Recognition of “student-athlete” status - A.Y. 2017/18

The “Student-Athlete Dual Career” Project seeks to enable exceptional athletes to reconcile their University studies with a career in competitive sports (dual career), allowing them to obtain a level of education that provides assurance of a sound professional future, even after their retirement from athletics, while also pursuing an intensive sporting career and thus reducing the risk of dropping out.


You can apply for recognition as a “student-athlete” if:

  • you have enrolled for a degree programme at the University of Bologna;
  • you have been invited to join top-level national squads for at least 3 international competitions in the past 2 years;
  • you actively practice an Olympic or Para-Olympic sport.

What to do and what documents to present

Benefits of “student-athlete” status

If you obtain “student-athlete” status, you are entitled:

  • to request and agree with your teachers one extra exam date each year, as well as to request examinations to be conducted via Skype;
  • to request a diploma supplement at the end of your course of studies that will accompany the diploma for the degree obtained, certifying the specific nature of the dual career (under preparation);
  • to free accommodation for short periods in the halls managed by ER.GO., if places are available;
  • to support from an educational tutor who will help you to choose curricula and internships, having regard for your possible professional activities following retirement from your sporting career;
  • to support from a student tutor who will help you to keep updated about study programmes, course units and exam dates, as well as maintain contact with the various offices. For AY 2017/2018, only 10 "student-athletes" can obtain a student tutor. Further information on page What to do and what documents to present

In addition, just like all other students, commencing from AY 2017/2018 you can properly obtain your diploma over a longer period than the standard duration of the degree programme. Read more detailed information on Flexible curriculum - Extension of the study period.

In exchange for these benefits, the University may ask you to commit to competing in a number of national and international University competitions, at least once every year, as a member of the Unibo student squad, as well as to participate in a number of initiatives as a spokesperson and to talk about your experiences as a sports person to the students staying in the ER.GO hall.

How to retain your “student-athlete” status

Retention of your status as a “student-athlete” in subsequent academic years is dependent on meeting the above requirements, as well as on obtaining at least 18 University Educational Credits. Compliance with these requirements will be assessed by a Committee, having regard for any circumstances preventing the student from satisfying them (e.g. participation in the Olympics).