Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You can find the frequently asked questions about the OWee below!

FAQ: General

OWee stands for ‘OntvangstWeek’, which translates as ‘Opening Week’. During this week, you will get to know a great deal about the student city of Delft. You will find out about the various student associations, go on a tour of the city, visit special places on the campus, and we are also laying on some unforgettable parties. The perfect start to your life as a student in Delft! 

Due to the measures taken by the Dutch government regarding the COVID-19 virus, the OWee will not take place in the same fashion as it did in the previous 46 years. We're currently investigating all possibilities to present the new Delft students with a worthy welcome but this takes time. As soon as we have more information about the OWee 2020, we'll share it with you through this web site and our social media channels.  

Yes, it is important that you feel at home in the city where you will be studying. And because there is so much to see of what Delft has to offer in one week, everyone is sure to find something that suits them.

First-year students’ weekends usually take place in the weekend before the OWee and are organised by the study associations. You can find the dates of the first-year students’ weekends on the ‘Dates of first-years students’ weekends’ page in the info booklet (the BINAS). During this weekend, you will primarily get to know your fellow students. You usually form an OWee group with friends you make at the first-year students’ weekend. If you can’t go to your first-year students’ weekend but are going to the OWee, we will make sure you are put into an OWee group with people who will be taking the same programme as you.

The first-years students’ weekend is intended for new students on your programme, is organised by the study association and usually does not take place in Delft. The OWee starts after this weekend. During the OWee, you get to know students on other programmes, the city, campus, and associations during all kinds of great activities!

Yes, we really recommend that you do! The OWee is not just about partying and all the student associations, but also about getting to know Delft. For example, we organise a tour of the campus, a challenge through the city, an information market, and a sports and culture day. You will get to know so many people during the course of the week. Whether or not you join a student association, it is always great to start off your time as a student with friends around you!

Sign up anyway, and come on the days when you can make it. Every day is different and fantastic to experience. On Sunday the 16th of August you will receive information about your mentor and your sleep-inn house by text message. Let them know on which days you will be coming, and which not.

Even if you are not allocated a place on the degree programme of your choice, you can still come to the OWee. However, we advise you to do the introduction week of your second choice of degree programme in that case. You can deregister for the OWee by sending us an email. If you deregister, you will get your money back, except administration costs. You can deregister until Sunday the 9th of August. After this date, we will no longer be able to refund your money.

The OWee is precisely intended for people in your position! This week, you will take part in the programme in your own OWee group. The groups consist of ten prospective first-year students who are in exactly the same position. They are all new in Delft. So if you want to get to know people, this week is the perfect way to embark on this new phase of your life! There is bound to be someone who you get along with!

Some programmes at TU Delft are given in combination with other universities. Molecular Science & Technology and Life Science & Technology are given partly in Leiden, while Nanobiology students sometimes have to go to Rotterdam. If you are about to start on the Clinical Technology programme, then part of it is in both cities!

You won’t be able to combine the introduction weeks at Delft and Rotterdam as they take place at the same time. However, you could combine the introduction weeks at Delft and Leiden. So if you will be studying in Rotterdam part of the time, or if you don’t want to do both the El Cid in Leiden and the OWee, the best thing would be to go the introduction week of the city that appeals to you most or the city where you will be living.

OWee groups have ten prospective students and two mentors. You participate in your own OWee programme as part of this group. The mentors have already been studying in Delft for a year or more, so they know what’s what in the city. The night programme is yours to decide on, and you can go together with your group or on your own.

You can sign up online until 9 August at 23:59. A sign-up counter for latecomers will be available at the TU Delft campus on the Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. Some first-year students’ weekends have a limit on the number of participants. It is therefore advisable to sign up for the first-years students’ weekend as soon as possible (possibly after the results of the draw).

Participation in the OWee costs €80. For this, you get breakfast, lunch, and evening meals for the whole week, entry to all activities, entry to all student, sports, and cultural associations, and a place to sleep in a student house, an OWee shirt and bag, gadgets, and much more.

You can purchase tokens when you register for the OWee. Tokens cost €1.50 each and the minimum purchase is five tokens. You can use the tokens to buy food and drinks during the OWee activities (but not the activities at the student associations). You can buy extra tokens during the OWee if necessary.

All lost property will be kept at the infopoint. If you have lost something, go to the infopoint to ask if they have it.

The OWee is intended to let you get to know all the student associations and to sign up to the one that appeals to you. Some student associations have limits on their membership numbers, so if you want to sign up for one, don’t wait too long. In many cases, you can only sign up to a student association during the OWee, either in the daytime or in the evenings. If you would like to become a member but cannot come to the OWee, you should contact the student association in question.

This is a period in which new members of a student association get to know each other and the association itself. How the period is filled in, and how long it lasts, differs from one association to the next, but it usually starts immediately after the OWee – that is, Friday 23 August. If you are planning to join a student association, it is a good idea to keep the week after the OWee free. Between the OWee and the introduction period it is possible to go home and swap your OWee things for those that you need for the introduction period.

If you still have questions about the OWee after reading this BINAS, send an email to info@owee.nl, or call +31 (0) 15 278 6709!

You will receive confirmation after you have signed up. You will then get a letter in August with more information about the week. You can also download the OWee app in advance, which shows the programme and much more.

This gives you more time in which to look forward to all the fun activities that await you! You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram or go to www.owee.nl if you want to start preparing for this new phase of your life!

In case of emergency on the campus: call +31 (0)15-2788888.

In case you encounter undesirable behavior, such as bullying, aggression, (sexual) intimidation, stalking or discrimination, you can contact TU Delft’s confidential advisor undesirable behavior. These contacts are always free of obligations, confidential and anonimity is guaranteed.

What is the role of the external confidential counselor? She:

  • Ensures adequate help for people that encounter undesirable behavior
  • Provides a sympathetic ear
  • First searches for an informal solution together with the informant
  • Discusses the other options with the informant
  • Accompanies the informant, but only if the informant considers this desirable
  • Can also guide the informant towards other assistance organisations or care professionals
  • Has a duty of confidentiality

What is NOT the role of the external confidential counselor? She does not:

  • have a hierarchic relationship with TU Delft as employer. She acts as an independent and confidential counselor
  • fulfill the role of a “mediator” between parties
  • investigate complaints or hear witnesses. It is not about getting “the truth” on the table, but providing the reporter with proper tooling to deal and act upon the occurred situation
  • take over the conversation. It is up to the reporter to act upon the help, tips and tricks that the counselor provides

Contact
The confidential advisor undesirable behavior, Sandra van der Hor, can be reached by phone via 06-21170603, and by mail via s.vanderhor@tudelft.nl

FAQ: Participants

During the OWee adjusted meals will be offered for those with allergies or particular dietary requirements. For instance for: vegetarians, glucose allergies, lactose intolerance and nut allergues. If you have any other allergies we need to be aware of you can always contact us.

Yes, of course! The OWee is for all new students of the Hogeschool and the TU in Delft. It has become increasingly common for HBO-students to participate in the OWee. Last year, 430 HBO-students participated!

Yes, you can definitely participate if you are under the age of 18. You will receive a special -18 band. Be aware that during the entire event, Dutch laws and regulations will apply and the consumption of alcohol for anyone under the age of 18 will be illegal.

At various student associations rooms will come available. So if you are planning to sign up for a student association you kan choose to wait when it comes to finding a room. If you are not planning to do so, it is definitely advised to find a room during the summer.

Alternatively, it is advised to look into student accommodation for international students, arranged by Duwo and the TU Delft.

If you still have questions about the OWee after reading this BINAS, send an email to info@owee.nl, or call +31 (0) 15 278 6709!