Rights and duties

When you are a student, you have both rights and obligations. In this section, we will tell you how we can help you if you are in need of adaptation. You can also get information on which legislations that applies to the study programs, as well as the economics associated with the study programs.

Individual adaptation

Do you have a disability or disease that makes it difficult for you to study? We will help you with individual adaptations as needed during your time as a student at our institution.

If you have special needs, either temporary or permanently, please contact us in good time before the start of the semester. Then we can look at what opportunities are available and how we can facilitate you in the best way possible. The conversation is confidential and non-binding.

Individual adaptation should compensate for the inconveniences your disability or diseases causes for you during your time as a student

Conditions that may qualify for adaptation are among others:

  • Vision or hearing impairment
  • Reduced functional capacity
  • Reading and writing difficulties
  • Psychosocial difficulties
  • Mental disorders
  • Chronic or acute disease

Contact us - we will tell you which adaptation you can get.

Special arrangements for examination

You may be entitled to a facilitated examination if you have a documented need for that. The purpose of special arrangements is to compensate for disadvantages students may experience due to a particular need or illness, and to take the exam at the same terms as other students.

What you can apply for

Special arrangements for the examinations will be assessed individually. The facilitation will take consideration to the person and situation, as well as the academic requirements.

Examples for special arrangements:

  • Extended time
  • Use of various aids, such as a desktop computer, ergonomic equipment
  • Various aids such as adjustable chair, adjustable desk, dictaphone and writing help/secretary.
  • Single room
  • An alternative form for examination
  • Reading of the assignment


You must document the need for special arrangements for the exams. Approved documentation may involve a letter from a doctor, a psychologist or a physiotherapist. The documentation must state how long the documentation is valid. The need for special adaptation must be documented by a doctor’s certificate or another expert. The certificate should not be older than 3 months. There can be an exception from the 3-month rule with chronical conditions, and there is no need to provide a new certificate documenting your needs every exam period. The  documentation must present which concrete special arrangements that are recommended for the student to complete the exam.
Sensitive information shall be handed in to the student administration, and not submitted by e-mail.


The deadlines to apply for special arrangements for the exams are

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

If the student’s need for special facilitations has occurred after the deadline has passed, NLA University College can grant exemptions from the deadline. In such cases the application needs to be sent to the student administration as soon as possible, and the documentation needs to state that the need for special arrangements occurred 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

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Birgitte Bø Vatnar
Study advisor

For adapted exams at study location Sandviken

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Bjarte Søvde
Student adviser

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Miriam Malene Bjånesøy Pedersen
Study advisor

For adapted exams at study location Breistein

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Margun Mæstad
Study advisor