Studying abroad with special needs

Are you in doubt whether studying abroad is for you? Have you been granted facilities or adjustments at the UU and do you want to know whether you qualify for these if you would choose to go on exchange? Then this page is for you.

Guidance from the UU

Over the last few years we have been receiving more requests from students with special needs to study abroad. A special need can be anything from dyslexia, a chronic illness or a physical disability. We would like to encourage ALL students to partake in an exchange and we can help you in the process.

"It was a real experience to go on exchange to Ireland and I am glad to that it was possible thanks to the Erasmus grant, the Top Up grant and the support from Utrecht University"

Master student Roos went on exchange to Ireland with a disability. Read her experience below.

"In 2017 I went on exchange to Ireland (Cork) for four months. Cork was perfect, it had the same atmosphere as Utrecht: international but not as many tourists as in Amsterdam. I had wanted to study abroad since the very beginning of my studies. However, this didn’t go without planning, because I need an adapted apartment. Eventually I chose Ireland, because I had always wanted to go there and I read that there was a supplementary grant available. I contacted someone at the university who had more information and we discussed what I would need to apply. After providing them with the needed paperwork I was ready also financially and I was actually able to study in Ireland! I am still happy I invested so much energy into this, because it was really cool to meet new people, follow courses and live abroad. I even followed a course in Modern Irish (which most of the Irish people I spoke to were very surprised about). I can still remember the nights at a small Irish bar with violin music and cider. Also studying at the library and cooking with house mates with different nationalities (who knew there are so many difficult names for ingredients in English?). It was a real experience and I am glad to that it was possible thanks to the Erasmus grant, the Top Up grant and the support from Utrecht University. Go raibh maith agat!"

- Rose Mary Hulscher, MSc student, Faculty of Sciences