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.

Current Information – Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

  • Wearing masks is mandatory in TUM buildings. With a 7-day-incidence above 35, this also applies to lecture halls and other rooms with fixed seating.
     
  • The lecture period in the winter semester 2020/21 starts on 02 November 2020 and ends on 12 February 2021. An exception applies to medicine.
     
  • Please take note of the preconditions to participate in exams, lectures or seminars with up to 30 participants on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
  • Applicants for Master's programs who do not receive final graduation documents of their undergraduate program (e.g. Bachelor's degree) in time for enrollment due to the corona situation can also be provisionally enrolled for the winter semester 2020/21 with a final transcript or a preliminary diploma.Certified copies of the final graduation documents must be submitted within the winter semester 2020/21. Further information on application and registration can be found here.
     
  • Due to the current situation with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, our service points and other offices are only partially open for the public. You can also contact us by email or by telephone.
     
  • Please follow the instructions regarding notification if you develop corona symptoms, have been tested positive respectively have had contact with a person tested positive, or have entered the country from a risk area. Detailed information can be found at www.tum.de/corona.

Please be sure to check our info-website on current measures regularly for updates.

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 our TUM Schools and Departments.
  • 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 Global & Alumni Office 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 Global & Alumni Office 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 Global & Alumni Office 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. Further information
  • 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. Further information and guidelines
  • 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