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Dyslexia as a disability

Dyslexia is a disorder characterized by persistent problems with learning to read and/or spell and in reading and/or spelling accurately and/or fluently at the individual word level.

People who have dyslexia have a harder time reading, spelling and writing than would be expected on the basis of their age and education. A diagnosis of dyslexia is only given if there are no other causes to which these problems can be attributed. Dyslexia can involve difficulties with both reading and spelling, or with only one or the other.

Of course, studying includes a large amount of reading and writing. Students who have dyslexia may experience more difficulty studying and need more time to study than the average student.

If you expect that you will need facilities, such as extra time for exams, you can request them online. If you still have a problem with your study pace, report it to one of the Deans of Students in time. You can discuss an adapted study plan with your education coordinator.

Make sure you have a recognized dyslexia certificate. Read more about why it's important to report any study delays.


In many cases it is the Examination Board that judges whether you are entitled to special facilities as based on necessity and availability. Of course, there are limits to what is possible. The university will help you assess your own needs and determine which arrangements are feasible.

Such arrangements can include:

If you have an impairment and have any questions about study facilities, would like advice on special arrangements or practical tips on how to organize your studies, contact the education coordinator.

Dyslexia assessment

If you think you have dyslexia but do not have a recognized dyslexia certificate or need an additional diagnosis, there are testing agencies you can visit. Do bear in mind that the certificate has to be issued by at least a general remedial educationalist, a health psychologist or an NIP-registered child and youth psychologist.

For an address near you, please visit the website of the Nederlands Kwaliteitsinstituut Dyslexie (in Dutch).

  1. Special exam facilities such as extended examination time

  2. Education facilities such as an adapted study plan, staggered examinations or permission to record lectures. You can discuss these options with the education coordinator.
  3. Possible deferment of the BSA
  4. Financial allowances in the event that you fall behind with your studies.