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

Guest researcher at TU Dresden

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
16 November – 22 November 2017

Thursday, 16 November: The Big Sick (Movie – German Premiere) Kumail is a Pakistani comedian who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father. The movie is written and loosely based on the stories of Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanijani and stars Nanijani playing himself. At its premiere at the […]

Tips for the upcoming week
9 November – 15 November 2017

Thursday, 09 November: Jazz plus Suppe/Soup (Music and Foos) With the weather already a little cold and gray, you may be feeling a bit down; hopefully some jazz on Thursday evening can bring up your spirits and some warm soup can bring up your temperature! With Gabriel Rosenbach on the trumpet and Johanna Summer playing the piano, this duo plays Jazz-standards with electronic sounds mixed in. All along, the focus is on creativity and good communication between the musicians. Music begins at 8 p.m. but feel free to arrive earlier and enjoy some soup as well as drinks, served from […]

“MOVE IT!”?
Go and watch it!

Once the last summer days have passed and the nights become longer – and the weather not as nice – it’s the perfect time to enjoy good movies. For us, a good movie should be entertaining, but it should also provide something to think about. Do you agree? Great, then we’d like to introduce you to the “MOVE IT! Filmfestival”. The festival The festival’s focus is what makes it so special: Since 2004, the latest national and international documentary and feature films relating to topics of human rights and development are shown. It was founded by Akifra e.V., an organization […]

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Calendar

Upcoming social events for international researchers in Dresden
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Our projects

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