Language and reading resources

The University offers different types of support to you as a student. Some of the support services are available to all students. Other support services must be applied for, and are only granted to students with very specific needs such as those who have a long-term disability.

Below you can read about the support available to all students who study at Uppsala University.

The Language Workshop

The Language Workshop offers all students and doctoral students at the university guidance in written and oral presentations in both English and Swedish. If you have reading and writing difficulties or dyslexia, the Language Workshop can provide you with assistance customised to your needs.

Reading studio

Do you need handouts and articles converted to audio files? Get in touch with the Reading Studio at Campus Blåsenhus. There are two computer stations at the Reading Studio with various programs and functions for people with reading impairments.

Audio books, braille books and e-textbooks

Students with reading difficulties are able to loan customised forms of course literature including audio books, braille books, or e-textbooks. The University Library's contact people will help you with customised forms of literature.

More on the support available at the libraries

Text-to-speech tool

As a student at Uppsala University you can download the speech software TorTalk. TorTalk is a reading tool that can read out e-books, locked PDF files and text in scanned images. The program is specifically designed for people with dyslexia, but can be used by anyone who wants a simple reading tool.

Log in to find information on how to download the program

Spelling support

As a student at Uppsala University you have the opportunity to download spelling programs:

Stava Rex is a program that corrects spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in Swedish text. Stava Rex is specially designed for people with dyslexia and reading and writing difficulties, but it can also be used for everyone who would like help with their spelling.

SpellRight is an English spelling program. It corrects English spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. It is designed for those who write in English as their second language as well as people with reading and writing difficulties. However, like Stava Rex, this program is useful for everyone who requires help with their spelling.

Log in to find information on how to download the program

Hearing loops

The majority of the university's auditoriums and lecture halls are equipped with hearing loops. There are also small portable, wireless hearing loops that can be borrowed from the main reception at each campus area. They can be used in any group or seminar room which is not equipped with permanent hearing loops.

Support need to be applied for

If you have a long-term disability that affects your studies, you can apply for targeted study support, such as an interpreter or adapted course literature.

Targeted study support to apply for if you have a long-time disability