Advising for Students With Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses


Please Note

We currently only offer consultation by telephone after prior arrangement. Please send us an email with your telephone number and your questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Studies at RWTH Aachen should be unrestricted for every person. The university is particularly responsive to the special needs of students with disabilities or chronic illnesses.


On January 1, 2016, RWTH introduced the Officers for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses and their deputies.


Personalized Advising


VORSCHUB represents students with disabilities and chronic illnesses at RWTH Aachen University. We represent the interests of students – from accessible lecture halls to individual and confidential counseling on the following topics, among others:

  • Health-related difficulties during studies
  • Alternative arrangements for examinations ("Nachteilsausgleich")
  • Support through study assistants
  • Relaxation room for recovery between classes
  • Self-help group
  • Exceptional circumstances applications
  • Leave semester due to illness
  • Reimbursement of the semester ticket
  • BAföG special regulations
  • Living in a dormitory with a disability or illness

If you have any questions about studying with a disability or chronic illness, we are of course also the contact point for all RWTH staff and lecturers.


Inclusive Sports

See the website of the University Sports Center for all information relating to inclusive sports at RWTH.  with the Sportreferat of the Aachen Universities is your contact for disabled sports.


We view it as our responsibility to cultivate contact with the responsible institutions within and outside of RWTH and to create a close communication network. Contact with students, who lay out their problems to us, helps us, because we can incorporate these problems into goals.

Officers for the Concerns of Students With a Disability or Chronic Illness


Assistant for Everyday University Life

RWTH has student assistants available to help students with disabilities and chronic illnesses with everyday university life. They are primarily available for the following tasks: drawing up lecture notes and copies, reading aloud, research, orientation help, copying, scanning, help transporting objects, accompanying to the University and back within Aachen, accompanying on errands directly related to studies, support in the relaxation room or in study rooms, and accompanying to desired locations at the University and within and through the libraries.