Students are regularly confronted with various social, financial and personal challenges during their studies. Managing these challenges significantly affects the success of academic and personal development.
Studying is a financially demanding undertaking. Besides semester fees and equipment for everyday student life, accommodation, health insurance and daily living must be financially covered. And of course, a beer or two should also be possible. Furthermore, there are questions of personal organisation, student benefits, social support as well as student exchange. To find answers to all these questions, the universities and various ministries and organisations offer countless information platforms. Moreover, social and financial support can also be applied[ 1].
Alongside these material challenges, many students also face very personal challenges. These include not only studying with a child, but also studying with a disability. In Germany, almost 10% of students have one or more children. This fact leads to a whole range of obligations that young parents have to deal with. On top of organising their studies and caring for their offspring at the same time, parents who study rarely have the opportunity to take on a part-time job while studying and raising their children.
in addition to the fact that a child is, of course, a significant economic investment. To make it as easy as possible for these students, there are many diversified support services offered by the universities. For example, various universities offer their own parent-child rooms in the libraries or take the special situation of students into account when allocating study positions. The state also supports students with children with social benefits and various political family funds.
Another group that faces particular challenges in coping with everyday university life are students with disabilities. Alongside the problem of lack of barrier-free conditions and the tendency for increased absence time due to medical treatments, the resulting disadvantages in examinations are an additional obstacle. For these reasons, universities and politics support students with disabilities as much as possible. In addition to the possibility of disadvantage equalisation, there is also the possibility of special applications and differentiated counselling services .
On this website you will find initial introductory information on all these areas and many more. This will give you the opportunity to get an overview and show you the services that can help you on a personal level.
We wish you all the best and don't forget that studying is also supposed to be fun.
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Students with disabilities
Around 11% of all students in Germany have a health condition and are therefore confronted with social obstacles that also make studying more difficult.
Here you will find some introductory answers and platforms that can help you with your studies.
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