Students and doctoral students with long-term disabilities have the right to be able to study on equal terms in a good study environment and receive support and adjustments during their studies. On this page you can find out how to apply for study support, examples of the kind of support and adjustments provided and how to contact the staff at Study Support.
How to apply for study support
If you are admitted to Malmö University and have a documented long-term disability, you can apply for study support at any time via NAIS (National Administration and Information System).
Examples of long-term disabilities are reading and writing difficulties/dyslexia, mental health issues, neuropsychiatric disabilities, mobility impairment, visual or hearing impairment or chronic diseases. Temporary injury or illness is not covered by study support.
If you have a severe visual impairment, need a sign language interpreter, transcription assistance or if premises need to be adapted, contact the Study Support staff when you apply for a programme.
To apply for study support, you will need a certificate or documentation proving your disability. The certificate must be issued by a licensed healthcare professional such as a doctor, psychologist, audiologist or certified dyslexia examiner.
If you do not have documentation of your disability, you can contact 1177 for more information on who to contact.
The certificate must contain:
your name and social security number (person number)
the name and place of employment of the certifier
the date of the assessment or medical care
how long you have had the impairment or medical care
how long the impairment is expected to last
how the impairment affects you
What happens after I submit my application?
Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted by one of our coordinators working at Study Support. Please check your spam mail folder. The email you receive contains a link to our booking calendar. You book a time that suits you and you can choose to meet us in person, be called or have a video meeting via Zoom.
The email will also contain information on how to access read-out literature, speech synthesisers and spelling programmes.
At the meeting, you and the coordinator will discuss what support and adjustments may be relevant for you. After the meeting, you will receive a NAIS notice containing the decision and recommendations. You will also receive information about who you need to contact to get your support.
Support for studying
Study Support can authorise and recommend various supports and adjustments for students with permanent disabilities. Together, you and the coordinator at Study Support, decide what kind of support suits you and your studies best.
First, ask a fellow student if they want to be your note-taker. Otherwise, you can look in Canvas for the note-taking module. In the module, students who want to be a note-taker sign up and you can then contact one of them. If you cannot find the module, you can ask the course coordinator to download it.
You must attend the lectures yourself to receive the notes from your note-taker. If you have any questions, please contact Petter Rasmusson, email@example.com. When you have found a note-taker, ask them to register as a note-taker in the form below.
In some cases, you may be granted mentoring support for a limited time, for example to help you plan and structure your studies.
Assistive programmes, talking books and speech synthesis
Studies can be made easier by having text read out by speech synthesis programmes. There are also spelling programmes in both Swedish and English. All students can download these support programmes to their computer free of charge.
Students with reading disabilities can contact the University Library to get access to talking books.
Coordinators can recommend study support in connection with sit-in exams. Examples of support include sitting in a smaller group, using a computer with assistive programmes or extended writing time. However, it is always the examiner who decides whether the recommendations are feasible. It is your responsibility to register your need for support every time you take an exam.
Study Support lends dictaphones, reading pens and Smart Pens if available.
Students with disabilities have the right to have the same access to international opportunities as other students. You can get help from the International Office to write your application. At the partner university, students can receive equivalent study support and in some exchange programmes it is possible to apply for additional scholarship funds.
If you want more information or have questions about study support and international opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the International Office.
Drop-in mentor is for students who are waiting to receive a mentor, have previously had a mentor or only need help occasionally. You can come to Drop-in mentor if you have need help creating structure in your studies, need help planning or prioritising or want to bounce ideas or thoughts with someone. You can also receive information about other support available at the university.
You can come to the Student Centre or meet us via Zoom.
Drop-in mentor at the Student Centre, Neptuniplan 7
Any comments or complaints about the learning support service can be submitted to Malin Alfredsson.
Become a support person
As a support person for a student with a disability you have a very important role. A support person can work as a note-taking support, a mentor, a guide or a writing support. As a support person you support a student to succeed in their studies whilst at the same time learning a lot yourself.