Studying with a functional impairment

Studying with a functional impairment

How to get help

Studying with a disability might take more energy and time than studying without one. Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) takes into account impairments, medical conditions, mental health difficulties or specific learning difficulties that could have an effect on your ability to study, take exams, or affect other aspects of your university life. These can include:

  • Visual, hearing or sensory impairment
  • Specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (e.g. Asperger Syndrome)
  • Concentration disorders (e.g. ADD, ADHD)
  • Medical conditions (e.g. epilepsy, asthma, diabetes)
  • Mental health difficulties (e.g. depression, phobia)
  • Any other diagnosed condition which has a significant effect on your ability to study 

Special facilities

RSM wants to support students with a disability to complete their studies; we offer assistance in the form of study guidance, specialised software or special examination facilities such as:

  • taking your exams in a separate room with 30 minutes extra time
  • offering exam papers in A3 format
  • using a laptop to write your exam answers 

These facilities are provided by special request.

Read on to find out about our information sessions, as well as how and when to make your request, and what information is needed.

Requesting special exam facilities 

Students with dyslexia or concentration problems (e.g. ADD or ADHD) can ask to take their exams in a separate room with 30 minutes extra time, and/or receive the exam paper in A3 format, by submitting a request directly to the RSM Examination Board. This can be done via the RSM Examination Board website.  

Please note: it is not possible to use a laptop for ‘multiple choice’ format tests.

Please attach your dyslexia statement or other official documents to your request. The RSM Examination Board website tells you what information your dyslexic statement must contain. We will check your medical specialist’s statement to make sure the facilities you request are recommended for people with your condition.

RSM students who have used special exam facilities during their bachelor studies do not have to make another separate request for these facilities.

Other facilities

Information about accessibility of buildings on campus and financial facilities (e.g. extending your study funding) can be found on the EUR’s Student Service Centre website under ‘Studying with a functional impairment’.

Other functional impairments 

Students with functional disabilities other than dyslexia, ADD or ADHD can contact an RSM Student Adviser for a personal appointment of 30 minutes. During the appointment you can discuss appropriate options and how to apply for them via the RSM Examination Board portal. Make your appointment using the online appointment system.

Contacting RSM Student Advisers

If you can’t schedule a personal appointment, then e-mail your query to Our other contact options are shown at our Contact page.

Ongoing guidance

Students with a disability are always welcome to come consult RSM Student Advisers during their bachelor years for a personal appointment to discuss whether they are adequately supported with the offered facilities in their studies. Email