Supplementary Support for students with disabilities/special needs

To ensure that students with special needs-persons with disabilities (physical, mental or health-related conditions) can take full advantage of the European mobility arrangements, Erasmus+ pays particular attention to guidance, reception, physical accessibility, pedagogical and technical support services, and, especially, financing of the extra costs.

On a case by case basis, additional funding and support is available to students from the Irish National Agency. This can be used to cover the extra expenses incured to engage in the mobility programme, such as a carer or study-aid support, accessible accomodation or return consultancy visits. It is important that the application for additional funding and/or support is made well in advance of the intended travel to ensure the receiving institution or organisation is fully equipped to handle the needs of the students.

How to Apply

  • Ask the International Officer or Disability Officer in your Higher Education Institution (HEI) to request a Fund for Students with Disabilities application form from the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
  • The International Officer in consultation with the Disability Officer should then complete and return the form to the HEA.
  • If the application is successful, the HEA will allocate additional funds to the student's HEI.
  • The host university should then put the supports in place.

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