Students with children
For most students with children, coping with the rigours of academic life and parenting is an especially daunting challenge. Attending lectures and revising for examinations while raising a child is a balancing act which often leaves student parents with the nagging feeling that they are constantly neglecting either their parental or the academic responsibilities.
On top of this, students with children often worry about financial security. Between studying and caring for their children, student parents often have to work part-time to make ends meet.
At the University of Münster, student parents are not left alone with their concerns, questions and challenges which accompany this new stage of life. The University offers numerous counselling and support services which are specially orientated to the needs of student parents.
The University of Münster supports students with children by offering the possibility of taking a leave of absence as a result of pregnancy or child-rearing responsibilities. The support measures include examination-related legal provisions which are anchored in most study and examination regulations, as well as, in many faculties, preferential treatment for student parents when seminar places are allocated.
The University is actively involved in addressing the interests of student parents with a number of additional services, e.g. the “Studi-Kids-Café”, counselling services for student parents, and the fundraising project “Madame Courage”.
The newly updated brochure “Zwischen Vorlesung und Kinderbetreuung” [de]by the Equal Opportunity Office of the University of Münster provides a comprehensive overview of projects and services which help student parents meet the challenges of academic and family life.