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Compensation for disadvantages

All course and examination regulations of the TU Berlin include a disadvantage compensation for handicapped and chronically ill students. This compensation for disadvantages includes specialized and individual opportunities. It is connected with the illness or disability of the student. Basically, there is no claim to a certain form of compensation for disadvantage. The examination committee or the chairperson has a wide margin of discreation in deciding what form it will take. They usually follow the recommendations of the student’s physician. Examples of disadvantages.

You will have to apply in writing for a modification of the examination conditions at the respective chairperson in due time to enable the examiner to organize a different examination setting (e.g. longer duration or a substitute room in which the written examination will take place, and to arrange for a proctor). Here you can find assistance for an application for disadvantage compensation.

In order to apply for disadvantage compensation during your studies and at examinations you will have to prove that you are not able to fulfil the required achievements your course and examination regulations specify due to your chronic illness or disability. In case of health-related restrictions that are not readily apparent you will have to present a certificate issued by a medical specialist. A severely handicapped card is not sufficient as documentary proof for the “disability relevant for the examination”. In case you hesitate to contact your examination committee, or you are not sure which kind of compensation should be applied, please consult us, and we will give support.

The claim to compensation for disadvantages is not noted in the bachelor/master certificate and is voluntary. An approved application for disadvantage compensation does not have to be made.




Application for hardship in the case of expiring diploma and magister degree courses

On 1 July 2015, the Academic Senate of the TU Berlin has decided to amend the statutes for the final examinations of final examinations in the diploma and magister degree courses of the TU Berlin (AuslaufSa).

This amendment was published on 9 July 2015 in the Official Journal of the Technical University of Berlin. Accordingly it is possible, on request, to submit a case of hardness application to the Examination Board in justified cases in order to carry out an examination even after the date specified in the appendix. The case of hardship must have occurred before the end of the course.

Reasons for a hardship application may be: particular health reasons (e.g., severe chronic / mental illness, severe disability) that have not made regular study possible. In addition, unforeseen personal burdens (for example, the death of a close relative, childcare, care of close relatives) or cases of force majeure.

The hardship request is to be submitted in writing to the respective examination committee, usually before expiry of the last examination period, with the submission of appropriate proofs. The application must show why the stated hardship will lead to an extension of the studies on the date of the cancellation of the study course, how many examinations are still outstanding and a proposal for the further course of studies up to the successful completion of the study course (study course plan).

You can find more detailed information (in german) in the Official Journal of the Technical University of Berlin with the number 21/2015 of 9 July 2015 (click here to download). (PDF, 684.3 KB)



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