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Maternity Protection for Students

Information for pregnant students.

prior to delivery:        6 weeks

after delivery:             8 weeks

Different maternity protection periods apply in the case of premature births, multiple births, or if the child is determined to have a disability.

During the protection periods, a pregnant student may not participate in courses or examinations. If she wants to attend, she must declare this desire in writing. This declaration can be revoked at any time with effect for the future. 

Generally, pregnant students may not engage in study-related activities at these times. Students can waive this right at their own risk, so that it is possible to attend activities at the weekend or after 8 p.m. This declaration can be revoked at any time with effect for the future. 

Students are exempted from study-related activities to attend necessary medical examinations during pregnancy and after childbirth. In addition, students can be exempted from lectures during the first twelve months after delivery if they are breastfeeding.

The exemption also applies to lectures with compulsory attendance, provided that evidence is provided. 

In this case, the first people to contact are the individual teaching staff members in order to find an appropriate solution. Considerations for the special needs of students with children are outlined in the general part of the bachelor's and master's degree examination regulations.

Pregnancy does not automatically entitle a student to an extension of writing time. If an extension is required for health reasons, it can be applied for in the regular way by presenting a medical certificate.

Any costs directly related to the Maternity Protection Act (MuSchG), for example for medical certificates which must be submitted to the University of Bremen, will be reimbursed by the university.

You will find the cost reimbursement form under downloads.

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Family Care Office
Ines Gürlevik
0421 218-60850

Opening hours:

Monday and Tuesday by appointment


Advice and Information

Academic Advisory Offices and Career Orientation Offices

The Academic Advisory Offices and Career Orientation Offices of the individual faculties will be happy to advise you on all questions around study organization and examination regulations during pregnancy.

Here you can find the Academic Advisory Office or the Career Orientation Office responsible for your degree program.

Family Care Office

The Family Care Office provides information about counselling and other support services for pregnant students.

Visit the website of the Family Care Office.