Advisory Services Disabled Students


If your course is attended by students with disabilities, there are a number of ways you can provide barrier-free access to studies, depending on the type of disability. The following information is intended to help you to improve the accessibility of your course for students.

Lecture hall reservation

Is my lecture theater wheelchair-accessible? Is there a disabled toilet? Is there an induction loop system for students with hearing impairments?

Check the accessibility in the lecture hall directory. Please reserve rooms well in advance and give details of any disabilities so that the lecture hall management can provide a suitable room in good time.

Documents and central learning platform

ILIAS, the central learning platform of the University of Bern, already more than meets the accessibility standards and can therefore be used by students with disabilities. However, are the PDF documents provided truly barrier-free?

Study and exam organization

Students with a disability or a chronic illness who contact the Admissions Office will receive a personalized covering letter with details of possible adaptations that can be made to study conditions and exam arrangements.

Please note: Study and examination requirements can and should be adapted according to the principle of proportionality (compensating for disadvantages).

  • The use of aids or personal assistance must not be made more difficult. Swiss Invalidity Insurance (IV) often covers the financing of aids.
  • Study and examination conditions should be adapted to meet the specific needs of students with disabilities.
  • Measures should be taken to compensate for disadvantages both in performance assessments at the end of the study program and for coursework that is set during it.