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Studying with a disability or chronic illness

If you have a disability, chronic condition or dyslexia and have or expect problems in studying because of this, the UvA can provide extra support.

No barrier to study

Are you interested in a study at the University of Amsterdam - or are you already studying - and do you have a chronic illness or disability? In case you need adjustments in class or at exams, the UvA will gladly help.

The UvA offers, depending on your illness or disability, various possibilities for support during courses and exams in order to offer you a pleasant as possible program. Examination arrangements cannot influence the quality nor degree of difficulty of a course or study programme. Therefore, make sure to read the information below carefully, so you know what to expect in support, before you choose a study programme at the UvA.

Carefully read the pdf with all the steps you have to take (2 p.)

Student counsellors

How can I apply for a provision?

To request an examination or another arrangement, you can make an appointment with a student counsellor. This can be through a referral from the student adviser or directly. The student counsellor will advise the contact person of your programme, based on your medical report or submitted dyslexia report, about your eligibility for the arrangement(s) and the period of validity of this/these arrangement(s).

Student counsellors

(Examination) Arrangements at the UvA

Special walk-in hours for new UvA students

Are you a student now starting your studies at UvA and do you need an exam arrangement, because of your disability? Please visit our special walk-in hour at the start of the academic year to discuss your option(s).

For students at Humanities and Economics and Business, other counselling hours apply (scroll down).

  • from Wednesday, 28 August up till Friday, 4 October 2019
  • on Wednesday and Friday from 14:00-16:00
  • consultation time of 15 minutes
  • location: Roeterseiland Campus, Building J/K, waiting room 2.79


  • from Tuesday, 27 August up till Tuesday, 1 October 2019
  • on Tuesday, from 16:00-17:00
  • consultation time of 15 minutes
  • location City Centre, room BG 2 | room 0.36

Economics and Business:

You will receive an invitation through email about your options.

Student psychologists

For psychological problems, please contact a student psychologist.

Contact student psychologists

Student doctor

If you have study-related health problems (such as RSI and stress), you may also contact a student doctor.

Contact student doctors

Student Careers Centre

If you would like advice or support when looking for, or applying for, a job, please contact the Student Careers Centre. Our career advisers have experience in guiding students with various limitations and/or special personal circumstances.

Student Disability Platform

The Student Disability Platform is made up of students with a disability who want to jointly ensure that every student has the chance to get as much out of their studies as possible without experiencing any obstacles from the UvA arising from their disability.

More information


If you haven’t found the answers you were looking for, please don't hesitate to send an email to the address below. Your question will be answered within a week.

Send your question(s) by email

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