There are circumstances that can make studying difficult. Because of an illness, functional impairment or mental health issues, you may need extra support during your studies. But also when you are pregnant, parenting or caring for others, you may need extra support to continue your studies.
We can help you get the best out of yourself and your studies. For example, by granting you extra time to take an exam or allowing you to use a laptop with speech software. It is also possible to agree on an adjusted study schedule and to get an exception for the binding recommendation. But how do you arrange this? We help you with tips and information on how to apply for extra support as a (prospective) student.
Is your situation not listed here or do you doubt whether you need support? Make an appoinment with your academic advisor to discuss your situation. The academic advisor will help you find solutions and can refer you if necessary.
If there are circumstances that affect your studies, you can contact the TU/e student guidance staff for guidance and facilities. They think along with you and can help you eliminate any obstacles as much as possible and prevent or limit study delays due to your circumstances as much as possible.
Your academic advisor is often your first point of contact and can help you draw up an adjusted schedule if the circumstance causes (or caused) study delay or to give room for (medical) treatment. The academic advisor supports you in arranging necessary adjustments within your program.
For independent advice and (financial) support arrangements in case of study delay due to your personal circumstances, you can contact the student counselor. The student counselor can tell you more about:
- The binding recommendation on the continuation of studies (BSA) when you are at risk of not meeting the standard because of extenuating personal circumstances.
- A performance grant provision ('voorziening prestatiebeurs') from DUO
- TU/e Student Financial Support fund
With the student counselor you can also arrange examination facilities, such as:
- the standard examination time extension (10-minute extension per hour)
- the use of a notebook and text-to-speech software
- examinations with a larger font size/A3 format
- examination location with few stimuli
- standing tables/ergonomic chairs
- diabetes-related measures (glucose meter, medication, food)
Be sure to inform your academic advisor and student counselor as soon as possible if you think you are experiencing study delays due to personal circumstances.
Good to know
Have you discovered during your studies that you need certain facilities? Please contact the student counselors via firstname.lastname@example.org at least five weeks before the start of the examination period. Some facilities that have already been granted to you must be requested again for each examination period. More information on this can be found on the education guide page on 'requesting special facilities for an exam'.Read more
Do you know already before the start of your studies that you will need certain facilities? Contact our student counselors via email@example.com at least three months before the start of the academic year.Read more
To make use of certain facilities, you sometimes need to be able to provide proof. This will usually be a recent medical declaration or a statement from a psychologist or a remedial educationalist from a BIG, NIP or NVO-registered testing agency.Read more
If you cannot study for a certain period of time (more than two months), it may be sensible to temporarily terminate your enrollment. Consultation with a student counselor is necessary to determine what is best for you. The student counselor can give you more information about terminating enrollment and re-registering (re-entry).Read more
If you have incurred a study delay during your performance grant period due to special circumstances, you may be eligible for an extra year of:
- Study grant from DUO (extension of the performance grant)
- Financial support from TU/e’s Student Financial Support Fund
It is important that you report the circumstances that are causing the study delay to your academic advisor or student counselor within two months. Feel free to make an appointment with a student counselor if you would like to learn more about these arrangements. The student counselor will discuss your eligibility with you.