allgemeine Infos & FAQ

I have a child / a family and wish to study at the DHBW VS - what should I do?

The study concept means that the selection process for students is in the hands of the corporate partners. Full-time attendance is required for the completion of both academic studies and professional workplace training, but working hours in the on-the-job training phase can be reduced to a minimum of 75% in agreement with the company or social institution and the study programme department. The missing time must be made up for following the last academic study phase which usually marks the end of the three-year study period (extension by one academic study phase).

Academic studies are also full-time in nature, but the university strives to provide support for students with children. Agreement is reached in each case with the individual involved, and this governs the exact nature of the support provided.

The DHBW VS cooperates with the Campus Minimus day nursery in Villingen-Schwenningen. Full-time care can be provided here for children from the age of 2 months to 6 years. A contingent of places is reserved for the children of staff and students at the Cooperative State University. Please see below for more information.


What child care options are available?

The “Hochschul-Kita” day-care nursery was established through the cooperation of the DHBW VS, Furtwangen University (HFU), the Police University (Hochschule für Polizei) and the City of Villingen-Schwenningen. The child care group was opened in May 2010 at the Police University (Hochschule für Polizei) in Schwenningen and can be used by members of all three universities.

Flexible and needs-oriented care
Thirty children up to the age of 6 are cared for in two mixed-age groups. The day-care nursery’s regular opening hours are Mondays to Thursdays from 7.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. and Fridays from 7.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Child minders at the facility can also be engaged where needed to care for children outside the kindergarten’s normal opening hours.

Building and environs
The kindergarten is located in the entrance area to the Policy University campus (Hochschule für Polizei in VS-Schwenningen). The bright building houses two group rooms, a sleeping room and WC and baby changing facilities. Moreover, the open entrance area offers a space for greeting and saying goodbye to children and chatting with other parents. The entrance to the kindergarten can be reached without entering the campus. Two short-stay parking spaces in front of the building enable direct access to the kindergarten by car. In addition, the entrance door is equipped with a ramp. The kindergarten is surrounded by a small garden, and many options are available in the near vicinity for children to exercise, play and explore nature.

Educational concept
The educational focus is on the development of motor skills and movement, with consideration also given to aspects of natural and Waldorf pedagogy. Care is tailored to meet the individual needs of children and parents.

Children can have lunch in the Police University refectory (Mensa). A special area has already been put aside here for children from the kindergarten. The refectory kitchen in the university offers a broad range of healthy Mediterranean meals.

Please refer to the Villingen-Schwenningen municipal website for contingent costs.

Registration for a place in the kindergarten is realised at the day-care facility:

Kindertagesstätte der Hochschule für Polizei
Sturmbühlstrasse 256
78054 Villingen-Schwenningen

Head of the day-care facility: Andrea Dufner
Telephone: 07720 99 49 56 1

Opening hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 7.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Fri 7.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Which child care options are available during the holidays?

The Family, Youth and Social Office of the City of Villingen-Schwenningen has planned and coordinated a holiday programme for children and adolescents for the last 10 years.

Numerous diverse and exciting events involving daytrips, camps, tours, sport, nature, art/culture/creativity, technology and sundry activities ensure that children and adolescents who have stayed at home or returned home again also do not feel bored.

The holiday programme is organised together with clubs and associations, churches, independent supporters, private providers, firms and municipal institutions.

Further information is available here.

Which measures contribute to easing the compatibility between family and job?

Achieving compatibility between family or care and one’s profession is one of the challenges of the modern working world. The DHBW VS recognises this and aims to support staff and students in as far as possible in this respect. The university facilitates staff with children through home office working days and part-time work following parental leave. Similar models can be arranged for staff members who are caring for dependants.

Students with family obligations can continue part-time studying (see above) following agreement with the company.

The university thus strives to accommodate individual interests and reaches decisions concerning possible working time models, etc. on an individual case basis. Agreement is reached with the respective department / study programme, the President’s office and the administration.

What does Dual Career really mean?

Partnerships with a single earner are fading increasingly into the background and becoming less common as further career development options for both partners are called for by couples in all age groups. The Dual Career describes a phenomenon where both partners are working and pursue a career. The concept is growing in importance, particularly in relation to the increased mobility of couples in the working environment and demographic change.

The DHBW VS pursues a dual career approach by promoting the placement of partners of existing and potential employees in regional companies. The university is a partner in several Dual Career networks in this context and can also draw on its existing company network.

However, far from the concept only encompassing the enabling and active supporting of positive career prospects for both partners, it also takes other consequences of mobility decisions into consideration. Consequently, the Dual Career Officer at the DHBW VS also provides information on services such as kindergartens and schools in the region and assistance in the event of other questions arising.