Combining your studies with top-level sport

Would you like to combine your studies with top-level sport? This requires a great deal of effort and meticulous study planning. If you are an athlete competing at the highest level in your sport, Leiden University can offer you personal guidance to further develop your talents.

Additional possibilities

Are you a national or international top athlete and do you have A, B, High Potential or NTC status from the national sports organisation NOC*NSF? If it is at all possible, you can count on the university to be supportive, by providing additional study facilities such as:

  • extending the submission dates for assignments

  • exemption or partial exemption from mandatory attendance

  • extra resits

  • alternative course assignments

  • exemption from meeting the requirements of the Binding Study Advice

Extra financial support

Are you an NOC*NSF athlete in category A, B, High Potential or NTC, and are you behind with your studies because of your sporting activities? If so, you may be eligible for financial support from the Graduation Fund. Please contact the student counsellor for more information.


As a top athlete, at the start of the academic year you have to combine two different schedules namely:

  • your study requirements

  • your sport-related activities

The best idea is to make a good plan in consultation with your study adviser.

Personal guidance / Student Counsellor

You may come across problems during your studies that you cannot resolve yourself. In that case, you can ask the student counsellor for assistance. He or she is familiar with all the possibilities that are available and can offer personal guidance to top athletes such as yourself.

You can make an appointment with the student counsellor, Mr M.F.M. (Marcel) Melchers. He will make the time to help you with what you need to combine your talents.

M.F.M. Melchers
Telephone: 071- 5278025 / 5278026

Plexus Student Centre
Kaiserstraat 25
Postbus 9500
2311 GN Leiden

Last Modified: 29-11-2016