English has nearly 1 billion native and foreign speakers and it is, by far, the most common language in the sports world. It is present everywhere, from technical meetings to competitions, from refereeing to press conferences.
All sportspersons – directors, coaches, team managers, athletes, judges, referees, students, spectators – who already have a basic understanding of the language now have a tool to improve their Technical English.
The English Speaking Sportsworld, or TESS for short, is a multimedia e-learning tool that makes the link between language and sport. Supported by ENSE and other partners, it is a unique tool in the sports world.

To find out more, you can visit the official website.

The University of Rome “Foro Italico”, an Italian state university excelling in the Sport Science studies, in consortium with the Norwegian School of Sport Science in Oslo (NOR), the University of Vienna (AUT), the University of Southern Denmark in Odense (DEN) and the German Sport University in Cologne (GER), leading European Universities in the field, offers a 2-year European Master in Health and Physical Activity (120 ECTS). The program is carried out in English and successful students will be awarded a joint European certificate plus single or double national second level degrees (that are equally valid in Italy as well as in the other European countries).

The development of the program, coordinated by the University of Rome “Foro Italico”, has set out targets favoring the convergence of European Higher Education systems and the creation of an European Higher Education Area. It responds to the need of creating international university programs, whose structure includes studying periods abroad and guarantees an education towards both high professional opportunities and research activities, by making use of regular curricular internships. Master graduates in Health and Physical Activity shall be able to integrate at high level their knowledge of movement sciences, into biomedical, psycho-pedagogical and sociological ones and, in particular, pertaining the use of movement science in the preventive and rehabilitative area, in different age groups.

Who can apply

Graduates in the Sport Science area are eligible to enter the European Master in Health and Physical Activity: in this case they already meet minimum requirements  and they have only to pass the entrance examination. Graduates in different degree courses, shall have earned at least 28 ECTS (12 ECTS in the biomedical area, 12 ECTS in Physical Education/Sport/Movement Science  and Kinesiology area and 4 ECTS in the psychological – pedagogical sociological areas) in order to be admitted to the selection  and, of course, to pass the entrance examination. Also those students who are going to graduate in the fall session are admitted to the entrance examination. However, their enrolment will be accepted on a provisional basis and will be confirmed only if the degree is obtained 30 November.

Entrance Examination

Entrance examination, scheduled in July (date TBA), will be in English and organized in two parts:
a) evaluation of each candidate’s study curriculum;
b) only candidates in possession of minimum requirements can enter the second part, consisting of an online test to ascertain their basic knowledge of topics related to preventive and adapted physical activity  and of an interview on the above topics and on their motivation. Their proficiency in English will be also tested.


How to apply

You will need to fill out and get ready specific documentation (Application form, Curriculum), that can be downloaded from websites http://www.uniroma4.it and http://www.europeanmasterhpa.it/, where you can also find detailed information about entrance requirements and the program. These documents, in addition to the pre-enrolment procedure indicated in the official announcement, shall be received by the European Master Board by deadline (15 July 2016, at 13:00 CET) in compliance with the conditions published on the above mentioned websites.

The Deutsche Sporthochschule (German Sport University) will be accepting applications for its Master's in International Sport Development and Politics from June until 15 July. 

The Master Programme enables the graduates to link interdisciplinary content from politics, history, sociology, economics, law and sports.

The curriculum
Broken down into 12 modules, the curriculum features basic, advanced and specialized courses that enable a progressive learning process:

  • Module 1 is primarily aimed at acquiring a general expertise in the field
  • Module 2 presents methodological skills and thus marks an intersection between disciplinary background and expertise on content
  • Modules 3 and 4 focus on European sports and on Olympic policy, both of which are key topics in international sports development
  • Module 5 focuses on sociological and legal aspects
  • Module 6 delves into economics
  • Module 7 offers students to conduct a concrete research project
  • Modules 8 to 11 are based on sport for development, sport policy and sport systems and focus on both current research questions and professional examples
  • Module 12 applies these combined skills in self-guided research as reflected in the Master’s Thesis

Admission requirements

  • Completed degree (no less than six semesters) in a related field of study (subject specific requirements regarding the relevancy are listed in annex A of the admission regulations)
  • Proof of ability (above-average final grade of either 2.5 or higher in the German system or B according to ECTS)
  • Personal qualification (proven by Curriculum Vitae (CV) and letter of motivation) and professional qualification
  • Proficiency in English: lectures and courses will be held in English. Test scores (TOEFL or IELTS) are required (exceptions for native speakers, graduates holding a Bachelor of an English degree programme obtained at an university within the European Union or in a country where the official language is English)
  • German language proficiency is not compulsory but basic knowledge is strongly recommend
  • Completion of a relevant Bachelor's degree with at least 180 credit points according to European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The programme should predominantly focus on (at least 90 credits) either sports science, social sciences, humanities, culture or economics. In terms of methodology, the majors of the Bachelor programme should reveal foundations of empirical social research and hermeneutics (at least > 10 CP) and in terms of content historical or current sociopolitical sport or academic developments (at least must include > 25 CP)

The master study programme only starts in winter semesters (start in October). Since there are only few places in the programme, the admission depends on personal qualifications of the student proven by application.

The applicant’s CV and motivation letter have to be in English. Applicants with previous professional and/or academic experience need to submit proof of academic records, professional experience, or sport practical experience (in English or German language). During the application period (from the beginning of June until 15 July) you can apply for the master study programme and find out more about the current status of your application through the DSHS Köln Online Application Portal.


The SPEACH Project aims to educate future sport professionals by developing ‘Health Enhancing Physical Activity’ (HEPA) modules that can be integrated in existing Physical Education Teaching Educations and Sport Coaching Educations. The consortium behind the project, consisting of ten institutes and networks from seven EU countries, intends to have these sport professionals ultimately stimulate their young pupils and have an health enhancing effect on European society in an age where sedentariness is a cross-national problem. Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, the SPEACH Project will run until the end of 2017.

Professor Johan de Jong (Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen): “The SPEACH Project was considered a best practise in the first cohort of Erasmus+/sport projects, partially because of the high potential impact it has. We have specifically chosen to develop modules to be integrated in existing education to be able to reach high numbers of future professionals without changing the educational system in any of the countries. By combining knowledge from England, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Lithuania, Denmark, and The Netherlands in the shape of experts from ten institutes and networks in the field of sport education and coaching the project has European-wide potential.”


To understand the European needs from the field of ‘Physical Education Teaching Education’ (PETE) and ‘Sport Coaching Education’ (SCE) a 3-step approach was developed. 21 educational institutes in the 7 participating countries where targeted to survey their students on HEPA related matters. During the bi-annual conference of the European Network of Sport Science, Education & Employment (ENSSEE) an international focus group of experts reflected on survey results and as a final step multiple national experts in each participating country were interviewed. The full results of this 3-step approach are expected later this year and will be used for the development of HEPA modules.

The consortium, of which the European Network of Sport Science, Education & Employment (ENSSEE) is an important part, is currently focused on analysing the aforementioned results and increasingly on the module development. After this development next steps to take include teacher training, piloting, reviewing, and validating. To stay updated or to find out more about the project visit the SPEACH website or follow @SPEACHproject on Twitter. Interested parties can contact the project organisation through the website.

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