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has shown that the study progress of students with children is somewhat more
unsteady than that of fellow students without children. On the one hand, this
can be explained by a greater organisational and financial burden. On the other
hand, the focal point of students' lives shifts at the latest with the child's birth
or is enriched by another. As a result, they cannot concentrate in everyday
life solely on their studies. The situation of those responsible for caring for
relatives is similar, albeit with somewhat different implications.
As far as
the organisational framework is concerned, there are certain regulations that
take into account the special situation of students with children or care
responsibilities. Below you can find an overview that should give you some
guidance. You should, however, always ask the academic advisors about the
faculty-specific rules for students with children or care responsibilities.
Please also note the various advisory services at Goethe University Frankfurt.
time around the child's birth, but also to cushion difficult situations when
completing your studies, leave of absence from university can be a good option.
that justify leave of absence are governed by Section 8 of the Hessian
Regulations on Enrolment at Universities (Hessische Immatrikulationsverordnung) (in German only).
Family-related reasons for leave of absence in accordance with Section 8 (1) could, for example, be the following:
proof must be submitted in each case. Since students cannot claim parental
leave, the Student Registration Office of Goethe University Frankfurt accepts
the child's birth certificate as proof of leave of absence – of both mother and
father – due to parental leave.
It is only
possible to take leave of absence for whole semesters; semesters already
completed cannot be taken into consideration. Leave of absence due to maternity
protection/parental leave is granted for a maximum of three years, analogous to
the Federal Parental Allowance and Parental Leave Act (Bundeselterngeld- und Elternzeitgesetz
(BEEG)). This is
usually six semesters or seven semesters if the preceding period of maternity
protection is included. This limit of six (or seven) semesters does not apply
in the case of multiple births. In this case, leave of absence is extended in
accordance with the rules on parental leave pursuant to Section 15 (2) of the Federal
Parental Allowance and Parental Leave Act. Furthermore – unlike in other cases
– students may participate in courses and exams during maternity protection
periods and parental leave (Section 8 (3)).
deadlines: 30.04. for
a summer semester and 31.10. for a winter semester (in the event of illness, you
can also apply during the course of the semester.)
Procedure: You can find the application form (in German only) in the download area or obtain it
from the Student Services Centre. You can submit your
application online, but you must also submit a paper copy. The university will notify
you by post whether your application has been approved or rejected.
Important: Please note that leave of absence
does not exempt you from paying the semester fee. You can apply for
reimbursement of your semester ticket to the Semester Ticket Hardship Fund of (Studierendenwerk Frankfurt am Main) and return
it there. Before applying for a semester on leave of absence, please also
enquire at the respective offices about what effect taking leave of absence
will have on any grants under the Federal Education and Training Assistance Act
(BAföG), child benefit and your health insurance.
also please note that leave of absence jeopardises your status if you are a student
trainee (Werkstudent/Werkstudentin). General administrative rules assume that
in the case of leave of absence you are no longer exempt from paying social
send your application and address any questions you might have to:
Goethe University Frankfurt
Student Registration Office
PO Box 11 19 32
parental allowance (Elterngeld), parental leave (Elternzeit) is, within the
meaning of the
Federal Parental Allowance and Parental Leave Act(Bundeselterngeld- und Elternzeitgesetz (BEEG)) (in German only) first of all intended for working parents. They have the right towards their
employer to parental leave until the child is three years of age.
accordance with Section 8 of the Hessian
Regulations on Enrolment at Universities (Hessische Immatrikulationsverordnung) (in German only), students
can justify leave of absence with their right to take parental leave. In this
case, it is not necessary to apply to the university separately for parental
leave. You can read more about this under Leave of Absence.
students in an employment relationship, the same rules apply as for employees.
plans, please also note the rules on parental allowance.
Service is happy to help you if you have any questions about parental leave and
other topics related to reconciling your studies and your family
click here for further information about the services available.
The Maternity Protection Portal of Goethe University Frankfurt (Mutterschutzportal) offers customised information for
all pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, as well as for those persons responsible
for implementing corresponding measures, and in this way ensures transparency
and a sound basis for taking the next steps.
situation of students with family responsibilities often demands creative
solutions in order to balance studies, perhaps part-time work, and family life.
Studying part-time is a means of creating a little breathing space when faced
with all these obligations at the same time.
principle, it is also possible to pursue an undergraduate degree programme
part-time, provided the respective study and examination regulations of the
chosen programme do not explicitly exclude this.
your academic advisor, who must confirm on the application
form (in German only) that you
have consulted them. Without this confirmation, the Student Registration Office
cannot process your application.
FamilyPlus Card contributes to removing bureaucratic hurdles, making everyday
life at university a little bit easier. In addition to simplified proof of
parenthood, the card is also a route to inexpensive meals for children.
Please direct enquiries
for consultations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fon: +49 69 798-18124
Campus Westend, SKW-Building, Room 05.C111
Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.
Equal Opportunities Office
Rostocker Str. 2
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Fon: +49 69 798-18698
Equal Opportunities Office
Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.
60629 Frankfurt am Main