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.

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You are already enrolled at TUM or you are thinking about studying at TUM? If you have a questions regarding studying with a disability and chronic illness, youa re welcome to contact us via chat! Our available hours are:

  • every Wednesday, 9 – 11 am
  • further times are coming

Studying with Others in a Virtual Room

“TUM Study with me” is a virtual study area for all students who do not like to learn alone or just want to benefit from a study atmosphere.

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 (pdf, 44 KB) (German) within our TUM Schools and Departments.

Barrier-Free Access

Barrier-free entrances and handicap-accessible toilets on the TUM main campus.
Information regarding access to the TUM libraries as well as contact addresses.
Barrier-free access to Munich Student Union cafeterias.

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

EnableMe Online-Mentoring

In January 2021 EnableMe Online-Mentoring starts which supports people with disabilities to start their career. The program is financed by Bayerischen Staatsministerium für Familie, Arbeit und Soziales and is free of charge for the participants. If you are interessted apply as soon as possible, the wirst online event is on 18th of December.

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