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Pregnancy in study

Maternity protection

As of January 1, 2018, the Maternity Protection Act (Mutterschutzgesetz, MuSchG) also applies to female students. A female student to whom the Maternity Protection Act applies is any person who is pregnant, has given birth to a child or is breastfeeding - regardless of the gender indicated in her birth registration.

A woman with a baby bump is shown. She holds a paper heart in front of her belly. © Pixabay

The aim of maternity protection is to enable pregnant and breastfeeding students to continue their studies , without adversely affecting the health of the pregnant woman, the unborn child, the nursing mother or her child. Any disadvantages due to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding must be avoided or compensated for as far as possible.

The Maternity Protection Act protects you and your child against health hazards and disadvantages - during pregnancy, after delivery and during the breastfeeding period.

Notification of pregnancy and breatsfeeding period

How do I report my pregnancy or breastfeeding period?

According to § 15 MuSchG you are not obliged to inform the university about your pregnancy and the day of delivery. This also applies if you are breastfeeding.

However, we generally recommend that you inform the university in your own interest so that you can make use of the protection rights under the Maternity Protection Act. This is because only in the case of early notification can the university avert possible dangers for you as the expectant mother and your child in good time and arrange the necessary protective measures.

For notification, complete the Maternity Protection Notification form and upload a proof of your pregnancy (with a doctor's note or midwife's note indicating the expected date of birth). For the notification of breastfeeding period, please submit the birth certificate. In addition, the Maternity Protection Act requires the university to notify the responsible supervisory authority (Arnsberg district government). You can give us your consent via the notification form.

Upon receipt of the notification, the university will contact you in a timely manner.

If you are also employed as a student or research assistant at TU Dortmund University, please also report your pregnancy to Corporate Center Human Resources.

After you have reported your pregnancy, other parties involved (Department of Occupational Safety, Environmental Protection and Health Protection and contact persons in faculties) will be informed and consulted on your behalf as a pregnant person. Ms. Claudia Hannapper will contact you for the risk assessment. Please fill out this questionnaire and the overview of you lectures. Together with you and the lecturers, Claudia Hannappel will check whether there are any hazards for you and, if so, what your needs are for the continuation of your studies.

If you have any questions, please contact Katja Kißler from Family Service.



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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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