Arrangements for students in need of special support

Special arrangements in teaching

If you need special services for some learning situations due to a disability or illness or require information on available services, please contact the education specialist in your discipline in good time before your studies begin.

The presentation of teaching facilities (in Finnish), information by an individual facility; wheelchair access to teaching facilities. (Finnish-language website about learning difficulties)
Helsingin seudun erilaiset oppijat ry (Diverse learners’ association of Helsinki)

Special arrangements related to examinations and completion methods

The Open University provides special examination arrangements for students if they cannot participate in a regular examination.

Students with a doctor’s certificate or an expert statement that entitles them to special arrangements may be

  • Entitled to use a separate examination facility (accessible examination facilities are located in the Main Building of the University of Helsinki)
  • Allowed to use special equipment (a computer) at an examination or
  • Granted additional time for an examination or
  • Entailed an alternative completion method, as separately agreed.

Students must inform the Open University of their special needs on the examination registration form. The certificate or similar report which entitles them to special arrangements must be submitted to the Open University’s examination service in good time before the examination date. Please contact the examination service by email ( or by phone (02941 28322) to arrange to submit your certificate. In other matters, please contact the education specialist (alternative completion methods).

The staff of the examination service will confirm the special arrangements before the examination. Students must always inform the examination service if they cannot participate in an examination for which special arrangements have been made (cancellation).