Family life

The Welcome Centre offers dedicated advice and support to international researchers with families. This support includes family visa and resident permit requirements as well as ongoing support on matters such as pregnancy, childcare, schools and relevant financial support.

If you would like your family to join you after you have already arrived in Germany then the Welcome Centre is able to offer you advice on the necessary procedures. We are able to help your family members with preparing the correct documentation for the initial embassy appointment. We then provide further support in your next steps at the Foreigners Office here.

  • Original marriage certificate with Apostille
  • Birth certificates for children
  • Vaccination records
  • School certificates and records
  • Certified translations of certificates and records

You can find more information on living in Darmstadt here.

Once your family members have joined you in Germany, then we will support you in the preparation of any further residence permits.

If you plan to bring your children with you to Germany, please inform us well in advance.

Childcare in Germany is structured as follows:

  • Up to 3 years: nursery (Krippe) or childminder (Tagespflege)
  • 3 to 6 years: kindergarten (Kindergarten)
  • From 6 years: primary school (Grundschule), after school supervision (Hort / Schulbetreuung)
  • from 10 years: secondary school (weiterführende Schulen), after school supervision (Hort / Schulbetreuung)

If your child is going to attend a school in Germany, please bring all relevant certificates documenting your child’s previous educational history as well as her or his vaccination records. You will need certified translations of the relevant records in German or English.

We are happy to assist you with finding suitable schools for your children. Please schedule an appointment.

The German school system:

Primary school (Grundschule): students from age 6 to 10 (year 1 – 4). Since all German primary schools have catchment areas, you need to have a home address before you register your child in the relevant school.

Secondary school (weiterführende Schulen): students from age 10 (from year 5): The German school system offers different secondary schools catering for different academic levels.

  • Hauptschule: years 5 – 9
  • Realschule: years 5 – 10
  • Gesamtschule (comprehensive school): years 5 – 10
  • Gesamtschule + Oberstufe (comprehensive school + upper secondary): years 5 – 12 / 13
  • Gymnasium (grammar school): years 5 – 12 / 13

Schools in Darmstadt and Darmstadt-Dieburg

These German state benefits help to support parents and families financially:

  • Child benefit (Kindergeld)
  • Parental allowance (Elterngeld)
  • Maternal allowance (Mutterschaftsleistungen)
  • Other benefits e.g. for families in need

Whether you are entitled to these benefits depends on your type of residence permit and whether you are employed or are a scholarship holder. The Welcome Centre offers assistance with the application process.

You can find more information on family matters at Family Service TU Darmstadt.


The information on this website is not legally binding.