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

The support I had before and just after my arrival in Dresden was a great help. With the help of the Welcome Center of the University, I immediately found an apartment in Dresden-Neustadt. I did not expect Dresden to be such a beautiful place.

Siavash from Iran

Siavash from Iran

PhD student at cfaed
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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:
North Africa and the Middle East:
North and Latin America:
Africa (Subsahara):

Our Blog


Why does it always rain on us?
Report on excursion to beautiful Saale & Unstrut

Our trip to the Saale-Unstrut region started with bad weather. Again. We were afraid that our big plans for hiking to castles and walking through Naumburg would be stopped by the rain once more—those of you who participated in the wine hiking and tasting in Radebeul will know what I am talking about! But worrying too early is never a good idea. So we waited for our bus, driven by Klaus, who was always there when we needed him—more on that later. The ride to Naumburg was pretty quiet because everybody tried to catch up some sleep from the relatively […]

Beautiful Dresden - Thank you MD!

(20 – 26 OCTOBER 2016)

Thursday, 20 October 2016: The Good City (exhibition) Sustainability is the big topic of the Umundu Festival in Dresden. In the context of this festival you can visit an interesting exhibition in the traffic museum. The Good City is about the challenges Kopenhagen is facing as a bicycle city. Air pollution, noise and traffic jams are a problem for the Danish capital as well as for every other big city. So the administration wants to bring half of the inhabitants on a bicycle. But the development stopped. The exhibition shows ideas to support the bicycle traffic in the future and […]


A Tour for the Newcomers – with the Polar Express

It has become a tradition in the TUD Welcome Center that, twice a year, we welcome the newly arrived researchers with a special event: The Bus Tour – followed by our Regular’s Table where newcomers and those who have lived in Dresden for a while can meet. Last week, our latest Bus Tour took place – this time with the addition of what already felt like arctic temperatures. As we started on foot with our tour guide Günter Kieb, we slowly realized that summer is definitely over and that warmer jackets are indeed necessary. But Mr. Kieb made sure we […]

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Upcoming social events for international researchers in Dresden
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Our projects

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TU Dresden Welcome Center Facts

Total Email correspondency in 2015
Event participants in 2015
Welcome Center Marriages (Please keep us updated!)