Students Tilburg University

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 education coordinator for your particular course. Make sure you find out about your rights and obligations and act on them. The education coordinator can also discuss an adjusted study plan with you.


Students with a disability who have questions about educational facilities or want practical tips on how to manage their studies should contact their education 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. They can inform you about the consequences of possible study delay and about possible financial support if your studies get delayed because of your  impairment or chronic illness.

Students with a disability or chronic illness are also allowed to sign up for flexible studying, under certain conditions. Please contact the coordinator at


In addition to the facilities to which you may be entitled, there are also some duties. For example, you are obliged to report any study delay to the Dean of Students as soon as possible, the so-called reporting obligation. Furthermore, make sure that you have adequate evidence that you can submit when you first apply for or report your disability.


If you have any questions about studying with a disability, please send an email to the Deans of Students at For information about studying with a disability in a specific program, contact the education coordinator.