Recognition of student-athlete status

Top-level athletes can apply for the "dual-career programme – student-athlete status" in order to combine their university studies with a career in competitive sports. The level of education provided prepares them for a sound professional career also after retiring as athletes.

Who can apply

You can apply for student-athlete status if:

  • you are enrolled in a degree programme at the University of Bologna
  • you are a member of National Sports Federations (FSN) of CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee) or CIP (Italian Paralympic Committee)
  • you meet at least one of the following requirements
  1. you were summoned in preparation of the Summer or Winter Olympics/Paralympics in the 12 months before submitting your application;
  2. you were summoned on at least one occasion to the national teams of an FSN of CONI/CIP in the 12 months before submitting your application;
  3. you have been formally recognised as an athlete of "national interest” by an FSN of CONI/CIP and you were summoned at least once in preparation of national championships in the 12 months before submitting your application;
  4. for individual sports, if at the time of submission of the application you rank in the top 32 of the overall national ranking or youth ranking of an FSN of CONI/CIP;
  5. for team sports, if at the time of submission of the application you are participating in the top championship organised by the relevant FSN; for team sports linked to FSNs that have activated a professional sector (FIGC and FIP), participation in the championship immediately below the top division is also valid;
  6. you won a medal at National Universities Championships or European Universities Championships (EUSA) in the 12 months preceding your application.

To retain your student-athlete status during the following academic years you must apply again.  

Benefits of the student-athlete status

If you obtain the student-athlete status:

  • you can agree ad hoc exam dates with professors, if exam dates clash with sport schedules (competitions, training sessions and relevant transfers), or even request to sit exams online via the platforms adopted by the University (Skype, Microsoft Teams, Zoom). To do so, you must contact your professor at least 14 days before the exam date and provide all the necessary information in order to allow him/her to find an alternative date, even if not within the exam session;
  • you can receive support from an academic tutor who will help you choose curricula and internships, also in view of your professional future following retirement from your sporting career; to keep up to date with study programmes, course units and exam dates, and to maintain contact with administration offices, you can count on the help of your degree programme tutor (student tutor or other tutor);
  • at the end of your degree programme, you will obtain a Diploma Supplement certifying the specific nature of your dual career as a student-athlete;
  • you can stay in ER.GO student accommodation facilities for free, subject to availability and for no longer than 10 consecutive days. For your accommodation request, please write to studenteatleta@unibo.it specifying the period of time required at least 15 days before your arrival date. ER.GO will check availability and will reply providing all the information for your stay. Accommodation is free but you will be required to pay a refundable deposit (TBD);
  • you have free access to the sports facilities of the University (swimming pools and weight rooms), subject to the relevant times and rules. To access these facilities, please write in advance to CUS Bologna, cusb.studenteatleta@unibo.it;
  • you can meet a sports medicine specialist for psychological support. To request this service please write to studenteatleta@unibo.it;
  • you can have support and guidance in administrative matters; for requests, please write to studenteatleta@unibo.it;
  • if you had student-athlete status in a.y. 2021/22, you can renew it for a.y. 2022/23 even if you do not meet any of the requirements to access the programme, if you suffered a serious injury that significantly limited your sporting activities during the 12 previous months. In this case, you must submit a specific application including a valid medical certificate issued by the Italian National Health Service (SSN), or an authorised private medical centre, or a private specialist accompanied by a document of conformity issued by the SSN.

In exchange for these benefits, the University may ask you to:

  • commit to competing in a number of national and international university competitions recognised by CUSI, EUSA and FISU, in agreement with the Sports Department of CUSB-Unibo. This is a mandatory requirement and if you fail to take part in these competitions you will lose your student-athlete status the following academic year, unless you had:
    - concurrent official competitions of your sports club;
    - commitments at national level with your sports league;
    - health problems documented by a valid medical certificate issued by the Italian National Health Service (SSN), or an authorised private medical centre, or a private specialist accompanied by a document of conformity issued by the SSN;
  • be actively involved in activities aimed at promoting university sports and the Alma Mater-Cusb teams’ by attending agreed and scheduled events.  

How to apply

For a.y. 2022/23 you can apply through StudentiOnline from 12 September 2022 at noon until 28 October 2022 at noon (you can find the call for applications in the Attachments section).

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