Studying and Student life

Rights (facilities) and obligations

The university offers various facilities to top-level athletes, such as extra supervision, financial support and special educational arrangements.


Coordinator top-level sports

The top-level sports coordinator is the central point of contact for top-level student athletes. You will discuss your personal situation with the top-level sports coordinator at the start of the academic year, taking into account any issues relating to your study or sports schedule and find solutions. The top-level sports coordinator will keep an eye on your study results and invite you for a chat if he or she sees reason to do so.

Study counselor

You will also make an appointment with the academic advisor in order to make a study schedule and find solutions for specific problems. An example of this is exemption from compulsory attendance, dates or methods of examination (such as an extra retake or a replacement assignment). The study counselor will examine how and which solution can be created within the options that the faculty offers. Specific agreements will be made in this regard.

Changes and problems

If there are changes to your schedule or if problems arise such as injuries or disappointing study results, you will be expected to report these to the top-level sports coordinator yourself and, where necessary, make an appointment to discuss possible solutions. Report expected problems before they occur; a solution can't be found after the fact if, for example, you are unable to attend an exam because you have an important competition.

Naturally, you can also inform the top-level sports coordinator if things are going well or if you have made outstanding sporting achievements.

Be aware: not everything is always possible. You are the one who chose to combine sport with a full-time course, so you will have to take the rough with the smooth. The basic principle, however, is that Tilburg University will try to meet your needs as much as possible, provided you commit 100% to your study. It's not possible to create a one-on-one customized program. The regular schedule will be used as the starting point.


There is a separate Blackboard page for top-level student athletes. The purpose of this page is to inform top-level athletes about topics that are relevant to this group. The page also contains an overview of all relevant procedures and there is a FAQ section.

Financial support

Financial support in the events of delays

If your top-level sports activities prevent you from graduating within the period that you are entitled to a basic grant, you may be entitled to receive a maximum of 12 months' financial support on the basis of your top-level sports status. This financial support will be based on the standard amount of student grant (basic grant and, if applicable, additional grant).

At the end of the period in which the student is entitled to a performance-related grant, an assessment will be made to determine how much financial support will be paid (three months per year in which study delay has occured ánd you were in the possession of a topsports status, with a maximum of one year for a top-level sports status lasting four years). The financial support will follow the performance-related grant consecutively for as long as the student is still registered. See also submit FOS request.

Delays caused by top-level sports activities will only count in the first four years of your first course. Top-level athletes who have already completed higher professional education and made full use of a student grant can by definition therefore no longer claim financial support.

Students with an income from their sport (contract players) are excluded from this financial assistance.

Financial support for international competitions and traineeships

Tilburg University offers financial support for participation in international competitions and traineeships. Each student is entitled to receive up to 500 euros a year. The procedure for applying for this type of support can be found on the Blackboard page for top-level student athletes.

Education and examination Regulations (OER)

The OERs of the different faculties include provisions regarding top-level athletes. Read the official regulations at:

  • School of Economics & Management Bachelors courses Article 4.4; pre-masters and masters courses Article 4.5
  • Law School Examination Rules & Regulations Article 13 b
  • School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Bachelors Courses Article 8.2; pre-masters and masters courses Article 6.2

Binding Recommendation

You will be expected to achieve the standard for the binding recommendation. In consultation with the top-level sports coordinator at the start of the first academic year agreements will be made about your expected study progress. The top-level sports coordinator will advise the Examination Board about the binding recommendation that will be taken by the Examination Board at the end of the first year.

Sports facilities

The Sports Center offers extra facilities, such as different training hours, a training area and cardio fitness facilities. Top-level student athletes might be eligible for re-imbursement of the costs of a Sportsmembership. The procedure for applying for re-imbursement can be found on the Blackboard page for top-level student athletes.

Medical facilities

As a top-level student athlete at Tilburg University, you will be treated at the Sports Medical Center Tilburg within 24 hours (also in the weekend). You must specify that you have top-level sports status when you make the appointment.

What is expected of students with top-level sports status

Tilburg University invests a lot of time and energy into supervising top-level student athletes. Therefore we expect you to take your study seriously, to communicate openly with all university staff and to understand that not everything is possible. Furthermore, you will be expected to be available for Tilburg University’s publicity activities and - when requested - assist with sports activities; for example give a clinic or demonstration.