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Studying with disabilities

We advise students and prospective students with disabilities or chronic illnesses on all questions ranging from accessibility to study organization.

Counseling and support for students with disabilities at the University of Stuttgart

We support students with disability and chronic illness throughout their studies.

Students with disabilities have a clearly defined right for compensation of disadvantages (Section 2, para: 3 State Higher Education Act [de]). For example, examination time limits can be extended and prearranged testing formats agreed on.

Who does the counseling?

The University of Stuttgart offers various counseling and support options for addressing your personal situation on the way to working out solutions. Should you require adaptations to help in your studies, we want to discuss what you need with you and what you or we have need to do.

The University of Stuttgart’s Commissioner for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses supports and advises prospective and current students with disabilities or chronic illnesses regarding their disability-related problems. This may involve questions of accessibility, of study organization, or of the formal aspects of studying (e.g., academic adjustments during test taking, adaptations to course environments, and deadline extensions).

The commissioner also acts as a resource for other advisors and teachers on disability-related subjects.

The Student Counseling Center supports students with disabilities or chronic illnesses in planning their studies, in formal matters such as examination timing as well as in all other questions arising with respect to applying and studying. ZSB works together closely with Frau Eicken, the University of Stuttgart’s Commissioner for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses, on all disability-related issues.

Student Counseling Center

Stuttgart Student Services also provides counseling for disabled or chronically ill students. In addition, you will find important information on the Student Affairs website, for example, on other counseling resources, legal and financial questions, as well as on studying abroad.

Social counseling by Student Services [de]

Information and counseling office for studies and disabilities of the German national association for student affairs [de]

Information for prospective students

If you are an applicant with a disability or chronic illness, even before starting your studies we recommend you contact us for counseling regarding study conditions and accessibility at the University of Stuttgart. In addition to the questions everyone has before starting their studies, you may have questions such as about the furnishings in buildings and rooms and what special support possibilities exist for you while attending the University. You will find it helpful to learn ahead of time about existing regulations concerning the compensation of disadvantages in testing and courses.

Special requests when applying for admission to studies

When applying to study at the University of Stuttgart, two forms of special requests [de] can be considered: the hardship request and a “request for accommodation by shortening the waiting period.” The study places available for the hardship quota (up to 2% of places in a limited admissions study program) are allocated to applicants who would be severely disadvantaged by being rejected – a very rigorous standard applies in this regard. We suggest you review the criteria [de] (page 2) on your own first to see if you would qualify for this type of accommodation request.

Counseling Offices for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses

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Dipl.-Ing.agr., M.Sc.

Sigrid Eicken

Commissioner for students with disabilities


Student Counseling Center

Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 24C, 70174 Stuttgart