The study and especially the beginning of the study are an intensive time. At the beginning, many things come up at once that have to be planned, organized and found. And after the first arrival in the study program and on campus, there are often other challenges waiting for you: applying for compensation for disadvantages, accessibility of rooms, orientation aids, needs-based implementation of stays abroad and internships, and much more.
We will show you what options you have at the University of Paderborn to obtain equal opportunity study conditions and support networking among each other.
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Arrive at the university
- Network with fellow students
The Service Center Studies with Disabilities organizes several events where students can get to know each other and exchange ideas:
- each time at the beginning of the semester: Neu an der Uni?
- once per semeste: Inclusive Get-Together
- every second week: A-S-S Connect!
- several times a semesterr: Katzen gegen Uni-Stress
- In addition, there are thematic lectures and other events on offer.
- Request compensation for disadvantages
Students with disabilities and chronic illnesses are legally entitled to compensation for disadvantages in their studies and examinations. Compensation for disadvantages can be claimed for the organization and execution of studies as well as for the achievement of performance or examination certificates. The representative will be happy to explain the requirements and the application procedure for disadvantage compensation.
The representative will be happy to explain the requirements and the application procedure for disadvantage compensation.
- Request study assistance
In many cases, it is essential to have a personal assistant, a study helper, at your side temporarily or throughout your entire studies, who will accompany you in your everyday studies and take over tasks of all kinds that you cannot manage yourself. A study assistance may be required both at the university and at home.
Examples of a study assistance can be:
- Accompanying person for students with mobility impairments
- Writing assistance for events and at home with motor impairments
- Reader and companion for students with visual impairments
- (Sign) interpreter for hearing impairments
As a rule, you will look for a suitable assistant yourself, with whom you will work together on a permanent and familiar basis if possible. Study assistants, such as a friend who studies with you or fellow students whom you get to know during your studies, can - depending on what kind of help you need - either be engaged personally or found through certain social institutions. These institutions are particularly helpful if assistance is needed on a larger time scale.
We will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have about study assistance and, if necessary, put you in touch with other counseling centers.
- Ring loop amplifier (Acoustic perception support)
- Screen Reader
- Height adjustable tables
Height-adjustable desks were purchased in several student work areas (Lerntreff, Foyer Q0, Notebook-Café, cutting room IMT-Medien, pool room N5) at the end of 2021. These are especially useful for wheelchair users, but can also be adjusted to the appropriate working height for each student and can also be used while standing, e.g. in case of back pain.
- Electronic door opener
Two Tray-Trolleys are available for students and employees with disabilities in the Academica and Mensa Forum. The Tray-Trolley is also a convenient support for cafeteria visitors with a child, as their hands are free for the child or stroller if necessary. In addition, people who have an injury to their arm or leg, for example, can use this support to fetch food in the Mensa without any problems. The Trolleys can be easily attached to wheelchairs with the help of a simple spring system.
Conquer the campus
The dining halls, the rooms of the AStA, as well as the "Grill | Café" can be reached by an elevator near the cafeteria. The cafeteria and the Bona Vista have serving counters that are partly too high for wheelchair users. Independent use is therefore only possible to a limited extent for wheelchair users.
- Barrier free toilets
An overview of the wheelchair accessible restrooms on campus can be viewed here as a PDF.
- Use rest rooms
In certain situations, it can help to find peace and quiet for a short time and possibly relieve the strain on your back or legs. For such cases you have the possibility to retreat in the first aid rooms. All rooms have a quiet area and a couch. Depending on the equipment, there is also an armchair and a screen for separating a visible protected area.
The rooms are marked site plan, an overview with photo can be found here:
- Elevator use at the university
The use of the elevators cannot be guaranteed in the evenings and on weekends due to the lack of emergency service. In order to avoid undesired inconveniences for you with mobility restrictions, you can contact the operational technology of the University of Paderborn for an adjustment of the operating time with individual needs. For this purpose, please contact Mr. Stefan Mueller 05251 / 602475 or Mr. Wilfried Helmer 05251 / 604333.
The general operating hours of the elevators are:
- Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 21:30.
- Saturdays from 07:00 to 14:30.
The elevators are each located at the central points within the university. These areas are also known as "cores". Three elevators can be found at the intersection of building sections B, C, and H. Other elevators are located in the tower from building A to B and a large capacity elevator from A to D. There is an elevator in the middle of building E that will take you to floors -1 to 5. Two more elevators are located at the end of the building part N. In the building part P1 there are 3 passenger elevators. Smaller floor elevators are to lecture halls H1 to H6 and to D1 and D2 as well as in building L. New elevators have been added to buildings I, O and Q.
The following figure shows you the approximate location of the elevators.
- Lecture halls
The lecture halls of the University of Paderborn are generally easily accessible for wheelchair users. However, exceptions are lecture halls A4, D2 (with special key for the elevator), C2 (access from outside) and B1 (or B2). If you have an event in one of these lecture halls, please contact the service office SmB so that alternatives can be sought.
- Electronic door opener
As a supportive measure, people who are in an electric or hand-operated wheelchair and have difficulty opening the main entrance doors can obtain a transponder that can be used to open the electronic main doors. Not only wheelchair users can obtain such a transponder, but also people who are unable to open heavy doors, due to their impairment.
If you need one, please contact Department 5.2 Commercial and Infrastructural Facility Management, Mr. Schwaller.
- Uni "Stairless"
- Looking for an accessible apartment
Looking for a suitable apartment plays a major role for students with impairments: Which apartments are barrier-free? Who to contact? How does the apartment search proceed? What do I have to consider?
The Studierendenwerk Paderborn offers several barrier-free apartments in its dormitories. The general housing market also offers barrier-free housing options. Tips for living in Paderborn are summarized here.
Please note: even for barrier-free living, demand unfortunately far exceeds supply. Therefore, it is extremely important to look for housing as early as possible. We are happy to help you and support students with impairments while looking for housing.
Student Advice Centre
Service Center Studying with Impairment
Please contact me by e-mail to make an appointment.