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Students in special circumstances

H-Gebäude mit Kirschbaum im Vordergrund.
Counseling & Help

Counseling & Help

In some situations it is difficult to find a solution on your own. Whether it is about personal challenges and changes in life or difficulties with your studies - we would like to help you and make your everyday study life easier. We are here to help you with questions and problems and to help you achieve your individual goals and overcome difficulties. In doing so, we work with you to find solutions that fit your personality and needs.

Our counseling services are diverse and include topics related to your studies, personal and psychological counseling, and support in overcoming private challenges. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and understood. We take the time to listen to your concerns and offer you a confidential setting in which to work out solutions together.

Our counseling services are free of charge for students of all disciplines and semesters. Under Counseling & Help in the internal website area you will find important contacts and points of contact.

Studying with family responsibilities

Studying with family responsibilities

The RWU has been certified as a Family-Friendly University since 2015 and has taken a variety of measures for students with family responsibilities. On the topics of studying during pregnancy, studying with a child and studying with caregiving responsibilities, you will find detailed information in the Family-Friendly University section linked below, e.g. on:

  • Special study and examination regulations
  • Childcare
  • Parent-child office
  • Diaper changing and nursing
  • Maternity leave
  • Dining hall kids card
  • Financial assistance
  • Parent's forum
Studying with Special Needs

Studying with Special Needs

Students with disabilities face various barriers in their everyday lives. In order to remove barriers and enable equal opportunities in your studies, you can find information and advice on the topic of "Studying with Disability" on the RWU homepage.

Detailed information on the following topics can be found in the section linked below:

  • Studying with a disability or chronic illness
    • Before studies
    • During studies 
    • At the end of your studies
  • Contact persons and counseling services
  • Glossary
  • Further information
Studying with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Personen halten die Finger zusammen

Studying with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASS)

Unsure? Can I do it?

  • I find it difficult to structure extensive work assignments into sub-goals and work through them in sequence.

  • I generally have difficulty planning things and anticipating consequences.

  • I am afraid of having to give oral presentations.

  • I have problems concentrating in unfamiliar surroundings and/or large rooms (lecture halls!).

  • I find it difficult to listen and take notes at the same time.

  • I am easily distracted by external stimuli.

  • I am unable to discern others' intentions and moods from their facial expressions and gestures.

  • It is very tiring for me to get in contact with others or to join a group - I often do not know how to behave in social situations.

  • I have a hard time getting help - I don't know who to turn to.

If you would answer "yes" to several of these statements, but still want to study with us, then you should take advantage of our specialized peer mentoring program, which is tailored to address these exact issues.


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Contact & People

Representative for the Family-Friendly University

Prof. Dr. Jörg Wendorff

Jörg Wendorff

Contact person for students with family responsibilities

Dr. Anja Wagner

Anja Wagner

Equal Opportunity Officer

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schreier-Alt

Dean of Automotive Engineering PLUS Teaching (Bachelor), Equal Opportunity Officer at RWU
Mechanical engineering, plastics technology
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schreier-Alt

Representative for the interests of students with disabilities or chronic illnesses

Prof. Dr. Monika Schröttle

Responsible for the peer mentoring program for students with autism spectrum disorder.

Prof. Dr. phil. Silvia Queri Diplom-Psychologin

Silvia Queri

Contact person for anti-discrimination

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Marlene Haupt

Marlene Haupt