High performance sport

Do you practice top-level sports and do you have an acknowledged top-level sports status? Would you also like to study at Maastricht University (UM)? If so, you may be eligible for support during your studies.

Support during your studies

UM offers support to combine your studies with your top-level sport as well as possible. This support can be tailored to your wishes, within the limits of your study. UM is also affiliated with the "FLOT" (Flexible Education and Top-Level Sport) action plan, in which agreements have been made with NOC*NSF to improve education and career prospects for top-level athletes.

  • Step 1

    Step 1 Apply for a top-level athlete status Off

    To be eligible for support, you need an acknowledged top-level sports status. UM cooperates with Limburg Sport to provide this status. If you do not yet have top-level sports status, you can register as a top-level athlete with Limburg Sport. Please do this before 1 October of the academic year in which you need support.

     Unfortunately, due to circumstances, at the moment it is not possible to apply for a top level sports status via Limburg Sport. We hope to have a solution for this as soon as possible. Please keep an eye on this website for updates and contact the UM top sports coordinator at umtopsports@maastrichtuniversity.nl in case of urgent questions.

  • Step 2

    Step 2 Register as a top-level athlete at UM Off

    Do you already have top-level sports status and would you like to combine your top-level sports career with your studies at UM? Then register at UM as a top athlete via this online registration form. You can only perform this step if you are already enrolled in a study programme at UM.

  • Step 3

    Step 3 Apply for support Off

    As a top-level sports athlete at UM, you may be eligible for support in relation to your studies, finances, sports facilities and finding accommodation. Which support you qualify for depends on your top-level sports status.

    Adjusting your study

    A dual career in top sport and study requires a great deal of discipline and perseverance. See if you can organise your study programme flexibly. Contact the study adviser of your faculty. The study adviser can help you look at all the options concerning your studies.

    Use of sports facilities

    With a certain top-level sports status, you can get a discount on a membership at UM SPORTS or specific training facilities may be made available to you:
    - Free UM SPORT 'All-in-one' membership: AS, SelecS, IT, NT, Bel, BS
    - Free UM SPORT 'Sports' or 'Gym' membership: RS1, Q1 (please indicate your choice with your application)
    - UM SPORT membership of your choice with 50% discount: RS2, Q2
    - Extra training facilities at the University Sports Centre (on request): AS, SelecS, IT, NT, Bel, BS, RS1, Q1

    For more information or to apply for a membership, contact the UM top sports coordinator at umtopsports@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

    Assistance in finding accommodation

    As a UM top athlete with a top-level sports status, you can be moved up the waiting list of people who are looking for a room via Maastricht Housing. You will need to register with Maastricht Housing. For more information or contact, go to the Maastricht Housing website. After you have registered with Maastricht Housing, report to the top sports coordinator to apply for extra registration time.

    Certificate or acknowledgement letter of dual career

    With a certain top level sports status, you can receive a certificate (status AS, SelecS, IT, NT, Bel, BS) or acknowledgement letter (status RS1, RS2, Q1, Q2) of your dual career upon graduation. If you want to be considered for this, you must indicate your wish to receive a certificate or acknowledgement letter at least 1 month before graduation. To do so, email umtopsports@maastrichtuniversity.nl. Download this flow chart to see if you are eligible for a certificate or acknowledgement letter.

    Financial support: status AS, SelecS, IT, NT, Bel, BS, RS1, Q1

    As a registered UM top athlete with AS, SelecS, IT, NT, Bel, BS, RS1 or Q1 status, you may be eligible for financial support from the Profileringsfonds, provided you meet a number of conditions. In the spring, you will receive an e-mail with more detailed information and a request to submit your application. After that, an assessment will take place to determine whether you are entitled to support (with retroactive effect). You can find more information about the conditions and support on this page.

Share your results!

UM is proud of students with a dual career and wants to show your achievements. Are you competing in an important game or championship? Did you achieve a great result? Let us know! Share your results and/or experiences via umtopsports@maastrichtuniversity.nl or via Instagram (@um.sports / #umtopsports).


  • They go places, our UM top athletes. When I approached Hidde Mollee (19) at the beginning of this year for an interview, he very kindly asked if that was possible after February. He was in Namibia that whole month for an altitude internship. How do you do that alongside your bachelor's degree in International Business, going abroad for a whole month? And why an altitude internship for a triathlete?

  • Shortly before our interview, Jordan Habets returned from Llorett de Mar in Spain. Not to party wildly there, as you would normally expect from a 21-year-old man, but to train heavily. Jordan has been a promising cyclist for years, working very hard alongside his education to pursue a career in cycling. He passed his bachelor's degree in Medicine without any problems and is now doing the master's degree in Human Movement Sciences. And that too is going well for him alongside all the training and races.

  • In our series on students who are top sport athletes, Judith Houtvast is next to speak. Judith (19) already swam several National Championships and is also studying in the second year of the bachelor's programme in Biomedical Sciences. Also? How does she do it and where does she put her priorities?

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