Studying and Student life

Studying with a disability

More than 800 students at Tilburg University have a disability or chronic illness which interferes with their studies. Sometimes this may be obvious (for example if somebody is blind or uses a wheelchair), but usually the problem is not apparent, as in the case of dyslexia, epilepsy, MS, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, deafness, RSI and various mental health problems.
Studying with a disability is nearly always more difficult and takes more time and energy than studying without that impairment.

To make studying easier for people with a disability, a number of special arrangements and specialist facilities are available to these students.

For understandable reasons, it is often difficult to be open about your disability. Nevertheless, it is wise to overcome this fear and contact the academic advisor or program coordinator for your particular course. Make sure you find out about your rights and obligations and act on them.

Students with a disability who have questions about educational facilities or want practical tips on how to manage their studies should contact their academic advisor or program coordinator of their school.

If you need special arrangements for your written exams, you can request for an individual arrangement on the ground of written medical proof. Fill out the form on the website, where you will also find instructions about the procedure.

For questions or more information, please contact a Dean of Students.