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Studying with dyslexia/dyscalculia

Dyslexia and dyscalculia are learning difficulties that can hinder your study progress. If you are dyslexic, you may have trouble reading and writing without errors as well as processing information. Students with dyscalculia may find it difficult to process numerical data and mathematical calculations. The University of Groningen has various arrangements and facilities for students with dyslexia or dyscalculia.

What are the options?

If you encounter obstacles to studying due to dyslexia or dyscalculia, we will work with you to overcome these as best we can, for example, by providing extra time during examinations and text-to-speech software, or adopting a more lenient approach to spelling or calculation errors.

What do you have to take into account?

The University of Groningen does not automatically approve facilities that you were allowed to use during your previous education. The facilities recommended are determined based on the dyslexia/dyscalculia declaration, the accompanying diagnostic report and possibly a one-on-one consultation with the student counsellor. Your degree programme’s Board of Examiners will decide which of the facilities will be allocated. The learning outcomes of the degree programme will be taken into account and the Board of Examiners will assess whether the facilities are practically feasible.

What do you need to do?

If you want to make use of the facilities available for students with dyslexia or dyscalculia, please fill in our online information tool about exam facilities. Depending on the nature of your request, the application process may involve booking an appointment with an academic/study advisor and/or with a student counsellor, or filing an online application. The student counsellors at the Student Service Centre (SSC) will assess your request and advise your degree programme’s Board of Examiners about the suitable facilities.

If dyslexia or dyscalculia 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 more information about this.

More information

  • The Student Service Centre (SSC) offers various courses and workshops, such as the Dyslexia, Information and Study Tips workshop. For more for information or to register, send an email to These courses and workshops can be found on Student Portal.
  • The Academic Communication Skills Manual contains recommendations and guidelines for completing written assignments and other communication tasks.
  • On the Balans Digitaal website, you can find information about dyslexia and dyscalculia.
  • In the video “Proef op de som – studeren met dyscalculie” by Arteveld University College in Belgium, students talk about their experiences.

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Last modified:03 December 2019 2.54 p.m.