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

Unfortunately, due to some last minute changes in the plan I could not personally come and thank you. So, I am writing this email to thank you so much! ‘Thank you’ is really a small word to express my gratitude. The job you are doing is incredible and I learned a lot about Germany from your events. If it wasn’t you, I would not have explored many regions. I already miss Dresden and the Welcome Center! I wish you a lot of success and hope the Welcome Center gets even bigger! Thank you once again!

Joshi from India

Joshi from India

PhD student at TU Dresden

If I try to think about what I would remember ten years from now about Dresden, I can surely say TUD Welcome Center would be in top five. My romantic experience with German culture and German way of life started with people from the Welcome Center, one may think it is an office dedicated to help foreign scientists but then you will miss the true essence of those people who are working here. If you miss your home you can easily find a new home within the Welcome Center comrades as they smile from deep inside while asking you ‘How may I help you?’.

Dipjyoti from India

Dipjyoti from India

PhD student at HZDR
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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:
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Africa (Subsahara):

Our Blog

Tips for the upcoming week
(17 – 23 August 2017)

Thursday, 17 August 2017: (U)Hör(Bar) – (un)hear(able) – experimental concert You will get served a very special acoustic cocktail in this bar by El Perro Andaluz. This artist used ingredients which might seem strange in an concert atmosphere such as silence and normal environmental sounds. It is not entirely new, however it is still rare and therefore worth to listen to those unusual compositions. Beginning: 7:30 p.m; Admission: €15, or €10 if you bring your student-ID card; How to get there: Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Lignerplatz 1, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4,12 ‘Deutsches Hygiene-Museum’ stop, TRAM 10, 13 ‘Großer Garten / Deutsches […]

Tips for the upcoming week
(10 – 16 August 2017)

Thursday, 10 August 2017: Nadezda Pisareva (RUS) and painting performance Nadezda Pisareva is one of the most promising pianist of her generation. She already played in various classical festivals and concert all over the continent this summer and now she comes to Dresden. Her divinely performance will be accompanied by a painting performance from the artists of PleinArt. Beginning: 8:30 p.m; Admission: free, but they are always happy about donations; How to get there: Palaissommer, Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop. More information: www.palaissommer.de/programm/nadezda-pisareva-rus-und-malerei-performance   Friday, 11 August 2017: Inselfestival Laubegast (street festival) The Inselfestival Laubegast […]

Tips for the upcoming week
(03 – 09 August 2017)

Thursday, 03 August 2017: Heart of Blues (Blues concert) The three musicians of heart of blues pay a tribute to the great music of the Mississippi delta with their new record. They travel with their music through the decades from the early 1900s until todays modern and more experimental style. Beginning: 9 p.m; Admission: free; How to get there: Jam Bar by S.K.Y., Kleine Brüdergasse , 01067 Dresden; TRAM  1,2,4,8,9,10,11 ‘Postplatz’ stop. More information: www.jambarbysky.com   Friday, 04 August 2017: Vernissage and concert at the Palaissommer  It is summer, it is August and we are in Dresden. That means the […]

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