Programs, opportunities and support for students

To support students during their studies and to ease the transition from university to working life, the university has put in place a number of programmes and resources for students, primarily to help them decide whether or not to go on to complete a PhD.

The “Einblick!” (insights) peer mentoring programme gives female graduates and those in the final stages of their degree the chance to talk to other female students about doing a PhD.

You can find further information on this programme here.

The “perspEktIveM” mentoring programme is targeted specifically at female Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics students and aims to give participants insights into the kind of academic and research work carried out in the faculty.

You can find further information on the “perspEktIveM” mentoring programme here.

Studying when you are a parent is not without its challenges. How parents can best balance their studies with being a parent therefore raises many questions.

For further information, assistance and FAQs, click this link.

Paderborn University offers a wide range of childcare services and assistance arranging childcare.

You can find further information here.

Since 1999, the university has held holiday programs on campus for children of university parents during the school holidays. The aim of these camps is not only to make life easier for staff and students trying to juggle work and childcare, but also to get primary school-age children interested in, or to consolidate their existing interest in STEM subjects.

Further information on the university’s holiday programs during school holidays

audit family-friendly…

On 22 November 2005, Paderborn University was the first university in NRW to be awarded the designation of “family-friendly university”.


Paderborn University has received the TOTAL E-QUALITY Award for their equality-oriented Human Resources policies.

Diversity Charter

Paderborn University signed the Diversity Charter in October 2011. Additional information can be found here.

audit vielfaltsgerechte…

Das Kuratorium der berufundfamilie erteilt zum 15. März 2023 das Zertifikat zum audit vielfaltsgerechte hochschule an die Universität Paderborn.