Top-class sports and studying

Did you know that Belgian top athletes such as the sailor Sebastien Godefroid (silver medallist in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta) and judoka Ann Simons (bronze in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney) both have a university diploma from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel?

It is perfectly possible to combine a top sports career with an academic education at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. For more than 15 years now, the special ‘Top Sport and Study’ guidance programme '(Topsport en Studie') has been helping talented students with every aspect of combining their studies with their favourite sport, giving them assistance with their sport, their studies and logistics.

This programme is a great success, because more than 72% of the students involved (measured over all years) successfully complete their year of study. This pass percentage exceeds the average pass percentage of the total student population by more than 10%. We are equally proud of their sports achievements: our students are often selected for national teams and win lots of medals at European and World Championships.

With a view to further optimising the combination of a top sport with a university education, the Vrije Universiteit has signed agreements with several top sports federations. Another partner is the Nationale Loterij. The study grants awarded by the Belgian lottery (Lotto-Studiebeurzen) help our students to build a successful double career in their sport and in their studies.


Central Academic Service

Secretariat: Mrs C. Vanden Houcke

General information:

Postal address:

Topsport en Studie 
Building L - room L413 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Pleinlaan 2 
B- 1050 Brussel

Secretariat tel. no.: +32 (0)2/629 27 12 (9:00-13:00) or +32 (0)2/629 27 12 (13:00-15:30)
Coordinator tel. no.: +32 (0)2/692 27 12 
Fax no.: 02/629 28 99