Support for studying parents

In the Social Work Bachelor’s study programmes, seminar places can be allocated on a preferential and joint basis. Further information can be obtained from the responsible tutor: belegen@ avoid-unrequested-mailsash-berlin.eu

Other study programmes try to schedule compulsory lectures between 9.00 am and 6.00 pm every day.   

If you are unable to dedicate your full working hours to studying because you are pregnant or are looking after children under the age of 16, you can apply to study on a part-time basis. 

How?

For how long?

  • At least two consecutive semesters
  • Repeat applications are permitted

When?

  • As early as possible

Consequences?

  • No BAföG, possibly ALG II (no precedents are known)
  • University semesters continue to count, subject semesters only partly
  • Only makes sense for students without BAföG entitlement

 Students can also take time out in order to focus on an upcoming birth and the subsequent months of childcare or if they have care responsibilities for children/family members. For this reason, students are able to apply for an external leave semester.

How?

  • Submit an application for external leave for parental reasons

Where?

For how long?

  • As a rule, 2 consecutive semesters
  • Maximum of 6 semesters during your studies
  • A further extension (maximum 4 semesters) is possible in exceptional cases

When?

  • At the time of re-registration

Consequences?

  • It is not possible to gain accreditation for exams during this time, unless this is for repeat examinations or examinations for previously taken courses
  • No Bafög, but ALG II possible
  • Exemption from participation in semester ticket

If you plan ahead, you can complete your studies within the regular period of study. As stipulated in the Framework Regulations for Study Programmes and Examinations of ASH Berlin Section 13 III , the life circumstances of students with children under the age of 16 are to be appropriately taken into account. This means that they should be treated with consideration with regard to submission deadlines for assessments or fulfilling the attendance obligations.

If it is not possible for you to make other arrangements, you can occasionally bring your child along to a lecture or seminar.

Legal Basis