Groningen: elite sports student city!
Are you an elite athlete? Do you want to combine top-level sports with an academic career? If so, the University of Groningen is the place for you.
Our university offers students the freedom to realise their personal ambitions and qualities. We offer exceptional talents, such as elite athletes, the extra boost they need. Our elite sports student programme will help you make the most of both your athletic and professional careers. Follow in the footsteps of hundreds of other athletes! Find out why our programmes for professional athletes is unique to the Netherlands.
What is the Elite Sports Student Programme?
The University of Groningen Elite Sports Student Programme (Studenten Topsportregeling Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, STOR) is designed to help you combine two successful careers. We offer the opportunity to effectively combine your athletic and academic activities. For example, a personal academic career counsellor will help you adjust your learning pace, timetable and examination schedule to your training sessions and competitions where possible. You will also make arrangements on the number of required credits.
While elite sports students are required to complete the full curriculum, you may be exempted from the binding study advice (BSA) under certain conditions. Many athletes have already made use of this option. Students with NOC*NSF elite athlete status are eligible for a special certificate upon graduation. This diploma supplement expresses the appreciation of both the University of Groningen and NOC*NSF.
Elite Sports Student Grant
Students with an elite sports student status are also eligible for financial compensation: the elite sports student grant, a joint scheme offered by Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students may apply for this financial contribution – set at € 2,000 per academic year – a total of four times over the course of their studies. Athletes must meet specific criteria in order to qualify, including requirements with regard to their athletic performance and study progress.
Choosing a degree programme
Free ACLO card and gym membership
The ACLO is the overarching sports association for Hanze UAS and University of Groningen students. ACLO determines the range of sports programmes available to students from both institutions. Students with an elite sports student status can apply for a free ACLO card and gym membership. The card offers access to a broad range of sports activities. We can also help you prepare for a weight training programme and supervise your progress. Specialised courses in the area of sports psychology, taping and bandaging are also available. Visit the ACLO website for more information on the available options.
Extra facilities and activities for athletes
Our athletes can make use of high-end facilities such as test and strength measurements, movement analysis, performance diagnosis and team sport game plan analysis at the SportsFieldLab. We also organise regular activities for our athletes. Our knowledge sessions offer an opportunity to meet other athletes, exchange experiences and learn all about relevant issues such as interacting with the press and promoting yourself on social media. Athletes can also contribute to the University of Groningen's institutional health and vitality. For example, you could team up with other athletes to share your unique stories during a college tour, or hold sports clinics for staff and students.
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