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Parents who study

Last updated on 27 January 2023
How do you combine parenting with your studies? Are you pregnant? Exchange experiences with other studying mothers and fathers.

Are you a student at VU Amsterdam and are you a father or mother or are you expecting a child? Then you might like to get in touch with other students with a child (or children). 'Studying and children' is part of Student Development.

Studying and children

  • Facilities at VU Amsterdam during and after your pregnancy

    VU Amsterdam has a number of facilities for (expectant) parents. For example, there is a rest room in the main building you can use during your pregnancy and there are lactation rooms you can use while breastfeeding.

  • Regulations for study delay due to pregnancy

    If your pregnancy and the period after giving birth leads to a study delay, you may be eligible for financial support from VU Amsterdam (maximum of 4 months). Read more about this in the Profile Fund regulations.

    In some cases, you are eligible at DUO for single-parent allowance / childcare allowance, see Single parent - DUO. You can check on the DUO website what the conditions are for this allowance and whether you qualify for it. Avoid getting into trouble later if you receive this allowance: report all changes to DUO immediately.

  • Do you want to discuss how you can combine parenting and study?

    In addition to your fellow students and the contact person for studying parents, you can contact several professionals within VU Amsterdam.

    Academic advisor
    Your point of contact for study-related matters, such as an adjusted study schedule in connection with an (expected) study delay, is the academic advisor of your faculty and programme.

    Student counselors
    You can contact one of the student counselors for questions or requests regarding financial arrangements and (temporary) deregistration.

    In addition, we would like to point out the services of the student psychologists and training courses for optimal studying.

  • Day care

    Child care organisation KinderRijk has a location on the VU campus and provides professional group care for children between the ages of 8 weeks and 4 years. Of course you can also opt for child care closer to your home or another form of child care, such as host parenting.

  • Additional information

    The Foundation 'Steunpunt Studerende Moeders' is committed to helping studying (single) mothers.

    Amsterdam Mamas is a non-profit organisation that provides information, services and events to English-speaking parents in Amsterdam. 

Do you want contact with other studying parents?

Send an e-mail to