Advisory Services Disabled Students

Prospective Students and Current Students

Students with a disability or chronic illness often have to make meticulous plans well in advance.

The Admissions Office is here to help you organize your studies. So that we can support you to the best of our abilities, please contact us via e-mail in good time.

Special provisions and support during your studies

Lecturers must be informed of any disabilities – which are often not visible – so that all necessary provisions for facilitating your studies can be made in good time. You are also welcome to schedule a meeting to discuss your individual needs and possible solutions.

The Admissions Office recommends that you do the following:

  • Contact the Admissions Office via e-mail to explain your individual situation
  • The Admissions Office will contact the academic student advice service, without disclosing your name
  • Students with a disability or chronic illness are accompanied to a joint meeting with the subject coordinators or are referred to the appropriate office
  • An individual covering letter is prepared for everyone involved (type of disability or chronic illness; contacts; recommended measures)

Compensating for disadvantages in performance assessments and coursework

Students with a disability or chronic illness may request compensatory measures if they are unable to complete performance assessments or coursework in their originally prescribed format. Please note the following points:

  • Please submit your request to the Examination Committee well before the performance assessment. Requests cannot be processed without a medical certificate or proof of disability.
  • The Academic Student Advice Service can advise you on the ways in which assessments can be modified.
  • Come up with a few suggestions yourself, as you know best what your limitations are and how to compensate for them.
  •  If you withdraw from an examination due to illness, you must present a medical certificate to the Examination Committee.
  • If acute symptoms of illness occur during a performance assessment, please alert the examiner immediately. The performance assessment will be discontinued. You must then see a physician immediately afterwards and submit a medical certificate to the Examination Committee.

Website

The website is fully accessible and can be read by screen readers.

Buildings

Careful consideration has been given to the accessibility of the buildings and lecture halls in existing and new building projects. For instance, 154 of the 185 lecture halls at the University of Bern are wheelchair-accessible. In addition, some rooms have induction loop systems for people with hearing impairments. In the main building, the auditorium (210), the main lecture hall (110) and lecture halls 201 and 220 are equipped with such systems. Lecture hall A003 in the UniS also has an induction loop system.

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