Family-friendly University of Stuttgart
The University of Stuttgart has been recognized several times over the years for being family-friendly. It is dedicated to the continued development of support offerings it currently provides for employees and students by way of family-friendly work and study environments. It is not only members of the University with family obligations who benefit from a university that is organized as family-friendly: we also win by attracting and retaining highly qualified employees, using our human resources more effectively, and reducing family-conditioned interruptions to studies.
All University of Stuttgart members have a responsibility for implementing these goals and standards, but this applies especially to management. Our university leadership lends its active support to making career and studies compatible with family life.
As family, the University of Stuttgart understands all life partnerships which take on long-term social responsibility, including parents and children, life partners, siblings, grandparents, as well as relatives needing care.
Students who are pregnant or nursing require special protection. Therefore, please find out among other things about the following:
- Taking leave before and after the delivery
- Taking time off for maternity leave
- Health risks, such as with internships
Note: On January 1, 2017, an amendes maternity leave law will take effect. The Studies & Promotions Division [de] will announce in a timely manner what effects if any this will have on pregnant and nursing students.
Students with children or relatives needing care have special needs. In order to accommodate these needs, extensive rules for flexibilizing studies are found in in the University of Stuttgart’s exam regulations and its admissions and enrollment statutes:
- Special request for admission to the 1st regular semester
- Taking time off for maternity leave, parenting leave, childcare, and caregiving
- Exam withdrawal due to a child’s or caregiver’s illness
- Deadline extensions for diagnostic exams and exam
- Extension of time to complete theses (Bachelor’s/Master’s theses)
- Extension to maximum time required to complete studies
Stuttgart Student Services [de] and Stups e.V. [de] provide full-time childcare slots in daycare centers they own in Stuttgart, Esslingen and Ludwigsburg with preference given to students‘ children 6 months to 3 years old and from 3 years to 6 years old..
You can work directly with the facility to enroll your child. Should there be no open slots at that time, your child will be added to the facility’s waiting list. You will receive the final intake approval directly from the daycare center’s administrative staff.
The University of Stuttgart plans to operate its own daycare facility for children of employees and students on the Vaihingen campus. Based on a MINT concept, it will make available both day nursery and kindergarten slots.
In emergencies, the Uni & Family service offers employees and students of the University of Stuttgart care for children up to 12 years of age in daycare centers close to the downtown campus. The facilities are open Monday through Friday from 08:00 to 18:00 continuously; in exceptional cases, they are also available around the clock (24-hour child hotel).
To keep your children aged six to twelve years (siblings from the age of four) creatively occupied with exciting content even during school breaks, the Uni & Family Service organizes research vacation day camps near the Vaihingen campus for employees and students of the University of Stuttgart in cooperation with Konzept-e GmbH, the five Stuttgart Fraunhofer Institutes and Media University. Day camps lasting one week each are scheduled for the Easter, Whitsun, and Fall breaks, and one lasting three-weeks takes place in the summer.
In addition, we held a one-week university sports camp for employee and student children and youth aged ten to 15 years as a pilot project that is planned to repeat in the summer of 2017.
In addition to the above-described services exclusively for employees or students of the University of Stuttgart, there are other city, church, and private operators of nursery facilities in and around Stuttgart as well as full-time child daycare options. Similarly, outside emergency and vacation childcare facilities can be utilized instead of the University’s service offerings.
Students who become parents face many new challenges, including financial ones. Stuttgart Student Services Social Counseling [de] can provide advice on questions of financing studies as a parent. You can rely on us for advice on the following:
- Parental maintenance allowance
- Maternity leave pay and maternity allowance
- Parenting allowance
- Child support, supplementary child allowance
- Maintenance advance
- Assumption of daycare facility fees
- Housing assistance
- Unemployment compensation II and other benefits from job centers, social allowance, or public assistance
- FamilyCard and BonusCard for Stuttgart Families
- Student Services loans and study loans
- Financial aid from foundations
- Part-time work
Stuttgart Student Services Social Counseling [de] is also available to students with family members requiring care. For questions regarding the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG), please contact the Financial Aid Office in Stuttgart Student Services [de].
We think a family-friendly infrastructure at both our university locations matters: we therefore set up functional breastfeeding and diapering facilities in key locations and plan to make them standard in new and remodeled buildings.
Parent-child areas are being developed in two multifunction rooms in the House of Students and ARENA2036 on the Vaihingen campus and in work rooms in the two University Library locations. In addition, Stuttgart Student Services makes family apartments available to students with children.
The Uni & Family Service in the Gender Equality Office is the go-to resource for all staff members and students with questions on balancing career, studies, and family at the University of Stuttgart. The manager coordinates already existing compatibility measures and develops additional ones, and she advises and support the intra-University networks. In addition, she has project responsibility for the “audit family-friendly university” and represents University management in regional and superregional networks, especially in the Best Practice Club “Family in the University.”
The University of Stuttgart has appointed two interested employees to be care-coordinators and has financed their training costs. The care-coordinators are a first point of contact for nursing employees and students and offer aid in finding further options for counselling for the person in question.
Interchanges between members of the University community are encouraged at the University of Stuttgart. There are currently four varyingly active FamilyNETWORKS whose members mostly meet over lunch to swap information and views:
- Studies & Family
- Uni & Caregiving
Hohenheim-Stuttgart Kids University
The Kids University is offered by the University to children between the ages of eight and twelve. Every semester, professors explain complex sets of facts relating to topics in their research fields in terms that children can understand.
Pupil Campus on Science Day
Once a year, on Science Day the University of Stuttgart opens its laboratories to let visitors explore the world of science and its insights. The day includes a Pupil Campus, a program of exploration geared to children and youth when not just besides observing and listening but doing hands-on experiments frequently is the order of the day.
Mensa: Kids eat for free
Students' children up to the age of ten can partake of meals free of charge in Stuttgart Student Services cafeterias.
For our network Studies&Family, we are currently looking for interested students with family responsibilities for a meeting during the summer semester of 2018. Please contact the service Uni & Family if you – as a studying parent, for example – are looking for an exchange between like-minded people or reciprocal baby-sitting services during lectures (write E-mail).
In contrast to other networks, the network Uni & Care is not target group specific but designed for employees and students with nursing responsibilities or future nursing needs. During the meetings, especially general and university-specific information in regards to legal rights and flexibility programs in the nursing field as well as the need of help for family members without a level of care are discussed.
The network meets every last Tuesday of the month, alternating between the campus Vaihingen and Stadtmitte with around 10 members regularly attending and is guided by a care-coordinator and the managing director of the Service Uni & Family. Please subscribe to our internal mailing-list (write E-mail).
The virtual FamilyNETWORK entails a university-internal classified-ads service for employees and students of the University of Stuttgart. It was created in collaboration with the Service Uni & Family and the Technical Information and Communication Service (TIK) with the financial support of the collaborative research center Transregio 75 to further the exchange and mutual support between studying parents.