of the university. It consists of 9 student members and 9 staff members that give advice to the executive board. Currently, the 9 student member seats are divided between two student parties: Fractie Front and SAM. These two student parties represent the student population in every matter that is discussed within the council. Also, the student parties often bring up issues they want to discuss. Discussion topics vary greatly; current hot topics are the performance agreements with the government, the renovation of the Olympia building, which in its turn is part of the university budget and the marking period of 15 working days (10 days at the Tilburg School of Humanities (TSH). This last topic has been one of the many topics Fractie Front has brought up for discussion seeing the frequency in which this period was exceeded. As of now, your exam will always be graded on time. Make sure to like Fractie Frontâ€™s Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, subscribe for our newsletter, or a combination of these options to be kept informed on developments within Tilburg University. We provide daily updates of progressions made in student affairs as well as useful or interesting information for students. SAM SAM is the biggest and oldest student faction in the University Council. We dedicate ourselves to represent the interests of every student at Tilburg University in the best possible way. Because of our 15 years of history and experience there are a lot of things for which Faction SAM is known, and there are current issues at which we always look critically and from a students perspective. One of the things for which Faction SAM is known is that we look also outside the campus, at issues such as study financing (studiefinanciering in Dutch), the Public Transport chip card, and the public transport in Tilburg. Every year we make an election programme, with our focus points for the upcoming academic year. Faction SAM holds 5 seats in the University Council. The University Council has a total of 18 seats, of which 9 are for students and 9 are for staff. The University Council consults with the Executive Board and has a number of important powers concerning consent and advice in the fields of strategic policy, organization, management, and budget. For example, we have the right of consent with respect to the strategic policy of the institution, but also the care for student facilities. Then we also have the right of advice with respect to e.g. the budget and the long-term financial framework. Finally, we take in and handle your complaints about the University and whatever department, employee or professor is causing you problems. With our contacts with all departments and schools, which we have gathered through our work as University Council members, we are well able to address your problems at the right location with the right people. To inform us about your complaint you can always send an email to email@example.com, call us at 013-4662075 or stop by at our room (E206).
Main upcoming activities
I*ESN Tilburg organizes 3-6 activities a week throughout the semester. These activites will contribute to making your stay in Tilburg the time of your life! Social Activities Poker nights, pub crawls, watching sports, movie nights, pub quizzes, etc. Most important ones coming up: 24-01-2013 First Thursday Dinner Every Thursday the cooking committee prepares a delicious two course meal for only five euroâ€™s (in Carpe Diem)! There will be Facebook events to sign up. However, spots are limited, so make sure to register in time! 24-01-2013 Pub Crawl Do you want to meet a lot of the Tilburg bars in one night? Join the pubcrawl! After the Thursday dinner we will go to some different bars and you'll get a free welcome shot in every bar! 1 euro for member and 2 euros for nonmembers. You can sign up in the I*ESN Office at University room E205. 24-4-2013 Band Night together with student association Extra Muros You can participate with a band, duo, alone, whatever you want. You can already sign up! Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Mentor Dinners After the Introduction Weekend, the semester will begin. A time to study, to explore your (temporary) new home country and gather lots of new experiences! Each week on Tuesday, mentor dinners take place. At these dinners your group meets another mentor group for food & fun. One of the groups is responsible for the cooking, the other group can sit back and enjoy the cooking skills of their hosts. Each week after the mentor dinner, all groups will meet for some partying. International Dinners During International Dinners, a couple students from a country, region or culture will cook a meal for a group of people. The aim of the night is to discover more about other cultures by showing a native dish and native music. Afterwards might be a party when enough people are into this. International dinners are organized by and for degree seeking students.
Main upcoming activities
City Tour Date: Sunday January 13, 14:00 Start location: Carpe Diem New in Tilburg? Don’t know where to go? This is your chance to get to know Tilburg! With the I*ESN Tilburg City Tour you’ll learn a bit about the history, we will show you all around city center (where all the bars are), you’ll meet a lot of people and there will be some fun activities. So come on and join! See you there! Introduction Camp Date: 18-20 January Location: De Kievit, Esbeek Costs: €40 (members) €50 (non-members). Stay, meals and all activities are included in the price; drinks excl. Besides the TOP-week, we organize our own introduction camp for international students. Cliché, but true, this camp has always been legendary and has always resulted in new friendships, shocking stories and great experiences. We promise you it will be a hell of a weekend again this semester! There are a lot of good surprises so we will not reveal everything yet, but make sure to prepare for a great weekend! Spots are limited so sign up and pay in time. Signing up will be possible online from the 10th of January. Be there or be square! Glow in the Dark Party Date: 19 January 2012 Location: Carpe Diem During the TOP-week we organize a Glow in the Dark Party. This party is always a huge success. You can paint yourself and your friends in Carpe Diem and glow! We will also hand out glowsticks. In order to enter this party you do not have to be a member of I*ESN Tilburg yet since we want to give everybody a chance to experience the great atmosphere in Carpe Diem before deciding on becoming a member. Amsterdam Trip Amsterdam is the capital and the largest city of the Netherlands. It's famous for it's tulips and of course the many coffeeshops. This trip to Amsterdam includes a visit to the Anne Frank Museum, Canal Tour, transport from Tilburg University to Amsterdam by bus, small city tour and a visit to the Red Light Distrcit. You will have enough free time to explore this city yourself! Come by the I*ESN office to sign up!
About ESNow The 15th until the 24th of March we are going to rock Risoul/Vars even better than last year! Whether you have never been on a skiing trip before, or you are an absolute pro, ESNow offers everything you need. For the absolutely amazing price of €349 we give you very much. 7,5 days of skiing or boarding in one of Europe’s most awesome locations along with hundreds of fellow Erasmus students. Accommodation, transportation, parties, it will all be there! What is included? 7.5 day lift pass. (Meaning the day we arrive you can go skiing/ snowboarding.) Accomodation: 'Residence les melezes'. Bus transportation by ROYAL CLASS BUS Bagage depot on the first and last day Tourist tax Bedsheets Breakfast on arrival day Beer price of 2 euro instead of 3 euro Mixed drinks for 4,50 euro ESN theme parties About Risoul The French ski resort of Risoul is part of the La Forêt Blanche Ski Area with access to 108 individual pistes. In addition to the skiing in Risoul itself (180km of pisted ski runs), you are able to ski or snowboard in the other La Forêt Blanche ski resort of Vars. During the season Risoul/Vars is a guarantee for snow, sunshine and everything you might wish for with a trip like this. Due to the low air humidity, Risoul is perfectly capable of maintaining pistes even if no natural snow is falling due to the available snow canons. The altitude of the village (1850), and the resort (2500+) assures that the pistes available all season long. How to sign up? You can either pay directly online through the sign up link: http://esnow.nl/content/sign If you'd like to pay in cash at our office, that's fine as well! Just drop by with the full amount of €349 and we'll make sure you get a spot on this awesome holiday!
Dutch for Beginners
Dutch (Nederlands) is a West Germanic language and the native language of the majority of the population of The Netherlands, Belgium, and Suriname: the three member states of the Dutch Language Union. Most speakers live in the European Union, where it is a first language for about 23 million and a second language for another 5 million people. It also holds official status in the Caribbean island nations of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten, while historical minorities remain in parts of France and Germany, and to a lesser extent, in Indonesia, and up to 600,000 native Dutch-speakers may be living in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Cape Dutch dialects of Southern Africahave HAVE been standardized into Afrikaans, a mutually intelligble daughter language of Dutch which today is spoken to some degree by an estimated total of 15 to 23 million people in South Africa and Namibia.
To a lot of you the Dutch language is something completely new, and yes it is one of the hardest languages in the world! Don’t start to panic now: I listed some of the most useful words for you guys so you can start learning them right away! Hallo Hello Hoe gaat het? How are you? Ik begrijp het niet I don’t understand Bestellen To order Dankjewel Thank you De rekening The bill Bier Beer Vis Fish Groenten Vegetables Mooi Beautiful Bel me Call me Ik hou van je I love you Blijf van me af Don’t touch me Dat was snel That was quick Rustig aan Easy tiger
Goedemorgen Good morning Ik weet het niet I don’t know Waar is..? Where is..? Alsjeblieft Here you go/please Help mij Help me Ik wil graag I would like Wijn Wine Vlees Meat Afspraakje A date Lelijk Ugly Ik vind je leuk I like you Zoenen To kiss Met condoom Use a condom Dat gebeurt me anders nooit Normally this doesn’t happen to me
20 Information about the Netherlands DUTCHIES
You might think that we Dutch people are strange. Well, maybe we are or maybe you are for thinking that we are! But there are certain things that you need to know about us: Open-minded Nothing is too crazy, the Dutchies wanna do everything so do not hesitate if you need help, have some crazy travel plans or wild fantasies, the Dutch will do (almost) everything! Do we live in windmills? No, we Dutchies have “normal” houses however some do live in windmills. Do we always wear our wooden shoes? This is another stereotype that is wrong! You will hardly see people walking on wooden shoes. We do not wear them to school, to the bar or just at home. However, farmers use to do that in the Middle ages. These shoes were our number one export product as well! Drinking age: 16! Yes, you can drink alcohol when you are 16! Since you are probably over 16 you are lucky. However, if you are not allowed to drink in your home country and maybe not used to drink alcohol multiple days a week, don’t drink more than your body can handle. I probably don’t have to explain what happens if you do... Smoking Since the first of July of 2008 you can no longer smoke in bars, hotels and restaurants, so make sure you do not do this because they might throw you out! Bikes Biking is the number one transport, especially for students. Make sure you know how to bike and if you don’t know how to don’t be afraid to ask your mentors for bike-lessons. Most stores also sell bike side-wheels, which come handy especially since you won’t always be sober when you bike ;)! Bikes are the number one thing that gets stolen in Holland so make sure that you
Travelling times www.9292.nl gives you a door-to-door plan that includes time schedules, means of travelling, and information about tickets. www.ns.nl (trains) Select English and you are ready to plan your journey! Biking If you want a new bike, go to the bike shops. One that can be found easily is ‘Fietspoint Derks’: it is next to Central Station. You can also find other ones by going to Google Maps and search for ‘Fietsenwinkel’ (bicycle shop). New bikes are expensive and there is a chance your bike gets stolen, so we recommend just buying a second-hand one. For accessories such as locks, reflectors, lights, and tools you will have to go to the bikeshop. Driving License Information about the Dutch traffic and about getting your driver’s license can be found on www.rijbewijs.nl/nl/english.asp OV chip card You can use the OV chip card for every means of public transport in the Netherlands: buses, trains, trams and subways. You can purchase an anonymous or a personal card. The only important difference is that on a personal card it is possible to load discount products. You can buy anonymous cards at the information desk at Central Station, there you can also pick up a form to get a personal card. There are several locations where you can charge money on your card, for example at the entrance of the library at Tilburg University. For locations check out www.ovchipkaart.nl/adresvinder. When entering a station, hold your card in front of the checkpoint until it beeps. At this point €4 (buses), €10 (personal card train) or €20 (anonymous card train) will be checked off your balance. At check out the actual amount will be calculated, so if for example your bus trip costs €2, first you will pay €4 (check in) and then you will receive €2 (check out). If you forget to check out, or things go wrong, contact the public transport company that you travel with, because they will give you your money back, even if you forget to check out! For trains this will usually be NS and for buses Veolia. Check out www.ov-chipkaart.nl for more information and discount products: “Dalkorting regio Eindhoven en Noord-Brabant” gives you 40% discount in buses, the product costs €10,50 for a year. “Voordeelurenabonnement” (NS) gives you 40% discount in trains and costs €60.
Albert Heijn is one of the most common grocery stores in the Netherlands. There is one close to university, under the apartments of Intermezzo (next to Montesquieu building). Their weekly offers are only valid if you have a bonus card, you will receive one in the I*ESN Tilburg welcome package! Check out www.ah.nl for current discounts. Stores are usually opened on Monday to Saturday from 8.00-20.00. However, some stay open until 22.00, the one close to University is one of them. On Sunday the Albert Heijn XL (behind the Central Station) is opened from 12.0018.00. Cheap shopping Aldi and Lidl are cheaper supermarkets, use Google Maps to find their locations. Action is a very cheap store that offers almost everything. It is not a supermarket, so you will not find a lot food there. But from agenda’s to zebra’s, Action has it! Locations in Tilburg: Trouwlaan 19 and D.J. Jittastraat 8. A lot of supermarkets have bulleting boards. Here, a lot of people try to sell their bike and other stuff. You can use it for free to sell your own stuff as well. “La Poubelle” is a second hand store located at Lourdesplein 4 (bikeshop) and Hoevenseweg 3 (general shop). More information: www.lapoubelle.nl www.stugood.org is an online marketplace for and by Tilburg University students and is convenient for everything a student needs. www.marktplaats.nl, www.speurders.nl and www.ebay.nl are other online marketplaces. Unfortunately these websites are only available in Dutch. Markets Every week there are markets in Tilburg. Instead of the supermarkets, you can get products here as well: not only food, but also clothes, scarves and fabrics. They are often much cheaper then in regular stores. Weekly markets: Koningsplein: Fri 09.00—12.00 & Sat 10.00-16.30 (also biological products) Westermarkt: Thu 09.00-12.00 Wagnerplein: Fri 11.00-17.00 Peter van den Elsenplein: Tue 13.00-17.00 Heyhoefpromenade: Thu 13.00-17.00 Burgemeester van de Mortelplein: Tue 09.00-12.00 Besterdplein: Wed 09.00-12.00
Safety & Health Care
Emergencies If there is an emergency and you need the police, firefighters or immeidate medical care: dial 112. There are many police stations in Tilburg. However, if you want to report a crime, you have to Ringbaan Zuid 498a. You can also call 09008844. Medical Care There are two general hospitals in Tilburg: 1. Sint Elisabeth Ziekenhuis located at Hilvarenbeekseweg 60; 2. TweeSteden Ziekenhuis located at Dr. Deelenlaan 5. Hospitals have space and time for emergencies, but you can only go to the hospital for urgent matters. General Practioners: We recommend you that you register at an office. Your doctor will keep a record of you and it will be easier to keep track of your medication. Also, in case you get very sick it is easier to go to your own GP, you will not have to wait very long there. To find an office close to your place follow the next steps: 1. www.independer.nl/huisartsen 2. “Postcode” (postal code) > “Maximale afstand” (maximum distance). 3. You will see a table with the names of the offices, the distances to your location, the number of doctors, contact informations and details of the office. 4. Make sure to always phone the office before going there, in order to make an appointment. Dentists The Dutch word for dentist is 'tandarts'. A dentist can be found via the on-line yellow pages under the heading of dentist. Call the practice to ask whether they are accepting new patients (each practice has a maximum number of patients that they are allowed to see). Another option would be to contact your health insurance agency to request a list of practices that are accepting new patients Physiotherapy The TiU Sports center offers consultation hours every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. A fifteen-minute consultation is free. You can make an appointment at the front desk of the Sport Center.
Insurance In the Netherlands you are obliged to be insured.There are three possibilities: 1. Dutch public healthcare insurance: mainly for foreign nationals who have a part -time job or do an internship in The Netherlands; 2. Your home country insurance covers your stay in The Netherlands: mainly for EU/EEA or Swiss nationals without a job or internship in The Netherlands; 3. Private healthcare insurance: mainly for non EU/EEA or Swiss nationals without a job or internship in The Netherlands. If you want to know which condition applies to you check this very useful manual www.nuffic.nl/pdf/service/factsh/healthinsurance.pdf A basic insurance package is about €100/month and covers: - General medical care (medical specialists, hospital care, GP appointments, etc) - Hospital stays - Limited dental care - Medicine prescriptions - Patient transport (ambulance services) - Paramedical care - Pre-natal and post-natal care - Midwifery services - Rehab services If you need extra coverage, you will have to pay more. Eigen Risico: Note that you, when choosing an insurance company and plan, you will also have to choose for a ‘eigen risico’ (own risk) amount. That is, you will have to pay yourself for your medicines up until you have reached the own risk amount. Afterthat amount, the insurance will cover all your costs. The higher your own risk amount is, the lower you will have to pay every month for insurance. Be careful though, you do not want to make your own risk amount too high because if you need severe medical care, then you will have to pay a lot of money in one go. On this website you can compare different insurances and prices (unfortunately available only in Dutch): www.kiesbeter.nl/Zorgverzekeringen/GoedkoopsteBasispakket/MijnGegevens/
How to find a room From this year on the problem emerged that many exchange or degree-seeking students have to look for a room by themselves. We hope we can help you with finding a good accomodation by the following websites. Your first option is: www.yourroomintilburg.com We know this doesn't work for many people so we have some more websites for you. Important: Some websites may charge you to respond to a room or make you pay some extra money once you want to get into the room. You can always email email@example.com if you need help with translation to English. www.kamernet.nl www.kamertje.nl www.kamerhulp.nl www.kamerverhuur.nl www.studentenkamers.nl www.stadshuis.nl www.easykamer.nl www.kamer.nl www.directwonen.nl www.wonenbreburg.nl www.stugood.org The official website of Tilburg also gives you suggestions for websites to look on if you are looking for accomodation. Google for rooms If you want to google for more websites you can use the Dutch words: kamer (room), huren(to rent), appartement (apartment) or studentenkamer (student room). Again, if you need any help with translation don't hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
University sports center The Sports Center has two large sports halls, three fitness rooms, two squash courts, one smaller room for general use and a sauna. There are also changing rooms, showers and toilets. The Pendragon Sports Council has its offices in the Olympia building, together with a well-equipped meeting room for student (sports) associations and societies. A small room is available for meetings and training courses. Next to the Olympia building is a jeux de boules piste and a practice area for tennis. The Sports Center’s outdoor facilities include a semi-water-based hockey pitch, six tennis courts, a beach volleyball pitch and a multi-purpose pitch for hockey, tennis, korfball etc. The outdoor facilities have their own changing rooms and showers.
The Sports Center has very generous opening times, especially compared to most commercial sports centers and gyms. You can work out at any time from early morning to late evening, or can drop in to enjoy a drink in the Sports Café. Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 08:30-0:00 Tuesday and Thursday: 08:00-0:00 Weekend: variable (see below) Rates Yearly pass: Autumn pass: Spring pass: Summer pass:
€112 €86 €86 €25
September 1st – August 31st September 1st – January 31st January 1st – June 30th July 1st – August 31st
More information: www.tilburguniversity.edu/about-tilburg-university/culture-andsports/sportscentre/ I*ESN Sports I*ESN Tilburg will organize several competitions during the upcoming semester. Make sure to join the I*ESN Tennis, I*ESN Squash or I*ESN Soccer groups on Facebook in order to keep updated about what is going on. If you want to organize things yourself, have questions or remarks, contact: email@example.com
Associations Athletics T.S.A.V. Parcival www.parcivalatletiek.nl firstname.lastname@example.org
Badminton T.S.B.V. Sauron www.tsbvsauron.nl email@example.com
Basketball T.S.B.V. Pendragon www.tsbvpendragon.nl firstname.lastname@example.org
Climbing TilSAC tilsac.climbing.nl email@example.com
Cycling De Meet www.tswvdemeet.nl
Field hockey SHOT www.shot.nu firstname.lastname@example.org
Fitness and cardio Spartacus www.tssvspartacus.nl email@example.com
Football (soccer) T.S.V.V. www.tsvvmerlijn.nl firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf T.S.G.V. Underpar www.underpargolf.nl email@example.com
Gymnastics Saltare www.tstvsaltare.nl firstname.lastname@example.org
Handball Camelot www.camelothandbal.nl email@example.com
Horseriding T.S.R. Cave ne Cadas www.cavenecadas.nl firstname.lastname@example.org
Korfball S.K.V. Melmac www.melmac.nl email@example.com
Martial Arts T.S.B.V. Chikara www.tsbvchikara.nl firstname.lastname@example.org
Rugby T.S.R.C. Tarantula www.tsrctarantula.nl email@example.com
Skating T.S.S.V. Braga www.tssvbraga.nl firstname.lastname@example.org
Skiing and Snowboarding T.S.W.V. Downhill www.tswvdownhill.nl email@example.com
Squash T.S.S.V. Lancelot www.tssvlancelot.nl firstname.lastname@example.org
Table tennis T.T.V. Hyperion www.ttvhyperion.nl email@example.com
Tennis T.S.T.V. Lacoste www.tstvlacoste.nl firstname.lastname@example.org
Volleyball T.S.V.V. Gepidae www.gepidae.nl email@example.com
Waterpolo Avalon firstname.lastname@example.org
Things to do & Going out
Performances Tilburg is known for one of the biggest concert halls in the Netherlands, called 013, make sure to check out: www.013.nl/english
Movies Rental companies: 1. Cinematheek (Willem II straat 6a) 2. Videoscoop (Korenbloemstraat 44) 3. Video Film (Korte Hoefstraat 25) 4. MovieMax (Heyhoefpromenade 63 or Curacaostraat 18) 5. Videoland (Koningsplein 202) Cinemas: 1. Pathé (right in the City Centre) If you are a genuine fan, you can buy the Pathé Unlimited Card. This allows you to see all movies you want for just €18 a month. You sign a contract for at least 4 months. 2. Euroscoop (Olympiaplein 2) This one is a bit cheaper, and has a special Monday-action: on Monday a movie is only €5. Normally, movies cost €7,50. Students pay €6,50. 3. CineCitta (Willem II straat 29) CineCitta doesn’t play the commercial movies, but has special, artsy movies. If you go to the movies on Monday evening, you only pay €4. Normal movies cost €8,50. And last but not least, Tilburg is also known for one of the biggest concert halls in the Netherlands
Restaurants: Mensa Mensa is the main restaurant of TiU. It is a self-service restaurant and has reasonable prices. Opening hours: Mo-Fr 08.30-20.00 Top Croque Located in the hall of Mensa, they sell tosti’s and biological juices. Opening hours: Mo-Fr 10.00-19.00 Döner Company Also located in the hall of Mensa. They offer falafel, Turkish pizza and döner sandwiches. Opening hours: Mo-Fr 10.00-20.00 Restaurant Academia Self-service restaurant located in Academia building, offering Asian food. Opening hours: Mo-Fr 10.00-14.00 Pepper Self-service restaurant located in Prisma building, offering Mediterranean food, like pizza, pasta and sandwiches. Opening hours: 10.00-17.00 Grand café Esplanade Located on the ground floor of Esplanade building. This restaurant looks like a pub. They offer lunch and dinner. Opening hours: Mo-Fr 09.00-22.00 Library & Printing The University library is open from 8:00 to 23:00 on weekdays, and during the weekends from 10:00 to 17:00. U can use the library printers by sending a file to one of the printers starting with an L. You can fetch your print job by looking up your student number at one of the printers. In order to print you need to insert your (topped-up) Rabobank card. Costs are 5ct per page. Books Buy your books after the first lecture so you will know which books you will need. You can purchase new books at the Studystore located on the TiU campus. Alternatively you can try to find a second hand book at www.stugood.org or www.marktplaats.nl.
Lebara We arranged free Lebara sim-cards to use, you can find one in your welcome pacakge! The cards do not have credit on them yet, however you can buy credit at Albert Heijn. Lebara is easy to use, in English and cheap for calls abroad. For contracts reliable providers are: KPN, Ben, T-mobile, Vodafone, Hi, Tele2 and Telfort. Take into account that with most companies you will have to sign a contract for a certain period. It is smart to use a contract only for calling in the Netherlands. Calling abroad is usually very expensive. Use Skype or Lebara for calling abroad. If you need help finding the right contract, ask your buddy/ mentor, a Dutchie, or visit the I*ESNoffice.
Top sports and studying Tilburg University supports students who want to combine their studies with competitive sports. The university offers, for example, additional coaching, exceptions regarding the study schedule and examinations, financial support, and housing. In addition, the students with a Top sport status have their own contact person. His name is Max van Veen and he can be contacted by email: email@example.com with questions about qualifying for top sport status and the facilities offered. An appointment with Max can be made by contacting the Student Desk. Positoos Positoos is a local savings system in which you save for discounts by buying products at one of the many participating stores. Besides saving for your own discounts you will also be saving money for your favorite association (of course: I*ESN Tilburg!). If you are interested in a Positoos card send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, gender, email and address in the message. You can check out what stores participate online: www.tilburg.positoos.nl/consument/sparenbij
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