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Studying with a visual impairment

Visual impairments such as partial sightedness or blindness can hinder your study progress. This can make it difficult for you to follow lectures, sit examinations or use computers. You may also experience problems using books and other study materials. Fortunately, the University of Groningen has various arrangements and facilities for students with a visual impairment.

What are the options?

If you encounter obstacles to studying due to a visual impairment, we will work with you to overcome these as best we can, for example, by adapting your study plan, providing text-to-speech software or adapting an examination.

What do you have to take into account?

If a visual impairment is affecting your studies and causing you to delay your studies and/or to adjust your study plan, you should speak up as soon as possible. Your degree programme’s study advisor can talk to you about creating a realistic study plan or a possible lowering of the BSA threshold. You may also be eligible for additional facilities and/or financial arrangements in the event of a study delay. The student counsellors at the Student Service Centre (SSC) can provide you with information about this. This information can be found on the Student Portal.

What do you need to do?

  1. Make an appointment with your study advisor in good time
    Inform your study advisor about your impairment and explain how it is affecting your study progress. The study advisor may decide to refer you to the student counsellor.
  2. Make an appointment with the student counsellor in good time
    The student counsellor can help you to formally arrange the modifications or facilities that you need. They will also advise you about possible financial arrangements in the event of a study delay of 15 ECTS or more. Contact information of student counsellors can be found on Student Portal.

More information

  • On the website of the national Handicap & Studie expertise centre you will find information about various impairments and the impact that they may have on your studies, as well as possible adjustments that can be made.
  • Check out the study tips on the Handicap & Studie website.
  • Dedicon supports anyone who has problems reading or using printed texts. Dedicon can be used to convert textbooks into spoken text or to enlarge them to A3 size.
  • The Vereniging Onbeperkt Lezen (Reading without Limits Association) is the national association for reading in an adapted form: in Braille, via audio, with large print and digitally.
  • Visio is a centre of expertise for visually impaired and blind people.

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Last modified:11 March 2019 10.53 a.m.