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 really feel that this is my home and my best time is the time I get to spend with my German families. When I came here I only had one family in Iraq but now I belong to many German families. Wearing a headscarf has never been a problem, neither my religion nor my skin color. Still people smile at me, still people support me, still the TU Dresden ist offering chances, and most important, still knowledge has no borders of nationality here.

Iman from Iraq

Iman from Iraq

Guest Researcher 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:
Europe:
North Africa and the Middle East:
North and Latin America:
Africa (Subsahara):

Our Blog

Scientific Crushers
We conquered the river Elbe. Again!

For the third time in a row, international scientists from Dresden CONCEPT e.V. research institutes competed in the annual dragon boat race during the Elbhangfestival in Loschwitz. Also this year, our 21 crew members came from more than 14 nations from all around the globe. Our quest started already 2 weeks before with a first training session. There we learned the basics of how to handle this about 10 meter long ‘dragon’, which is more difficult than expected. With tired arms and some muscle pain, we were confident and excited for the real race afterwards. And finally, las Saturday afternoon, […]

Tips for the upcoming week
(22 – 28 June 2017)

Thursday, 22 June 2017: Last Dance at the Theatre (Party) As the summer is finally here, the theatre season is coming to an end. To celebrate this, the Staatsschauspiel is having their traditional ‘Kehraus’ or last dance. So enjoy the evening with great music and dance and celebrate with the ensemble on the stage. Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: €5; How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Theaterstr. 2, 01067 Dresden, TRAM 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12, BUS 94 ‘Postplatz‘ stop. More information: www.staatsschauspiel-dresden.de/spielplan/spielplan/kehraus/beschreibung   Friday, 23 June 2017: DuBras in Concert (Brazilian music) This Brazilian band will bring your […]

All on Board – towards Excellence
Full Steam for Science

  DRESDEN-concept cordially invites (young) researchers of all DDc-partners to the: DRESDEN-concept Science Cruise on Thursday, 17 August 2017. The Elbe ship “MS August der Stark” will be loaded with the smartest minds, starting at 5.30pm and will set sail at 6pm. The cruise will take you through the calm waters of the Dresden Elbe all the way to Pillnitz and will then return to habour of the “City of Excellence”. Not only will State Minister Dr. Stange hold a speech, but your culinary well-being will also be catered for. Finger food and the cruise are included in the ticket […]

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Calendar

Upcoming social events for international researchers in Dresden
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