During your studies
Students who would not usually have a car parking entitlement can still be give a parking permit in justified cases. This would be the case, e.g. for registered disabled persons whose mobility is limited and for students who are caring for a child with disabilities or a child below the age of ten at the beginning of the relevant semester. Please submit an application online to the Buildings and Estates Service Office. and provide the necessary supporting documents.
Further information on parking permits
If you encounter any difficulties or have additional questions, please get in touch with the Student Disabilities Officer, Dr Ulrike Bunge, in room JUR 014 (Juridicum Building), phone: +49 851 509 1151, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic adjustments to improve the average mark/grade
An application for access arrangements can be made if the applicant can assert circumstances which have prevented them from obtaining a better grade (average mark) in their university entrance qualification (usually the secondary-school leaving certificate), for instance due to longer-term illnesses in the last years of schooling. This requires a letter from the school confirming that such circumstances existed. If you would like to submit such an application, please seek advice from the Student Registration Office beforehand.
You can find more information on academic adjustments on the website of the Deutsches Studentenwerk.
If you fall ill before an examination, you must decide before the examination whether you want to withdraw from the examination due to illness. You will need a medical certificate. Should your illness occur during the exam, you must present a medical certificate.
In both cases you must submit an application for inability to complete an examination due to illness as early as possible. You need to submit your certificate and application to the Examinations Office, as described in the information sheet on the application. Please make sure you follow the instructions in the information sheet. Application and information sheet
If you fall ill for a longer period of time during the semester, it may make sense for you to take sick leave. In this case, you need a certificate from a medical practice-based doctor confirming that during this semester you are unable to study or take exams. You then must make an application for a leave semester. A leave of absence in retrospect after the end of the semester is not possible.
If you need to take a leave of absence due to illness and receive BAföG, you be sure to seek advice beforehand from your BAföG officer and from the advisory office for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Remember that you will not receive BAföG during a semester on leave. However, you may still be able to apply for unemployment benefit (ALG II). Please enquire at the relevant advisory office.
If you have to interrupt your studies for longer than three months due to illness, you will no longer receive BAföG, but you may be able to claim unemployment benefit ("Arbeitslosengeld II", ALG II).
If you have any questions about BAföG, please contact your BAföG officer.
There are some special BAföG regulations for students with impairments, e.g. you can apply for a funding extension under certain circumstances. For further information visit the website of the German National Association for Student Affairs.
If you need to take a leave of absence due to illness and receive BAföG, you be sure to seek advice beforehand from your BAföG officer and from the advisory office for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Remember that you will not receive BAföG during a semester on leave. However, you may still be able to apply for unemployment benefit (ALG II). Please enquire at your local job centre. You can also get advice on semesters on leave from the Student Disabilities Officer (email@example.com, phone +49 851 509 ext. 1151 or 1154).
If you do not take leave of absence but have to interrupt your studies for longer than three months due to illness, you will no longer receive BAföG after the three months have expired, but you can claim unemployment benefit ("Arbeitslosengeld II" ALG II). Please enquire at your local job centre.
On 4 April 2019, the Bundessozialgericht (Federal Social Court) ruled that students with disabilities who are not entitled to ongoing benefits to secure their livelihood under Book II of the Social Code (SGB II) because they are in receipt of BAföG benefits can receive integration assistance benefits (Eingliederungshilfeleistungen) to cover their running accommodation costs as a benefit for participation in life in the community.
If you incur additional costs for your education because of a disability (e.g. for technical aids such as a blackboard camera or a specific type of hearing aid equipment) or even if those costs are not education-related (e.g. for hygiene articles, household help or travel costs), you can receive financial assistance for this. Please contact the Student Services Association's Welfare Office, ideally before you commence your studies.
The Erasmus+ programme supports study and work placements abroad for students. By promoting social participation and equal opportunities, participation should become attractive for those who have so far refrained from it for social reasons, which is often the case with people with a disability or chronic illness. Leaflet
- Internship abroad with Erasmus+
- Study abroad with Erasmus+
In the largest lecture theatre at the University of Passau (number 10, in the Audimax Building) is equipped with an audio induction loop. People with hearing aids can connect directly to it and in this way achieve significantly improved sound.
Under certain circumstances, students with disabilities, chronic or mental illnesses may receive special conditions, e.g. extended loan terms, at the University Library.
Further information can be found on the University Library website.
Reading device for visually impaired students
In the scan box of the Central Library (reading room level) there is a reader with voice output for visually impaired people. Before using the reader for the first time, the user must be instructed by the library staff. Please contact the checkout desk of the Central Library. People who complete an instruction briefing are also entitled to borrow reference holdings from other reading rooms during the day and take them with them into the scan box.
There are first aid rooms in almost all university buildings, some of which are equipped with a bed and can also be used as rest rooms, and disabled toilets.
If you have any special needs, please contact the disabilities advice centre.