Advice for Students with Disabilities or Chronic Illnesses

The commissioner and counselor for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses, Stefanie Knapp, can advise and support you with any problems you might face during your studies due to a disability or chronic illness.

    • Services for prospective students

      • Advice on all questions about studying at the University of Mannheim with a disability
      • Special campus tours
      • Information on applying for a program and requesting recognition of hardship upon admission
      • Establishing contact to students with the same or a similar disability or chronic illness (if possible)
    • Services for first-year students

      • Advice at the start of your studies
      • Newsletter on studying with a disability or chronic illness
      • Buddy program organized by AStA and the commissioner for students with disabilities: Meet fellow students in higher semesters who will gladly share their experiences at the university and of their everyday student life.
      • Information on disadvantage compensation for examinations (for instance time extensions, enlargement of exam papers, etc.)
    • Services for students

      • Advice on all questions about studying at the University of Mannheim with a disability
      • Information on disadvantage compensation for examinations (for instance time extensions, enlargement of exam papers, etc.)
      • Newsletter on studying with a disability or chronic illness
      • Referral to other counselors and points of contact (for instance at the schools, the Studierendenwerk, the Federal Employment Agency, etc.)
    • Disadvantage compensation during your studies

      Students with disabilities or chronic illnesses who are unable to complete coursework in the required form may submit a request for disadvantage compensation. Generally, the request for disadvantage compensation must be submitted by the end of the exam registration phase, at the latest. Please contact the commissioner and counselor for disabled students and students with chronic illnesses for more information.

      The examination committee for your degree program will decide on the request.

    • Disadvantage compensation for exchange students

      Exchange students with disabilities or chronic illnesses who receive a disadvantage compensation for examinations at their home university can also request a disadvantage compensation at the University of Mannheim.

      Please submit a signed and stamped confirmation of the disadvantage compensation at your home university by the beginning of the lecture period.

      Please notify the commissioner and counselor for disabled students and students with chronic illnesses of any exams you registered for. The commissioner must be notified by the end of the exam registration phase, at the latest. If you notify the commissioner and counselor for disabled students and students with chronic illnesses at a later point in time, your notification cannot be considered. Please submit a notification for all examinations, also for examinations that you may take on the resit examination date.

      Please note: We try to offer you the same disadvantage compensation as granted by your home institutions. However, in individual cases this is not possible or only to a certain extent.

    Stefanie Knapp

    Stefanie Knapp

    Commissioner and Counselor for disabled students and students with chronic illnesses
    University of Mannheim
    Dezernat II – Studienangelegenheiten L 1, 1 – Room 128
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Fr 9–11 Uhr (telefonische Sprechstunde)