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Dr. Nina Fenn
Büro: AR-SSC 114
Tel.: +49 (0)271 740-4244

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Accompanying Family

Are you planning to stay in Siegen with your family or your spouse? In this case you will find information about different formalities and consulting services below. Please let us know at an early stage if your family will accompany you, so we can support your planning. 

Visa and entry

For your stay in Siegen, any family wishing to accompany you will, depending upon nationality, require a visa to enter Germany, and a residence permit to stay for a significant period of time.  It is important that you tell the Welcome Center well in advance if your family wants to come to Siegen, so that we can assist you with the procedure and formalities.

A visa may take 8-12 weeks or more to arrive, so please plan ahead with this in mind. In order for you to check if it is necessary for your family to apply for a visa to be able to enter Germany, check the visa requirement list  here .

The requirements for applying for a visa can be found on the pages of the  responsible German diplomatic mission .


Information and support services

The Dual Career Service of the University of Siegen offers services that are specially aimed at partners or family members of new employees who want to live and work together in and around Siegen. It offers advice concerning professional careers and further education as well as different aspects to support the compatibility of career and family life. 

The Family Service Office of the University of Siegen is another contact point that offers individual advice for families - ranging from questions about childcare to information about parental leave and parental benefits. 



There are different childcare facilities at the Uni-Campus Adolf-Reichwein-Straße.

  • The Day Nursery of the Studierendenwerk Siegen offers childcare of either 35 or 45 hours/week for children aged 2-6 years and provides 70 places
  • The flexible childcare facility FLEXI at the University of Siegen offers flexible childcare for children aged from 6 months to 10 years on a temporary and hourly basis
  • Furthermore there is a toddlers’ group based on a parents' initiative as well a holiday care for the children of students and employees.

Childcare in Siegen and surroundings



For all children in Germany at the age of 6 to 15 school education is compulsory. Attending public schools in Germany is free of charge. Private schools, independent schools or international schools usually charge school fees.

The following portals offer information about the German school system:

Information about schools in and around Siegen:

Information about the bilingual Primary School bschool Allenbach: