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Examples of academic adjustments

Under examination conditions:

  • % more writing time for exams until the end of this semester or until the end of bachelor’s/ master’s studies
  • Possibility to take ... breaks of ... minutes for all exams until the end of bachelor’s/master’s studies
  • A separate examination room which can be shared by a few other participants
  • Extended examination time or additional breaks or a separate room (individual room and proctor) for examinations (e.g. for limited ability to concentrate; for physical limitations or disabilities; for diabetics who need to check their blood sugar levels during the examination times; for students with chronic intestinal illnesses additional or longer use of restrooms
  • Use of technical aids during exams (e.g. laptop)
  • Use of personnel aid during oral exams (e.g. sign language interpreter)
  • Written supplements to oral examinations or replacement of oral examinations with written examinations for students with hearing or speaking impairments, in some cases also for mentally ill students; oral examination not open to the public; presence of a person the student trusts and/or support from a study assistant, e.g. in the case of speech impediments  and psychological disorders
  • Oral instead of written exams, e.g. for visually impaired students or students with limited hand-arm motor skills

Under study conditions:

  • ...% more writing time for term papers until the end of summer/winter semester 20...
  • Written papers instead of presentations (e.g. for hearing and speech impairments, concentration disorders, possibly also with an individual discussion about the paper with the instructor)
  • Modification of the attendance requirements in courses (e.g. replacement with other work such as an additional term paper, replacement with proof of participation in another course on the same topic)
  • Modifications of practical examinations, if necessary the use of assistants and additional aids and/or replacement with a theoretical examination, e.g. office internship instead of internship at a construction site for students in wheelchairs


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