Approaches to Studying without Barriers – Welcome at University!

You are a student at Goethe University living with a health impairment – a chronic (mental, physical) issue, a disability? Or you are interested in studying at our university and want to know whether this decision is right for you in your personal situation?

In these pages, we offer a wide range of information on studying with a health impairment. This includes:

  • Who to contact for information and counselling
  • Practical advice for people with health impairments at our university
  • Information on legal options (accommodations) for students with health impairments concerning their course of studies and examinations
  • Information on the accessibility of Goethe University's buildings, facilities and premises
  • Orientation on other selected issues and further points of consideration  

These resources are intended to help you conduct your studies successfully with self-confidence and self-determination all the way through to graduation.

We are well aware that studying with a health impairment poses additional challenges – for all concerned, including the university itself. At the same time, it also represents an important opportunity to discover new options and spheres of action beyond the impairment.

Goethe University has begun its evolution toward becoming an inclusive university. In August 2020, its Action Plan on Inclusion was put into effect. (Read the announcement in German here.) 

We would like to support the development of your talents – unimpaired, and without limits.

Decision to Study and Application

Which aspects of my situation should influence my choice of studies? What should candidates with health issues consider in their application for a study programme?

Studying and Living in Frankfurt

What assets and challenges does Frankfurt/Main have to offer as a location of study for persons with health issues? How about accessibility? What support options are available in Frankfurt?

Support for Students

What general conditions and support strategies may I expect during my studies? Which rules and regulations apply? Can I get personal assistance – and how?

Accessible Campus

Accessible buildings and facilities are fundamental to an inclusive university. For issues relating to architecture and technology, please contact the Representative for Inclusion in charge.


Advice and Support for Students with Health Issues
Beratung für Studierende mit Beeinträchtigung

Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Studying with health issues

What kind of problems are addressed? Does this concern me personally? Will I find information and support to improve my situation here? On interests and terminologies.

Ways through the Corona Crisis

Contacts for Internationals

Try joining the Internationaler Studientreff or the Buddy Program with our International Office.

This English Version is intended to support an international audience. In cases of doubt, please consult the German original pages. For corrections and comments, please contact Christoph Trüper.