The Counselling Centre is closed for face-to-face visits until the end of state of emergency, but study adviser for special needs students supports via web (video call, call, e-mail). Please take contact: sille.sepmann [ät] ut.ee
Students with special needs are students of the University of Tartu, whose physical or psycho-social special need create the necessity to change or adapt the content of studies arising from the curriculum, organisation of work or study environment in order to guarantee an opportunity for maximum participation in the study process and individual development.
The University of Tartu supports students with special needs upon entering the university, participating in studies, making exams and tests, providing study materials as well as creating a suitable social and physical environment. The objective of providing support services is to help students with special needs to cope independently, support their social integration and equal opportunities and promote efficient involvement in studies.
During the summer of 2009, a group of the most competent Estonian specialists mapped the buildings of the University of Tartu that can be accessed by wheelchair and made suggestions for reducing or eliminating shortcomings (see the mapping results).
A student who has a moderate, severe or profound disability or is a parent or guardian of a disabled child of up to 15 (incl.) years of age will be released from tuition fees on the basis of the student’s application in either full-time or part-time studies, provided that the student commences studies full-time in an Estonian-taught curriculum. Students can apply to be released from tuition fees until 15 September (autumn semester) and 15 February (spring semester).
When applying for release from tuition fees, a document certifying entitlement must be submitted in addition to a duly made application:
The scholarship for students with special needs can be applied by a student:
The amount of the scholarship for students with special needs depends on the degree of severity and type of the disability:
The scholarship for students with special needs can also be applied for and received during academic leave and in part-time studies. In such an event, the amount of the scholarship is differentiated on the basis of the volume of curriculum completed by the student. A student in part-time studies receives the scholarship for students with special needs during up to double standard period of the curriculum.
The scholarship for students with special needs can be applied for from the first semester of the academic year of matriculation by a student. In order to apply for the scholarship, an application must be filled once an academic year: in September or in February: in the autumn semester for the entire academic year, i.e. for ten months, and in the spring semester provided that no application was submitted for the spring semester in the autumn, i.e. for five months. It is impossible to apply for the scholarship again in the spring semester even if the scholarship has been applied for less than ten months in the autumn. To apply for the allowance, an application must be filled in the electronic environment.
For determining the degree of severity of disability in Estonia, a person has to submit a standard application for examination to Social Insurance Board.
Other support services and scholarships are also being established for students with special needs. Information about all students with special needs studying at the University of Tartu is really necessary for improving the study environment and promoting support services. Therefore, we request that all students with special needs inform the student adviser so we could help the studies go smoothly. Suggestions for further development of support services are always welcome!
Additional information from student advisor: sille.sepmann [ät] ut.ee