Studying as a Parent

Combining university studies with the responsibilities of supporting a family still presents a challenge in Germany. Both at a personal level and at an institutional and social level, it is still the exception in Germany for people who support a family to be able to study at the same time, whether they are looking after children or are caregivers for elderly or dependent relatives. In contrast to Scandinavian countries, families are not a natural part of the campus environment.

Furtwangen University has, however, committed itself wholeheartedly to supporting its students – and its staff ­­– so that they are able to combine their family responsibilities with their studies. HFU has been certified as a family-friendly university since 2008,and continuously expands its measures to support study conditions and the study environment for families. You will find a brief overview of our services here (content in German only).