For student athletes

For student athletes

Read these guidelines carefully if you are a student athlete.

  1. This programme is offered to students who qualify as Student Athletes.
  2. Student Athletes are students who form part of a National Sports Team or completed their compulsory education at the National Sport School, Malta (NSS).
  3. The programmes aim to offer student athletes the possibility of obtaining their MATSEC Certification whilst maintaining their training programmes with a National Sport Federation/Association (henceforth referred to as NSFA), which is officially recognised by the Malta Olympic Committee and/or with the NSS.
  1. Option A: Study Programme for National Team Athletes aimed for national team athletes.
  2. Option B: National Sport School 16+ Programme aimed for students who completed their compulsory education at the NSS and for national team athletes. This option is offered only in those sport disciplines, which have the support of the respective NSFA.
  1. Student athletes enrolling in this programme must fulfil the general entry requirements for the Matriculation Course (Standard) as stipulated by the University of Malta.
  2. Student athletes who would like to follow Option A, must present a written endorsement from the respective NSFA that they form part of a national squad/ team or potentially can be part of one within one year with the aim of representing the country in international games/sport events. This endorsement must be renewed at the beginning of each academic year.
  3. Student athletes, who would like to follow Option B, must present either a written endorsement from the NSS that they have the potential to continue training with the said school or from the relevant NSFA (as in previous paragraph).
  1. The programme is offered on a full-time basis spread over two academic years.
  2. Student athletes following Option A will have their timetables scheduled, Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 15:00. This is subject to availability.
  3. Student athletes following Option B will have their timetables scheduled between 10:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and between 08:00 and 17:00 on Monday and Friday. Training will be provided by NSS in conjunction with the respective NSFA/s between 07:45 and 09:30 on the days indicated above.
  4. Student athletes will need to ensure they have an adequate insurance cover for the time during which they are released from the College to participate in training, events and/or other competition.
  5. Student athletes in this programme may book and make use of the sports facilities at Junior College between 08:00 and 17:00, provided that such booking and use does not conflict with the student athletes’ lectures at the College.
  6. Student athletes are provided with Special Sports Exemptions allowing them to participate in training, events and/or competitions following a request from the respective NSFA/NSS.
  7. Student athletes can bring their personal coach/trainer to Junior College provided he/she is officially recognised as such by the NSFA or NSS.
  8. If the student athlete is required to participate in a competition/training camp during the June Examination period, their session will be held in September as a first sit.
  9. Enrolled athletes have the possibility of using their sport discipline as a Systems of Knowledge project.
  10. A sport locker is provided in the Sports Hall.
  11. The Sports and Leisure Coordinator will act as the main contact person for student athletes enrolled in this programme.
  12. A certificate of participation will be given to those who complete the programme.
  1. Student athletes are expected to follow Junior College general regulations and guidelines on the College Campus and those of the NSS/NSFA where applicable.
  2. Student athletes must present a written endorsement from the respective NSFA/NSS within ten working days from the submission of their application. Failure to do so will automatically enrol the student in the standard course.
  3. Student athletes studying at the College will be following a study programme tailored on the Matriculation Course (Standard). The MATSEC regulations apply.
  4. Enrolment for this study programme can only take place during the admission period before first year commences.
  5. Once a student athlete enrols in the programme s/he cannot change to another programme offered at Junior College.
  6. No changes to the student athlete time-table will be allowed once this is set at the beginning of the year.
  7. Every effort will be made to ensure student athletes can choose any combination of subjects in accordance with MATSEC regulations, but certain restrictions may apply.
  8. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that the group of chosen subjects is in line with MATSEC regulations. 
  9. The Junior College reserves the right not to offer a subject if the number of applicants does not justify it or if logistics and timetable arrangements do not permit it.
  10. Although every effort will be made by the Junior College Administration to hold sessions as per Option chosen, the Junior College reserves the right to make use of other hours beyond those indicated if the need arises.
  11. Student athletes must participate in the annual Junior College Sport Festival and must represent Junior College in festivals, games and other sport events.  Student athletes who opt without justification not to fulfil this responsibility will forfeit the possibility of making use of Special Sports Exemptions.
  12. Enrolled student athletes must commit themselves to their programme of studies and attend all sessions.  Failure to comply with this responsibility without justification leads to forfeiture of the Special Sports Exemptions.
  13. When student athletes are exempted from attending Junior College following a request by the respective NSFA or NSS, they may make use of respective tutor contact hours.  It is important to note that missed practical sessions cannot be replaced.
  14. Only sport entities recognised by the Malta Olympic Committee are considered as NSFAs.
  15. If the enrolled student athlete for some reason or another stops forming part of the national team/squad or stops training with the NSS during the two year programme, s/he will still remain in the programme but will loose the right to the Special Sports Exemptions and other privileges.
  16. Registration for this programme is only possible by end of August.




https://www.jc.um.edu.mt/study/programmes/forstudentathletes