(Division for Students with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities)

Visible or invisible chronic diseases and/or disabilities often cause a variety of limitations. Studying with disabilities, whether physical or mental, can be a great challenge. Special rights, compensation for disadvantages and other types of compensation are nevertheless intended to enable participation in society.

The services of BeSt are aimed toward students and potential students with disabilities who are looking for consultation, information and mutual exchange of experiences. We can use our own personal experiences and resources from everyday student life to give a realistic impression of the chances and possibilities. Additionally, it’s our aim to communicate the concerns of students with disabilities to the university.
Consultation and all information we offer is, of course, confidential.
The main topics of our services for students and by students are:

  • Consultation and information
  • Sharing of experiences and establishing contact between affected students
  • Representation of student interests
  • Networking and contact with other universities/university members
The main topics of our consultation are:
  • University admission and access
    • Am I entitled to a raised average grade and a shortened waiting period?
  • Compensation of disadvantages during studies and for examinations
    • Am I entitled to a compensation of disadvantages?
    • What documentation do I need for this?
    • What forms of compensation exist?
    • How long does approval take?
  • BAföG (initial consultation)
    • Am I entitled to an extension of the funding period if my studies are delayed due to disability?
    • Am I entitled to the hardship provision in the calculation of assets?
  • Orientation in the University of Applied Sciences
  • Planning your studies
  • Starting your career
  • Planning your career
  • Networking and mediation of contacts
  • "Schwerbehindertenausweis” (disabled person’s pass)

Consultation hours:
Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the AStA advisory room
(Interaktion 1, 33619 Bielefeld, second floor, room A237) 

Division members (Referenten): Eugen & Arniko

Contact via email at


According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, people with disabilities are those who have long-term physical, mental, or sensory impairments that prevent them from participating fully, effectively and equally in society under influence of everyday barriers. This means that they are not inherently disabled – they are made disabled from the outside.
Helpful links:

Deutsches Studentenwerk (German student facility services) – Studying with disabilities

The kombabb website