Special Educational Support (SPS)
If you are enrolled in a master's degree programme at the University of Copenhagen, you can apply for Special Educational Support (SPS) if you suffer from a documented disability and require special support in order to undertake your studies.
Special Educational Support provides compensatory support for students with physical or psychological disabilities, giving them the opportunity to undertake their studies on equal terms with other students.
The target group for Special Educational Support is broad and includes individuals with hearing and/or vision impairment; reading and writing impairment (dyslexia) as well as psychological, neurological, and physical disabilities. To receive Special Educational Support, you need to fulfil the following requirements:
- You must be accepted into a master’s degree programme and be a citizen in EU/EEA/Switzerland
- Your disability must be long-term or permanent
- You must have formal documentation of your diagnosed disability (from a specialist physician, e.g.)
- You must study actively, obtaining required ECTS.
Please contact the University’s SPS unit at email@example.com if you do not fulfill the above-mentioned requirements. E.g. you are an exchange student, a PhD student or a citizen in a country outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.
The kinds of support available depend on your type of physical or psychological disability. To learn about the options available to you, please contact the University of Copenhagen’s SPS unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your mobility is limited by a disability and you have questions concerning the University’s physical accessibility, you are welcome to contact the University’s Accessibility Advisor Lotte Pehrsson at email@example.com or +45 51 48 93 86.
Before contacting the advisor, we suggest that you get in touch with the contact person at your faculty in order to discuss what possibilities for assistance are in place. You can also ask your faculty contact person to contact the advisor for you.
Contact persons at the faculties can help and guide you regarding specific facilities and academic matters such as:
- Classrooms and accessibility
- Specific limitations that may restrict your possibility for completing a specific educational programme
- Dispensations relating to exams, study activity requirements, completion time, choice of study and alternative study plans academic supportive persons once you have been granted SPS.
Faculty of Humanities
Please contact the institute, which your educational programme belongs under. There is a list (in Danish) of student counselling at each institute.
Faculty of Law
Student and Careers counselling, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty of Science
SCIENCE Student Services.
Faculty of Social Sciences
Study and career counsellor Søren Hedegaard Sørensen, +45 35 32 43 13 / email@example.com.
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
SUND Study Information.
Faculty of Theology
Student counselling, +45 35 32 39 61 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
School of Oral Health Care
Study counsellor Sanne Wass Christensen, +45 35 32 68 61 / email@example.com.
If you suffer from a documented disability that prevents you, for example, from taking exams on equal terms with other students – or from completing your studies within the prescribed time period – you are able to apply for dispensation for:
- special conditions during your exams
- exemption from student activity requirements
- exemption from maximum study period requirements.
Please note that the University cannot guarantee that you will be granted a special dispensation. The Study Board at the programme in question will assess your application.
Applications for dispensation must submitted to the board of studies in your department or faculty. Before submitting your application, we suggest that you get in touch with the contact person at your faculty in order to receive advice on your options as well as the application process. For example, not all programmes require that you apply for dispensation in order to receive extra time for your exam.