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Reconciling studies, career and family

 

 

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Students

Organise your studies

HSWT student parents must fulfil a double-role: simultaneously graduating successfully from their studies while also ensuring the care and upbringing of one or more children.

This requires an exceptionally high degree of organisation, so you should be sure to plan your semester in good time.  Am I entitled to a leave of absence? Can I save up academic credits? How many events may I attend? Whom should I contact if I have questions? Is there any financial support?

Departmental student advisors and teaching staff can advise students on individual courses of study, covering topics such as course content, examination regulations, course structure, crediting academic performance and direct organisation of studies. Don’t delay in getting in touch!

The Faculty’s women’s affairs officers and the university’s women’s affairs officer are available to you for personal consultation. Arrange an appointment!

Guide to pregnancy during your studies

The Bundestag (Federal Parliament) has approved the extension of maternity protection to mothers attending school or college and university students. In accordance with this, female students can request to be excused from obligatory events, exams or internships during maternity leave, without being penalised. Current information can be found here and in the leaflet "Schwanger im Studium" ("Pregnancy during your studies").

Leave for student parents

Students may be granted a leave of absence if there are circumstances that would justify a claim for parental leave for employees. However, this leave of absence does not have to be taken in the time periods specified for parental leave.

A leave of absence is only possible from the student’s second semester onwards. During this period, however, coursework and examinations can still be carried out.

During a leave of absence, the student is not eligible for funding according to the Federal Education and Training Assistance Act (BAföG). There may, however, be grounds for support in the form of ALG II (unemployment benefit).

Further information and the application (please observe the deadlines) can be found here.

Should you have any questions on this, you can also contact the General course guidance service.

Flexible childcare grant for students with children (student mothers and fathers)

What do we offer?

In 'atypical' circumstances, we can support you financially in arranging your own childcare. This is classed as emergency childcare. It is not intended to cover private appointments and is to be used only in the event of childcare issues related to your studies.

For more information, please download this leaflet in PDF format:

Flyer flexible Kinderbetreuung

Organisational responsibility for Weihenstephan:
Christiane Setzwein, Assistant to the Women's Affairs Officer,
christiane.setzwein@hswt.de, T +49 8161/71-6316

The application form and other forms can be found here (in German):

Antrag auf flexible Kinderbetreuung Studierende mit Kind

Rechnung flexible Kinderbetreuung

Organisational responsibility for Weihenstephan:
Petra Krug, Assistant to the Women's Affairs Officer,
petra.krug@hswt.de, Tel. +49 9826/654 - 346

The application form and other forms can be found here (in German):

Antrag auf flexible Kinderbetreuung Studierende mit Kind

Rechnung flexible Kinderbetreuung

Financial support for students with children

Studentenhilfe München offers grants for mothers and fathers who are in education.

The Hildegardis Association and the Sozialdienst katholischer Frauan (Catholic Women’s Welfare Service) offer support for student single mothers with their "Madame Courage" project.

Free meals for children in the canteen (Weihenstephan campus)

In the Munich Students’ Union canteens and student cafés, students’ children (up to six years) receive lunch free of charge. Parents can have a 'Kinderkarte' (child’s ticket) issued at the service offices and info points by presenting their enrolment certificate and their child’s birth certificate. In Weihenstephan, the info point can be found in the TU canteen building. If one parent orders two meals with one child, the cheapest one is always free.

Free meals for children in the Mensateria (Triesdorf campus)

Children of students (aged up to 10 years) are entitled to a free lunch in the Erlangen-Nuremberg Student Union Mensateria in Triesdorf. An application form for a children’s meal card can be requested from the canteen manager or their representative. The child’s meal is served free of charge with the parent’s meal. In order to qualify for the free child’s portion, however, the parent must pay for their own meal.

All the details about children’s portions (in German) can be found here.

Parent and child room for students with children

Parent/child rooms are available at both of the HSWT campuses for a better balance between studying and family for students with children. The rooms are equipped with the following:

  • PC workstation with internet access
  • Telephone for internal calls
  • Changing table
  • Rest and breastfeeding facilities
  • Toys, children’s books, painting utensils

The parent and child room is freely accessible. Users are requested to sign in anonymously on the list inside the room (student) and to enter the time at which they entered and left the facility, as well as any remarks or suggestions.

The terms of use and information on the German Act on Protection Against Infection (Infektionsschutzgesetz) in German are available here.

Location of the room in Weihenstephan:
Building on Pappelallee C4.210 – Ground floor, Weihenstephaner Berg 5

Location of the room in Triesdorf:
Building A, A.203 – 2nd floor, lift available, Steingruberstraße 2

Organisational responsibility for Weihenstephan: Christiane Setzwein, T +49 8161 71-6316

Organisational responsibility for Triesdorf: Susann Köhler, T +49 9826 654-338

Childcare at the Weihenstephan campus

Students’ babies and toddlers are taken care of in the Student Union’s Kindervilla kindergarten or in the Krabbelstube crèche. 

Kindervilla Dr. Gudula Wernekke-Rastetter
Am Weihenstephaner Steig 17
85354 Freising, Germany
T +49 8161 71-5869
kindervilla[at]stwm.de, theresa.thalhammer[at]stwm.de

Weihenstephan Krabbelstube crèche
Emil-Erlenmeyer-Forum 4
85354 Freising, Germany
T/F +49 8161 12706 or T +49 8161 71-5068
(Please do not call from 12.00 p.m. – 2.15 p.m. – afternoon nap!)
krabbelstube[at]weihenstephan.de

Registration form for Weihenstephan Krabbelstube crèche (in German)

Furthermore, there is the "Kinder(t)räume" kindergarten founded as a parent initiative

Kinder(t)räume Weihenstephan
(for children from two to six years)
Maximus-von-Imhof-Forum 5 (in the rear part of the canteen building)
85354 Freising, Germany
T: +49 8161 71-5140
info [at]kindertraeume-weihenstephan.de

Flexible childcare (excluding mornings) can be booked through family services (see below).

You will find further information on the day-care facilities offered by the ‘Studentische Eltern-Kind-Initiativen e. V.’ here.

Familienservice Weihenstephan (Weihenstephan family services)

On the Familienservice's website, you will find information on the available childcare services at Krabbelstube (crèche) and Kinderträume (kindergarten). There are also additional services available, such as holiday care, craft days and babysitter placement.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms Monika Laschinger from Familienservice Weihenstephan directly.

Ms Monika Laschinger
Familienservice WZW
familienservice[at]wzw.tum.de
Mobile: +49 174 6954895

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Childcare opportunities in Triesdorf

For students in Triesdorf, the Ev.-Luth. “Haus des Kindes” (children’s house) "Polarstern" in Weidenbach provides warm and welcoming childcare services.

The Municipality of Weidenbach has a "multi-generation house" which offers a wide range of services.

Hochschulgemeinde Freising (University Community of Freising)

The Hochschulgemeinde Freising offers regular meet ups and informational events for students with children.

  • Advice for students with children, information on legal and financial issues and childcare services.
  • Meet-ups for students with children (find details on our website)
  • Workshops for student parents
  • Furthermore, student parents organise a "learn and play group", enabling one parent to take care of the children so that the others can study.

Contact: Diana Seifert and Brigitte Ebertseder

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Life with children in the Freising area

Student parents can find information about leisure activities for children in the Freising area here:

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Life with children in the Ansbach area

Parents can find information and opportunities for leisure activities in the Ansbach area here:

Staff

Family caregiver leave

Since 1 January 2015, staff have been entitled to partial release from their duties for a maximum of 24 months (max. duration), if they are caring for a close relative in need of care at home (family caregiver leave). During family caregiver leave, the reduced working hours must be a minimum of 15 hours per week (Section 2[1] of the Family Caregiver Leave Act [FPfZG]).

Home care leave

In the event of short-term incapacity to work within the meaning of Section 2 of the Home Care Leave Act (PflegeZG), if no continued remuneration from the employer and no sick pay or injury benefit is granted, employees are entitled to a carer’s grant (Pflegeunterstützungsgeld) for up to ten working days in total (Section 44[3] vol. 11 of the Social Code).

Maternity protection

Maternity protection is special protection for employees who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Mother and child are protected, both before and after birth. Maternity protection includes the following:

  • health protection in the workplace
  • special protection against dismissal
  • employment ban in the weeks prior to and following the birth
  • income protection during the employment ban

Maternity Protection Act (Mutterschutzgesetz)

Current notice: You can obtain information on maternity protection in relation to the coronavirus from the Federal Office of Family Affairs and Civil Society Functions.

Childcare at the Weihenstephan campus

Babies and toddlers from HSWT staff can be taken care of in the Student Union’s Kindervilla kindergarten or in the Krabbelstube crèche. 

Kindervilla Dr. Gudula Wernekke-Rastetter
Am Weihenstephaner Steig 17
85354 Freising, Germany
T +49 8161 71-5869
kindervilla[at]stwm.de, theresa.thalhammer[at]stwm.de

Weihenstephan Krabbelstube crèche
Emil-Erlenmeyer-Forum 4
85354 Freising, Germany
T/F +49 8161 12706 or T +49 8161 71-5068
(Please do not call from 12.00 p.m. – 2.15 p.m. – afternoon nap!)
krabbelstube[at]weihenstephan.de

Registration form for Weihenstephan Krabbelstube crèche (in German)

Furthermore, there is the "Kinder(t)räume" kindergarten founded as a parent initiative

Kinder(t)räume Weihenstephan
(for children from two to six years)
Maximus-von-Imhof-Forum 5 (in the rear part of the canteen building)
85354 Freising, Germany
T: +49 8161 71-5140
info [at]kindertraeume-weihenstephan.de

Flexible childcare (excluding mornings) can be booked through family services (see below).

Familienservice Weihenstephan (Weihenstephan family services)

On the Familienservice's website, you will find information on the available childcare services at Krabbelstube (crèche) and Kinderträume (kindergarten). There are also additional services available, such as holiday care, craft days and babysitter placement.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms Monika Laschinger from Familienservice Weihenstephan directly.

Ms Monika Laschinger
Familienservice WZW
familienservice[at]wzw.tum.de
Mobile: +49 174 6954895

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Childcare opportunities in Triesdorf

For students in Triesdorf, the Ev.-Luth. “Haus des Kindes” (children’s house) "Polarstern" in Weidenbach provides warm and welcoming childcare services.

The Municipality of Weidenbach has a "multi-generation house" which offers a wide range of services.

Hochschulgemeinde Freising (University Community of Freising)

The Hochschulgemeinde Freising offers regular meet ups and informational events for students with children.

  • Advice for students with children, information on legal and financial issues and childcare services.
  • Meet-ups for students with children (find details on our website)
  • Workshops for student parents
  • Furthermore, student parents organise a "learn and play group", enabling one parent to take care of the children so that the others can study.

Contact: Diana Seifert and Brigitte Ebertseder

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Life with children in the Freising area

Student parents can find information about leisure activities for children in the Freising area here:

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Life with children in the Ansbach area

Parents can find information and opportunities for leisure activities in the Ansbach area here:

Working with special needs

Offices and authorities:

Societies and associations:

Weihenstephan family services

Ms Monika Laschinger

T +49 174 6954895

familienservice[at]wzw.tum.de

University's women's Affairs Officer

Women's Affairs Officer in Triesdorf

Assistant to the Women's Affairs Officer

Assistant to the Women's Affairs Officer

Project coordinator for the promotion of women