Sport Studies

3 Years
Start date:
1st September.
Dutch and English
secondary school (A-levels or equivalent) education
Tuition fees:
Please see our tuition fees page
What is this programme about

Over 4,3 million people in Europe die every year of cardio vascular diseases (CVD). The epidemiologic numbers of other chronic diseases are also inconceivably. Obesity, Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Diabetes, COPD, high cholesterol and hypertension are factors which evoke a lot of grief and costs to society due cure, care and loss of productivity of labor. Unhealthy lifestyle is the main origin of problems . 

In a consortium of 7 universities a European Bachelor programme is developed: "Physical Activity and Lifestyle" (PAL).

Universiti???es of the consortium:?
  • Netherlands : Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
  • Denmark: University of Southern Denmark
  • Italy: University Rome Foro Italico
  • Lithuania: Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education
  • Netherlands: InHolland Haarlem
  • Portugal: Escola Superior de Desporto de Rio Maior
  • United Kingdom: University Worcester?

The programme
The programme PAL is the international major of the Dutch bachelor degree Sport, Health and Management (SHM).
The first year all Dutch and international students will follow a propaedeutic year which consists of 60 ECTS credits. 
After the first year, students can choose for the Dutch or international major (180 ECTS). The Dutch major is called SHM, the international major is called PAL. 
After graduation, all students receive the same bachelor degree (Sport, Health and Management). Students who graduated PAL will also receive an international consortium certificate in which all the consortium universities acknowledge the PAL programme. This certificate discloses very positive employment chances for all of the six countries taking part in PAL.

The major PAL is divided into six semesters
  1. Introductory semester 
    During this semester introductions in teaching didactics & physical activity, public health, applied basic health sciences, behavioral change models, presentation & communication and project management are offered in a theoretical and practical way.
  2. Health Enhancing Physical Activity 
    Students will get to know Physical Activity programmes suitable for the different stages of health and fitness levels of target groups
  3. Changing Behavior 
    Students will experience basic counselling skills (for example motivational interviewing) in order to help clients to lastingly adapt to a healthier lifestyle.
  4. Nutrition (exchange semester) 
    Students will learn about healthy nutrition, cultural differences in diet in Europe; diet-related health and how to help clients changing their eating habits.
  5. Entrepreneurship (exchange semester) 
    This semester the focus is on possible job scenarios and teaches students to settle in various work environments with policy and strategy
  6. Final Project 
    An integrated project where all aspects of the profession come together. 
    Students have to choose 1 semester (Nutrition or Entrepreneurship) for a compulsory semester abroad.

This well elaborated combination of subject areas not only guarantees a complete and profound education. It also enables students to settle in different work surroundings. While the semesters Changing Behavior, Health & Physical Activity, and Nutrition procure the knowledge to successfully work on the health issues, the semester Entrepreneurship enables students to thoroughly observe the job market and to find the best employment as a PAL professional .

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (Hanze UAS)
Zernikeplein 7
9747 AS Groningen
Phone: +31 (0) 50 595 55 55


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