Study abroad with a disability or a chronic illness

A disability does not rule out the opportunity for a stay abroad. For more information, visit us for a consultation and get advice on exchange programmes and funding opportunities to suit your circumstances.

Coronavirus and stays abroad in 2021

How can I organize a stay abroad with a disability?

The Counselling for the disabled of the Student Service Organisation (Studentenwerk) can provide information (in German) on studying abroad for students with disabilities:

Our disability counsellor for students advises you on organising your studies around a disability/chronical illness and informs you about possible support compensations for disadvantages ("Nachteilsausgleich"): offers accessibility information for European universities as well as general information about studying abroad with disabilities.

To find out more about the destination country and partner universities, it is worth taking a look at experience reports from other students.

Financial support for your stay abroad

Students with a degree of disability (German: GdB) of at least 20 percent are eligible for additional funding through the Erasmus+ programme for additional costs resulting from their stay abroad. Preparatory trips are also funded.

Students who are funded in a DAAD programme (such as the PROMOS programme) can apply for the reimbursement of additional costs incurred abroad (maximum EUR 10,000).

A further option is to apply for a scholarship. Some foundations consider disabilities when awarding scholarships. In addition, there are scholarships which are exclusively for students with disabilities. The Servicepoint Scholarships at the University of Oldenburg offers links to several scholarship databases.

(Changed: 19 Dec 2022)