Disability advisory service

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Disabled students or those suffering from a chronic medical condition* face increased challenges in their daily lives.

Disability advisory service is the first point of contact for disability-specific questions and problems. We will help you to organise your studies and your study programme, with a focus on your needs and coordination with the units involved.

Because studying with a disability or chronic medical condition often involves long-term planning we recommend that you contact us as early as possible.

Disability compensation:
Special examination arrangements

Students with disabilities or suffering from chronic illness may submit an application for disability compensation, i.e. they may take examinations at equivalent levels of performance but under different conditions. The modifications involved do not represent any simplification of content.

Disability compensation is agreed on an individual basis between ETH Zurich and the respective student.

If you wish to apply for special examination arrangements please see the information sheet below.

Students requesting disability compensation should submit a detailed application and a medical report. In the context of performance assessments disability compensation is only approved for examination modalities. Any adjustment to examination content is not possible.

Please note that prior to submitting a request for special examination arrangements, an appointment with the Disability Advisory Service will be required.

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Deadlines for submitting a request for special examination arrangements

The complete application (form plus medical report, see Information sheet below) must be submitted by the final date of registration for the examination at the latest, i.e. by the end of the fourth teaching week to the Disability Advisory Services.

This means for requests for special examination arrangements:

  • In Spring Semester 2017, Examination Session Summer 2017:
    at the latest 19 March 2017
  • In Autumn Semester 2017, Examination Session Winter 2017/2018:
    at the latest 15 October 2017

These submission deadlines are not negotiable.


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Karin Züst

Languages: German, English
Consultation: by appointment



* Definition

According to the definition given in the Federal Act on the Elimination of Discrimination against People with Disabilities a person with a disability is “eine Person, der es eine voraussichtlich dauernde körperliche, geistige oder psychische Beeinträchtigung erschwert oder verunmöglichst, alltägliche Verrichtungen vorzunehmen, soziale Kontakte zu pflegen, sich fortzubewegen, sich aus- und fortzubilden oder eine Erwerbstätigkeit auszuüben” [“a person whose prospectively lasting debilitating physical, mental or psychological condition makes it difficult or impossible for him/her to carry out everyday activities, cultivate social contact, locomote independently, pursue an education or practice a profession”] (BehiG Art. 2 Para.1).

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