In case you need counselling, please make an appointment in advance with the Special Needs Adviser by phone or e-mail. It is also possible to meet via video call.
Students with special needs are students of the University of Tartu, whose physical or psycho-social special need create the necessity to adapt the organisation of work or study environment in order to guarantee an opportunity for maximum participation in the study process and individual development.
In case of any questions all students and empolyees of the University of Tartu, also university enterers are welcome to turn to Special Needs Adviser.
The purpose of the scholarship for students with special needs is to support students with special needs upon the acquisition of higher education.
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.
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:
a student with special needs must submit a disability certificate (issued by Social Insurance Board) regarding the severity of his/her disability;
a parent of a disabled child must submit the child’s birth certificate and a decision made by a medical expert regarding the severity of the child’s disability.
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). There can be subsequent changes, additional information may not be available on the page. If necessary you can contact Special Needs Adviser or the Building Manager (you can find contacts https://www.ut.ee/en/kontakt/kinnisvaraosakond)
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. 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 University of Tartu Library offers home service for members with special needs. UT Library has audio files of literature for students with visual disabilities. For partially sighted persons, the library also has a video magnifier MLX Reader – MLX Split, which can enlarge the text up to 46 times.
There are rooms adjusted for persons with reduced mobility in the dormitory of the Student Village located at Raatuse 22.
Support students are volunteer students who are willing to support other students with special needs. If you want to become a support student please contact Special Needs Adviser.
If you need help but bystanders do not offer it, then most probably they don´t know how to do it or they are afraid of making mistakes. You are an expert on your special needs, if you need help, please ask for it boldly.
If you have a problem and you don´t know whom to turn to, you can always contact Special Needs Adviser.
Suggestions for further development of support services are always welcome!