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Are you hoping to bring your family with you to Germany?  The Welcome Center can offer you help and advice to make the move for you and your family as smooth as possible.

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Most likely you will have many questions at the beginning: How is child care organized? How do I register my child for school? Which health insurance does my family need? How do I get on waiting lists for scarce Kindergarden spaces? Where can I find a big enough flat?

The Welcome Center is the direct contact for international researchers in advance of your arrival to organize childcare and schooling for your children. We work in close coordination with the University of Regensburg Familien Service. Contact us at info.welcome-center@ur.de as early as possible to get on waiting lists for childcare.

The city of Regensburg has published a very comprehensive Manual for Women (Frauenhandbuch)  (in German), in which you will also find very valuable information.

School and public holidays 2019

In Germany, the year-round school system spaces school holidays throughout the whole year. They vary slightly in each German state (Bundesland).

The school holidays for Bavaria in 2019 are as follows:

Winterferien/Faschingsferien (one week): March 4-8

Frühlingsferien/Osterferien (two weeks): April 15-26

Pfingstferien (two weeks): June 10-21

Sommerferien (six weeks): July 29 - September 9

Herbstferien (one week): October 21 - November 1

Dezember/Weihnachtsferien (two weeks): December 23 - January 3

In addition to those longer holiday times, there are many public and religious holidays for which school is closed - and shops are closed on these days as well!

Public and religious holidays in Bavaria in 2019:

New Year

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019

Holy Three Kings

         Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019

Good Friday

Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Monday

Monday, April 22, 2019

Labor Day/May Day

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Whit Monday

Monday, June 10, 2019

Corpus Christi

Thursday, June 20, 2019


Thursday, August 15, 2019

German Unification Day

Thursday, October 3, 2019

All Saint's Day

Friday, November 1, 2019

Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Boxing Day

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Since you most likely still have to work during the longer holiday times, the University of Regensburg's Family Service offers a child care program for certain ages during school vacations. Pre-registration is absolutely required!

For more information and how to register for vacation/holiday child care programs, please contact the Welcome Center.

Kids program at Köwe

Handycrafts are offered every Saturday between 2:30 and 5 pm. All activities including child care are free of charge.

For more information, click here.


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for International Visiting Researchers and PhD Candidates


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