Utrecht University nurtures all talent, of the intellectual and sporting kind. Outstanding athletes studying at Utrecht University can therefore take advantage of special, bespoke provisions and facilities. Please see our Top-Class Athlete Policy for the full details.

Who is it for?

Only athletes who have been awarded one of the following recognised statuses may take advantage of the provisions and facilities offered by Utrecht University:

  • A status
  • Promise status
  • Bond status (since 1-1-2017)
  • HP status (High Potential)
  • IT status (International Talent)
  • NT status (National Talent)
  • Select status (since 1-1-2017)

Before you can use the provisions and facilities, you must first register with Utrecht University. make sure to register well before you commence your degree programme and be aware that you are also responsible for extending your status each year via the Top-Class Athlete Student Counsellor.

If you are an international student, the Top-Class Athlete Student Counsellor will compare your status from your country of origin with the Dutch statuses listed above. Please ensure that you enclose an official declaration from your sports association or national sports committee.

What facilities and provisions are available?

Utrecht University offers a range of facilities and provisions:

  • Special provisions within your faculty
    (e.g. timetable adjustments and special dispensation with regard to the Utrecht University’s student progress monitoring system)
  • Financial support
    (e.g. reimbursement of (part of) the costs for training internships or matches abroad, compensation when you fall behind schedule in your studies (please see this document for more information), and and a free membership card (Olympas) for the Olympos Sports Centre)
  • Provisions in kind
    (e.g. an extension on the time limit for completing your degree programme for A status athletes, and a special top-class athlete certificate on graduation)

For an exhaustive overview, terms and conditions and the application procedure, please refer to the Top-Class Athlete Policy (pdf).

Registering as a top-class athlete

In order to be eligible for Utrecht University’s provisions for top-class athletes, you must first make an appointment with the Top-Class Athlete Student Counsellor, Anne Hamburger, who will:

  • check your status and confirm whether you are entitled to the provisions;
  • inform you what is and is not permitted under the Top-Class Athlete Policy;
  • advise your degree programme coordinator of your status to enable you to make the necessary arrangements within your faculty; and
  • serve as your point of contact if you have any difficulties in this regard with the degree programme management or to arrange financial support, a study extension or your special graduation certificate.

Please do not wait until the last moment to make an appointment. Are you still only a prospective student? Please book an appointment at least several months before the degree programme is due to commence to confirm that your studies and sporting activities will be compatible.

Note: usually, Utrecht University makes these provisions and facilities available to top-class athletes for the duration of one academic year. After this period has elapsed, you must apply for an extension and submit any required supporting documents. You can apply for this extension directly via email to Anne Hamburger. You do not need to make an appointment.


Top-Class Athlete Student Counsellor: Anne Hamburger

You can make an appointment through Student Services.