What does college sports mean?

College sports: the combination between sports and studies in the United States. You study and compete for the varsity sports team of your university. Student-athletes earn a respected university degree while they are playing their sport nearly every day.

In the US, nearly all universities have sports teams that compete with each other on a regional and national level. The universities in the US allow student-athletes to develop themselves on an academic and an athletic level, while keeping a good balance between sports and academics. In most cases, universities offer scholarships that lower the costs of studies in exchange for athletic performances.

In the United States, all schools are called ‘college’ or ‘university’. This does not mean that you are required to be able to study at a university level in Europe. For more information about the academics, check out the FAQ page on academic and admissions requirements.

Would you like to combine sports and studies in the USA and would you like to receive more info? Contact us!

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Why college sports?

The combination between academics and sports in the United States is the perfect way to develop yourself as a student, athlete and person in an international environment.

In other countries it is nearly impossible to follow a university study while playing sports at the highest level. In the United States, where universities have their own sports teams, the combination of sports and studies is much easier to make. Universities use a lot of tools and resources to make sure student-athletes can perform both athletically and academically.

Universities offer academic tutoring, intensive training programs, high level competitions, physical therapy, fitness coaching, nutrition advice and sports psychology. Combining this all with the world class sports facilities means: you are getting prepared for a successful career in sports and academics!

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How good do you have to be in your sport?

The required level really depends. There are so many different divisions, conferences, leagues and levels, that for many athletes there is a place to play in the US. Slamstox helps internationally active and high level athletes, but also works for regionally active and local athletes to combine sports and studies.

Some student-athletes have one goal: becoming a professional athlete. Others enjoy playing their sports while earning a respected university degree. The level depends on the university and the team. Curious if you match the criteria to become a student-athlete? Or would you like to know which division would be best for you? Check out sports pages, or contact us for an individual assessment.

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Which sports are offered?

American universities offer scholarships for student-athletes in up to 35 different sports!

The following sports are offered: Acrobatics Archery Badminton Baseball Basketball Beach Volleyball Bowling Cross Country Cycling Equestrian Fencing Field Hockey Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Lacrosse Rifle Rodeo Rowing Rugby Sailing Skiing Soccer Softball Sprint Football Squash Swimming & Diving Synchronized Swimming Tennis Track & Field Triathlon Volleyball Water Polo Wrestling. Are you interested in learning more about the requirements for your sport? Check out our sports page

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What does the life of a student-athlete look like?

As a student-athlete, you train with your team, travel to tournaments and compete in games against other universities. All in one of the world’s most unique athletic environments. America is all about sports and every university wants to be the best athletically!

You are playing your sport in college in this unique environment, while earning a university degree at the same time. It seems like a lot, but in the US they take very good care of student-athletes. It’s a priority for the school to make sure that you can develop yourself athletically as well as academically and as a person. Nearly every university offers free tutoring and advising, sports psychologists, nutritionists and more: just for the student-athletes!

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What is a student-athlete?

“Student-athlete” is the American term for a college student that plays his or her sport for the official “varsity” sports team of the university. Every university has one ‘varsity’ team per sport, which means it is the official team for the university. Students can also play sports at a recreational level.

Every student-athlete is recruited by a college coach, to compete for the university team during games and tournaments against other universities. Many student-athletes receive (partial) athletic scholarships, which helps them pay for tuition, housing, meals and other costs of attendance.

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What academic level is required?

The American athletic associations and the American universities require a certain level of high school, to be admitted as a student-athlete. The requirements differ per country. It is common to start the recruiting process before you have complete your high school degree.

It is also possible to join an American university as a transfer student. This means that you have already started studying in your home country. In many cases you will be able to transfer your credits from your home country to your American university, and continue your studies in the US.

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Which visa do I need?

As an international student you will need an F1 visa, which will allow you to stay and study in the United States for a period of 5 years.

To receive an American student visa, you are required to follow multiple procedures. You have to sign up for a student visa interview at the American consulate in your country, and send in a lot of additional paperwork. If your interview is successful, you will receive your visa within a few working days.

Slamstox helps you throughout the complete recruiting process, including the visa application. Would you like to learn more? Contact us.

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Can I stay in the United States after my studies?

If you would like to stay in the US after completing your bachelor’s degree, there are a few possibilities. We will tell you more about some of them here!

1) Optional Practical Training (OPT). Every international student has the opportunity to work for a year in the US after completing a bachelor’s or master’s program. Many students use this extra year to find a company to work for. Companies in the US can then offer work visas to graduated students once they start working.

2) Extend your stay in the US by starting a Master’s program or PhD. In this case, you will have to apply for a new student visa. As a student-athlete, you will receive 4 years of eligibility. Therefore, it’s usually not possible to keep playing your sport during your master’s or PhD. However, there are opportunities to lower your study costs without an athletic scholarship. Want to learn more? Contact us.

3) A work visa! Another method to stay in the US is by applying for a work visa. International students regularly receive job offers to keep working for American companies.

4) Last but not least: find an American girlfriend or boyfriend, and get married! Or sign up for the Greencard lottery: if you are very lucky, you can earn a green card to live and work in the America 😉

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How does the process work?

The process to become a student-athlete is intensive and complex, but Slamstox can help you with it! We have created a detailed step-by-step plan that is designed to help you navigate the recruiting process efficiently.

Read more about the process and about the Slamstox App, to prepare yourself for the recruiting process.

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