• Application Deadline
  • 14 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Module)
    Tuition (Module)
  • English
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


cAfter two outstanding Paralympic Games, London 2012 and Rio 2016, the standard of adaptive sports is improving faster than ever before. These days, young people with physical disabilities have their own heroes to look up to as they dream of the 2028 games. But even though sports and exercise provision for wheelchair users has never been better, there is still a long way to go. This course is for those aspiring to join the next generation of professionals in this rewarding field. For wheelchair users as much as anyone else, exercise and sport are important components of an active, healthy lifestyle.

The Pushing for Gold: Exercise and Sports for Wheelchair Users course is offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Building upon a strong theoretical examination of the subject’s physiological, biomechanical and psychosocial aspects, this interactive course explores the practical issues they face at all levels. From exercise during rehabilitation and sport for health and fitness all the way to elite, Paralympic-standard performance. It also includes actual exercise testing of wheelchair athletes and interactive seminars with wheelchair users. As well as experts from VU Amsterdam and other academic institutions, your tutors include top practitioners from the Centre for Adapted Sports Amsterdam at leading rehabilitation centre Reade.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 14 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    3 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Entry Level
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Our courses are designed to provide an intensive, in-depth look at your topic of study. Besides the built-in course excursions we offer an extensive social programme.


Mixed classroom with peers from all over the world, max. 25 students.


Prof. Dr. Thomas W. J. Janssen, Dr Sonja de Groot, Dr Marije Baart de la Faille-Deutekom, Dr Jasmijn Holla, Linda van Vliet MSc.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Advanced Bachelor's to Master level/PhD, which means you are eligible to apply when you are enrolled in your second year of Bachelor studies.

Technological Requirements


Tuition Fee Per Module

  • EUR 1150 International
  • EUR 1150 National
Included in the tuition fee are: Airport pick-up service, Orientation programme, Course excursions, On-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance, Transcript of records. Excluding housing. Different housing options are available, both on and off campus.


Early bird discount of €150 for anyone who applies and pays before 15 March 2017. €250 discount for students from partner universities. 10 scholarships available that cover the full tuition fee of one course. Combine 2 courses: €100 discount. Combine 3 courses: €200 discount. See website for list of partner universities and terms and conditions.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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