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Special facilities for students in special circumstances

International students

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Are you a promising or top-level sportsperson and a current or future student at Hasselt University?
Combining studying with practising your sport at a high level is possible!

Where necessary, we will give you additional support and guidance in your studies and additional teaching and examination facilities. That way, you can combine your studies with your sports career in optimal fashion.
You therefore should not hesitate to enrol as a promising or top-level sportsperson.

At a personal meeting with the study career coach, you can indicate what difficulties you are experiencing or expect to experience, and we will see what we can do for you.

What can we do for you?

Of course you can benefit from the existing range of coaching and other services at Hasselt University.
You can also benefit from:

  • customised (individual) study coaching, e.g. regarding study methods, study planning, etc.)
  • customised (individual) study career coaching, such as the definition of an adapted study pathway that takes account of both your studies and your top-level sporting activities (e.g. by spreading your studies over several years)
  • teaching facilities (depending on your needs, e.g. choice of tutorial group, absence from contact moments, group work replaced by individual assignments, etc.)
  • facilities in relation to evaluations (depending on your needs, e.g. alternative exam times – under certain conditions – postponement of deadlines for assignments/papers, etc.)

Who is eligible?

Your sporting level must be sufficiently high, for example

  • you are a player in a team playing in the highest division
  • you are part of a national junior or senior team
  • you have been recognised as a promising athlete/player by the relevant sports federation/association
  • for football, you are at least part of the first squad in a second division team
  • you participate regularly in international competitions
  • you are eligible for or have been selected to participate in the Universiade or the University World Championships

In addition to your sporting level, the number of hours of training and the competitive calendar are also important criteria.

How can you apply?

It is up to you to take the first step: make yourself known, collect the necessary documents/certificates and submit your dossier to the sports coordinator.
You can do this at any time during the academic year (including for the current academic year), and throughout your academic career.

Please note: An application for examination facilities should be completed no later than 15 days before the start of the exam period concerned, so please contact the sports coordinator in good time.

The step-by-step plan to achieving top-level sportsperson status is described below:

In your electronic student file, you will find a registration form under the buttons 'studycoaching - forms'. Fill in this document, sign it and return it to the sports coordinator. You can do this directly via reception or via the student desk on the Diepenbeek Campus (Building D) or on the Hasselt Campus (Old Prison).

Gather the necessary documents/certificates (see the ‘Certificates’ tab for more information).
The sports coordinator will check whether the documentation you have submitted meets the necessary criteria.
Tip: Make sure you get off to a flying start. We advise you to submit the necessary documents / certificates together with your application form (see step 1), or to take them to your meeting (see step 3).

The study career coach will invite you for a meeting by email.
During this meeting, an evaluation is made of the difficulties or problems you are experiencing or expect to experience from combining sport and studies, and what measures and facilities could help you with these problems.

The application and the proposal for facilities are - if necessary - submitted to the Examination Board of the relevant programme. The Examination Board determines whether the requested facilities are possible within the programme (taking into account the learning outcomes, subject-related or practical feasibility and other factors) and decides on whether or not to grant these facilities.
The study coach informs you what facilities have been granted by email and adds these to your electronic student file.
Copies of the documents and certificates included in the application are retained by the study coach. The data is treated with the necessary respect for the privacy of the student.
Top-level sportsperson status must be re-applied for annually. The study coach will remind you of this by email at the beginning of each academic year.

The study career coach follows up on the practical organisation of the facilities (e.g. absence from a compulsory contact moment). In order to practically organise certain facilities (e.g. relocating an exam) you need to contact the study career coach (in good time).

Documents / certificates

You must gather the necessary documents/certificates and submit them to the sports coordinator.

  • proof (from your club or federation) that you have a high enough sporting level (check this in advance with the sports coordinator)
  • a training and competition schedule

Any questions? Get in touch!

Do you have any questions about top-level sportsperson status, or are you unsure whether you qualify?
Please feel free to contact the sports coordinator.

Do you have any questions about how you can strike a balance between sport and study in your study pathway?
Please contact the study career coach.