Studying with disabilities

Studying with disabilities

In order to enable students with disabilities and chronic Illnesses to participate equally in everyday life, the HTW Dresden strives to ensure equal opportunities in terms of access, studies and examinations.

The representative for students with disabilities and chronic Illnesses, Prof. Margit Voigt, advises on all aspects of studying with disabilities.

Compensation for disadvantages

Students with long-term health problems are entitled to compensation for disadvantages. Compensations for disadvantages are designed to make up for inequalities resulting from someone’s individual circumstances. They address the consequences of the problem, and not the problem itself. This ensures equal opportunities for participation in studies and examinations. Examples of compensations for disadvantages include adapted examination styles, additional time for exams, and the use of technical aids.

Admission and Application (for degree students)

Recognition of hardship cases

Two per cent of study places are reserved for applicants with health problems. To be eligible for such a place, one precondition is that rejecting your application for admission to a course of study would constitute an exceptional hardship. You can request the recognition of such a hardship case, for example, if you have an illness which is likely to worsen or if your health problem restricts your ability to choose or practise a profession.

When applying for admission to Dresden University of Applied Sciences, you will also need to submit a special request to have your hardship case recognised. You must enclose a report by a medical specialist which explains the hardship case in a comprehensible manner.

When allocating places based on hardship cases, it cannot be guaranteed that all applicants will be offered a study place. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of hardship case places available, admission will be offered on the basis of the degree of exceptional hardship.