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.
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.
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.
As a father or mother, you can also take parental leave during your studies to care for your children. You can take leave of absence for up to six semesters per child. During the leave of absence for parental leave, you may attend courses and take exams.
Basically, there are two ways for student parents to better balance their studies and childcare: Firstly, they can take a leave of absence and still take examinations, and secondly, they can apply to their responsible examination board for a deadline extension in their current studies.
Since the leave of absence can have adverse effects on BAföG entitlement, it is advisable for parents who receive BAföG (loans according to the Federal Training Assistance Act) in particular to apply for a deadline extension. The frequency and duration of extensions will be determined on a case-by-case basis; they are oriented to the regulations for leaves of absence according to the Federal Parental Allowance and Parental Leave Act (Bundeselterngeld- und -elternzeitgesetz).
Maternity Protection Act: Questions and Answers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are obligated to notify the responsible labour authority. Apart from this, no other authorities or individuals will be informed.