The University of Rostock puts great emphasis on the compatibility of studies, career and family. It has been certified as a "family-friendly university" since 2009 and strives for continuous improvement in this area. The Family Office was created in 2017 as the central point of contact and mediation.
The Welcome Center will also be pleased to help with family issues. Here you will find basic information and links to various areas.
Certain conditions apply for family reunification in Germany.
- Depending on their nationality, your family members may also require visas and residence permits for (longer-term) stays in Rostock.
- In general, the consent of the responsible foreigners authority in Germany is required. The responsible foreigners authority is the one of the place where the foreigner wishes to reside. In Rostock, this is the Migration Office.
- Just like you, your spouse and children must register in the local office (“Ortsamt”).
The following pages give a good overview of the different requirements and procedures:
- https://www.make-it-in-germany.com (a central portal of the Federal Government)
- https://www.starkimberuf.de (an information source from the Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Young People)
- https://www.bamf.de (Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees)
Depending on your personal circumstances, you will need various documents to apply for a visa or residence permit, and for registering at the local office and migration office. These may be the following, for example:
The Federal Government's portal https://www.make-it-in-germany.com offers a very good overview in various languages on the topics of
On the website of the State Government you will find an information brochure for immigrated parents on the subject of schools, in various languages.
The family office at the University of Rostock will be pleased to help you search for special information for your situation and for registration in the institutions.
Notes and tips
- The Sozialreferat des Allgemeinen Studierendenausschusses (AStA) (Social Services Department of the General Students’ Committee) offers advice, networking, events and lobbying for students with children.
Tip: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, to be included in the email distribution list and to receive up-to-date information.
- The Social Counselling Service of the Student Union can also pass on contacts to other students with children and can help if there are any problems.
Tip: Apply for a “Mensa-Kinderausweis” (Mensa children pass) to receive free or reduced-price food in the Mensa for your children (up to the age of 10) (#Kinderteller).
Families are supported by various different services in Germany. The most important ones are “Kindergeld” (child benefit) and “Elterngeld” (parental allowance). A good overview of the various different services and conditions is provided by
- the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Young People
- EURAXESS GERMANY and
- the Federal Employment Agency.
Also take a look at our section Financing for general funding options, such as grants.
If you are severely challenged as a result of family obligations, you can, for example, apply for a bridging and graduation grant for junior scientists from the University of Rostock.
The first point of contact on the subject of working in Germany is the “Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung” (ZAV), the international placement services arm at the “Bundesagentur für Arbeit” (Federal Employment Agency).
The most important information is summarised on a portal website. In addition to German, the portal is also available in English and Arabic. Telephone counselling is also available - even from abroad.
Bundesagentur für Arbeit
Agentur für Arbeit Rostock
The information portal of the Federal Republic for Recognition of Foreign Professional Qualifications in Germany provides information on how and where people can have their profession or degree acquired abroad recognised. The portal can be used in more than ten different languages and also offers opportunities for contact and personal counselling.