Rights and obligations

Students have both rights and obligations. Here, we tell you how we can help you if you require adaptations. You can also read about the legislation that applies to studying and about financial aspects linked to studying.


Do you have a disability or illness which makes it difficult for you to study? We will adapt conditions to suit your needs while you are studying.

If you have a need for temporary or permanent adaptations, you should contact us in plenty of time before your course starts. That way, we can together look into existing opportunities and find good solutions for you. Our conversations will be confidential and non-binding.

Individual adaptation is intended to compensate for the drawbacks that your disability or illness causes to your life as a student. Factors that may qualify you for adaptations include:

  • A sight or hearing impairment
  • A functional impairment 
  • Reading and writing difficulties
  • Psychosocial difficulties
  • A mental disorder
  • A chronic or acute illness

Contact us – and we'll tell you about the adaptations we can make.

Action plan for adapting the learning environment.

Adapted exams

You may be entitled to an adapted exam if you have a documented need for this. An adapted exam is intended to compensate for various difficulties so that you can take the exam in the same way as other students in so far as possible. This may apply to chronic or temporary cases of illness, injury or disability.

What can you apply for?

Adaptations for exams are assessed individually. This means that the adaptations depend on both the person and situation, and academic requirements will always be an important basis for the adaptations.

Examples of adaptations:

  • Extended exam time
  • Use of aids, such as a PC, ergonomic equipment, etc
  • Adaptations to the workspace, such as an adapted desk, chair, single room, etc
  • The exam questions are read aloud
  • An alternative form of exam


You must be able to document your need for an adapted exam. Examples of approved documentation include a certificate from a physician, psychologist, the Psychological Pedagogical Service or a physiotherapist. Make sure the certificate states how long it is valid for. The need for adaptation must be documented by a medical certificate or a certificate from another expert. The certificate must not be more than three months old. In the case of a chronic condition, an exception may be made to the three-month rule so that the student does not have to submit a new certificate for each exam period. The documentation must show the specific aids that are recommended in order for the student to be able to take the exam.

Sensitive information must be delivered to the administration and not sent in an email.


The deadlines for applying for an adapted exam are:

15 February for the spring semester and 15 September for the autumn semester.

If the student's need for special adaptation arises after the application deadline has expired, NLA University College may waive the deadline. In such cases, the application is to be sent without undue delay after the need arises and it must be documented that the need arose after the deadline.

Form for applying for an adapted exam

Other useful links relating to adaptations:

Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV)

The Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille (NLB)

The Norwegian Dyslexia Association (only in Norwegian)

Mental health – studies with support (only in Norwegian)


Contact us about adaptations

For study location Gimlekollen

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Vibecke Wales
Study advisor

For study location Staffeldtsgate

Birgitte Bø Vatnar
Study advisor

For adapted exams at study location Sandviken

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Marit Hammer
Study advisor


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Sissel Gerritsen
Study advisor



For adapted exams at study location Breistein

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Margun Mæstad
Study advisor


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Maria Abusdal Tveit
University college lecturer