Family & University

Family & University

With the signing of the charter “Familie in der Hochschule” (Family at the University), the University has positioned itself as a family-friendly university. In recent years, a number of family-friendly measures have been introduced which facilitate the compatibility of family with studying or work.

The Family Service is the central contact and coordination office for students and employees with family responsibilities. The Family Service is also responsible for:

  • Free emergency supervision of children from 3 months to 12 years
  • Holiday clubs in the Easter and autumn school holidays
  • Babysitters
  • Handing out of mobile toy boxes and rental of KidsBoxes

The University’s Familienwohnung (Family Apartment) in the International Guest House “Felix Hausdorff” is a location for emergency supervision and children’s programmes, accompanying events at the University, and run by the trained preschool teachers. Parent-child get-togethers also take place here.

Student parents can request a holiday semester at the Student's Registration Office and ask the Central Examinations Office for an extension of the normal length of study, a part-time study place or withdrawal from exams for family reasons.

Employees with family responsibilities can ask for advice and support from the HR Department concerning parental leave and parental allowance, the extension of employment contracts and leave to look after a close member of their family.

Student Services offer Mensa-Kindertellerkarten (free Mensa food for students’ children up to 11 years of age), Mensa-Freitischkarten (subsidised Mensa food for students who can prove they are needy), family apartments in student halls of residence and, together with the Students' Union, a Parent-Child Café for student parents. Furthermore, the Student Services’ Social Counselling Service offers advice for social, personal, financial and study-related problems.

The campus map offers an overview of the family-friendly infrastructure.

Should you have any questions concerning the services on offer and the implemented measures, please contact one of the following:

Family Service
Lisa Gebhard
Tel.: +49 3834 86-1236

Coordination of the charter “Familie in der Hochschule” (Family at the University)
Kristina Lisek
Tel.: +49 3834 86-1188 

Equal Opportunities Officer
Ruth Terodde
Tel.: +49 3834 86-1108 

The Welcome Centre is the point of contact for international visiting academics with families:
Imme Burkart-Jürgens
Tel.: +49 3834 86-1175