Studies & elite sportswomen and sportsmen

The University of Fribourg supports high performance athletes to help them successfully balance their academic and sporting aspirations.

With the approval of the faculties concerned, elite athletes may benefit, to the extent possible, of specific adjustments. 

The aim of these adjustments is to arrange in the best way possible lessons and exams considering academic requirements and the schedule of sports events. It should be noted, however, that the “status” of elite athlete does not give right to adjustments.     

Who is eligible as elite athlete at the University of Fribourg?

Are considered elite athletes:

  • Swiss Olympics sportswomen and sportsmen holder of a Swiss Olympic Gold, Silver or Bronze Card (Swiss Olympic Card), or cases deemed as equivalent by the Faculty concerned.
  • Swiss Olympics sportswomen and sportsmen holder of Swiss Olympic Talent or Elite Card who are supported by a letter of motivation by their sports federation, or cases deemed as equivalent by the Faculty concerned.
  • Sportswomen and sportsmen of “national team” level (e.g. team sports) that are considered elite athletes by the Faculty concerned and that do not fit into one of the three previous categories.
  • Foreign athletes who are supported by a letter of motivation by their sports federation according to the list of their National Olympic Committee (NOC)

In addition, sportsmen and women in retraining or in a period of transition, who can demonstrate a past sporting level as defined in the above points, may apply for elite status.

How to apply

  • For admission to the University of Fribourg, the procedure, deadlines and regulatory admission requirements must be respected and met.

Admission to the University has no bearing on the possible granting of elite athlete status by the faculties, just as the granting of elite athlete status has no bearing on the decision to admit to the University of Fribourg.

Informations admission



Elite athlete status 

The granting of elite athlete status as well as the potential adjustments are decided on faculty level, on an individual basis, in order to best meet specific needs. The students concerned can contact their faculty at any time:   

Portraits of some elite sportswomen and sportsmen at Unifr


Anouk Vergé-Dépré

Die Coronakrise hat auch das Leben von Anouk Vergé-Dépré auf den Kopf gestellt. Statt sich intensiv auf die Olympischen Spiele vorzubereiten, kann die Weltklasse-Beachvolleyballerin bloss im Keller ihrer Eltern trainieren – und gleichzeitig endlich ihr Studium vorantreiben...


Ivana Domljanovic

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of women obtaining the right to vote in Switzerland, the National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) will introduce you to women working in Swiss research institutes...


Yuri Solcà

Er spielte schon zusammen mit NBA-Star Clint Capela und ist mit 19 Jahren Nationalspieler: Nun haben Sport und Studium den Tessiner Basketballer Yuri Solcà nach Freiburg gelockt. Ihn erwartet ein anstrengender Lebensstil, das Feiern überlässt er deshalb lieber seinem WG-Partner.


Marina Lugt

Mener de front carrière sportive et études n’est pas une sinécure! La basketteuse Marina Lugt en sait quelque chose, elle qui tente, tant bien que mal, de jongler avec une ribambelle d’entraînements et un cursus académique plus qu’étoffé!


Candide Pralong

Candide Pralong est un véritable oxymore sur pattes: il est à la fois «skieur de fond valaisan» et «étudiant athlète olympique». A la veille de son 15 km libre en Corée du Sud, il a pris la peine de farter sa plume pour répondre à nos questions.