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Pregnancy in study

You are pregnant? Congratulations!

The Maternity Protection Act applies to you and the TU Dortmund University ensures that you are not exposed to any hazards during your pregnancy while studying. Please take this questionnaire/checklist and contact Claudia Hannappel from the Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection, Tel. +49 231 755 3306. Together with you and employees of your faculty, she will check whether there are any risks for you and, if so, what you need to continue your studies.  

Do you have questions about the compatibility of your studies with pregnancy and parenthood? Would you like to meet other students with child(ren) and learn what services we have for you on campus? Then please contact our staff at the Family Service, Tel.: +49 231 755 6912 or at familien-servicetu-dortmundde.

To plan your future course of study, it is helpful to clarify the following questions now:

It is best to make an overview of the services you still have to provide for your studies. Which achievements will you still manage during your pregnancy and which achievements will you then have to do after giving birth?

If your pregnancy is uncomplicated, you are doing well and there are no safety concerns that speak against it (in detail right here in the following paragraph), then you can continue your studies even during the maternity protection period. This means that as a pregnant student you can attend events and take exams during the entire statutory maternity protection period, i.e. six weeks before the due date and eight or twelve weeks after giving birth.

If you work with hazardous substances (e.g. in the laboratory) or with machines, you should in any case go through the risk assessment early on at the beginning of your pregnancy, together with Claudia Hannappel from the Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (see above) and the respective examination office. In some cases, the TU is obliged to take special protective measures (see above).

The Maternity Protection Act protects you from the beginning of your pregnancy and during breastfeeding until one year after delivery. Questions about the Maternity Protection Act can also be answered by the TU Dortmund University Family Service.

A child senses stress, discomfort and restlessness of the mother already in the womb. If you are well, everyday life can continue - perhaps just plan more breaks. It is then not necessary to completely stop early. Allow yourself time to prepare for the birth and to buy a crib & co. At TU Dortmund University, there are baby and rest rooms for breastfeeding, diapering or resting. Pregnant women on campus can retreat here and rest.

There is no uniform regulation for the delivery of academic achievements. It is advisable to discuss your situation personally with the relevant lecturers and to advise on the submission of the achievements.

Again, there are no standardized special regulations for the completion of course work. You should discuss these in a personal conversation with your lecturers. The following regulations apply to all new examination regulations and those to be amended:

„… If the student provides a medical certificate showing that he or she is unable to complete all or part of an examination in the prescribed form or within the prescribed time limit due to a long-term or permanent physical disability or chronic illness, the chairperson of the examination board shall determine the other form or time limit in which the examination is to be completed. If there is any doubt, the person or office responsible for matters concerning disabled students shall be involved. Examination procedures shall take into account the statutory maternity protection periods and parental leave periods as well as periods of absence due to the care of the spouse, registered partner or a relative in the direct line or first-degree relative by marriage, insofar as the latter is in need of care."

    "... A graded examination shall be deemed to have been assessed as insufficient (5.0) if the candidate fails to appear at the examination date without good reason or if he or she withdraws from the examination without good reason after the examination has begun. The same applies if the examination performance in a written examination is not completed within the specified processing time. The reasons asserted for the withdrawal or the failure to attend must be notified to the examination board in writing without delay and must be made credible. In case of illness of the candidate or of a child to be predominantly cared for by the candidate, the submission of a medical certificate is required. In the case of illness of the candidate, the medical certificate must contain the facts proving the inability to take the examination in a generally comprehensible form. If the examination board does not recognize the reasons for the withdrawal or the absence, the candidate will be informed of this in writing.“

These regulations must be taken into account by the responsible examination board even if they have not yet been included in the examination regulations for the degree program. You can obtain specific information from your responsible deans of studies, the lecturers and the equal opportunity officers of the faculties.

Answers to frequently asked questions in the examination system can be found in the examination FAQ.

Students with children can also complete their studies or take exams if they are on leave of absence due to "raising and caring for their own children". However, they are then no longer entitled to receive BAföG. Students who are entitled to child benefits for themselves will also not receive child benefits for themselves during a semester of leave.

close-up of baby feet under a blue blanket © Pixabay
close-up of a child's hand holding colorful building bricks © Pixabay
close-up of a couple holding baby shoes © Pixabay


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bo­chum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.


The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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