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Centre for Equal Opportunities and Families

We are committed to working together to achieve equal opportunities for all genders at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt. We are dedicated to promoting respectful and fair communication on campus and we strive to support students in balancing their studies, careers and family life. The Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Families is the main point of contact for all matters relating to equality for all members of the university.

On our homepage you will find information about who to contact, what advice and services are available, and what funding you can access to help you with your studies and your career.

Flexibility for work and study

The Centre for Equal Opportunities and Families can help you plan your studies and career development to accommodate your individual family commitments. Whether in pregnancy, during and after parental leave or if you are caring for relatives - you can rely on us to help and support you. We can provide you with basic information, support you in coping with obstacles in your studies and everyday working life and, if necessary, put you in touch with other advisory and counselling services both on and off campus.

Our main counselling focus:

  • Starting a family and becoming parents while studying
    Advice on pregnancy, maternity protection and parental leave during your studies
  • Balancing your studies and a family
    Helping students who have children to overcome challenges and obstacles in their everyday student life
  • Studying and children - (how) can it work?
    Advice for prospective and first-semester students with children
  • Carers' guidance
    Advice for staff and students who provide care for relatives

Family-friendly campus

Do you have your child with you on campus? Not a problem! In recent years, we have started to make the campus family-friendly and develop needs-based offers to support students juggling their studies with work and family life. As part of the audit "familiengerechte hochschule" (family-friendly university), we are working on constantly expanding and improving our services.

  • Together with Thuringian Student Services, we offer hourly childcare at the Altonaer Straße campus for children aged twelve weeks and over. Childcare is provided by a qualified childminder and student assistants with experience in looking after children. You can find more information about childcare and how to register on the Student Services website or at the infopunkt next to the cafeteria.

  • On the Altonaer Straße campus, there is a family room opposite the university library that provides a comfortable space for you to rest, nurse and change your child. You can pick up the key in the university library or at the main gate. More changing facilities are available on the first floor of Buildings 3 and 5 and on the ground floor of Buildings 7 and 8.

  • Our KidsBox is a flexible solution for parents who have to bring their child to work or university for a certain period of time, for example if they are having a temporary problem with childcare. The KidsBox is equipped for babies and children up to primary school age and contains a travel cot, a mat for crawling and playing, and a range of colouring materials and toys. The KidsBox can be borrowed from the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Families and can also be ordered for events at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt.

  • In the basement of the university library there is a play corner with children's books and a workspace for parents.

  • With the Student Services children's ID card, students who are parents can receive a free child's portion for children up to the age of six in addition to their own meal in the refectory. The children's ID card can be obtained at the infopunkt near the cafeteria. The refectory is also equipped with highchairs for your children.

  • The university sports club USV Erfurt e.V. offers sports courses for children of various age groups and their parents. For more information on on what is currently on offer and how to register, please visit the USV Erfurt website.

Family-friendly university audit

In order to continuously develop and enhance our services for families, the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt began using the "audit familiengerechte hochschule" (family-friendly university audit) scheme run by berufundfamilie Service GmbH in 2008. Since 2017, the university has held a permanent certificate. This is accompanied by a consultation process every three years, most recently in the summer semester of 2020 on the key topic "family-friendly university during coronavirus".


Zentrum für Gleichstellung und Familie


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Mo-Fr 10:00-16:30 Uhr