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Top sport and study


‘I’m a RUG student and a top athlete. Do I qualify for top-sport status and a Top Sport Grant?’

You’ll find the answers to these questions on the RUG page about the Regulations for Top Athletes (STOR). You will also find the contact details of the top sport coordinator at the RUG (the person who decides whether you will be awarded the top sport status or not).

Adaptations to teaching and/or exams

Naturally, top student athletes have to complete the same study programme as the other students in their degree programme. Activities and responsibilities within the framework of studying and sport may clash. When this involves bottlenecks that the student has little control over, under certain circumstances top athletes may be offered alternative solutions. These usually involve permitting departures from the Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER, in Dutch: OER): extracurricular individual examinations, different exam time or place, relaxation of study progress rules, replacement assignment for compulsory lectures or practical parts, etc.

Students only qualify for adaptations once they have demonstrated that they are working hard for their degree. The specifics of the adaptations will be discussed on an individual basis with the study advisor.

Faculty procedure
  • After having been acknowledged as a top athlete by the top sport coordinator, you can make an appointment with your degree programme’s study advisor to discuss your wishes and possibilities (anticipating possible bottlenecks and adaptations).
  • You will determine per semester whether bottlenecks can be expected and how these can be resolved, if possible without individual adaptations.
  • If adaptations are needed for a particular semester, you should make an appointment with the study advisor at least two weeks before the start of the semester.
  • Hand in your study planning, your competition or training schedule and an overview of the expected bottlenecks to the study advisor (preferably a few days before your meeting).
  • In consultation with the study advisor (and if necessary the lecturer) you will first try to solve these bottlenecks by making small adaptations in the programme (relaxation of compulsory attendance, individual assignments, etc.) or in your study planning (postponing courses, using resit possibilities, etc.), or through other means.
  • Individual exceptions to the TER (extracurricular exam, relaxation of progress requirements, etc.) will only be discussed as a last resort. If this is the only possibility, the study advisor will submit a request to this end to the Board of Examiners.
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