Legal framework

In the following, we have compiled some important information on legal framework conditions such as maternity and parental leave. In addition, the following overview provides you with important information on how the KU supports you in combining your studies with family responsibilities and which measures you can benefit from.

 

Maternity leave

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As a student you are also entitled to maternity leave. Detailed information on maternity leave as well as on pregnancy and breastfeeding during your studies can be found on the website of the Student Office.

A leaflet for you as (prospective) student parents at the KU on the topics of leave of absence, application, leave of absence due to maternity/parental leave, financial implications and examinations can be found here (in German).

Part-time studies

A good way to combine studying with family responsibilities is to study part-time. However, this is not possible in all courses of study at the KU, but you can study the following courses of study part-time:

  • Bachelor programmes: Applied Musicology and Music Pedagogy, European Studies, Geography and Mathematics
  • Master programmes: Education for Sustainable Development, European Studies, Journalism with a focus on Innovation and Management, Environmental Processes and Natural Hazards.

For further information, please contact the responsible person at the Examination Office. If you wish to study part-time, you must notify the Student Office. A change from full-time to part-time and vice versa is only possible in the re-registration period for the following semester.

You can find further information on the website of the Central Student Advisory Office.

Parental leave - semester off

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As a student, you can take advantage of leave semesters in case of an imminent birth or for the subsequent care of children. During such a leave semester due to maternity or parental leave, it is possible to take exams and attend courses.

You can find detailed information on leave of absence on the website of the Student Office.

A leaflet (in German) for you as (prospective) student parents at the KU on the topics of leave of absence, application, leave of absence due to maternity/parental leave, financial implications and examinations can be found here.

Examinations and examination deadlines

As a general rule, an examination is considered failed if, for reasons for which you are responsible, you exceed the deadlines for registration or withdrawal from the examination or for taking the examination. If these deadlines are exceeded due to family obligations, you can assert and substantiate the reasons for exceeding a deadline in writing immediately after it has occurred and apply for an extension of the deadline in accordance with § 20 paragraph 4 APO. Please address the request to the board of examiners and submit it to the Examinations Office, which will arrange for it to be forwarded. In the application, you must explain which examination is affected and which family obligations led to the registration or deregistration deadline being exceeded or to the inability to take the examination, for example due to illness of the child or the absence of a suitable supervisor. The supporting documents must be enclosed with the application.

Further information can be obtained from the Examination Office.

Extension of the duration of studies

As students with family responsibilities, you can apply for an extension of the deadline for passing the Bachelor's or Master's examination. According to § 11, paragraph 2 APO, the deadline for the first time failure and according to § 11, paragraph 4 APO the deadline for the final failure can be extended upon request. The application must be addressed to the Examination Board and submitted to the Examination Office, which will arrange for the application to be forwarded. Your application must contain the requested extension period and must specify the family obligations which justify this extension period. The supporting documents must be enclosed with the request. The request must be submitted before the deadline.

Further information can be obtained from the Examination Office.

Extension of the processing time for final theses

Due to family obligations, you can apply for an extension of the processing time for the Bachelor's or Master's thesis by a maximum of four weeks in accordance with § 12 paragraph 5 APO. You submit the request directly to the Examination Board. It must contain the requested extension period and name the family obligations that justify this extension period. The evidence must be enclosed with the application. The request must be submitted before the deadline.

Further information can be obtained from the Examination Office.