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Relevant information about compensation for disadvantages (Nachteilsausgleich)

Compensation for disadvantages is an option to make up for disadvantages resulting from chronic illnesses or disabilities. This means that compensation for disadvantages does not provide any additional advantages, but instead supports the creation of equal opportunities during studies. Compensation for disadvantages varies considerably on an individual basis as it reflects the specific situation and disability.

The German National Association for Student Affairs (Studentenwerk) website provides examples of compensation for disadvantages when organising and completing studies and with regard to exams and records of achievement (both pages are currently only available in German).

The German National Association for Student Affairs also provides an overview, answers questions and offers suggestions in its “Studying with Disabilities” handbook (Chapter VI: Compensation for disadvantages during studies and exams). Please note that this handbook is currently only available in German.

Disabilities occur in many forms. Some are visible, yet many remain invisible even though the sufferers have to deal with the effects every day. These include, for example, chronic intestinal disorders such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, dyslexia and dyscalculia, autism or psychological illnesses such as depression and anxiety disorders. (This list is just a selection of examples and is not exhaustive. If you have individual questions and concerns about the next steps, . We would be pleased to support you). The ways in which a disability manifests itself and the manner in which those affected are at a disadvantage in their studies varies greatly from person to person.

In principle, the following applies: Compensation for disadvantages is available to all students with disabilities.

However, some details need to be considered in order to obtain compensation for disadvantages. Before sending your application, it is helpful to clarify the extent to which compensation for disadvantages can positively impact studies and which documents are required. This is why we recommend

More information from the German National Association for Student Affairs on “Studying with a disability – Am I eligible?” (Currently only available in German).

The procedure is generally as follows: In order to be granted compensation for disadvantages, you need to submit an application, which in turn must be approved by the examination board. Before applying, we recommend a consultation at the Counselling Centre here at the Office of the Commissioner for Students with Disabilities or Chronic Illnesses.

For a consultation and to agree an appointment, please send an .

You can find the application for compensation for disadvantages on these webpages.

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