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Barrier-Free Education

The Technical University of Munich strives to ensure that students with disabilities and chronic illnesses have equal and independent access to a university education and student life. The office for current and prospective students with disabilities and chronic illnesses offers support and advice on a wide range of matters such as examination procedures, disability accommodations, applying for electronic learning aids and much more.

Regrettably, studying with a disability or chronic illness is still not a matter of course.  Though universities have taken some steps in the area of accessibility, affected students still face a host of barriers on the way to obtaining a degree, not to mention the additional burdens a disability or chronic illness places on the individual student. The challenges are as varied as the disabilities, whether a psychological illness, chronic somatic disorder, dysfunction or visual, hearing or mobility impairments.

Information for Prospective and Current Students

  • Contacts within the departments for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses
    Each deaprtment has a point of contact responsible for handling the academic affairs of students with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Please see this list of the respective contacts within each of TUM’s 13 schools and colleges.
  • Equal Opportunity - Study abroad
    Study abroad or internship abroad with physical impairment or with child – is it possible?

    Yes, of course! Equal opportunities are a central concern of the TUM. Therefore, the TUM International Center offers students with more difficult living conditions special funding opportunities through the Erasmus+ program.

Studying and internship in Europe
The Erasmus grants for “special needs” address students who plan to study abroad at a European partner university, but who face additional challenges due to disability or impairment (such as chronic illness). The offer also includes participants with children who are “single parents” during the time of their Erasmus+ mobility.

These Erasmus grants can be awarded not only for a stay abroad for study purposes but also for internships in another European country.

Studying outside Europe
Thanks to the "international dimension" of the Erasmus+ program, the TUM International Center is also able to award scholarships for stays abroad at selected partner universities of TUMexchange (exchange program outside of Europe). These scholarships are awarded according to personal and socioeconomic criteria in order to achieve more equal opportunities for TUM students.

Please find further information on the various funding options on the websites of the TUM International Center and on the pages of the DAAD (only German) where you can read reports from former scholarship holders. If you have any questions about the program, you are also very welcome to contact the Erasmus team directly at the TUM IC.

  • "Studying with Disabilities" Brochure
    The Office for Studying with Disabilities of the German National Association for Student Affairs publishes a brochure providing tips and information for prospective and current students with disabilities and chronic illnesses. More
  • Financial Aid
    Students with severe disabilities and chronic illnesses can apply for an exemption from tuition fees. Affected students may also apply to the TUM for a disability grant. More
  • Hardship Guidelines for Prospective Students
    Prospective students with disabilities and chronic illnesses may request that their personal situation be taken into consideration when applying for admission to TUM. More
  • Links and Addresses
    Various offices provide advice and support for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses. We have assembled a list of some of the important contacts. More
  • Accommodating Disabilities During Examinations
    TUM takes into account the type and extent of a student's disability during examinations. The complete guidelines are available here.
  • ID Card for the Severely Disabled
    Students in possession of an ID card for severely disabled persons can claim a variety of rights and benefits related to mobility, housing, communication, taxes, occupation and other areas. More