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AccessAbility – Peer Mentoring Programme

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Anika Voigt

Project coordinator AccessAbility


Register now for the summer semester 2023!

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Disability, chronic or mental illness and still want to study? Yes, of course! The Peer Mentoring Programme of the ZAB - Accessibility Services supports you in getting off to a good start in your everyday study life at Bielefeld University. In addition, you can get to know other students in a similar life situation, network, exchange experiences during your studies and expand your skills.

What is peer mentoring?

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With “AccessAbility – peer mentoring“, the Accessibility Services of Bielefeld University offers you the chance of getting to know other students in similar life situations right at the start of your studies. In the “AccessAbility – peer mentoring” programme, experienced students with disabilities in higher semesters, so-called mentors, also support students with disabilities, so-called mentees, who are new to Bielefeld University. Together they form a tandem and keep in touch throughout the semester. 

In the accompanying framework programme, you can all benefit together from workshops, activities and individual counselling offers. The program starts at the beginning of each semester and runs for almost six months.

“AccessAbility – peer mentoring” is a free service offered by the ZAB at Bielefeld University and aims to make it easier to get started in university life and to break down barriers. The main aim is to provide informal advice for everyday study and practical tips on organizing studies, as well as accompanying the mentees into campus life, taking into account individual needs and thus promoting long-term academic success. 

For whom?

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The peer mentoring programme “AccessAbility – peer mentoring” welcomes all students who encounter barriers in their studies due to psychological, physical and sensory characteristics. Participation is free of charge and independent of certificates or a disability ID card. Your data will of course be treated confidentially. 

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The tandem: We mediate ...... You decide!

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With the help of an registration form and personal interviews, we try to bring together a good tandem consisting of mentee and mentor. In tandem, you agree together how often and in what form you will meet. They also decide on the topics and activities together. Participants and tandems can contact the project coordinator at any time with questions or problems that arise. In addition, all participants meet in the framework of the accompanying workshops, where there is room for getting to know each other and exchanging experiences.

The framework programme

Information on the accompanying workshops and events for the summer semester 2023 will follow shortly.

Become a mentee!

Would you like to get to know other students, benefit from the knowledge of experienced fellow students and strengthen your study-relevant skills in workshops so that you can organise your everyday study life to suit your impairment as much as possible right from the start? Then register by April 06, 2023 by using the registration form on the website. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us!


Become a mentor!

Would you like to become a mentor and use the opportunity to pass on your experiences as a student with an impairment and your knowledge to new fellow students and at the same time strengthen your own skills in the joint workshops? If you accompany first-year students as a mentor, you will benefit from:

  • Participation in ZAB workshops
  • A certificate of participation to value your commitment that you can use, for example, for job applications or scholarship applications.

Have we aroused your interest? Then register by April 06, 2023 by using the registration form on the website. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us!


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