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The grounds for your request – disability and/or chronic illness(es) – must be confirmed by a medical certificate or statement from a psychotherapeutic professional.

The medical certificate or statement must contain the following:

  • The estimated duration of the illness
  • Medical findings/symptoms of the illness (understandable for laypersons)
  • The impairment resulting from the illness (including, for example, side effects of medication, extent of treatments at the expense of time for study)
  • Recommendation for one/multiple compensations for disadvantages and their scope, e.g. …% more time for written exams; ensuring … breaks each lasting … minutes during exams (which are longer than 90/…min)
  • If applicable, a recommendation to permit aids in the form of …
  • Date of medical examination, stamp and signature of the physician/psychotherapist

The medical or psychotherapeutic findings form the foundation on which the examination board makes it decision. For this reason, the symptoms of the illness and their effects on the student’s ability to perform should be described in detail. The medical diagnosis does not need to be included. Naming the diagnosis can be useful in individual cases if it also describes the symptoms of the illness. However, the patient must consent to this.

The estimated duration of the illness should be described in order to explain whether the impairment will exist in upcoming semesters and the period for which the application for compensation for disadvantages should be made. A disability ID is not required and is not sufficient on its own.



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