Students with SEN

Students with special educational needs (SEN) are those who, due to certain specific characteristics, may require special education services during all or part of their schooling, in order to facilitate their academic and personal development.

Special educational needs may be Permanent or Temporary:

Permanent: The student requires widespread adaptations of the curriculum, which must be adapted to the student’s characteristics. The adaptations are maintained during most or all of the student’s school career.

Temporary: The student requires partial modification of the school curriculum, adapted to the student’s characteristics at a certain moment of his/her development.

Categories that are included in the SEN concept

  • Autism
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Hearing impairment (hearing impairment)
  • Visual impairment (visual impairment)
  • Mental disability (intellectual problems)
  • Severe motor problems
  • Severe emotional and behavioral disturbances
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Communication problems
  • Head trauma
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Health problems

These conditions, whenever possible, should be the subject of an early and specialized assessment, carried out by multidisciplinary teams, communicating the result of the assessment to the head of the School that the student attends.


Special Educational Needs Regulations of NOVA University of Lisbon

(Reading this document does not exempt you from consulting the original regulation in Portuguese)

SEN Scholarships

According to the Regulation for the Attribution of Scholarships for the Attendance of Higher Education by Students with disabilities equal to or greater than 60%, according to which eligible students may request a scholarship corresponding to the value of the tuition fee actually paid.


Conditions for Eligibility:

  • Students who are enrolled and registered in a higher education institution;
  • Have the degree of disability proven by a multiuse medical certificate of disability;
  • Have their tax and social security situation in order.

Useful resources

Professors´ guide 


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