Disability services

Medical certificates, accessibility, and how to apply

Learning with disabilities (Listen)

The Student Disability Service is happy to work with students with documented disabilities to identify appropriate accommodations. Students at Reykjavík University with disabilities that might affect their learning, have the right to receive special assistance.

This includes for example:

  • Dyslexia / specific learning disabilities
  • Neuropsychological deficits (AD(H)D, Tourette- or Asperger-syndrome)
  • Long term illnesses (rheumatism, MS, narcolepsy, etc.)
  • Anxiety Disorder / Mental Illness
  • Hearing Impairment /Deafness
  • Visual Impairment / Blindness
  • Other (physical disabilities)

The goal is to give all students the opportunity to study under equal conditions. The support measures should be reasonable with regard to the disability, the course requirements, and the intended learning outcomes.

Examples of available assistance:

  • Extended time on exams
  • Notetakers (a classmate taking notes)
  • Recording devices
  • Computer use
  • Digital study materials
  • Special arrangements for examinations, better chair, writing desk etc.

The service provided is always tailored to the individual student, based on her/his needs and in collaboration between the student and RU student support.

Medical certificates

In order to apply for assistance, a diagnose from a specialist is required. Students need to present documents from a physician or a specialist confirming their illness, disabilities, etc. The document issued must contain explication of the illness or disability in question. Also how the illness or disability affects the student´s mental and/or physical abilities to study.

The following documents of diagnoses for specific learning difficulties (e.g. Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia) are accepted:

  • Logos dyslexia diagnosis
  • Aston Index reading diagnosis
  • GRP 14 Test (GRP 14H-Test is not sufficient)
  • International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD 10)

The diagnosis must have been made when the individual was at the age 15 or older.

The information is only accessible to the coordinators for special assistance, to which was applied.


The University building is built in 2009-2010 and is in accordance with standards for accessibility.  It hosts accessible parking and wheelchair-accessible restrooms, wide doorways and hallways, and lifts.

How to apply for disability services

The deadline for applying is in the beginning of September for fall semester and end of January for spring semester. If you want to apply, or have any questions, please send us an e-mail: namsradgjof@ru.is. If you have your documents you can apply via the portal in Canvas, under Guidance and Career Counsellor; Student Assistance: Request an assistance.

Book via Karaconnect

You can book an appointment with the Career and Guidance Counsellors via the software Karaconnect. Please scroll down the page and click on view profile (green link) for an individual counsellor. When you have the page for the individual counsellor, you click on Apply (next to About me) and scroll down in the calendar to find a session you can book. All the available sessions are in white. You might need to look in the following weeks. You are supposed to see at least the next couple of weeks ahead. If you are unable to find a session to book, you can also make an appointment by sending an e-mail directly to a counsellor. You can also contact our office by sending an e-mail to namsradgjof@ru.is.

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