Compensation for Disadvantages in Studies and Examinations

Information Leaflet for Examination Boards, Examiners, Teachers, and Students

The information leaflet provides information on the procedure and contents of an application for compensation for disadvantages (Nachteilsausgleich - NTA) for students with disabilities and chronic diseases studying at KIT.


Compensations for disadvantages

  • are a form of reasonable accommodation
  • are claims that students are entitled to
  • are a legally established claim (Basic Constitutional Law, University Law, Examination Regulations, UN Disability Convention)
  • are effective where existing barriers in studies and examinations lead to discrimination because there is an impairment
  • compensate for disadvantages caused by the impairment
  • offer - where necessary and appropriate – creative leeway in the organization of studies and room for adaptation in examinations
  • mean modification and compensation of achievements
  • are individual (i.e., they are oriented to the respective impairment and the resulting need in relation to the course of study)
  • are flexible (in time and form)
  • are applied for by students and negotiated in dialog with the parties involved (examination board, lecturers, university administration)

Compensations for disadvantages

  • are not reliefs or advantages
  • do not acquit you of achievements as regards content


Some examples

  • Extension of writing time in exams
  • Interruption of the examination by pauses
  • Change of examination form, oral instead of written or term paper instead of presentation
  • Use of technical aids
  • Use of assistance (communication, taking notes)
  • Writing in an extra room
  • Adaptation of internships and excursions




The Representative for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Diseases will be happy to assist you in clarifying your individual needs and submitting an application.





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