Studying with a disability
Stockholm University provides targeted study support to students with long-term disabilities. The goal is to give all students the opportunity to study under equal conditions.
The support is based on your individual needs and aims to facilitate your studies. The support should be reasonable with regard to the disability, course requirements, and intended learning outcomes. How you apply for targeted study support differs depending on if you are coming to Stockholm University as an independent student or as an exchange student.
Continued distance consultations
Disability Services are continuing to mainly offer distance consultations via Zoom or telephone during the gradual opening of campus. Information for students and staff about Covid-19 is found at: su.se/coronavirus
Resource rooms closed
All resource rooms in Studenthuset are permanently closed since the 8th of March 2021. There are currently two resource rooms at the University Library that can be reserved for studying. These resource rooms cannot be used for examinations. Since autumn semester 2020 it is Examination Services that provide rooms for examinations with adjustments. Please contact your department for more information.
Who can apply for support?
If you have a documented, long-term disability you can apply for targeted study support. Long-term disabilities may include:
- specific reading disorder/dyslexia
- neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD, ADD and autism spectrum disorders
- mental health conditions, such as long-term depression and bipolar disorder
- sensory impairments, such as vision impairments and hearing impairments
- mobility impairments
- long-term medical conditions, such as allergies and Crohn’s disease
Temporary injury or illness
Temporary injury or illness is not covered by targeted study support. Please contact a study counsellor at your department.
Apply for support as an independent student
As an independent student (also known as free mover) taking freestanding courses, or as a degree student, you organize your studies in Sweden independently. In this case you are welcome to make an application for support online in the system Nais soon as you have been accepted to Stockholm University and have a Stockholm University student account.
How to apply for support as an independent student
- Submit an application in the system Nais by clicking the link below. To complete the application, you must attach documentation verifying that you have a long-term disability.
Make an application in Nais
- After you have submitted your application, a coordinator of targeted study support will contact you to set up a meeting.
- After your meeting with the coordinator you will receive a certificate detailing the support measures recommended for you. You will receive an email from Nais when the certificate is available. You may then download and show it to the contact person at your department.
More information about applying in Nais
More details on how to make an application in Nais and information about the system can be found on the following page:
When to apply for support as an independent student
It is recommended that you apply for support as soon as possible, so that you may inform your department about your need for support at the start of the course. You are welcome to make your application as soon as you have been accepted to Stockholm University and have a Stockholm University student account. It is also possible to apply for support at any time during the semester.
Documentation verifying a long-term disability
The documentation that you provide in your digital application should be coherent and cohesive. It should be written by a qualified health care practitioner, for example a doctor, psychologist or speech-language pathologist. The documentation must be in Swedish or English and should include:
- your name
- your Swedish personal number, if applicable
- name, profession, and place of work of the health care practitioner issuing the document as well as their signature
- date of the assessment/diagnosis
- how long you have had the disability for and length of time it is expected to last
- a description of the disability and how it might affect your studies
The health care practitioner is welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions regarding what needs to be included in the documentation.
Apply for support as an exchange student
Are you planning to come to Stockholm University on an exchange programme and need support and adjustments due to a disability? In that case, your coordinator or adviser at your home university must contact us at Disability Services well before your arrival, so as to ensure that the support may be arranged. They are welcome to contact us at email@example.com.
You are also advised to contact the international coordinator at the department where you wish to study well ahead of time, in order to get help with planning your studies at Stockholm University.
Erasmus exchange programme
Universities and colleges within the EU and EEA can apply for extra funding to cover associated costs regarding special pedagogical support on an Erasmus placement. It is always the home university that applies for this on their outgoing student's behalf, not the individual student.
The department’s Erasmus coordinator is responsible for ensuring that all the necessary paperwork is completed and that arrangements to meet the needs of the student are made at the host institution before the start of the academic year in which the exchange is scheduled to take place.
It is important that the Erasmus coordinator or the coordinator for targeted study support at your home university contact us at Disability Services well before your arrival, so as to ensure that the support may be arranged. They are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the application has been approved
When the coordinator has approved your application for support, you will receive a certificate describing support and adjustments recommended for you. Please note that the coordinator can only provide recommendations regarding support and adjustments. It is the department, teacher or examiner who decide which adjustments that are given based on the current syllabus and course requirements.
After receiving your certificate it is recommended that you introduce yourself and show the certificate to the contact person at your department, which is usually the study counsellor. The study counsellor can help you in your studies and answer questions about the department’s courses. You can also discuss your choice of study with the counsellor.
At the start of a course
When you start a new course or course unit, please introduce yourself to the teacher and tell them what your needs are. The teacher may then want to see the certificate you received from the coordinator in order to be able to take it into consideration when planning the teaching and examinations. Please do not hesitate to ask for help when you need it. If something does not work, you are welcome to contact your coordinator of targeted study support.
What can the coordinator help you with?
The main duties of a coordinator of targeted study support are as follows:
- Process cases for students with long-term disabilities.
- Recommend, and in some cases decide on, targeted study support measures and adjustments. The recommendations are based on documentation of a long-term disability and a conversation with the student.
- Collaborate with the departments on finding appropriate support measures.
- Provide operational support to the departments.
Types of support and adjustments
Some of the more common types of support we provide at Stockholm University are presented alphabetically below.
Please note that individual aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, hearing aids, and voice recorders are acquired by the students themselves or via the county council.
Course literature as talking books, e-textbooks, or Braille books
If you need your course literature in the form of talking books, e-textbooks or Braille books, please contact the University Library. The library can help you apply for a talking book account at the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM). Once you have your account, you can download and use talking books in the way that suits you best: on a computer, mobile phone, or tablet.
You may email the University Library at email@example.com to make an appointment to register a talking book account.
Extended time, using assistive software, or alternative forms of assessment are examples of examination adjustments that may be recommended for you depending on your needs. It is the examiner who decides which adjustments are possible for each examination in regards to the course objectives. At Stockholm University, Examination Services offer centrally administered rooms for taking exams with adjustments.
If you have a diagnosed and documented executive function deficit and need help planning your studies, you may be provided with a mentor, who will act as a coach. The mentor can, for a period of time, provide an introduction to good study habits and demonstrate tools that can facilitate the planning and organisation of studies.
If you are unable to take notes on your own during lectures and classes, you may receive lecture notes from a fellow student. Ask the study counsellor if there is a note-taker on the course. Otherwise, you can ask a fellow student yourself. The note-taker will be compensated for their work. Note-taking support is not a replacement for attendance, meaning that you will only receive notes from lectures and classes which you attend. If you have participated in the teaching sessions on a course and re-register to the same course in order to complete an examination, you do not normally receive note-taking support again.
There are two resource rooms at the University Library that may be booked for individual study sessions. These rooms cannot be used for examinations. The resource rooms have computers equipped with text-to-speech and spell-checking software. You may reserve the rooms for a maximum of 4 hours per week, and for at least 2 hours each time. The booking link is found at the University Library website:
You will need an access card to open the resource rooms. If you do not have an access card, please contact your coordinator for targeted study support. The access card is then active for one semester at a time. You must therefore reactivate your access card before each new spring and autumn semester. To reactivate your card, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Name and surname
- Personal identity number (yymmdd-xxxx)
- Card number (10 black digits on the back of the card)
Please note that it must be stated in Ladok that you are registered on a course at Stockholm University during the semester when the access card is supposed to be active.
Sign language interpretation
As a registered student you can get a sign language interpreter for every situation that is related to your studies.
As a student at Stockholm University, you have access to the text-to-speech computer software ClaroRead Plus. The software reads digital text aloud and can be used to listen to text in articles, documents, e-mails and on websites. You can install the software on your computer (PC or Mac) for free via the University website. Please note that the software must be reinstalled once a year. If you have installed the software and would like a demonstration of how it works and can be used, you may email email@example.com to make an appointment.
Things to consider before arriving
The Housing Office provides accommodation to international students at Stockholm University. Exchange students from partner universities and non-European master's students who have received a specific scholarship via the Stockholm University Scholarship Scheme are prioritised. Several of the rooms/apartments that the Housing Office rents and manages are wheelchair accessible.
Support outside the university setting
Please note that Stockholm University cannot assist you with transport service, technical equipment, medical assistance or aids and assistance outside the university setting. This support is the responsibility of the Social Welfare System in the municipality of your residence. Please contact the municipality before you apply to the University. The contact for people living in the central area of Stockholm is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you bringing medicines?
Please visit the following site and read about the rules that apply to travellers bringing medicines into Sweden:
Accessible facilities and environment
At Stockholm University, we aim to make our facilities and environment fully accessible.
Adaptations of facilities
If the facilities need to be adapted, or if you encounter obstacles in the University’s facilities, you are welcome to contact the Property Management Office, e-mail: email@example.com.
Accessible toilets / RWC
Toilets with ceiling lifts are available in Södra huset, building C, floor 3 and in Arrhenius, building P, floor 2, northern part. The closest entrance to the latter is at Svante Arrhenius väg 20 F.
Please contact your department's study counsellor for information on accessible toilets/RWC located close to your department.
Accessible entrances and lifts
Please contact your department’s study counsellor for information on accessible entrances or lifts.
Please contact the department’s study counsellor for information on accessible parking spaces close to your department.
Relaxation rooms can be found in Södra huset and Studenthuset. If you need access to a relaxation room in Studenthuset, please contact Infocenter on the ground floor of Studenthuset.
If you need access to a relaxation room in Södra huset, please contact Service Center Frescati Södra, house D, floor 4 (next to Stockholm University library).
Questions about support
Wednesdays 1 - 2pm
Tel: +46 8–16 17 80
Anna Zällh Vahlquist
Room 165, house Beta, floor 1, Studenthuset
Room 164, house Beta, floor 1, Studenthuset
Emelie Ferm (on parental leave 2021)
Coordinator for special pedagogical support
Room 167, house Beta, floor 1, Studenthuset
Room 166, house Beta, floor 1, Studenthuset
Coordinator for special pedagogical support
Room 168, house Beta, floor 1, Studenthuset
Coordinator for special pedagogical support
Room 170, house Beta, floor 1, Studenthuset
Coordinator for special pedagogical support
Room 169, house Beta, floor 1, Studenthuset
Last updated: October 19, 2021