The counselling centre ‘Inclusive Studying’ of the Central Student Counselling Office supports and advises you on questions about studying with a health impairment. Starting with the application for a place at university, through the course of studies up to graduation.
We advise you on the following topics, among others:
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In order to increase the chance of a place at university, disabled and chronically ill applicants who find themselves faced with an exceptional health issue can submit a hardship application. Proof and/or recognition of the illness by the welfare services (Versorgungsamt) or by a doctor is not sufficient for the recognition of the hardship application. A specialist medical opinion is required that contains proof that a waiting period is neither reasonable nor appropriate.
Compensation for disadvantages in examinations is an instrument to make up for individual disadvantages and to achieve equality of opportunity. Such compensation is regulated in § 31 of the Bremen Higher Education Act and in § 11 of the General Parts of the Bachelor's and Master's Examination Regulations.
You must submit an informal application for disadvantage compensation to your responsible examination committee.
Forms of disadvantage compensation include:
If you are considering applying for disadvantage compensation, please note the following:
If you are temporarily unable to study due to your illness or disability, it would make sense to take leave of absence for one or more semesters.
You can take leave of absence for two semesters during your studies without giving reasons. If you need further semesters of leave, these can be granted in exceptional cases provided you have sufficient grounds.
An important reason exists in particular if you are unable to attend courses due to your illness and/or are unable to complete the required course and examination work.
You can submit your application for a leave of absence to the responsible unit in the Enrolment and Examinations Office, together with suitable supporting evidence. This includes, for example, a medical certificate from a specialist stating that you are not fully able to study due to your illness. Information about the expected duration of the impairment is also necessary.
If you are permanently limited in your ability to study, you have the option of enrolling for part-time studies.
You should take advantage of a study counselling service beforehand.
The following information does not claim to be complete and is provided without guarantee.
Students with disabilities are entitled to ‘educational assistance at a university’ in accordance with § 39 of the Federal Social Assistance Act (BSHG) and § 54 of Social Code XII (SGB XII) as well as § 33 of the Social Code V (SGB V) and § 27 of the Social Code II (SGB II). This is specified in the Integration Assistance Ordinance.
If BAföG or your own funds are not sufficient to secure your livelihood and to finance the necessary aids, students with disabilities or chronic illnesses can claim additional expenses under certain conditions.
Internships and semesters abroad should always be an integral part of higher education studies for students with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Two years of preparation and planning are necessary in order to meet the deadlines for applying for BAföG abroad, funding for additional disability-related needs or various scholarships.
General information about the study conditions for barrier-free study abroad is often already available on the respective university website. However, the individual local conditions for the student should be enquired about and clarified with the responsible contact person by e-mail or telephone.
Within the university, the International Office is the place to go to prepare and plan your placement or study semester abroad. Here you will receive information about existing contacts at the university, about special funding programmes and initial advice on organisational matters.
For students with disabilities or chronic illnesses, it is particularly important to organise their daily study routine as early as possible and to find out about the infrastructure and the accessibility and usability of facilities at the university.
Money plays a major role, especially for students with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. In addition to the financing requirements, which vary depending on the degree programme, the additional financial costs for living expenses, health care and assistance for participation in studies must also be taken into account.
If you inform yourself well and put together a good financing strategy, you can put your studies on a solid financial footing.
For students with disabilities or chronic illnesses, studying involves more time – and often greater financial difficulties. This special study situation is taken into account when financing studies with BAföG (special regulation).
The Studierendenwerk is responsible for student financing, also taking into account the special situation of students with disabilities. The prerequisite for recognition is proof of the disability by means of a medical certificate.
Important: This information on BAföG does not claim to be complete and is provided without guarantee! An early consultation with the Studierendenwerk is therefore essential.
The Psychological Counselling Service of the Studierendenwerk is available to all students in Bremen and provides support in case of personal and study-related problems.
The Social Counselling Office supports all HSB students seeking advice, as well as prospective students and graduates who need support and information in personal, social and financial matters closely related to student status and student life.
The AStA offers you free, neutral and independent social counselling (website only available in German).