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 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

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
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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.
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Africa (Subsahara):

Our Blog

Tips for the upcoming week
(25 – 31 May 2017)

Thursday, 25 May 2017: International Blues- and Rock Festival Altenzella  – Bank Holiday – Stay out of labs :) The Altzella Blues and Rock Festival is Germany’s most comfortable, most relaxing and most authentic blues festival. It’s an event you shouldn’t miss by any means. The venue is located amidst the remains of the ancient monastery “Altzella” and on the grounds around the old walls. While relaxing under the blue sky or snug in their festival tent, you can listen to the sounds of good old Delta Blues as well as to more modern sounds. They definitely have a great […]

Tips for the upcoming week
18 May – 24 May 2017

  Thursday, 18 May:  Wonderful Town (operette) The musical of Leonard Bernstein is about the story of two sisters coming from a really small town who move to New York to find a good job. Through their story, you will feel the spirit of the magic metropolis. The city that never sleeps offers many possibilities to people from different countries and the chance to develop new perspectives. For the music, Bernstein mixes sounds of the swing-era and his personal idea of symphonic metropolis. A really worthwhile occasion to discover the incredible city of New York through an entertaining story and […]

Tips for the upcoming week
11 – 17 May 2017

Thursday, 11 May: Music to fall in love (music in Russian language) The protagonist is the Express-Band. They can be very versatile: you can hear them playing jazz music, chamber orchestra, or you can see them performing with singers or with dancers. The founder and leader of the band is Alexander Hofmann, a talented composer, director, musician and scriptwriter. The band has already performed in many occasions and they often accompany the Music theater Expression. This time the concert will be in Russian language…aren´t you curious? Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: €10, reduced tickets €8; How to get there: Theaterhaus Rudi, […]

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Upcoming social events for international researchers in Dresden
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