Family and studies? The TUM family service offers support to students who are juggling such responsibilities.
Family and studies? The TUM family service offers support to students who are juggling such responsibilities.Image: Astrid Eckert

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.

TUM Family Services provides advice and support to employees and students so they can determine the best way to reconcile their studies and familial responsibilities. Learn more

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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.

Risk assessment

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.