Studying while raising a child

Students raising a child have to be well-organised and know how to multitask. The University of Münster supports student parents with clarifying financial and legal matters, obtaining childcare and finding inexpensive accommodation. The following is an overview of our services.

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Financial assistance

Students with children are eligible for various forms of financial assistance, for example, a reduction of the semester fees. The following pages provide more information about other types of financial aid.

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Legal matters

If you are raising a child while studying, you are legally entitled to certain benefits. These include leaves of absence and special examination requirements. Various facilities at the University of Münster offer advice on this subject.

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Maternity protection for students

Pregnant and nursing students are protected under the amended Maternity Protection Act (Mutterschutzgesetz). The Student Maternity Protection Coordination Office was created to ensure the implementation of its provisions, and specifically provide female students with information and initiate individual protective measures.

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Childcare services

An evening lecture, a compact course at the weekend, an unexpected examination – for students with children, good childcare support is especially important.

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The small room in your flat-share won't be big enough once your baby arrives. The Studierendenwerk (Student Support Services) offers reasonably priced flats in Münster to students with children, for example, at Gescherweg.

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Pursuing a university degree as a student parent is possible as long as the conditions are favourable. Therefore, numerous departments at the University provide counselling and advice to students with children.