Diversity at HSBA

Diversity is of key importance at HSBA. The institution signed the Diversity Charter in 2008, highlighting the significance of difference in origin, nationality, gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation and other. HSBA understands that a variety in its student and staff body offers opportunities and therefore ensures that diversity as a cross- sectoral task is integrated into all aspects of university life.

Diversity makes out our society and is an enrichment for economic life in general. We know that we can only be successful if we take advantage of the opportunities that arise from difference. This applies to our diverse staff body, both faculty and admin, as well as the diverse needs of our students and cooperation partners. Diversity opens up opportunities for innovative and creative solutions. Our goal, in line with the Diversity Charter, is to create a working environment that is free of prejudice. Everyone, at all times, is acknowledged and with respect.

To assist implementing these goals, there is a Diversity Officer in place at HSBA as well as a Representative for people with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Any student, faculty or staff may reach out to the Diversity Officer They are contact persons for students, teachers, staff and employees.

HSBA shows the above mentioned goals and the development in this regard in the Diversity Concept and the annual Diversity Report.

The Diversity Officer

The Diversity Officer is committed to ensure the equality of HSBA students, faculty and staff. The officer is involved in the University’s organisational development and is part of structural and personnel decisions. The officer holds a special vote in appointment procedures and the right to inform, speak and apply to the University Council.

Together with the Representative for people with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses, the officer is the key contact for you in case of any questions or concerns.

Representatives for persons with disabilities or chronic diseases

In the 21st Social Survey of the German National Association for Student Affairs - DSW), 11% of the students stated (severe) difficulties with their studies due to health impairments. HSBA aims at improving the study and working conditions of people with disabilities and chronic diseases. We would like to facilitate a study environment that is free of discrimination and based on equal opportunities. However, not all impairments are apparent in daily life at university. In addition to impaired mobility, vision, hearing and speech, students are increasingly affected by mental disorders (e.g. eating disorders, depression), chronic somatic diseases (e.g. allergies, asthma, rheumatism, heart- and kidney diseases, cancer) as well as specific learning disorders (e.g. dyslexia , dyscalculia, autism and AD(H)D).

We are your contact for all issues related to impairment and represent your interests in the University Council. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.

Advice for Students

Application and Admission

We will gladly advise and support you through the application process. In addition to providing information and advice about study programmes, we can discuss the basic conditions of the admission procedure as well as individual solutions for your specific impairment.

Student Life

Everyday life at university is sometimes accompanied with barriers that are difficult to predict. This concerns general accessibility as well as specific technical demands for coping with study requirements. Please contact us if we can assist you in tackling barriers.

Compensation of Disadvantages

Disabled and chronically sick persons are required to learn the same material and meet the same exam requirements as non-impaired students.  However, since studying with impairment goes often along with an increased expenditure of time and energy, "compensation of disadvantages" shall ensure equal opportunities in exam situations. Compensation of disadvantages are always individual solutions for specific impairments. They must be designed to actually offset the specific handicap. We would be happy to assist you with the “request for compensation for disadvantages” that you must submit to the examination office. In addition, the special provisions on compensation of disadvantages, maternity leave, parental leave and students with children are included in the examination regulations.


Even without a diagnosed disability or chronic disease, you will find confidential support for all study-related challenges, such as exam anxiety, time management, job pressure, etc. Our coaches offer a wide range of counseling services for study-related or personal problems.

Advice for Employees and Lecturers


We are also responsible for assisting employees with impairments.  82% of all severe disabilities are not inborn but arise during the course of life (Kastl 2010. p. 132-136). Employees should not hesitate to contact us if a disability or chronic disease develops during your employment at HSBA. We would be happy to discuss the possibilities of a barrier-free workplace.


Contract Lecturers and Guest Lecturers

We invite all lecturers to let us know about any impairments. Unfortunately, HSBA is not yet fully barrier-free. However, we would be happy to assist you in finding a suitable room, an assistant and all other technical necessities.

General Information Centres

“Studying with Disabilities” Information and Advice Centre (IBS)

The IBS provides extensive information regarding application, admission, financing, studying and examinations as well as professional life.


Maintenance Office (Versorgungsamt Hamburg)

The Maintenance Office evaluates the presence of a disability or chronic disease and issues handicapped IDs.