Studying with a disability or chronic illness

There is a wide range of support available, such as academic accommodations, accessibility of buildings and studying material, and with various special needs concerning your studies.

The law requires the University to ensure that you, as a student with disabilities or chronic illnesses, are not disadvantaged in any way during your studies and that you can study as autonomously possible.

If you have any questions about any formal or practical aspects of studying at the University of Stuttgart, you may contact our advisory services for students with a disability or chronic illness at any time.

Academic Accommodations

Any disadvantages you face because of a disability or chronic illness that may affect your academic performance or examination should be compensated for if possible. If you fulfill certain criteria, you have the right to academic accommodation.

Please be aware: academic accommodation measures may not alter the academic requirements of the study program, therefore measures must be determined on an individual basis.

Who is entitled to academic accomodation?

The legal definition of the terms disability and chronic illness that German universities use, can be found on the webpage of the German national association for student affairs (Deutsches Studentenwerk) [de].

Options and request for academic accommodations

Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the student's documented disability and it's functional impacts (medical certificate needed). Accommodation in examinations may include alternatie formats, extension of exam time, use of aids. The request has to be filed to your study program's examination board (Prüfungsausschussvorsitzenden [de]).

You must include the following:

  • Type of accommodation you are requesting for your examinations?
  • What is the reason for your request?
  • Medical certificate describing the impacts of the disability or chronic illness on your exams. The physician should make suggestions for the accommodations you need.

Students with a disability or chronic illness can also file a request for extending the deadlines for exams and for the maximum time to complete the degree. You may find the applicable rules in your study program’s exam regulations [de].

Make an informal request with your study program's examination board (Prüfungsausschussvorsitzenden [de]). The request must be accompanied by a medical certificate (Attest) which states how your illness or disability impacts your studies and exam taking and, respectively, how it justifies your needing extra time to complete exams or your studies.

Problems and accommodations in individual courses may be requested directly with the respective instructors. Simple organizational adaptations can often be clarified directly with the lecturer. Otherwise please contact the Commissioner for Students with Disabilities.

Advice concerning academic accommodations

In advance of such requests, your are invited to contact the Commissioner for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses or the Student Counseling Center to discuss the possibilities and your individual needs.

Disability access at the University of Stuttgart

The group "AK Barrierefreier Campus" has compiled information about accessability to the buildings of University of Stuttgart. You find information about accessability, as well as facilities and support for people with limited mobility and for those with sight or hearing impairments.

Disability access to buildings [de]

The University of Stuttgart has large stock of old buildings that are not yet totally accessible by wheelchair. The University is working on enhancing accessability of it's buildings. If you are faced with the problem of an inaccessible destination, e.g. a lecture hall or office, be sure to get in touch without delay with the lecturer or with the Commissioner for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses or with the Engineering and Constructions Division, so that an interim solution can be found.

If an examination room is not accessable for you, please contact the above mentioned persons in good time before the examinations take place so that alternative rooms can be organized.

General support

Services and accessability for people with visual impairment or wheelchairs see website of the UB [de].

Please contact the commissioner or the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart.

Under certain circumstances, severely disabled students are exempt from part of the semester fees (the VVS fees). The conditions for this can be found on the admissions office website under fees and charges.

If you believe you belong to the group that is exempt from paying VVS fees then you can apply for a refund.

Relaxation rooms at the University of Stuttgart

At this time, the University of Stuttgart offers two relaxation rooms for students and employees with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

You are welcome to use the relaxation rooms if you need to lie down or rest during the day, or if you need to escape the hustle and bustle of uni life for a short period. These rooms are intended as spaces for relaxation, but they may also be used by students or employees with children or as baby changing and feeding rooms. These rooms cannot be reserved for a specific time.

This room is in the Haus der Studierenden on the 4th floor, room number 4.006. This room can be used as:

  • A relaxation room for disabled people, those with a chronic illness and pregnant women
  • Parent and child room
  • Baby-feeding and changing room

A lounger with privacy screen, a table with a telephone, as well as a changing table and a KidsBox are all available in this room.

This room can be used by students and employees at the University of Stuttgart and it is available for either single or repeated use – just for a short time or even for a whole day. It is not possible to sign up in advance.

By using the room, you automatically agree to the terms and conditions [de]. A key is available from these people/locations [de].

This room is new and the utilization concept is currently being tested so it would be great to receive your feedback [de].

The relaxation room on the Stadtmitte campus is located at Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 24 C on the 1st floor, room number 1.124. This room can be used as:

  • A relaxation room for disabled people, those with a chronic illness and pregnant women
  • Baby-feeding and changing room

Two loungers with privacy screens,  an easychair and a table are available in this room.

This room can be used by students and employees at the University of Stuttgart and it is available for either single or repeated use – just for a short time or even for a whole day. It is not possible to sign up in advance.

By using the room, you automatically agree to the terms and conditions [de]. A key is available from these people/locations [de].

This room is new and the utilization concept is currently being tested so it would be great to receive your feedback [de].

Basic legal information

You find the relevant legal information on the following websites:

The German national association for student affairs (Deutsches Studentenwerk [de]) also offers a helpful summary of legal requirements, regulations and recommendations.

Guidelines for disadvantage compensation depend on the individual study programs and can be found in the examination regulations of the respective study programs [de].

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

Sigrid Eicken

Commissioner for students with disabilities

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Dipl.-Päd.

Jeannette von Wolff

Deputy to Commissioner for students with disabilities

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