Welcome to Dresden!

We are glad that you've chosen one of our DRESDEN-concept institutes for your stay and welcome you warmly to the city of Dresden. DRESDEN-concept (DDc) is a research alliance of the TUD with a strong partnership of research and culture. Dresden has become one of the most popular research destinations in Germany, attracting researchers from all over the world to come live and work here. Universities, colleges, research institutes and companies involved in research and development can be found in all parts of the city. Short distances foster co-operation and interaction. More than 40,000 young people and postgraduates study in Dresden – a constant stimulus that drives the city.
To make you to feel at home in Dresden, this blog and our calendar will keep you updated with news on qualification offers, social events, language courses and tips for each upcoming week.
For relocation questions, please find your contact person in the "Services" section. For your days outside labs and offices, this blog is the perfect platform to find things to see and do!

May your research stay in our city become one of the best experiences in your life! Wishing you a great time in Dresden,

– Maike Lindner & Claudia Reichert

What can we do for you?

Your arrival

Do you have questions on formalities such as visa, residence and work permit, insurances and taxes? Are you looking for accommodation? The TU Dresden Welcome Center as well as the international offices of Dresden research institutes inform and support you in planning your stay in Dresden.

Your stay

Over the course of your stay in Dresden, many questions may arise. We will assist you in dealing with the local and public authorities and with any queries that you may have – just let us know! In addition, we organize events and excursions for international researchers to meet each other and get to know your new surroundings.

Your departure

Did you fall in love with Dresden? How did you like your time in Dresden's research labs and offices? Was it what you expected? What would you have wished to be different? Before you leave we would appreciate your feedback to fine-tune our services. Finally, we would like to stay in touch with all research alumni after their stay - to create a worldwide network.

Who we work for

What our researchers say

If you have just arrived in Dresden and don’t know too much about the city, people or TU Dresden, I can assure you that the best place to start is TU Dresden Welcome Center. It will simply become a great part of your happy moments during the education in Germany. I dedicate this verse from Persian poet Hafiz to the Dresden:

May your goodness always increase
And your smiling face never cease.

Mitra from Iran

Mitra from Iran

I love Dresden! I think it is the perfect size to support a vibrant and dynamic community. There is an interesting mix of old and young (buildings, people, ideas) that keeps you on your toes. I don’t know exactly what the future holds for me, but I wish I could stay in Dresden forever.

Matt from U.S.A.

Matt from U.S.A.

Post-doc at Leibniz Institute - IFW
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A Message from our Rector

TU Dresden has clearly and unambiguously positioned itself towards open-mindedness and tolerance. We are grateful and proud that we at TU Dresden learn, teach, work and live together with around 5,000 international scientists and students to achieve top performances in research and teaching together. Science is international! TU Dresden thrives on interaction between foreign and German students and scientists, who are all a firm part of our university, regardless of religion and background. It was our aim, and we have succeeded, to make foreign staff and students enthusiastic about TU Dresden. Now I see it as our duty to ensure that they experience Dresden as a charming city and a great place to live. Come and join us, we look forward to seeing you here!
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Hans Müller-Steinhagen

Where our researchers come from

Whenever international researchers come to the TU Dresden Welcome Center office for the first time, they are asked to pin their place of origin with a little red flag onto the huge world map in the lounge. By now this map is covered with tiny red pins in 130 nations. About 55% come here as PhD students, 30% as Post-docs and another 15% as guest researchers. Overall about 70% are male and 30% female. Have a look at the chart to see where they come from.
Asia Pacific:
Europe:
North Africa and the Middle East:
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Africa (Subsahara):

Our Blog

Finally summer. (Photo: C. Reichert)

Tips for the upcoming week
(25 – 31 August 2016)

  Thursday, 25 August 2016: Ten Years, Two Queens And A Hero (theatre play) What really happened when Elizabeth I met Mary Queen of Scots? Will the Cherry Sisters ever get to Moscow – or anywhere else, for that matter? And who is The Greatest Hero of All Time? If any of these questions has ever worried you – and even if they haven’t – all will be revealed in Eclectic Theatre’s Show. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €8/€5, if you bring your student-ID card; How to get there: Theaterhaus Rudi, Fechnerstraße 2a, 01139 Dresden; TRAM 4 or BUS 70,80 ‘Rankestraße’ […]

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„Let’s have coffee“

Even if you’ve just come to Germany, you’ve probably already realized we’re a country that loves coffee. The stereotype says, that all Germans love to drink beer – and while that’s partly true – we love coffee even more. There won’t be a day when you don’t see someone taking a sip from a takeaway cup of coffee in the streets and no lunch break is complete without a coffee afterwards. The tradition of drinking coffee in Germany begins in the 17th century. The first coffee houses opened in Bremen and Hamburg – the big seaports where the coffee arrived. […]

At night at the Dresden city festival © 2013 Sven Döring / Agentur Focus

Tips for the upcoming week
(18 – 24 August 2016)

A special tip for the weekend: CELEBRATING TOGETHER AT “CANALETTO – DAS DRESDNER STADTFEST” FROM 19 TO 21 AUGUST 2016 810 years and still strong! From 19 to 21 August, Dresden celebrates its birthday with “CANALETTO – Das Dresdner Stadtfest”. True to this year’s marketing slogan “Celebrate together”, the capital city of Saxony presents its special party mood at the largest city festival in Germany. Dresden and its guests can enjoy themselves an entire summer weekend in front of the unique scenery of Dresden. The CANALETTO program offers the right experience for everyone with a great mix of music, shows, theatre, […]

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Calendar

Upcoming social events for international researchers in Dresden
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Our projects

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