Students with Families
Pursuing a university education while coping with familial obligations represents a special challenge. The TUM is committed to supporting its students in managing this balancing act. The goal is to help them complete a course of study while fulfilling their familial obligations, whether raising a child or caring for family members with special needs.
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Maternity Protection Act for Students
Since January 1st, 2018 the Maternity Protection Act (Mutterschutzgesetz, MuSchG) also extends to students. Be sure to contact your faculty or department as soon as possible - this is the best way to create an individual solution and prevent any possible disadvantages concerning the progress of your studies.
More information may also be found in the guidelines to the Materinity Protection Act issued by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (PDF, German)
The most important aspects of the Maternity Protection Act for students
Starting on January 1st, 2018 the Maternity Protection Act also extends to students, provided that
location, time or schedule of your studies during the relevant period are predetermined or
you have to complete a mandatory internship in the course of your program.
Generally, the aim of maternity protection is to protect the health of the student and her child during the pregnancy, after childbirth and during the breastfeeding period. This means:
You are exempted from any obligations to take exams during the maternity protection period, which usually extends from 6 weeks before the projected birth date to 8 weeks after childbirth. This also includes exemption from mandatory courses, excursions, lab courses or internships.
You may, however, waive this exemption and continue your studies without any limitations during the protection period after childbirth if you expressly requests to do so.You can revoke this agreement with future effect at any time.
Another major aspect of the maternity protection act is to reduce disadvantages relating to the course of your studies as far as possible. Be sure to contact your department or faculty as soon as possible in order to discuss the relevant period and to find a solution best suited to your individual situation and needs.
Notification about a pregnancy
In your own interest, be sure to inform your faculty, school or department about your pregnancy as soon as possible. This is important in order to allow for all necessary protective measures to be put in action. The notification has to be in writing, but it can be submitted informally via email.
Please state the projected date of birth as well, so we can calculate the maternity protection period. The best way to do this is to submit a copy or scan of your "Mutterpass", which is the expectant mother's record of prenatal and natal care.
As soon as you have notified your department, faculty or school about your pregnancy, a so-called risk assessment will be made. This means that any possible dangers to your health or the health of your child will be discussed in order to ascertain all necessary protective measures.
These protective measures can differ individually, depending on your situation and your degree program.
Maternity Protection Act: Questions and Answers
Do I have to tell TUM about my pregnancy?
No, you are not obligated to inform us about your pregnancy. You need to be aware, however, that you are only entitled to the protective measures of the maternity protection act if you actively notify TUM that you are pregnant.
We therefore recommend that you contact your faculty or department as early as possible.
When and how do I notify TUM that I am pregnant?
You need to notify your department or school in writing, for example via email. There are no other formal requirements. Be sure to include the estimated delivery date, for example by attaching a scan or copy of your expectant mother’s record of prenatal and natal care (Mutterpass). We need the date to calculate the start of your maternity period.
We will then inform you about the start and the duration of you maternity period and initiate an individual risk assessment. The risk assessment is a procedure designed to identify potential risks and suitable countermeasures during pregnancy and lactation.
How does the maternity period impact my studies?
You are exempted from any obligations to take exams during the maternity protection period, which usually extends from 6 weeks before the estimated delivery date to 8 weeks after childbirth. This also includes exemption from mandatory courses, excursions, lab courses or internships.
A lot depends on your individual curriculum. Be sure to get in touch with your department or school as early as possible in order to discuss the relevant period and to find a solution best suited to your individual situation and needs.
So I am not allowed to study while I am pregnant?
The maternity protection act is designed to minimize unnecessary risks and strain. You may, however, waive this exemption and continue your studies without any limitations during the protection period after childbirth if you expressly requests to do so. You can revoke this agreement with future effect at any time.
How does a leave of absence affect BAföG, scholarships and child benefits?
During a leave of absence, there is no entitlement to BAföG. This also applies to maternity or parental leave. If you have specific questions about the impact of maternity or parental leave on your entitlement to BAföG, you can get in touch with the BAföG Advisory Service of the Munich Student Union.
If you are receiving a scholarship, please contact your scholarship provider before taking a leave of absence. Whether payment continues during a leave of absence may vary depending on the scholarship. For TUM scholarships and the Deutschlandstipendium more information is available in our scholarship overview.
Please note that child benefit payments may also be affected by leave of absence. If you have any questions about child benefit, please contact your local family fund.
Who else learns about my pregnancy? Does TUM notify other authorities?
We are obligated to notify the responsible labour authority. Apart from this, no other authorities or individuals will be informed.