Sport and study at HFU

From left to right: Tobias Simon, Petrick Hammann and Jan Mayländer

HFU is an ideal university for top athletes who want to combine a sporting career with an academic education. That has been proved once again this winter season. Three HFU students recently took part in the Winter University games (Universiade) in Amaty in Kasakstan and Benni Doll, the current sprint world champion in the biathlon is also an HFU student. The Furtwangen campus set in the middle of the Black Forest is especially attractive for winter sportsmen and women and for other sports such as mountain biking.

Tobias Simon, Petrick Hammann and Jan Mayländer are all studying Product Engineering in the Faculty of Business Administration and Engineering in Furtwangen. As a member of the German student national team, 24-year-old Tobias Simon won the silver medal in the nordic combination at the winter university games. In ski jumping, Petrick Hammann came 20th and Jan Mayländer took 39th place. The three students also took 5th place in the ski jumping team event.

The Furtwangen model enables top athletes to study and continue training for competitive sport, making it one of the most sports-friendly universities nationwide. Competitive sport takes up an enormous amount of time during the period of life in which young people are normally preparing for their working life. Furtwangen University recognized this problem early on and decided to support young athletes in their sporting and working career. An agreement was signed with the Olympic Support Centre Freiburg-Schwarzwald in 2006. The rights of the athletes are now anchored in the Study and Examinations Regulations of our university. According to the agreement, top athletes in the German national A to C squads are entitled to special study conditions. As a result, a Bachelor degree, that normally takes 7 semesters to complete, can be taken over up to 16 semesters if necessary. Additionally, exams which fall on the same date as a competition can be postponed. Student services will also assist athletes in finding suitable accommodation.