Studying with a child

In Germany, it is of course also possible for international students with children to study. In addition to financial support, higher education institutions and student services provide a range of assistance for students with children. Beside you get to know, if your partner can come with you to Germany.

Short & Sweet

If you want to bring your children or partner with you on your stay abroad, you should find out about the conditions in good time.

Counselling, help with childcare and financial support are available.

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Playing in the university's kindergarten © DAAD/Sophie Nagel


Many higher education institutions in Germany provide nurseries or other childcare facilities which you can use as a student. Your contact for childcare at the higher education institution is student services.


Compulsory education

Compulsory education legislation in Germany stipulates that, if your children are older than six, they must attend school here. In addition to state schools, which are free and have a high standard of education, there are also private and international schools.

Help for students with a child

Here you can find examples of childcare and support at universities in Germany.

Student vlog: Students parents in Germany
Student vlog: Students parents in Germany© DAAD

Childcare and financial support from higher education institutions

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Mother and Child© DAAD/Sophie Nagel


Student services at your higher education institution can answer any questions you may have on managing your academic studies and family life.Higher education institutions sometimes also offer special advice and information services.



Some higher education institutions or their student services provide financial or material support, e.g. basic equipment for newborns or welcome money. Find out here about the options available from student services at your .

Visa Requirements for Families and Children


The Studentenwerk at your university is an important point of contact for questions regarding the compatibility of family and studies.

You are not from the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland? Then find out about the visa requirements for your family.