The University of Passau offers many working models. Parental leave, part-time work and flexible working hours are important elements of reconciling work, family life, teleworking and organised childcare. Career researchers can renew fixed-term contracts under certain conditions.
Studying abroad as a parent? A study visit abroad is possible for studying parents!
On this homepage (german), you will find important information about studying abroad with a child and can read about the experience of student parents.
When planning a study trip abroad with a child, the Academic Advice Service and the International Office of the University of Passau will assist you.
A leave of absence in accordance with § 48(2) of the Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG) is possible in accordance with § 10 of the Matriculation Statute (ImmSa), provided that a written application was submitted in due time. A leave of absence can be granted if circumstances exist that entitle employees to maternity protection or parental leave. In this case, the leave of absence may exceed two semesters and is generally not credited to the subject semesters. Furthermore, during a leave of absence resulting from an entitlement to protected maternity or parental leave, students may make their first attempt at examinations (as opposed to other forms of leave which permit only resits to be taken during the leave period) in accordance with § 48(4) Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG). After 25 ECTS credits have been earned during a leave of absence semester, the student's progress is advanced forward by one subject semester.
To apply for a leave of absence and to obtain further information please visit the Student Registration Office's website.
To obtain information on assessments for your degree programme, please visit the Examination Office website..
You cannot receive BAföG during sabbaticals or semesters on leave. However, you can file an application for benefits under Social Code Book II (unemployment benefit II, "Hartz IV"). You can obtain further information via the Student Services Association and via the Federal Employment Agency.
If you are on leave of absence due to parenthood and you take exams or study and during your leave of absence semester, any existing entitlement to ALG II may be forfeited.
For further information please contact the Federal Employment Agency.
Students who are on protected maternity leave are entitled to extend the deadline for submitting written term papers, seminar papers or dissertations/theses. It is stipulated in each study programme's examination regulations that the protection period for mothers according to §§ 3, 4, 6 and 8 of the Maternity Protection Act (MuSchG) must be taken into account when calculating all deadlines according to the respective study and examination regulations.
In concrete terms, this means that if you become pregnant or give birth to one or more children when you are a student, the deadline for submitting a written term paper or thesis/dissertation will be postponed by six weeks for the period before delivery (§ 3 MuSchG) and by a further eight weeks after the delivery of one child or by a further 12 weeks in the case of multiple births (§ 6 MuSchG). However, it is always possible to take part in assessments voluntarily.
The double burden of bringing up children and studying is often a strain financially, too. There is some financial assistance to which you are legally entitled, and some which may be provided on a voluntary basis. Notable in this regard are, for example,
gifts from foundations or charitable associations, as well as financial benefits awarded in connection with special study achievements. You can get an overview of the individual funding opportunities from the Student Services Association for Lower Bavaria and Upper Palatinate and on the Women's Representatives' scholarship page.
The Student Services Association for Lower Bavaria and Upper Palatinate's Welfare Office helps you to ease the balancing act between the lecture theatre and the crèche, between the library and nappy-changing table, and also helps to make studying and parenting more compatible. For any questions regarding social welfare, you can approach Ms. Tatiana Cerescu; she can also help with personal life planning.
The Student Services Association offers pregnant students and those with children the opportunity for dialogue and invites them to meet once or twice per semester. We also invite all those interested in learning more about family policy at the higher education institution.
Kid's Meal Mensacard
In addition, the University's refectory offers a free kid's meal to all students' children up to the age of six. Children can choose a main course and side dish from the current daily menu and eat with their parent free of charge upon presentation of the parents' "Kinderteller-Mensacard" (Kid's Meal Mensacard). The "Kid's Meal Mensacard" can be obtained from the MensaCard office in the central library in room 163 upon presentation of the parent's study certificate and the child's birth certificate.
Korbinian Zander is your contact for all questions on the topic of a dual career.
The Parent-child corner in the refectory's conservatory area was ceremonially inaugurated on 14 December 2017 by Head of Administration Dr Achim Dilling.
It was designed for students, employees and their children to make visits to the refectory more relaxed and enjoyable. The area is also available to parents, children and above all breastfeeding mothers as a place of retreat outside of mealtimes.
Food can be heated up in the kitchen. There is a games corner, a travel bed and a comfortable couch. The room is locked. You can get the key for it at the check-out desk of the Central Library by leaving your CampusCard as a deposit. Anyone not affiliated with the university may apply for permission to use it from the Gender Equality Section.
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Every year, the University of Passau holds its annual Day of Prayer and Repentance (public holiday) in November.https://www.uni-passau.de/familientag Thanks to the commitment of various institutions, professorships and chairs, a varied workshop programme is offered for school-age children and young people.
Every semester we offer an information event concerning study–life balance. Topics include the organisation of studies and questions of financing and more. The event also facilitates getting to know and connecting with other parents on campus. The dates are announced on the Family Service website, in our Family Service newsletter, on Instagram and on our Facebook page.
The KidsBox is a mobile parent-child room designed to facilitate the combination of work or studying with family life, e.g. in the event of a lack of childcare.
The KidsBox can be rolled up and unfolded at the workplace or conference venue, providing parents and children with a protected retreat, especially for nappies and breastfeeding.
The KidsBox contains many high-quality toys for babies and children up to primary school age, various hygiene products and offers sleeping and changing facilities. Among other things, it contains a travel cot that can also be used as a playpen, an additional, wipe-clean folding mattress that can also be used as a changing station, a clamp-on seat for smaller children, table and stool for older children, building blocks, puzzles and children's books for different age groups. Even plasters, disinfectants for hands and surfaces and disposable wrapping pads are available.
To book the KidsBox, please address your request to the Gender Equality Section's Family Service: email@example.com.
The "Krümelkiste" nursery of Campuskinder e. V.
The crèche, 'Krümelkiste', is located on the campus grounds. There are two groups of twelve children each, aged from eight months to three years. Preference is given to children of university members, above all those of students. Registrations are accepted throughout the year. Please ask for a place in good time!
More information is available in the crèche's leaflet
Phone: +49 851 509 1930
Address: Innstrasse 47
Short-term childcare on campus for children of students and guests of the University of Passau
Childcare during conferences
The Gender Equality Section advises and supports staff and students with organising childcare facilities during conferences and other events at the University of Passau.
The University's refectory also offers a free kid's meal to all students' children up to the age of six. Children can choose a main course and side dish from the current daily menu and eat with their parent free of charge upon presentation of the parents' "Kinderteller-Mensacard" (Kid's Meal Mensacard).
The "Kid's Meal Mensacard" can be obtained from the MensaCard office in the central library in room 163 upon presentation of the parent's study certificate and the child's birth certificate.
Our campus pram is now available for short-term rental for use on the university grounds.
The pram can be used as a means of transport for one child or also asa twin pram; for example, for an infant and a toddler.
The campus pram can be borrowed on prior request from the Family Service in the Gender Equality Section. To borrow it, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Student parents can park in the student underground car park, even if they live in Passau. If a child is under ten years old, the CampusCard will be activated upon presentation of the birth certificate.
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See the regulations for using the University's underground car parks
A designated parent–child parking space has existed since July 2017 in the underground car park for students at Innstrasse 27/29.Map showing the parent–child parking space (labels in German)
The Student Services Association for Lower Bavaria and Upper Palatinate's Welfare Office helps you to ease the balancing act between the lecture theatre and the crèche, between the library and nappy-changing table, and also helps to make studying and parenting more compatible. For questions about the Welfare Office, please contact
Zsofia Schnelbach, Student Services Association
Phone: +49 851 509 1900
Innstrasse 29, room ZB 238
The University of Passau honours the achievements of parents who have been able to successfully combine studies and childcare with the "Studying as a Parent Award". This is awarded once per semester at all faculties to the best students with a child or children. The prize money is a one-off payment of 500 euros.
By allowing employees to set up working areas at home (teleworking and home office), the University of Passau wants above all to enable employees with family responsibilities to organise their working hours flexibly. Working from home therefore helps to make family and work more compatible.
Employees work both at home and at their office desks. The distribution of weekly working hours between the home and office desks is determined by the university in consultation with the employees. At least 50% of the weekly working time should be spent at the office desk (alternating teleworking).
When applying for permission to work from home, a description of the activities that will be each carried out at the office and home workplaces must be submitted. The application and description must be agreed in advance with the Executive and the management of the respective support division.
The prerequisites and the structure of teleworking are described in the Regulations for Home Working at the University of Passau.
Teleworking places various demands on all those involved: A suitable workplace must be available or set up at home and aspects of occupational health and safety and data protection must be considered. The necessary self-discipline is also required. One of the main advantages lies in better compatibility of work and family life, as working hours can be arranged more flexibly and travel time is eliminated.
You can find out whether teleworking is suitable for you by using the "Check list: teleworking – preliminary considerations for potential teleworkers".
There are permanently installed changing tables in almost all university buildings. For breastfeeding or feeding, there are numerous places on campus that are equipped with breastfeeding pillows. You can find a summary of exactly which rooms are designated for this in the overview of changing tables and breastfeeding areas. The University of Passau's breastfeeding areas are certified by profamilia Niederbayern e.V. as a "breastfeeding-friendly location".
All baby changing and breastfeeding facilities as well as the rest rooms on campus are marked on the map.
In the Student Services Association for Lower Bavaria and Upper Palatinate's Passau student halls, there is "mixed housing stock" consisting of single and double rooms. The double rooms are called "Doubletten" and consist of two adjoining rooms with a common anteroom and hallway, kitchen and bathroom. Parents with a child or children can rent a "Doublette" at half price; for the second room, the basic rent is reduced by half. In Passau, there are 38 "Doubletten" in the Donau-Schwaben student halls and up to five "Doubletten" in the student halls in the Bräugasse, which also features a large studio apartment. You can obtain further information via the Student Services Association for Lower Bavaria and Upper Palatinate website.