Health & Wellness

Students with special needs

The UNIGE supports the inclusion and integration of students with special needs as much as possible. You are a student with special needs, for example because of:

  • Motor, sensory and psychic disorders
  • Learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysorthographia, dyscalculia, etc.)
  • Chronic disabling disease
  • Attention Deficit Disorder

In order to enable you to complete your university education under the best conditions, the UNIGE sets up compensation measures, i.e. measures designed to alleviate the disadvantages caused by your disorder. These may include arrangements such as an extension of the examination time, adapted documents (larger font), examination secretary, etc. Other kinds of study assistance (library research assistance for the visually impaired, tutoring in the Faculty of Psychology, etc.) may also be provided, if possible.

The Health and Psychological Support Service tries its best to facilitate your daily life as a student. Measures to compensate for disadvantages respect the principle of proportionality. They are implemented subject to material availability (e.g. budget, infrastructure), feasibility, and other possible constraints of the UNIGE.

Please note that :

  • Requests for accommodations to the study program (part-time, extension of the study period, etc.) are addressed directly to the Faculty (see the terms and conditions on their website).
  • Requests for exam accommodations are addressed to the Health and Counseling Center (see below).
  • No examination accommodations are granted for temporary health problems, as well as for temporary disabilities resulting from an accident, as they do not meet the definition of disability. However, you have the possibility to provide a medical certificate directly to your Faculty.
  • These accommodations concern UNIGE students only and are not applicable to IHEID and HES-SO Geneva students.

Please read ALL the information below on how to submit your application and the deadlines. If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at besoins-particuliers(at)unige.ch.

If you have already benefited from an accommodation at the UNIGE, you do not need to reapply unless you want a different accommodation, if you change faculties or if you start a new program (e.g. Master's degree).

If you wish to apply for examination accommodations at the UNIGE for the first time or if you wish to modify the accommodations already obtained at the UNIGE, you must

  • Complete an online application form within the specified time frame
  • Make up a COMPLETE file (see below for the documents to be provided)
  • Wait for the email confirming that your file is complete (delay: about 5 working days)

The doctor and/or psychologist will review your application ONLY when your file is complete. They will provide advance notice of the accommodations that are appropriate for your situation.

The Special Needs Accommodation Review Board will make a decision based on the advance notice. This decision is communicated to you and your Faculty.

There are two deadlines for your application:

  • a deadline1 to announce your request for an accommodation by completing the online application form
  • a deadline2 to complete your file by sending all the required documents

Deadlines according to semesters and exam sessions

 

Deadline 1 to apply online
Deadline 2to submit the complete file

January/February 2021 exam session

25.10.2020

08.11.2020

May/June 2021 exam session

04.04.2021

18.04.2021

August 2021 exam session

04.07.2021

11.07.2021

For ongoing controls and examinations during the semester, please complete the online application and provide the requested documents. Your file will be processed as soon as possible (minimum 2 weeks).

  • Documents MUST be written in English or French.
  • It is your responsibility to ask your doctor to issue a medical certificate as mentioned below. Any incomplete medical attestation will be refused.
  • The assessment of your situation may require documents not mentioned below that we will ask you to provide us with at a later date.
  • If you have more than one condition, you must provide the documents requested below for the conditions in question.
  • You will not be given any additional time to provide the correct documents.
  • Accommodations are granted subject to material availability (budget, infrastructure, human resources) and other constraints.
  1. Logopedic assessment less than 3 years old if the assessment was performed before the age of 18; less than 5 years old if it was performed after the age of 18 and includes the results of the tests performed. The filing date of the application is the date on which the delay is calculated.
  2. If possible: document(s) mentioning the accommodations obtained during your previous training, if you benefited from them (to be requested, if necessary, from your former institution).

The logopedic report is examined by the UNIGE's Logopedic Consultation and deemed to be complete or incomplete in order to decide on the granting of accommodation measures. The examination report must contain the results of the tests carried out and present arguments based on a qualitative and quantitative assessment appropriate to the age and educational level of the student and compatible with the diagnostic criteria for learning disabilities.

In the case of an incomplete logopedic report, an additional assessment must be carried out. This can be done at the University's Logopedic Consultation, via the online application form. The costs are to be paid by the student and invoiced by the Logopedic Consultation as follows:

  • analysis of the file: CHF 65.00
  • complete check-up: CHF 400
  • additional balance sheet: CHF 130/hour

 

  1. A recent certificate from the psychiatrist (maximum 3 months) that MUST include the following information:
    • details of the tests performed and the results
    • diagnosis
    • date of diagnosis
    • description of the impact of the disorder on your university education
    • description of the compensation strategies already implemented by you
    • ongoing treatment or care
    • description of the expected evolution
    • detailed and reasoned proposals for the requested improvements
  2. If possible: document(s) mentioning the accommodations obtained during your previous training, if you benefited from them (to be requested, if necessary, from your former institution).
  1. A recent certificate from the psychiatrist (maximum 3 months) which MUST include the following information:
    • diagnosis
    • date of diagnosis
    • description of the impact of the disorder on your university education
    • description of the compensation strategies already implemented by you
    • ongoing treatment or care
    • description of the expected evolution
    • detailed and reasoned proposals for the requested improvements
  2. If possible: document(s) mentioning the accommodations obtained during your previous training, if you benefited from them (to be requested, if necessary, from your former institution).
  1. Recent certificate from the attending physician (maximum 3 months) which MUST include the following information:
    • diagnosis
    • date of diagnosis
    • description of the impact of the disorder on your university education
    • description of the compensation strategies already implemented by you and/or auxiliary means used
    • ongoing treatment or care
    • description of the expected evolution
    • detailed and reasoned proposals for the requested improvements
  2. If possible: document(s) mentioning the accommodations obtained during your previous training, if you benefited from them (to be requested, if necessary, from your former institution).
  • Our advice: apply as soon as possible at the beginning of the academic year so that we can inform you of any missing, incomplete or inadmissible documents. This will give you time to complete your application before the deadline.
  • If your disability is significant, apply in the spring prior to your admission to the University.
  • The doctor, the psychologist and the Evaluation Commission respect confidentiality. No information related to your disability will be transmitted to your Faculty.
  • If your file is incomplete by the deadline, your application is automatically archived. If you would like an accommodation for the next exam session or course period, you must go through the entire process again, i.e., complete an online application and attach the necessary documents.
  • Your application is valid for the entire duration of your Bachelor's or Master's degree course at the same faculty, unless you have been notified of another duration.
  • If you change faculties, you must submit a new application by following all the steps and respecting the deadlines mentioned.
  • If you have benefited from the Bachelor's program and wish to continue your training with a Master's degree, you must submit a new application by following all the steps and respecting the deadlines mentioned.

If you have any questions, you can contact us by e-mail at besoins-particuliers(at)unige.ch.