The Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI of the Studierendenwerk Hamburg supports students and prospective students with chronic illness or disability in claiming specific benefits and compensation schemes. We often advise on ways of organizing studies (e.g. reduction of workload, interruption of studies, re-entry) in connection with financial security through social benefits, benefits as well as financing of personal and technical support in studies and everyday life.
Individual counseling takes place in a protected and confidential setting. Anonymous counseling is possible. The counselors are bound to secrecy. The counseling is free of charge. On request and by appointment, interpreters, handwriting mediators or other communication aids can be used during discussions.
You can request presentations on "Studying with Chronic Illnesses or Disabilities" and "What should prospective students with impairments know before applying?" as part of the University of Hamburg's Unit Day (2020) by e-mail.
Information on funding sources for students with chronic illnesses/disabilities can be found here.
The BAföG provides some regulations for students with disabilities and chronic illness to compensate for disability-specific disadvantages:
You can find more information about this in the Handbook Study and Disability from the Information and Counseling Center Study and Disability at the German Student Union, Chapter VII: Financing your livelihood, BAföG: Benefits and Compensation for Disadvantages.
Copies are also available to take home at the Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI. We would also like to draw your attention to the information sheets of the Studierendenwerk Hamburg on our BAföG page, in particular on "proof of performance", on "exceeding the maximum period of support", on "change of subject" and on "support after exceeding the age limit".
Within the framework of integration assistance for disabled persons according to SGB XII, substantially disabled students can be granted benefits for disability-related study-related additional needs for attending a university (e.g. sign language interpreters, study assistants, travel expenses), which are not included in the general education support according to the Federal Education Assistance Act (BAföG).
Conditions and further information:
Prerequisite is that there is no other priority cost bearer. Responsible for the application and approval in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg are the basic security and social welfare offices in the districts. More detailed information can be found in the "Study Assistance for Disabled Persons at Universities" instruction issued by the Hamburg Ministry of Social Affairs, Family, Health and Consumer Protection.
The counseling center Sehen|Hören|Bewegen|Sprechen (Seeing|Hearing|Moving|Speaking) advises among other things on study aids and performs expert tasks for the social welfare agency (primarily for benefits of the integration assistance).
The "Scholarship guide" website provides information on funding opportunities for students with chronic illness/disability/impairment, among others.
A scholarship pilot initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is available on the Internet. In the nationwide database, pupils, students and young scientists can search for the scholarship that is right for them. The database also includes a search function for scholarships for people with chronic illness/disability/impairment. The database gives all private and public scholarship providers the opportunity to introduce themselves on the Internet portal.
A total of 55 places for disabled students have been set up in seven Studierendenwerk housing complexes. If the available places are not sufficient, the Studierendenwerk is willing to carry out the necessary conversion and extension measures within the framework of the available funds. Information about all the houses can be obtained at:
040 / 41902-268
Grindelallee 76 , 20146 Hamburg-Eimsbüttel (Rotherbaum),
Four handicapped accessible single apartments with kitchen and shower bath; three handicapped accessible rooms with shower/WC.
Kaemmererufer 13 - 16, 22303 Hamburg-Nord (Barmbek)
Six handicapped-accessible single rooms (wheelchair accessible) and four handicapped-accessible places each in two-person apartments.
Stellbrinkweg 18-30, 21035 Hamburg
Two handicapped accessible places (each in an apartment of four)
Moorstraße 15, 21073 Hamburg-Harburg (Harburg)
Six handicapped accessible single rooms (wheelchair accessible) with own sanitary facilities and shared kitchen in two apartments of three.
Berliner Tor 3, 20099 Hamburg-Mitte (St. Georg)
18 handicapped-accessible rooms, six of them in two-person apartments and twelve rooms suitable for the deaf in four-person shared apartments.
Triftstraße 102, 21075 Hamburg (Harburg)
One handicapped-accessible apartment for two and one handicapped-accessible apartment for three on the first floor.
Hammerbrookstraße 42 a/b, 20097 Hamburg (Germany)
Three wheelchair-accessible apartments
Sophie-Schoop-Weg 2 and 30
Four wheelchair accessible apartments