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Center for Higher Education

Study Entry Counseling

In preparation for studying with an impairment or chronic illness, a variety of questions, individual needs or even impediments can arise.

The range of possible forms of impairment includes:

  • mobility and movement impairments

  • Visual impairment/blindness

  • Hearing impairment/deafness

  • Speech impairments (e.g. stuttering)

  • Psychological disorders/illnesses (e.g. depression, eating disorders)

  • Chronic physical diseases (e.g. diabetes, multiple sclerosis, intestinal diseases)

  • specific developmental disorders of scholastic skills (e.g. AD(H)S, dyslexia, dyscalculia)

  • Attention Deficit / Hyperactive Disorders (AD(H)D)

  • Other prolonged impairments or serious illnesses (e.g., cancer)

You are interested in studying at TU Dortmund University and have a disability or chronic illness? Consult DoBuS, the area of disability and studies, for advice and support on entering university with a disability. There are various questions that may occur in relation to individual impairments, requirements within the degree program, and individual life situations, e.g.:

  • What could be relevant disability-related factors for my study program decision?

  • What are the conditions for an application for compensation of disadvantages or a special case application that can help me with my application for a place at university? How does the application process work?

  • What are available personalized disadvantage compensations during my studies and exams, and how can I apply for them?

  • How do I organize my need for accessible housing at my place of study or my commute to the university?

  • Which assistive technologies can help me and how do I use them in my studies?

  • How can I finance the additional need for assistive technology or study assistance resulting from my disability?

  • How can I get in touch with other students with impairment experiences to share and, if necessary, support each other (peer support)?

  • How can I get access to literature for my studies if I need a special conversion, for example into digital formats, large print or Braille?


Please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail to make an appointment for a personal consultation.


Office Hours:

Our office hours are on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (no appointment necessary, currently only by phone).

Telephone: (+49) 231 755-6565


Andrea Hellbusch

Dr. Claudia Schmidt