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Studying with a disability

Studying with a disability may require additional time and effort. Find out what support is available at Leiden University and consider what might be helpful in your particular situation.

What is a disability

A disability is a physical or mental disability or other long-term limitation. This could be for example:

  • a visual, auditory or physical disability;
  • a learning disability (for example dyslexia);
  • a chronic or psychological illness.

Facilities and support

Leiden University offers a range of different facilities and support depending on your needs. Click on your disability below for more information.

The Fenestra Disability Centre

The Fenestra Disability Centre provides advice on all disability-related issues. As well as assisting students with requests for extra facilities, Fenestra can also offer financial advice and give general information on finding your way both within and outside the university.

Contact Fenestra as early as possible

We encourage you to contact Fenestra as early as possible if you would like to arrange study adaptations or use Fenestra’s services. You do not need to wait until you start your studies.

Your disability


Autism spectrum disorder

Chronic illness


Hearing disability

Speech disability

Visual disability


The examination facilities coordinator

The examination facilities coordinator arranges the examination facilities for students with a disability, after these have been granted by Fenestra and the Board of Examiners. Together with the study advisor, the coordinator can also help you with any questions relating to the organization of your examination facilities.

(Additional) Facilities

Do you need advice or have any questions about the (additional) facilities for studying with a disability? You can always first contact Fenestra Disability Centre. The expert staff members have plenty of experience and know all the options. You can ask them a question via this form or easily make an appointment directly by clicking the button ‘Make an appointment’ in the contact information block on the right side of this page.


If you would like to contact the examination facilities coordinator yourself, you can send an email to the general email address for Studying with a Disability: osz-stufu@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Or you can visit the Arsenaal Education Administration Office.

Humanities students in the Hague

Are you studying a Humanities Bachelor in the Hague? Please contact your Study Advisor when studying with a disability. The Study Advisor of your programme is the person who knows most about the particular programme and is the person to approach if you have any questions, need advice or help with arranging practical things related to your studies. 

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