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Upcoming Events

  • Dordrecht Xmas Market 14 December 2019
  • Xmas Borrel 20 December 2019 at 7:30 pm – 12:00 am Café Bakker, Heuvel 44, Heuvel 45, 5038 CS Tilburg, Pays-Bas
  • Book Club: The Lost Girls of Paris 9 January 2020
  • tíc holiday dinner 11 January 2020 at 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Anvers Brasserie & Beer Cafe, Oude Markt 8, 5038 TJ Tilburg, Pays-Bas

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News Archive

2019 Welcome Event review!

07 Sept 2019. by Yolonda van Riel. The day started out with a big chance of rain but, like all the other Welcome Events before, the skies cleared and we had another fantastic day to celebrate the beginning of another tic season! After registration and a nice cup of coffee at de Spaarbank, the event officially kicked off with walking tours guided by Tilburg’s very own 013 Straatjes (small streets of Tilburg) and sponsored by tic partner BOM.

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#TBT 2015 Welcome Day: Spoorzone

On 7 September 2019, we’ll be hosting another Welcome to Tilburg event!  For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at the festivities from 2015!

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by Patricia Gonzalez. Time flies. So with places as with people. From 1868 to 2011, the Spoorzone was an industrial site – a place where trains were built and repaired for Nederlandse Spoor and “migrants” from Utrecht came to work on the railways. Today, the Spoorzone is home to the Red Cross, an intended hub for entrepreneurs, a skate park for youth and, during Mundial festival or one of the many market weekends (e.g., Bazouq, Swan Market, Pasar Malam), a bustling event space. (more…)

2018 Welcome to Tilburg photo album

Our Welcome to Tilburg event last Saturday was a very fun and delicious way to spend the afternoon. With bites to eat, drinks to test and competitions to win, it was an exciting, yet relaxed way for expats to explore the city and get to know one another better.  Check out our 2018 Welcome to Tilburg Facebook album for a look at more of the festivities!

2018 Welcome to Tilburg Event a smashing success!

by Mala Raman

the tilburg international club (tíc) organised a very special and fun-filled Welcome to Tilburg event on 8 September 2018 for internationals in and around Tilburg to celebrate its 10-year Anniversary!

Over 100 expats joined in for a fabulous afternoon starting at the Mercure with bubbles and Tilburgse bossche bol. tíc president, Yolonda van Riel, gave everyone a warm welcome and underscored tíc‘s initiative to support internationals in better understanding the people and culture of the Netherlands as well as to provide a relaxed social atmosphere for meeting new people from around the world. (more…)

Expats enjoy their time with TIC

I am Amit Kumar, and a previous member of TIC along with my wife. We joined TIC at the end of 2016. It was really a very nice experience being a part of TIC. We enjoyed a lot, made a lot of friends. TIC organised lot of activities and group sessions of various kinds.
There are lot of opportunities to do something and meet with new people and friends. Moreover, everybody was open to new ideas and discussion. From the day trips to some city, to exploring the famous museums, watching movies together, to going for a picnic to book discussion to crashing at Borrels in some pubs etc. they have lot to do.
There were a lot of opportunities to meet people from different countries and get to know their culture and heritage. Moreover, TIC arranged a lot of events which helped get to know and adopt the Dutch culture.
I would definitely recommend to joining TIC.

Back at home… sort of

gnrnashvilleby George Oeser

In 2013, my husband, Rick, and myself got on a plane and flew to the Netherlands. We had no idea what to expect, we had signed a lease for an apartment we had never seen in person and  we were moving to a city we didn’t know existed a few months earlier. The one thing we knew for sure is that we didn’t know a single person in #Tilburg. We were excited and frightened in  pretty much equal amounts.

Within just a few weeks we had learned (more…)

Donders family says, “so long”

dondersby Melissa Donders


My Dutch husband, my 3 teenage girls and I arrived from Australia to Tilburg in November 2015 to live for one year. Within 2 weeks, I was looking for an English speaking book club and asked at the library, but they didn’t know of any. So I started searching on google and the Tilburg International Club website with all the information about book club, social functions and general help with integration into Dutch life came up.

The first book club I attended was a cold, wet night and as my confidence in driving on the other side of the road had not yet kicked in, I decided to ride my bike. Google maps said a 20 minute ride…..took me 45 minutes battling against the rain and wind. I arrived wet, hot and sweaty to a group of about 15 ladies who were kind enough to catch my breath before allowing me to introduce myself! I believe now, if I had to make the same journey again, 1 year later, I would make that ride in 20 minutes.

Having events at TIC gave me an opportunity to meet some lovely people while trying to navigate my way in a new country. We have enjoyed attending the events as a family and also as a couple or me on my own. TIC gave us a feeling of being included while meeting new, interesting people that we might not have met otherwise.

We are now back in Australia and who knows what the future holds, but if we return to Tilburg I’ll be back at book club!

Tilburg International Primary School (TIPS) Update

Tilburg International Primary School students

Tilburg International Primary School students

8 January 2014

by Anne van Oorschot

This past August saw the long awaited start of the Tilburg International School – TIPS for short. There was, unfortunately, much uncertainty about if the school would open in August, which resulted in several perspective students being placed in other schools. In spite of this start-up challenge, the school opened its doors in the fall and welcomed 3 students. The teacher, Mrs. Fiona Knol, is very experienced and is helped by Fatema, a teaching assistant and their classroom is a bright and cheery spot, located within the Dutch primary school, Jan Ligthart- Huibeven.

I decided to pay a visit to Tilburg’s newest school and when I arrived, (more…)

A new expat’s view

the Ritter family

the Ritter family

21 August 2013

by Farrah Ritter

My family and I arrived here in Oisterwijk almost exactly 10 months ago. We have a four-year-old and two-year-old twins and were completely unsure if we were making the biggest mistake of our lives- OR we were going to have the best experience of our lives. It’s hard to tell when you are heading to a country you’ve never lived in before- especially so with your kids!

Time and time again, I cannot say how lucky we have been with finding (more…)

Special Announcement: Tilburg International Primary School

Starting in August 2013!

Starting in August 2013!

The Tilburg International Primary School – TIPS for short – is coming!

The International School Eindhoven (ISE), together with the Jan Ligthartgroep in Tilburg, is working on a dependence for English language primary education in Tilburg.  This school will be located in the Jan Ligthart School – Huibeven (Glimmenstraat 7) and will have an international curriculum, the education being completely under the direction of the ISE.

Children between the ages of 4 and 10 years old (11 years upon leaving) are welcome and the groupings will be dependent upon the number of students. TIPS will be opening its doors in the Reeshof in August 2013.

To register your child or for more information, see the school website: www.isecampus.nl

You can also request a brochure via the website.

Buddy Program sponsored by Tilburg University

Buddy Program

In the upcoming months, Tilburg University is initiating a new buddy program to help welcome and help newcomers feel at home in Tilburg. The process has been designed to support newcomers in broadening their understanding of the Dutch culture, widening their professional and social network and becoming more familiar with the city of Tilburg. A Buddy program will be a great tool to accelerate the newcomer’s ability to deal with questions, issues and concerns.

A buddy is someone who partners with a newcomer to Tilburg and/or Tilburg University during the initial period of adjustment after arrival. While primarily responsible for offering advice and guidance, the buddy may also offer encouragement and knowledge resources, as they help introduce the newcomer to the social and professional culture of the Netherlands.

The role of a buddy is important, and potentially critical, to the integration and well-being of a newcomer. While the newcomer adapts to a new country, town and work environment, a buddy may be an invaluable resource to helping pave the way to a smoother transition process.

TIC would like to support Tilburg University in their effort to assist newcomers by encouraging members of TIC to become a buddy. To learn more about the buddy program and becoming a buddy, please contact:

Mala at info@DEnLingua.com for more information.

One of our members says “farewell!”

Katie, Alerk and Callie bid us a fond farewell!

So many things have changed in Tilburg since we first arrived 7 years ago, just before the start of the academic year in 2005.  The Midi theater closed, opened and closed again. We went from having zero sushi restaurants to more than 5.  Pieter Vreedeplein opened.  But, the change that had the biggest effect on our lives must have been the start of TIC in 2008. (Ok maybe the birth of our daughter had a bigger effect on us, but more about that later.) I think I was one of the first University employees to sign up for TIC.  (more…)

Moving On?

As with most international clubs, it is the nature of the member population that people come and go as their work and personal lives
change and grow.  As such, we would love the opportunity to say a proper “goodbye” to anyone who may be leaving the club.  If you are moving on, please do let us know so we can bid you a fond farewell (and take you off that pesky mailing list!;)

Vacation to Vietnam

Hanoi

by Antoaneta Baltadzhieva

This year my boyfriend and I had a tough job deciding on the destination for our holiday. We both love to explore different cultures, preferably those we don’t know a lot about. It seemed to be impossible to choose only one country we both wanted to visit. So instead of discussing a lot, we decided to make a “game” out of it. Both of us had to write our top-4 destinations on a sheet of paper hoping one of them would match. If not, both of us had to back up our choice with convincing arguments. The latter was not necessary because we had a match – Vietnam!

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Verenigingsdag (Association’s Day) at the Heyhoef

Verenigingsdag 2012

by Mala Raman

This year, in an effort to reach out to the local expat community and businesses, TIC will be trying to increase its visibility through various outlets including ads in the local newspapers, folders at community centers and participation in events such as Verenigningsdag at the Heyhoef, in the Reeshof.

On September 1st, Thijs and I gamely set up our table to represent TIC. (more…)

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