Within the quota for hardship cases, only applicants for whom non-admission to the desired course of study would mean exceptional hardship can be admitted.
Exceptional hardship is deemed to exist if special social, health or family reasons within the applicant's own person make immediate admission to the course of study imperative. The rejection of the application for admission would have to involve disadvantages for the applicant which, if a strict standard were applied, would go considerably beyond the extent of the disadvantages usually associated with rejection.
The universities in Bavaria keep 2% of the study places free for so-called hardship cases. The application is therefore only considered for a few persons.
Not every impairment, however hard it may be perceived, justifies admission to a hardship case. Rather, there must be such serious health, social or family reasons in the person of the applicant that, even if particularly strict standards are applied, he cannot be expected to wait even one year for admission (exceptional situation).
The case of hardship must be proven by appropriate evidence (e.g. medical certificate, birth and death certificate, school education report, etc.).
The application and the supporting documents for the winter semester must be submitted in full by 15.07. / summer semester by 15.01. at the latest.
As a rule, a request for hardship can be granted in the following exemplary cases:
Special health circumstances of the applicant which require immediate admission:
Applicant suffers from an illness with a tendency to aggravate, which in all probability will lead to a situation in the future in which it will not be possible to endure the stresses and strains of the course of study (expert medical opinion)
Applicant has to give up his previous studies or his previous profession for health reasons; a meaningful bridging of the waiting period is not possible for him for these reasons (specialist medical opinion).
Applicant is physically handicapped; due to his or her handicap, he or she is either unable to perform any other reasonable activity until the allocation of a study place or is unreasonably disadvantaged in comparison to non-handicapped applicants in the event of a further referral to the waiting period (specialist medical opinion)
The expert opinion should contain statements on the origin, severity, course and treatment options of the disease as well as a prognosis of the further course of the disease and should also be comprehensible for medical laypersons. Suitable additional proofs are, for example, the severely disabled person's identity card, the notice of assessment from the pension office and the notice of withdrawal from service from the Bundeswehr.
Special economic hardship of the applicant, but only in conjunction with health problems and/or family or social circumstances.
Special family or social circumstances of the applicant which require immediate admission (documents suitable for proof).
Applicant has received admission to the above-mentioned course of study in a previous semester, but could not take advantage of it for compelling reasons for which he/she is not responsible (especially illness), unless a prior admissions officer (proof of the compelling reason, previous notification of admission)
In the following cases in particular, the application is generally unsuccessful:
Local connection due to necessary home care and support in case of existing illness
previous studies or profession had to be abandoned for health reasons; however, it is possible and reasonable to bridge the waiting period.
Studies cannot be paid from private funds
future discontinuation of private financing of studies if the start of studies is further delayed
the financing of the course of study is limited (e.g. inheritance contract, will, payment of orphan's allowance or Bundeswehr pension); it is no longer secured for the intended course of study if admission is delayed
Applicant is married or has one child
Father or mother or both parents are ill or severely disabled
Origin from a large family; siblings are still in education
Applicant is orphan or half-orphan