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Studying with a physical disability

Physical disabilities such as physical conditions and temporary or chronic illnesses and diseases can hinder your progress or affect your stamina. The University of Groningen has various arrangements and facilities for students with physical disabilities.

What are the options?

If you encounter obstacles to studying due to a physical disability, we will work with you to overcome these as best we can, for example, by adapting your study plan, modifying lecture halls and examination rooms and improving the accessibility of buildings.

What do you have to take into account?

If a physical disability 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.
  • In order to prevent or combat RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), the University closely monitors the quality of IT equipment and furniture.
  • Wiel & Deal supports young people with a disability in their studies and student life.
  • Fokus provides adapted, ground-floor houses in Groningen.

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Last modified:24 June 2019 12.32 p.m.