Sport Studies lets you place the accent within the broad field of sport and exercise yourself!

  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
  • 3 years
Sport Studies

Sport Studies

3 years
Bachelor of Arts
180 ECTS
Start: September
  • Health and Sports
  • Behaviour and Society
  • Business and Economics

The School of Sports Studies offers a three-year flexible bachelor’s programme, made up of 180 ECTS. Do you want to focus on sports as a means for a social, better world or sports as a means for a more vital society? Are you going for the unlimited business possibilities of sports or are you the connector who brings all disciplines together? Get the best out of yourself based on your passion!

Projects with impact

What makes studying at Hanze UAS unique is that you will work on projects for real clients and contribute to concrete solutions for current issues impacting society. Below, you can find some examples of projects our students engage in.

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  • Steven Doeven

    Programme manager

    Steven Doeven
  • Rob van Rozen

    Programme coordinator year 1

    Rob van Rozen
  • Nikki Jepkema


    Nikki Jepkema
  • Leonie Theus


    Leonie Theus
  • Martijn Bakker


    Martijn Bakker

About this programme

The international Sport Studies programme is characterised by its professional focus and helps you to become an innovative sports professional. As a change agent, you can make a difference at both the individual and community levels. The power of sports lies within the three core values of sports and physical activity: 

  • sport is an important part of a healthy lifestyle; 
  • sport creates economical value; 
  • sport can strengthen social cohesion to change communities. 

The Sport Studies programme offers you a flexible study programme that is built around these values. This means that you can give more direction to your study path through various options within the programme. Your study coach will help you make the choices that match your talents, qualities and ambitions. 

An important part of the flexible study programme are the (internship) assignments that you carry out throughout the entire programme, we call these assignments challenges. Most challenges centre around a practical assignment in a professional organisation and all compulsory and elective modules are designed to prepare you for these challenges. This way you will gain real-life work experience each year to kick-start your future career. 

The global study structure below gives you an idea of ​​what your study programme could look like. So you could choose this order, but there are plenty of other options. 

Alumni Sportstudies

Course overview

Year 1 

The first year is the so-called propaedeutic phase (60 ECTS). In this phase, you will develop professional competencies by working on several projects for businesses or institutions (e.g. sports federations, and governments). Supported by your teachers and fellow students, you will develop a sense of professional responsibility starting from day one. Sharing knowledge and experiences plays a major role. 

Year 2 

In the second year, you deal with various challenges/complex problems in the professional field. You can choose the context in which you want to work. In addition, you will follow several compulsory modules and there will also be several elective modules to choose from. This way you have the opportunity to decide for yourself what you want to focus on. 

Year 3 

In the final year, you will work at a professional organisation for your graduation project. During this year you add practical value to the organisation by developing and implementing services and products that help the organisation innovate. The three core values of sports (health, economy and social impact) are your starting point. 

After your studies

Pursue a master's degree

The Sport Studies programme offers a bachelor's degree on level 6 within the European Qualification Frame Work of the EU. The programme connects seamlessly with our scientific master's (MSc) Healthy Ageing Professional (Dutch-taught). The unique combination of a practical bachelor's with a Master of Science means you can have both degrees within four years. Other master’s programmes such as the European Master in Sport and Health (Rome, Italy) or the Master Sport Management (Molde, Norway) will also be open to you. 

Career prospects 

Sports Studies graduates have a large range of career options. Many of our graduates will be employed in jobs such as: 

  • sport marketer 
  • event manager 
  • sports entrepreneur 
  • training/coaching 
  • physical activity or healthy ageing coach 
  • sports policy officer 
  • community developer 

Entry requirements

Application & enrolment

Once you have made your final choice of a degree programme, apply for the degree programme via Studielink before 1 May (Non-Eu) en 1 June (EU). To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must meet the additional admission requirements. To be enrolled from the beginning of the academic year, you must meet the additional requirements before 1 September at the latest.

To enrol for a three-year programme you will need a secondary school diploma comparable to a Dutch VWO (pre-university) diploma and proof of English proficiency. If we are not familiar with your foreign diploma, we will have it verified by our national agency, NUFFIC, or by ECCTIS.

Students applying for admission who submit a previous qualification must be able to present proof that they have achieved an IELTS score of at least 6.0 with no sub-score under 5.5, or an equivalent score for another type of language test. 

Note that German applicants need to have the following diploma:  Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife.

If you want to know more about the value of your diploma, you can also check the diploma comparison site of our national agency NUFFIC.

Additional entry requirements

Aside from general qualifications, we have two additional requirements; you only get admitted to the programme when you pass these two requirements as well. 

  1. Online Matching Day
  2. Sports Medical Fitness Test

You can read more about these additional entry requirements here

Start of the degree programme

The degree programme will start in September. It is not possible to start in February.

Additional study costs

In addition to the tuition fee, you must also count on extra costs for literature, readers, and teaching of around € 250,- per academic year. We also advise you to buy a laptop. Participation in choice components such as minors, profiling courses and camps may bring extra costs with them. Keep in mind that there are two obligatory:

  • Outdoor Experience Year 1: approximately € 300,-
    (excl. necessary equipment)
  • Wintersport experience Year 2: approximately € 699,-
    (Price depends on choices made such as lessons and rent of equipment)

Application procedure

If you want to apply for our programme, you have to submit your request first in our national registration system Studielink. After this, we will start the admissions process through our application system “Hanze Apply”. 

Application – a step-by-step guide

This guide helps you go through the admissions and enrolment process

Fields of interest

  • Behaviour and Society
  • Business and Economics
  • Health and Sports
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