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!
Students are eligible to take parental leave. Parental leave can be granted up to the semester in which the child turns three years old.
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.
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:
Flexible childcare grant leaflet (in German)
The application form and other forms can be found here (in German):
For further information, contact: Evangelia Kostopoulou, Gender & Diversity
Please have your department’s women’s affairs officer check your completed and signed application. They will then decide on whether to award the grant.
Furthermore, the Hildegardis Association an Sozialdienst katholischer Frauan (Catholic Women’s Welfare Service) offer support for student single mothers with their "Madame Courage" project.
In the Munich Students’ Union canteens and student cafés, students’ children (up to six years) receive lunch free of charge. Parents can have a “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.
Children of students (aged up to 10 years) are entitled to a free lunch in the Erlangen-Nuremberg Student Union canteen. 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.
The parent and child rooms at both HSWT sites have been renovated. A work and childcare room is now available for students and staff with children so as to enable better reconciliation of studying, working, and family life.
The parent and child room is freely accessible. Users are requested to sign in anonymously on the list outside the room (employee, student) and to enter the time at which they entered and left the facility, as well as any remarks or suggestions.
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: Evangelia Kostopoulou, T +49 8161 71-6314
Organisational responsibility for Triesdorf: Susann Köhler, T +49 9826 654-338
Students’ babies and toddlers are taken care of in the Student Union’s Kindervilla kindergarten or in the Krabbelstube crèche.
Weihenstephan Krabbelstube crèche
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!)
Furthermore, there is the "Kinder(t)räume" kindergarten founded as a parent initiative
(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
Flexible childcare (excluding mornings) can be booked through family services (see below).
On the family services at Weihenstephan 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 family services directly.
Ms Monika Laschinger
Mobile: +49 174 6954895
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.
The University Community of Freising offers regular meet ups and informational events for students with children.
Student parents can find information about leisure activities for children in Freising here:
Parents can find information and opportunities for leisure activities in the Ansbach area here:
Offices and authorities:
Societies and associations: