Dispensation - special needs at exams


If you suffer from physical or psychological impairments such as dyslexia, mental disorders, neurological disorders, physical disabilities, visual difficulties or hearing difficulties, or if your mother tongue is not Danish, you may apply to the board of studies for permission to take part in the exam under special conditions. You may, for example, apply for extra time or for permission to use special aids in the exam.

Applications for special exam conditions should be submitted in good time before the exam, to be certain that you receive the response before your exam. Read more about the processing time here.

The dispensation is only valid in the respective semester that you apply. Therefore, you always need to apply for dispensation again in the following semester in case of continued suffering from physical or psychological impairments.

The purpose of allowing for special exam conditions is to place students with disabilities or with other mother tongues than Danish on an equal level with other students in the exam situation. Special exam conditions thus never affect the actual level of the exam.

To be allowed to participate in the exam on special conditions, you are normally required to be able to document your special need; e.g. via a statement from the Special Education Support (SPS), a doctor’s certificate or a statement from a psychologist. In this connection, it is important to stress that documentation for your impairment represents a significant prerequisite, but is not a guarantee for the university to grant you permission to take the exam on special conditions. Ultimately, the board of studies decides whether you need special exam conditions in the specific exam in order to be on an equal level with other students taking the same exam.

How to apply for a dispensation

  • You apply via the form on  the self-service system. You can find the form under “Applications”.
  • The application must meet the following requirements:
    • You must clearly state what rules you wish to be exempted from.
    • Explain the purpose of your dispensation (e.g. to get an extra examination attempt, to register late for the exam, etc.).
    • Explain the circumstances which you believe support your application for dispensation.
    • Attach documentation or send it separately.

Please note that the processing time for an application for dispensation may be up to eight weeks.