Studying and top-level sport
Combining studying with top-level sport requires dedication and careful academic planning. If you want to take on the challenge, Leiden University can offer you personal guidance and help you to maximise your talent.
If you encounter difficulties or fall behind in your studies due to sporting commitments, contact the student counsellor for top-level sport - see contact details on this page. The counsellor is aware of all the options available and will be able to offer you personal guidance and advice.
At the beginning of each academic year, you and your study adviser should sit down together to look at your upcoming academic and sporting obligations and draw up a clear plan.
Dutch national sports status (NOC*NSF)?
Do you have A, B, High Potential or NTC status from the Dutch national sports organisation (NOC*NSF) and are you a competing at national or international level? If so, Leiden University will do all it can to offer support. You may, for example, be eligible for:
- Additional facilities such as:
- extended deadlines for the submission of assignments
- (partial) exemptions from compulsory attendance requirements
- additional re-takes
- alternative educational assignments
- flexibility in terms of binding study advice
- Financial support if you fall behind in your studies due to top-level sports activities. See the Regulations of Financial Support for Students.
Note that in some cases it is possible to receive additional facilitites and financial support without the above-mentioned NOC*NSF status. For example for new sports not yet affiliated with the NOC*NSF or for top-level coaches/referees. This decision is at the discretion of the student counsellor for top-level sport.