Information for prospective students

When you are about to choose a suitable university and city to live in, you have to put a lot of forethought into it and gather necessary information ahead of time. This is even more so in the case of people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, since they need assistance.
The guide entitled “BarriereFREI studieren(PDF)” offers a detailed overview of the versatile range Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf has to offer for student with impairments.

We will gladly answer any further questions via telephone, e-mail or during our opening hours. Information entrusted to us are always confidential and are handled with the utmost discretion under German data protection regulations.  
In case we are not able to help you, we will refer you to the right contact person.

Application and Admission to study

It might be advisable to make a hardship application for immediate admission to study. The applicant hast to prove that special health circumstances like a progressive disease, disability or family reasons make a longer waiting period unreasonable or impossible. In this case, the applicant will be granted immediate admission, without taking selection criteria as “average grade” and “waiting time” into consideration.

Heinrich Heine University has reserved 2% of study places for this special application. Special requests are submitted as part of the online application process and are handed in together with the admission application. The deadline for the winter semester is 15th of July and for the summer semester 15th of January.

If a newly occurred disability or chronic illness necessitates the change of your course of study, then a hardship application can be granted even if it is submitted later.

Information on hardship application

Please note that the registrar’s office does not inform about missing documents, when submitting the hardship application. The registrar’s office will not contact you later, either. Unfortunately, there are no plans of changing these regulations. It is up to you to inquire and make sure that your documents are complete. The deadline for summer semester is 15th January and for winter semester 15th July.  Make sure to keep the deadlines. Documents submitted thereafter will not be accepted.

Living in Düsseldorf

The German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutsches Studierendenwerk) offers several rooms without barriers. These are located on Otto-Hahn-Straße, in Himmelgeister Straße and on Universitätsstraße on campus. You can submit your application in the offices of the German association for Student Affairs on campus (building 21.12) or online. More information can be obtained from their undefinedweb page.

The city of Düsseldorf offers housing assistance for those in search of an apartment. The staff can help with obtaining a barrier-free apartment.

The counselling centre KoKoBe with centres in the districts Wersten, Pempelfort, Kaiserswerth and Flingern is another helpful source.                                                         

Mobility in Düsseldorf (in German)

Guidelines for People with Disabilities, publ. by the city council of Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Barrierefrei (Public Transport),  publ. by the city council of Düsseldorf

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Responsible for the content: E-MailUniv.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Franz