Tilburg International Club


TIC is dedicated to supporting its international members. Read more About TIC.


Join our Book Club!

Are you up for a good discussion with a group of friendly book-lovers? Would you like to expand your reading horizons by reading a book you may or may not have chosen yourself? Do you want to spend a relaxed evening chatting about a book, and often many other life topics, with a cup of tea, coffee or perhaps glass of wine in your hand? Join TIC’s Book Club where we meet up approximately once every 6 weeks to discuss the latest book pick by the group.

At every Book Club, one member presents three book suggestions to the group. The group votes on their favorite book choice and someone else is elected to bring the new book selections for the following meeting. Locations and days of every meeting vary to allow the maximum number of book lovers to attend.

New members are welcome to join our book club discussions any time.  If you are a member of the Tilburg International Club, attendance is free.  If you would like to attend as a guest, the cost if 5 euro p.p.

Would you like to join us at our next Book Club meeting?  Let us know!

#Tilburg #Expat #bookclub #Expatlife


Meet our President!


I have worked and lived in the Netherlands since 2005.  Sometimes it feels like I have been here forever and other times it feels just like yesterday! I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA but lived most of my life in Knoxville, Tennessee. I grew up as a typical American kid. My father taught high school and my mother was a secretary. My brother and I were very lucky to have such devoted parents and they always appreciated and supported that I had a different view of the world.  From a young age, I had a tremendous fascination for “all things European” and I desperately wanted to travel and take in all the beautiful wonders that Europe had to offer. But, alas, I put those dreams on hold and followed a more traditional path, working towards my Master’s Degree and taking a “safe and secure” government job.

After a few years, I was approached by a company and give an opportunity to participate in the start up of a new service center for repairing aircraft engines.  I was ready for a change and jumped at the chance. After a successful start-up, my company sent me to their sister facility in Tilburg to give some assistance and also receive some training. Later, I was offered a transfer to the facility in Tilburg. Although I was nervous about making such a move, my mother’s sound advice of “You will only regret what you never try”, rang loud and clear!

I also discovered TIC during this time and that added a whole new perspective to my life here in Tilburg. It has been great meeting such diverse and fascinating people and sharing stories (both good and bad) about life as an expat. Being on the board (event director first!) has also enriched my experience and broadened my view of the world in ways I could have never imagined.

In the spring of 2010, I took position with another company – this time one that was European owned.  That “sealed the deal” for me and I plan on staying in The Netherlands indefinitely. I have a great life here. I love all the different cultures and individualism that this small country has to offer.  A part of me will always be partial to “home” but as the old saying goes, “Home is where the heart is” and mine is definitely in The Netherlands!

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Invitation: Willem II Football Match

Date: Sunday, 25 February 2018
Place: Willem II Stadion, Goirleseweg 34, 5026 PC Tilburg, Nederland
Time: 14:00 – 16:30 (game start time is 14:30)
Register by: 16 February 2018 (registration form below)
Cost: €8,00 pp for members (compared to the normal price of €26.50!)
Guests: €13,00 pp for guests (click HERE to see how €5,00 can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

Hello Sports lovers!

You haven’t experienced Tilburg until you have visited a Willem 2 Football Match (Soccer for the Americans). So come and join TIC for the game Willem II – Roda JC in section G.

Last year it was a beautiful day with lots of sun let’s hope we get this again. There is always a great atmosphere for football & non-football fans. We have a limited number of tickets, so, first come first serve!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JRaiBkRLCU (Click to hear the Willem 2 club song and see if you can translate it)

We have reserved 15 tickets, so don’t wait to claim your tickets.  First come first serve!

Note: If you want to buy drinks you will need to exchange money for tokens.

#Tilburg #Voetbal #Expat #ExpatLife

Reminder: Pub Quiz night

Date: Thursday, 8 February 2018
PlaceGrand Cafe Esplanade, Tilburg University Campus (Warandelaan 2)
Time: 19:30 (7:30 pm)
Register by: 7 February 2018 (registration form below)
Cost: €5,00 pp (Price includes 2 drinks – beer, wine or soft drinks – and snacks)

Guests: €10,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

It’s time once again for what has become a favorite TIC Event – the Pub Quiz! 📣
Teams of members can test their knowledge in a wide range of subjects – sports, science, history, geography, trivia… 😉
Our own Irishman, Andrew Kelly, has made this year’s edition which promises to result in a fun and informative evening. ☺ We hope you can join in the fun and  be reminded of all you don’t know (happens to me EVERY year! 😨)
There will be prizes for the winning team as well as a consolation prize for the losers.
We hope to see you there!

#Tilburg #Brabant #Expatlife #Pubquiz

Annual Holiday Dinner review

by Molly Johnson

New Year seems to stretch itself out in the Netherlands, so in true Dutch style, TIC celebrated its holiday dinner on January 20th – better late than never! It was great to see so many members, both old(not like that) and new, turn out for this popular event where we ate, drank, and mingled.

‘t Elfde Gebod (the 11th commandment) created an almost exclusive atmosphere in itsupstairs room for the 30+ internationals, and among the religious-themed decor, we alltold stories of Christmas and New Year, with a welcome drink of bubbly. According to Andrew, the 11th commandmentis “thou shalt drink” and several of us were more than happy to oblige.

After an initial hour of catching up, it was to the tables, where a delicious three course meal was served, and conversation turned to country cultures, as well as the usual “how I ended up in Holland” story for those newer members. Curiosity kicked in when another group joined us in the upstairs space and we were keen to know what club they belonged to.

Between courses some seat-swapping went on so everyone had chance to catch up and introducethemselves to any unfamiliar faces, as we filled ourselves on salmon, steak, pasta, dame blanch, and other treats in between.

It seemed as though a great night was had by all, which made for the perfect way to kick-start the second half of the TIC season and get chatting about some of the exciting events coming up on the agenda.

 #Tilburg #Expats #NoordBrabant #ExpatLife

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