Exchange program — Performance Development in Young Athletes

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The program starts 1 September 2024 and 1 September 2025

Developing talented young athletes into champions. Every coach’s dream! How do you do that? How do you identify the champions of the future? And fully develop their talent? Conduct research for a professional sports organization. Help them identify and develop their young members.


Immerse yourself in identifying young champions and develop their talent with the minor “Performance Development in Young Athletes"

Why Performance Development in Young Athletes ?

Classes at Olympic Training Centre Papendal

Most of your classes are held at Papendal, the Olympic Training Centre in Arnhem. So you get to breathe sport while you study!

sport en bewegen, Arnhem, vlaggenmast, vlag, Papendal, volledig gebouw

Conduct research and test athletes

Don’t just learn the theory on how to identify and develop talent. Also apply this knowledge while doing research and testing real athletes.

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Work with sports organization

The research you do is for a sports organization. Collaborating with them gives you great work experience in the field.

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Want to know more about this program?

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Home base in Nijmegen, classes in Arnhem

Your home base during this program is Nijmegen. Your student room, the HAN Sport facilities, the HAN School of Sport and Exercise and the introduction are all in Nijmegen. But your classes are in Arnhem: at the Olympic Training Center Papendal. So, you travel to Papendal 2 or 3 times a week. The trip takes 45 minutes (by train and bus) each way and costs about € 14 for a return ticket. Please be aware of these extra costs and traveling time.

sport en bewegen, Arnhem, vlaggenmast, vlag, volledig gebouw

Quick facts about the Performance Development in Young Athletes exchange program

    13Contact hoursaverage per week
    30Study hoursaverage per week
    30ECTS creditsEuropean Credit Transfer System

School of Sport and Exercise

At the School of Sport and Exercise we train students to become critical, innovative and entrepreneurial professionals. We also offer training and courses for professionals in the field of sports, work and health. So they can apply the latest insights and theories in their work.

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What do you learn?

Performance Development in Young Athletes covers a wide range of sports performance-related topics. Exercise physiology, sport psychology and technical and tactical sport skills. You also get the ins and outs of conducting research. Now put your knowledge to the test! Work on solving an actual sport-related problem. Test athletes. Gather the data. Then translate the results into practical advice. 

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Why study in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands has a large population of international students so you won’t feel alone. In fact, 1 in 10 students is an international student. Why? Because the Netherlands has excellent, affordable higher education. It also has a thriving economy (18th in the world) so there are plenty of job opportunities. What’s more, the Dutch are open-minded and almost everyone speaks English.  

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Discover the city of Nijmegen

The lovely university town of Nijmegen has a great atmosphere. Just wander through its beautiful old streets and you feel its rich history. Looking for a charming pub or restaurant, a bit of culture or a great night out? Nijmegen has all this and more. Keen on sport or nature? Nijmegen has loads of sports clubs and is surrounded by beautiful forests full of hiking and bicycle trails. 


A day in the life of an exchange student in Nijmegen


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  • HAN Nijmegen campus

    Heyendaalseweg 141
    6525 AJ Nijmegen
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What topics do you learn about? Which learning methods are used? And how are you assessed? 

Studenten luisteren in de sportles naar docente.