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Family Care Office



Ines Gürlevik

Head of the Family Care Office

☏ 0421218-60850


Marisol Ruiz-Fehrler

Staff member

☏ 0421 218-60860


Email: familienprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de


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Visitors address

University of Bremen

University boulevard

(to the left of the glass hall)

28359 Bremen 

Postal address:

University of Bremen - Referat 08

Bibliothekstraße 1 / Family Care Office

28359 Bremen

Appointments are made by prior arrangement

All Families Welcome!

  • Vogelperspektive des FSB

    All Families Welcome!

    Do you have family responsibilities and questions about this topic? Then the Family Care Office is the right place for you!

  • Spielobjekte für Kinder

    We are family-friendly!

    Family-friendly university

  • Counseling

    We will be happy to advise you on all topics related to family matters.

  • For students and employees

    Whether it's pregnancy, childcare or caring for relatives: we'll be happy to advise you!

For students and employees of the university

At the Family Care Office (FSB), as the central first point of contact for students and employees, you will receive information and advice on almost all matters related to family. In addition, the Family Care Office provides a place for exchange and networking. During the semester, for example, there are parent cafés, meetings for pregnant women, workshops and much more.

Our services in detail:

Pflegende Angehörige

Anyone can become in need of care, whether young or old: for example, through an accident, a serious illness, or simply by getting older. This makes it all the more important to receive competent and rapid support in such a case.

Ines Gürlevik (head of the family care office) accompanies and moderates the regulars' table with the support of a member of staff from the Bremen care support center. The advisor is available to provide competent and valuable information and tips on all questions relating to care and comprehensive financing options.

Always on the first Wednesday of the month at 11.30 o'clock to approx. 13.00 o'clock.

All interested persons are cordially welcome! The Pflegestammtisch takes place in a trusting and open atmosphere.

You can find all the information you need about caring for relatives here:

Schwangere Frau

Female students are particularly protected during pregnancy, the postpartum period and while breastfeeding. This is because the Maternity Protection Act also applies to women who are expecting a child or have given birth during their studies. This is to ensure that expectant mothers and their children can study without endangering their health.
Female students can only take advantage of the legal protections if they have informed the university that they are pregnant or breastfeeding. Therefore, it is in their best interest to notify the university as early as possible.

Please use the following forms to officially report your pregnancy:

Notification of pregnancy or breastfeeding

Overview of your courses/seminars

Please send the filled out forms as a PDF file to:  familienprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de



The University of Bremen will cover the costs for certificates in connection with maternity leave if these are required as part of your studies or compulsory internship. Please lay out the amounts first. You can find the cost reimbursement form here.

The Family Care Office organizes a networking meeting for pregnant students on a regular basis. The goal is to exchange ideas and network with each other.

What we offer: A safe space with an open atmosphere where friendliness and openness are the norm. While having tea and cookies, we chat, get to know each other, support each other, and share thoughts and experiences. As part of the meeting, I also offer tours of the university campus to show expectant mothers all the family-friendly places, such as where there are changing tables, quiet places to breastfeed, places that are especially child-friendly, etc.

However, this meeting requires registration by email or phone at least one day in advance.

Tip: We will be assisted by a professional who will visit us from time to time and discuss with us the topics that interest or move us at the moment.


Organizer: Marisol Ruiz-Fehrler

To register please click here

Every Thursday from 9 am to 10 am. +++ Does not take place during semester breaks. +++

I am looking forward to many new participants!


To get a place in childcare, you need a child ID for your kid. You will automatically receive this by mail in November before your child's 1st birthday.

You can find more information here: and hier: Education from the beginning






Vacation camps for all children, with and without disabilities!

The University of Bremen offers vacation camps for children (pandemic situation permitting). If your child needs special care or if you have any questions about the offer, please contact the Family Care Office

For more information about the vacation offer for children, please read here:





The Eltencafé (currently only online) is about networking for students with children.  The AG familienfreundliches Studium and the head of the Family Care Office, Ines Gürlevik, organize the parents' café..
The parent café is always held on Mondays from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

Zoom Link:

+++ No parent café during the semester break! +++

Students struggling to get their children into daycare can receive a letter of support for the Family Care Office. Please contact us via




A cozy play area is available for your little ones

Further and useful information

Welcome Center

The Welcome Center of the U Bremen Research Alliance supports international researchers and their families before and during their stay in Bremen regardless of the length of their stay or how the stay is financed. As a central service point, it assists all newcoming researchers in non-academic matters to help organize their life in Bremen and make it as enjoyable and uncomplicated as possible. Whether you are here for a month or have been appointed to a permanent post, our services are available to you. Through a broad network of internal and external partners the Welcome Center provides a range of administrative and social services.

For more information:


Vater Mutter Kind

Time-out from Corona for families

“Time-out from Corona” enables families to go on holiday and stay in participating family holiday facilities e.g., family accommodation or family-friendly youth hostels. The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs has created an opportunity to take a holiday, even if on a limited budget.

For more information please click here



"Family-friendly university has a lot to do with regular communication"

How can a university position itself as family-friendly in the long term? What role do a strategically designed compatibility strategy and comprehensive communication to all university actors play in this? Bettina Schweizer, project manager of the audit project at the University of Bremen, which has been certified as a family-friendly university since 2007, answered these and other questions.