With us

Study barrier free

Disabled and chronically ill students face many challenges in their studies.

Successful studies of persons with disabilities often require a precise study planning, which has nothing in common with the general requirements of the graduate programme. For not in every course, necessary compensations for disadvantages of the disabled are considered in study/examination rules and the respective spatial situation.

But it is not only the planning of studies that poses a variety of challenges for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Everyday life also often requires more detailed planning, for example when a handicapped accessible apartment has to be found or the financing of studies is more complex due to various additional requirements.

Our advice focus

  • Special regulations BAföG
  • Social welfare
  • Health insurance
  • Severely disabled identification card
  • Study assistance

We support you. Just get in touch with us!

Useful information

Studying with Disabilities – Information and Advice Center (Informations- und Beratungsstelle Studium und Behinderung) is part of Deutsches Studierendenwerk (DSW). As a nationwide competence centre on the subject of "Study and Disability", the IBS offers comprehensive information for prospective students and students with disabilities and chronic diseases

Brochure: "Studying with impairments"
FAQ for students from EU, EEA and Switzerland
FAQ for students from third countries

The universities have their own offices and representatives who can advise you on compensation for disadvantages, hardship arrangements, planning your course of study and many other topics.

University Duisburg-Essen

Folkwang University of the Arts

Hochschule Ruhr West of Applied Sciences


By phone, video and on site

Free of charge and confidential: We are there for you. Gladly also in English.

Make an appointment

Advisory Services
+49 201 82010-612

Sabrina Nikoleit

Advisory Services
+49 201 82010-612

On-site consulting
by appointment

Telephone consultation
Thu 11:00 am - 01:00 pm

Video consultation
Thu 11:00 am - 01:00 pm (book online meeting)
and by appointment

Write an email

Information about privacy and your rights: www.stw-edu.de/en/data-protection/