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Studying with ASD

If you have Asperger syndrome, PDD-NOS or classic autism (ASD), then studying can sometimes be difficult. You may have difficulty understanding social cues or finding your way around your new environment. You might also find it difficult to judge exactly what is expected of you during lectures or to separate main and secondary issues in writing assignments. The University of Groningen has various arrangements and facilities for students with ASD.

What are the options?

If you encounter obstacles to studying due to ASD, we will work with you to overcome these as best we can, for example, by adapting your study plan, providing extra time for examinations or helping you to register for the University’s study buddy project.

What do you have to take into account?

If ASD 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. If you would like to make use of special examination facilities: please fill in the information tool , to find out which steps you should take to apply for these facilities.
  2. If you expect a study delay or any other kind of problem related to your studies, or in case you experience study delay during the academic year, you should make an appoint with your study advisor in good time.
    Inform your study advisor about your circumstances and explain how it is affecting your study progress.
  3. In the event of a study delay of 15 ECTS or more, as a consequence of your circumstances: make an appointment with the student counsellor in good time. He/she can advise you about possible financial arrangements in the event of a study delay of this extent.

More information

  • The Student Service Centre (SSC) offers various courses and workshops, such as a Study Support Group specially for students who have difficulty organizing their study-related tasks. These courses and workshops can be found on Student Portal.
  • Stumass is an organization for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in higher and university education. It helps students to complete their studies successfully and guides them, for example, towards independent living.

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Last modified:27 September 2019 2.28 p.m.