The University of Passau offers individual consultations to students with disabilities in all phases of their studies. According to a survey conducted by the Deutsches Studentenwerk (Student Services Association) in 2016/17, 11 % of students at German universities are disabled or chronically ill, i.e. affected by visible or invisible impairments. These include:
- Mobility impairments
- Visual impairments
- Hearing impairments
- Speech impairments
- Chronic diseases (e.g. rheumatism, Crohn's disease, diabetes)
- Dyslexia or other partial performance disorders (e.g. ADHD)
- Mental illnesses (e.g. eating disorders, depression)
Your contact person at the University, Dr Ulrike Bunge, will be happy to advise you personally on all questions concerning applying for access arrangements. If you have any special needs, please contact us. Together, we will try to find a solution tailored to your personal needs.
Please note that applications for access arrangements must be submitted in good time, i.e. by the very latest on the exam registration deadline.
If you need additional special assistance for your studies, such as readers for blind people, support persons, sign language interpreters etc., please apply for payment assistance of the costs to the responsible social welfare agency, in this case the District Government of Lower Bavaria in Landshut. Ms Penteker from the Welfare Office of the Student Services Association will also be happy to advise you on financial matters.
District of Lower Bavaria
The Student Services Association's Social Counsellors provide social support. For example, you can contact them to discuss financial difficulties, legal advice related to tenancy agreements, and for advice on studying as a parent or carer.
Another point of contact, in addition to the regional advice centres in Passau and Bavaria, is the information and advice centre for studying with disabilities (IBS) of the German Student Services Association. This advice centre has published a German handbook, Handbuch Studium und Behinderung, for disabled students which includes information and handy tips for the disabled and chronically ill. This is available in print from the Academic Advice Service. The advice centre is currently working on an English version.