INT 1 INDIVIDUAL ELIGIBILITY FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS  PUBLISHED | August 2021 

INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY SPORTS FEDERATION (FISU) COMPETITIONS 

INT 1.1 Eligible participants Further to any FISU regulations in place at the time, for an individual to be eligible to represent BUCS/GB Students in FISU competitions they shall: 

INT 1.1.1 Be a British (United Kingdom) national. 

INT 1.1.2 Be a registered student at an institution that is a recognised provider of Higher Education (HE). 

AND 

INT 1.1.3 Be within the age range limits for the specific event they are attending, as set by FISU. 

AND 

INT 1.1.4 Be registered on a course that is at or above one of the following minimum levels: 

  • Level 4 on the Framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ). 

  • Level 7 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). 

  • Level 4 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework for England and Northern Ireland (RQF). 

  • Level 4 on the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW). 

INT 1.1.4.1 An individual at an institution outside of the UK shall be registered on a course equivalent to those covered under INT 1.1.4. 

AND 

INT 1.1.5 Be undertaking a study programme equivalent to: 

  • Where the course is credit rated under CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme), at least 60 credits per year. 

  • Where the course is run using guided learning hours, a minimum of 225 hours per year. 

  • Where the course is a postgraduate course which is not credit rated, no less than 50% of the full-time student programme per year. 

INT 1.1.5.1 A year will be taken as 12 months from the start date of their course. 

INT 1.1.5.2 An individual at an institution outside of the UK shall be undertaking a study programme equivalent to the requirements of INT 1.1.5. 

AND 

INT 1.1.6 Be a player who is permitted by the International or National Governing Body of the sport concerned to participate in FISU competition alongside any other competition in that sport. 

AND 

INT 1.1.7 Meet the Sport Specific Eligibility Requirements as defined in the individual competition selection policy for that competition 

INT 1.2 Special cases for participation Further to any FISU regulations in place at the time, the following individuals are classified as eligible to represent BUCS/GB Students in FISU competitions: 

INT 1.2.1 Notwithstanding INT 1.1.5, an individual who is otherwise eligible under INT 1.1 on a sandwich/industrial placement as part of their course is eligible during this time. 

INT 1.2.2 A former student of an eligible institution (as per INT 1.1.2) who has obtained an eligible qualification (as per INT 1.1.4) from said institution in the calendar year preceding the event. 

INT 1.2.3 A student who would otherwise be eligible under INT 1.1. who has their studies suspended1 will not be eligible to compete until such a time as their studies recommence.  

INT 1.3 Transgender athletes BUCS supports equal opportunities in sport for all, to include transgender athletes on the basis of the gender with which they identify. BUCS promotes a zero-tolerance approach to transphobia and any person or institution found to be in contravention of this regulation will face disciplinary action under REG 5.  

INT 1.3.1 For FISU competitions, the policy on transgender participation of FISU and/or the International Federation whose sport-specific regulations are being followed shall apply. 

INT 1.3.2 Drug testing procedures and prohibitions, as outlined in INT 1.4, also apply to athletes who identify as transgender. Any athlete receiving treatment involving a Prohibited Substance or Method, as described on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List, should apply for a standard Therapeutic Use Exemption. 

INT 1.4 Anti-Doping All participants in FISU competitions are subject to the Anti-Doping rules of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), FISU, and the specific sport’s International and/or National Governing Body. As such: 

INT 1.4.1 All participants are subject to testing. 

INT 1.4.2 Any individual who is serving a suspension as a result of an Anti-Doping rule violation will not be eligible to participate in any FISU competitions. 

INT 1.5 Allowing ineligible participants to represent an institution will result in appropriate disciplinary action being taken. Athletic Union or equivalent staff should in cases of doubt refer the circumstances to the BUCS Sport Compliance and Governance Manager. 

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY SPORTS ASSOCIATION (EUSA) COMPETITIONS 

INT 1.6 Eligible participants Further to any EUSA regulations in place at the time, for an individual to be eligible to represent their institution in EUSA competitions they shall: 

INT 1.6.1 Be a registered student at an institution that holds a level of BUCS membership which entitles them to participate in BUCS competitions. 

INT 1.6.1.1 An individual can only represent an institution with which they are registered. 

AND 

INT 1.6.2 Be within the age range limits for the specific event they are attending, as set by EUSA. 

AND 

INT 1.6.3 Be registered on a course that is at or above one of the following minimum levels: 

  • Level 4 on the Framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ). 

  • Level 7 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). 

  • Level 4 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework for England and Northern Ireland (RQF). 

  • Level 4 on the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW). 

AND 

INT 1.6.4 Be undertaking a study programme equivalent to: 

  • Where the course is credit rated under CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme), at least 60 credits per year. 

  • Where the course is run using guided learning hours, a minimum of 225 hours per year. 

  • Where the course is a postgraduate course which is not credit rated, no less than 50% of the full-time student programme per year. 

INT 1.6.4.1 A year will be taken as 12 months from the start date of their course. 

AND 

INT 1.6.5 Be a player who is permitted by the International or National Governing Body of the sport concerned to participate in EUSA competition alongside any other competition in that sport. 

INT 1.7 Special cases for participation Further to any EUSA regulations in place at the time, the following individuals are classified as eligible to represent their institution in FISU competitions: 

INT 1.7.1 Notwithstanding INT 1.6.4, an individual who is otherwise eligible under INT 1.6 on a sandwich/industrial placement as part of their course is eligible during this time. 

INT 1.7.2 An individual who is on a study abroad placement/scheme (e.g. Erasmus) at a different institution to that with which they are registered is eligible during this time if whilst doing so they still meet the requirements of INT 1.6. 

INT 1.7.3 A former student of an eligible institution (as per INT 1.6.1) who has obtained an eligible qualification (as per INT 1.6.3) from said institution in the academic year preceding the event. 

INT 1.7.4 A student who would otherwise be eligible under INT 1.6. who has their studies suspended2 will not be eligible to compete until such a time as their studies recommence except for if the following applies: 

INT 1.8 Transgender athletes BUCS supports equal opportunities in sport for all, to include transgender athletes on the basis of the gender with which they identify. BUCS promotes a zero-tolerance approach to transphobia and any person or institution found to be in contravention of this regulation will face disciplinary action under REG 5.  

INT 1.8.1 For EUSA competitions, the policy on transgender participation of EUSA and/or the International Federation whose sport specific regulations are being followed shall apply. 

INT 1.8.2 Drug testing procedures and prohibitions, as outlined in INT 1.9, also apply to athletes who identify as transgender. Any athlete receiving treatment involving a Prohibited Substance or Method, as described on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List, should apply for a standard Therapeutic Use Exemption. 

INT 1.9 Anti-Doping All participants in EUSA competitions are subject to the Anti-Doping rules of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), EUSA, and the specific sport’s International and/or National Governing Body. As such: 

INT 1.9.1 All participants are subject to testing. 

INT 1.9.2 Any individual who is serving a suspension as a result of an Anti-Doping rule violation will not be eligible to participate in any EUSA competitions. 

INT 1.10 Allowing ineligible participants to represent an institution will result in a charge of misconduct being raised against the institution and appropriate disciplinary action taken in accordance with REG 5. Athletic Union or equivalent staff should in cases of doubt refer the circumstances to the BUCS Sport Compliance and Governance Manager. 

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