Juggling studying with a family is a challenge for all mothers and fathers, whether big or small children are at home. At the university, we want to support parents with the following support services:
You can get an overview of the money you are entitled to for maternity leave, birth and parental leave on the pages of the Bundesministeriums für Familien, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth).
In addition to the general financing possibilities for studying, there are some special grants for studying parents:
Special regulations for pregnant and parental students: Childcare supplement, extension of maximum duration of support, in case of interruption of studies, in case of loan repayment.
In general: as a BAföG recipient you are entitled to an exemption from the obligation to pay broadcasting fees.
You can find further information on the BAföG pages of the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (Federal Ministry of Education and Research).
The Hildegardis Association for the Promotion of Women's Studies in Germany grants allowances or interest-free loans to single parents female students of Christian denomination. Further information can be found on the pages of Hildegardis Verein.
This foundation under public law supports expectant mothers in need, families with many children and single parents in special emergency situations with financial aid if the statutory benefits are not sufficient.
The foundation benefits are voluntary benefits. There is no legal claim to them. You can find further information on the pages of the Zentrum Bayern Familie und Soziales.
The housing allowance is a subsidy towards rent for people with low income. However, students who already receive BAföG are usually not supported with housing benefit, since BAföG already includes a flat-rate housing allowance. However, there are exceptions if a child lives in the household of the BAföG recipient. You can find further information on the pages of the Studentenwerk Niederbayern-Oberpfalz.
Our slides on "Studying with a child" contain information on maternity protection, organising your studies before the birth, parental leave, illness of the child, etc.
Every year at the beginning of the winter semester, we offer an information event on the topic of studying with a child. Speakers from the Study Centre, the Student Union, the Donum Vitae counselling centre and the Bavarian South Employment Agency provide tips and information on how to manage studying with a child or children.
You can find a complete overview of the childcare facilities located in Deggendorf on the Homepage of the City of Deggendorf.
In order to get a place in the kindergarten of your choice, it is important to register your child early!
Inform yourself as soon as possible about the registration modalities to avoid waiting times.
In order to be able to expand the range of childcare options in addition to the "Little Ducks Campus Kids" day care centre, we have also set up a babysitter exchange.
The university serves only as an intermediary and therefore assumes no liability.
The Family Services Department organises regular childcare on the school-free Buß- und Bettag in November and on two to three days during the Easter holidays.
Children of students and employees are allowed to get a taste of university life on these days and are able to also explore their parents' workplace or place of study. Together with various faculties and the association "Technik für Kinder TfK" (Technology for Children TfK) a varied programme is offered.
Information and the registration form will be sent via e-mail about one month before the events.
The Family Service organises a "bring your child to university" day in Deggendorf on the school-free Day of Repentance in November and on the first Wednesday of the Easter holidays.
Students and employees can bring their children on those days so they can get a taste of university life and thus also explore their parents' workplace or place of study a little. A varied programme is offered in cooperation with the association "Technik für Kinder TfK".
Information and the link to the registration form will be sent out via e-mail a few weeks before the events.
During the school holidays, the association "Technik für Kinder TfK" offers a holiday programme at various locations and also at the university. Information and the registration link are available here about two weeks before the respective holidays.
During four weeks in August, the Feriengarten Sommersprossen offers holiday care for children between 3 and 11 years.
The town of Pfarrkirchen offers holiday care for a fortnight in August. Information will be available from June on the city's homepage or at email@example.com.
The holiday programme of the city of Deggendorf as well as many activities and excursions for children and teenagers can be found on the pages of the youth centre 4You in Deggendorf.
Information on the holiday programme in Pfarrkirchen can be found here.
The Kreisjugendring offers various events and summer camps for children and young people during the summer holidays. Information is available here for Deggendorf and Pfarrkirchen.
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The Studentenwerk (students' union) wants to support student parents and donates a free children's meal for kids between the ages 0-6 if a student parent pays for a main course with their valid student ID card.
A children's meal always consists of a main course from the regular menu and a side dish, which can also be soup or dessert.
There is a diaper-changing room (room E003) on the ground floor of the E Building, which can be accessed at any time without a key and is marked as "Wickelraum" with a small icon.
There is also a comfortable chair for breastfeeding and a baby changing unit equipped for emergencies (diapers, wet wipes and nursing pads).
The social counselling service of the Studentenwerk Niederbayern/Oberpfalz (students' union) can help you with questions about securing your livelihood during your studies, pregnancy and childcare during your studies, general life planning during your studies or studying with a disability.
In case of conflicts during your studies, poor performances and concentration issues, various kinds of anxiety (fear of exams or the future) or psychological problems, you can turn to the psychosocial counselling service.
Not easy - but possible!
Usually required during the course of study, the semester or internship abroad is in great demand by employers and can bring a decisive advantage in the application process. In spite of the immense preparation, it is a memorable time that most student parents would not want to miss.
Useful information and experience reports can be found under:
Our International Office is here to help you.
Plan enough time for the preparations, but also for getting used to the place.
Check the university's own or public/private childcare facilities on site and also clarify the living situation in the chosen foreign country as early as possible.
Before giving birth:
Inform yourself as soon as possible about the respective registration modalities to avoid waiting times.
After giving birth:
Domestic help is provided by the statutory health insurance companies if there is a child under the age of 12 living in your household and you are unable to provide care due to difficulties during pregnancy or caesarean section births.
You can get further information at your health insurance.
Advice for parents in difficult living situations, e.g. uncertainties in upbringing, partnership conflicts, minority of one parent, can be obtained from "KoKi - Netzwerk frühe Kindheit" at the District Office (Landratsamt) Deggendorf.
The Studentenwerk Niederbayern/Oberpfalz also has its own pages on "Studying as a parent".
The corporate program "Success Factor Family" is a central platform for the topic of compatibility of family and career. With this corporate programme, the Federal Ministry of Family Services, together with the leading associations of German economy (BDA, DIHK, ZDH) and the DGB, is working to make family friendliness a trademark of the German economy. In the nationwide business competition "Success Factor Family", the Federal Ministry of Family Services awards prizes to the most family-friendly employers in Germany once per legislature. DIT successfully participated in this competition in 2016.
The aim of the Bavarian Family Pact is to continuously improve the compatibility of family and career in Bavaria. The partners in the pact are committed to focusing more on work results and less on the hours worked, wherever the specific conditions at work permit this. Flexible working time and workplace models, such as those already in place at our university, as well as the ongoing digitalisation, increasingly allow a family-friendly work culture to be developed.
With the Bavarian Family Pakt, we are jointly shaping the future topic of family and career. The partners in the Bavarian Family Pact have a common goal: quality of life for families and the future for Bavaria as a business location. We think these tasks together and work together for better solutions.
Furthermore, our university has signed the charter "Family in the university" in the Best Practice Club and thus wants to set a supra-regional signal in the direction of a family-friendly student and personnel policy.
This organisation was created in 2008 to form a unique nationwide network of universities, which is characterised by nationwide dialogue and partnership at eye level. The member universities have many years of experience in initiating and implementing measures for family orientation at universities. Together, concepts and practical measures are developed to support students and employees in better reconciling family and studies or career. The developed handouts, tools and guidelines are proven in practice and illustrate the excellent quality of the implemented measures. They are freely accessible to all interested parties on the club's homepage.
In addition to the compatibility of work and family life, our university is also committed to the creation of an unprejudiced working environment is of utmost importance.
The Charter of Diversity is an employer initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. By signing the Charter, the university wishes to emphasise the importance of this issue.
The aim of the initiative is to promote the recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in the working world in Germany. All employees should experience appreciation - regardless of gender, gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.
The need for care can affect anyone: the partner, the parents or your own child. In contrast to parenthood, care is usually not predictable, but occurs unexpectedly, for example after a stroke or accident. It is also usually difficult to assess the course of a need for care. It can last a few weeks or months, but can also extend over many years. Accordingly, it varies greatly from case to case how much strain is placed on the carer. Increasingly, students are also faced with the challenge of managing their studies and the care or support of relatives in parallel.
For this reason, Family Services offers a counselling service with basic information and personal advice on the compatibility of study and care.
Download the brochure "Studying with relatives in need of care" in practical PDF format.
Need for care - What to do?
Many questions arise when you are suddenly confronted with the topic of care. Below you will find a compilation of information that can serve as a first orientation:
Contact the care/health insurance company of the relative to be cared for or an independent care centre in your area and get advice so you can get to know all the possibilities and services and can make the right decision for you.
The nursing assignments of the ambulant nursing services include services of basic care and domestic care. Outpatient care enables those affected to remain in their familiar surroundings despite the need for care. An overview of approved nursing care services is provided by the service and price comparison lists that the nursing care insurance funds make available free of charge.
Every care service is obliged to conclude a care contract with its customers, which has to be adjusted in case of any essential change. Sample contracts can be found, for example, at the consumer advice centres.
People in need of care can apply for care allowance and decide for themselves how and by whom they are cared for. In order to ensure optimal care tailored to individual needs, it is also possible to combine the receipt of care allowance with the use of benefits in kind (care services, such as those provided by an ambulant care service). The nursing allowance is reduced in this case.
If the previous carer is temporarily unable to provide care due to illness, vacation leave or for comparable reasons, the long-term care insurance grants benefits for substitute care for a maximum of six weeks per calendar year for care levels 2 - 5.
Those offer the possibility to live with peers in the same living conditions without having to give up privacy and independence.
Different people in need of care can combine their entitlement to care services with those of other people in need of care. Pooling saves money. This money has to be invested in further care services when pooling.
Full inpatient care is granted if home or semi-stationary care is not possible. The nursing insurance fund checked the necessity of this care by the Medical Service of the Health Insurance Fund (Medizinischer Dienst der Krankenversicherung MDK).
For example, the patients are picked up in the morning and brought back home in the afternoon. This option is mostly used by working carers. In this case, the nursing care insurance fund covers the costs of nursing care, the costs of social care and the costs of medical treatment. The costs of meals, on the other hand, must be paid privately.
It enables family members providing care to be relieved of their workload for a limited period of time or prepares a person in need of care to return to their own household after their stay in hospital. The amount of the nursing care insurance benefit for short-term nursing care does not differ within the nursing care levels 2 - 5, but is available to all people in need of nursing care at the same level, regardless of the classification. People in need of care with care level 1 can use the credit amount.
In the case of physically or mentally impaired children, independence is taken into account when determining the degree of care in comparison to children who have developed according to age.
In order to be able to claim nursing care insurance benefits, an application must be submitted to the nursing insurance fund of the relative to be cared for. The nursing insurance fund is located at the health insurance company. As soon as you have submitted an application to the nursing insurance fund, the insurance company will instruct the MDK to carry out a nursing assessment. From 2017 onwards, the degree of independence of a person will become the central criterion for the need for care and no longer their need for help in minutes for individual tasks. The assessors look at how people cope with quite normal things in life and examine six areas: Movement, thinking and speaking, behaviour, self-care (eating and drinking, dressing and undressing, washing and personal hygiene), dealing with the illness and medication and whether one can plan the day for oneself and get in contact with other people.
People in need of care with care level 2 and higher who live in Bavaria can also apply for the state care allowance.
Social security for the carer
Anyone who provides non-working care for a close relative or a close relative with at least care level 2 in a home environment for at least 10 hours on at least two days a week is a caregiver in the sense of care insurance (§ 19 SGB XI). The nursing insurance pays pension insurance contributions for nursing people if they are not employed for more than 30 hours a week in addition to nursing care. Nursing insurance pays contributions to statutory pension insurance depending on the type of benefits (nursing allowance, benefits in kind, combined benefits) and the degree of care.
For the duration of your holiday from nursing care - up to a maximum of six weeks per calendar year - the pension insurance contributions will continue to be paid for you.
To pay pension contributions for your care activities, you can also contact the care insurance fund of the person in need of care yourself. They will send you the "Questionnaire for the payment of social security contributions for carers who are not professionally employed".
For carers who care for a person in need of care from care level 2 for at least 10 hours a week, regularly at least 2 days a week, and who have therefore had to give up their employment, the care insurance fund pays contributions to unemployment insurance.
The carer is protected by the statutory accident insurance scheme during the time he or she is caring for the patient.
Anyone who wants to or has to interrupt their studies due to the care of a close relative can submit an application for leave of absence to the centre for studies. Close relatives in the sense of this law are grandparents, parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, life partners, partners in a marital or life-like community, siblings, siblings-in-law, children, adopted or foster children, adopted or foster children of the spouse or partner, children-in-law and grandchildren.
Students on leave of absence due to the care of close relatives are entitled according to § 48 Abs. 4 BayHSchG to perform study or examination services at the university. A leave of absence due to care can exceed two semesters and is not offset against periods of leave of absence for other reasons.
Regardless of the degree of care, the nursing care insurance fund pays up to 4000 euros on application as a subsidy for adjustment measures that enable or facilitate home care in the home or restore the independence of the person in need of care. The aim of such measures is in particular to prevent the carer from being overburdened. When calculating the subsidy, a personal contribution is levied, which is based on the income of the person in need of care.
A subsidy for home adaptation can also be granted a second time if the care situation has changed in such a way that new measures are necessary.