Elite Sports Students

Utrecht University nurtures all talent, of the intellectual and sporting kind. For this reason, outstanding athletes studying at Utrecht University can take advantage of special, bespoke provisions and facilities. Please see our Elite Sports Policy for the full details.

Who is it for?

Athletes who have been awarded one of the following recognised statuses (or their international equivalent) may take advantage of the provisions and facilities offered by Utrecht University:

  • A status
  • Promise status (“Belofte”)
  • Union status (“Bondstatus”)
  • HP status (High Potential)
  • IT status (International Talent)
  • NT status (National Talent)
  • Select status

If you are an international student, our Elite Sports Student Counsellor will compare your status from your country of origin with the Dutch statuses listed above.

Registering as an Elite Sports Student at Utrecht University

We strongly encourage you to make an appointment with our Elite Sports Student Counsellor, Anne Hamburger, well in advance. Otherwise, it may be too late for us to help you. Also, make sure to register with Utrecht University well before you start your degree programme.

What facilities and provisions are available?

Utrecht University offers a range of facilities and provisions for registered Elite Sports Students, such as:

  • Special provisions within your faculty
  • Financial support
  • Provisions in kind

Utrecht University makes these provisions and facilities available to Elite Sports Students for the duration of one academic year. After this period has elapsed, you must apply for an extension and submit any required supporting documents. 


Elite Sports Student Counsellor:

Please enclose an official declaration from your sports association or national sports committee.