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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. The steps you have to take to apply for targeted study support may differ depending on if you are coming to Stockholm University as an independent student or as an exchange student, please see below for information pertaining to your situation. 

Opening hours during the summer

Disability services will have limited availability for individual consultations between July 12 and August 6. Telephone hours will also be unavailable between those dates.

If you have any questions, please contact us at disability@su.se. Please note that it may take a few days for us to respond, but we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Resource rooms closed

The resource rooms at Student Services in Studenthuset are permanently closed since Monday 8th of March 2021 due to remodelling of the building.

Only distance consultations until further notice

Disability services are currently not offering in-person consultations on campus. All consultations offered are distance consultations via telephone or Zoom. Information for students and staff about Covid-19 is found at: su.se/coronavirus

 

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.

 

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

  1. 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
     
  2. After you have submitted your application, a coordinator of targeted study support will contact you to set up a meeting.
  3. 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 Nais can be found on the following page:

More information about applying in Nais

When to apply for support as an independents 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 disability@su.se if they have any questions regarding what needs to be included in the documentation. 

 

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 disability@su.se.

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 disability@su.se.

 

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 of targeted study support can only provide recommendations regarding support and adjustments. It is always the department, teacher or examiner who decide which types of support are feasible 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 him/her 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 the coordinator at the Student Support Unit.

 

What can the coordinator of targeted study support help you with? The main duties of a coordinator of targeted study support are presented below:

  • Process cases for students with long-term disabilities. 
  • Based on a certificate for a long-term disability and a conversation with the student, recommend, and in some cases decide on, targeted study support measures.
  • Collaborate with the departments on finding appropriate support measures.
  • Provide operational support to the departments.
 

Housing

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.

Read more about Housing for International Students here

 

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: kc.funktionsnedsattning@stockholm.se.

 

Are you bringing medicines?

Please visit the following site and read about the rules that apply to travellers bringing medicines into Sweden:

Bringing medicines into Sweden

 

Read about some of the more common types of support we provide at Stockholm University.

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.

Note-taking support

If you are unable to take notes on your own during lectures and similar, 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 his/her work. Note-taking support is not a replacement for attendance. Thus, you will only receive notes from lectures/classes which you attended in person. 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.

Examination

Some students have the need to write examinations separately, in which case they may be able to sit alone or with a small group of fellow students. If needed, you may be offered an adapted examination upon consulting with the examiner, who decides on such matters. Extended examination time, examinations using digital aids, or alternative forms of examination are examples of adaptations that may be provided.

Course literature as talking books, e-textbooks, or Braille books

If you need your course literature in the form of a talking book, e-textbook or Braille books, please contact the University Library. The library can help you apply for a download account at the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM). Once you have your login details, you can download and use talking books in the way that suits you best: on a computer, mobile phone, or tablet.

For more information, and to see the opening hours for talking books registration, visit:

Information regarding talking books at SU

If you have any questions or need to book a meeting, email: lasstod.sub@su.se.

Mentor

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.

Educational interpreter

If you need a sign-language interpreter, you must contact Educational interpreting unit already when you apply for a course, programme, or exchange studies.

Studying with an interpreter

Interpretation between students

Text-to-speech

As a student at Stockholm University, you can download and install the text-to-speech software ClaroRead Plus. The software reads aloud digital text, such as websites, articles, e-mails, and your own written text. Install the program for free via the University website. The program must be reinstalled after a year.

Read more about how to install the text-to-speech software

Two students talking at an outdoor café Photo: Niklas Björling
Students in Studenthuset
Photographer: Viktor Gårdsäter
 

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: fastighet@su.se.

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

Contact your department’s study counsellor for information on accessible entrances or lifts. 

Accessible parking

You will find information on parking spaces at the following link:  Map of Frescati (1306 Kb) .

You can also contact the department’s study counsellor for information on accessible parking spaces close to your department.

Relaxation rooms

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.

Opening hours and contact details to Infocenter

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).

Opening hours and contact details to Service Center

Aerial virew over the Frescati campus Photo: Clément Morin
 

Contact

Bookings and questions

Email: disability@su.se

Telephone hours

No telephone hours between July 12 and August 6

Wednesdays 1 - 2pm
Tel: +46 8–16 17 80

Where to find us


Anna Zällh Vahlquist

Mentor
Room 238, house Beta, floor 2, Studenthuset

Cecilia Widlund

ICT pedagogue
Room 236, house Beta, floor 2, Studenthuset​​​​

Emelie Ferm (on parental leave 2021)

Coordinator for special pedagogical support
Room 237, house Beta, floor 2, Studenthuset

Jeanette Johansson

Mentor
Room 235, house Beta, floor 2, Studenthuset

Lena Forslund

Administrator
Room 236, house Beta, floor 2, Studenthuset

Marie Archenholtz

Coordinator for special pedagogical support
Room 239, house Beta, floor 2, Studenthuset

Mia Karlsson

Group leader
Coordinator for special pedagogical support
Room 242, house Beta, floor 2, Studenthuset

Åsa Ferm

Coordinator for special pedagogical support
Room 234, house Beta, floor 2, Studenthuset

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