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

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

I can understand your concerns with respect to living in Dresden as a foreigner. However, I can assure you that Dresden is safe. I stayed in Dresden between April 2012 and October 2012, and I returned to the city in March 2014 with my family. My two children now attend Kindergarten in Dresden. Never once has anyone of us encountered anything of racist or xenophobic nature. Refreshingly, most of the PEGIGA protests are countered by even bigger protests under the banner ‘Dresden for All, All for Dresden.’ I have lived in Berlin and Potsdam for my Masters degree. Apart from the fact that there are more foreigners in Berlin, I see no difference between Dresden and Berlin or Potsdam in terms of how they receive foreigners. Germans are more open-minded than they are made to seem – of course, there are a few extremists, just like you’ll find in any other country! Feel safe and come and enjoy ‘our’ beautiful city.

Benji from Ghana

Benji from Ghana

PhD student at Leibniz Institute - IOER
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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:
North and Latin America:
Africa (Subsahara):

Our Blog

Tips for the upcoming week
20 April – 26 April 2017

Thursday, 20 April: Dancetea with Sugar (party) DJ Spanky (Club Zooma / MLR Crew) & Friends offer you an All-Inclusive-Paket: all the music that you need, from indie to Rock’n Roll with 60s and 70s sounds. The perfect evening for all those who want to move their body, dance like crazy and have fun! Don´t need to wait until the weekend for a great party, you will surely appreciate the music and get involved by the rythm! Beginning: 11 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: The Groove Station, Katharinenstrasse 11-13, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7,8 “Louisenstrasse” or 13 “Görlitzer Strasse […]

Tips for the upcoming week
13 April – 19 April 2017

  Thursday, 13 April: Opening Gala (orchestra and ballet) More than 100 artists are coming for a special Gala. The program includes many different music styles from the various repertoire of the Opera: from the grand master of the golden and silver era of the Operetta in Vienna, Berlin and Budapest to the musical classics of London and New York.  The direction of Christian Garbosnik will entertain you with delightful melodies and the ballets will enchant you. With the participation of Axel Köhler and Jannik Harniet you are invited to celebrate this festival of music. Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: tickets […]

Tips for the upcoming week
6 April – 12 April

Thursday, 6 April: Find Your Pension (information event) As internationally mobile researchers you might have already wondered on what will happen when you retire and what pension benefits you can expect. Or you want to know what the differences between the statutory (DRV) and supplementary (VBL) pension scheme are. We have invited experts from both organizations who will explain how to claim your pension on retirement and if you’re entitled to collect it when leaving the country. Beginning:  4 p.m.; End at roughly 7 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: IFW lecture hall, Helmholtzstraße 20, 01069 Dresden; Tram 3 […]

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Upcoming social events for international researchers in Dresden
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