Pre-Christmas spirit at the Kaßner-family

A Dresden Christmas carol

Decorating the Christmas tree, dressing up the coffee table, slicing the Christmas stollen – traditions that are a Dresdener’s yearly routine may seem quite odd and arouse one’s curiosity. Therefore the TUD Welcome Center offers the third year in a row the so called “Weihnachtspaten” program. Dresdeners invite international researchers to their place and show them what Christmas in Dresden is all about. In 2015 more than 20 international researchers from over 13 countries were matched with professors, employees and students of the TU Dresden, other research facilities and other welcoming hosts from Dresden. Of course this situation was new […]

New offer: Career Day and Workshop “Project Management”

Today we have two offers regarding further education for you. 1) Graduate Academy: Career Day (16 December 2015) Already for the 2nd time, the Graduate Academy invites German and international PhD students and Postdocs from TU Dresden and DRESDEN concept partner institutions to an information event about career prospects for academics on the Saxon labor market outside academia. The Career Day starts on 16 December at 9:30 a.m. at the Festsaal Dülferstraße with two keynotes on “Career Entry on the Saxon Job Market” and “Job Search 2.0: How to Build an Online Profile for Academics”. Afterwards, there will be the […]

Advent Calendar 2015
Click for surprise!

Today it has finally started: the TU Dresden Welcome Center Calendar 2015! Our student intern Ella was doing quite a lot of research in November to fill all Calendar Days with information about Christmas traditions, songs, stories, recipes and so on. Nowadays, the Advent season has changed into a time of pleasant anticipation, including such treats as chocolate-filled Advent calendars. In Germany those Advent calendars are very popular, filled with chocolate or even small surprises. Our special Advent calendars has 24 little doors for you to open – starting 1 December you open one per day by clicking the number. Don’t […]

Fresh from the press:
Welcome Guide for international researchers

It has taken a while and hundreds of eyes for a final check, but here it is! The Welcome Guide is meant to give orientation and guidance for your first arrival and throughout your stay. On 42 pages we have tried to fit in all sorts of important things to know and do to help make your transition as smooth as possible. This guide will give you an introduction to visa and entry topics, guidance on health insurance and a list of important documents to bring – all of which are essential before arriving in Dresden. Next, having first arrived, […]

To all newcomers:
Let’s take a ride through Dresden!

  The TU Dresden Welcome Center invites all doctoral students, post-docs and guest researchers having just arrived in Dresden to a very special tour that we will organize twice a year from now on. On Wednesday, 21 October 2015 we will take you for a ride in a historic bus to get to know the campus, the old town, the river and the Neustadt district. Our guide knows the city like the back of his hand and is keen on telling you important facts and some secrets you might not expect from your newly chosen city. Take the ride with […]

Some free places for Munich excursion available 4 – 6 September 2015

The upcoming autumn season is awaiting you with some great excursions for our international PhD students and post-docs. The next ‘big thing’ is an excursion to Munich from 4 – 6 September. Here are some (fun) facts about Munich to make you familiar with some features of this vibrant city. Right after Berlin and Hamburg, Munich is Germany’s third largest city and has a population of about 1.4 million. The name München comes from the Old High German Munichen, meaning “by the monks place”, as the city was founded by monks and was first mentioned in 1158. For cuisine, the […]

Just arrived!

Since our blog was launched two years ago we are counting about 34.000 site views. Was that just you? :) Obviously you and other internationals like our events and the tips for the upcoming week, that’s wonderful! Today we received the parcel including new postcards that we have designed to advertise our cultural program within the DRESDEN-concept institutes. Here they are. These cards work like a puzzle showing the city map of Dresden as well as examples for some events, guided tours or activities. There is also a QR-code to take you to our blog for further information. We […]

Invitation to Potluck Dinner & Music on ‘Walpurgis Night’ 30 April 2015

— UPDATE: Due to the bad weather forecast for Thursday, this event is CANCELLED! We hope to have a similar event in the pipeline to announce soon, so please save all your great recipes for later and thank you all for registering so numerously! Apologies for the inconvenience, but we hope you agree it’s better to be safe (and dry) than (wet and) sorry. We’re all very sad to cancel this…  :’-( but we promise to try again! The Welcome Center Team — On the night between 30 April and 1 May Germans celebrate the so-called ‘Walpurgis Night‘. This is […]

Tips for the upcoming week
(17 – 23 April 2015)

  Friday, 17 April: International short film festival Dresden (until Sunday) It´s definetily worth it going there! Versatile ::: international :::  innovative ::: that’s the festival programme at FILMFEST DRESDEN. Every year in April, the festival presents the best short films from around the world in Dresden and attracts around 16,000 visitors, including 400 to 500 accredited guests. Please visit the festival website, which is completely in English for the program, prices and locations: Saturday, 18 April 2015: Tango in der Fabrik Tango is a standard dance that originally comes from Argentina. Did you ever try? This Saturday the […]

The city of chocolate and salt – International researchers on a trip to Halle

Did you know that the Germany´s oldest chocolate factory is not too far away from here? Last weekend a group of international researchers went for an excursion to the city Halle (at the river Saale), located near Leipzig in the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. The train ride already was sweetened up by some special ‘Halloren’ chocolate. During a guided tour we got to know appealing facts about the city and its people. Halle’s early history is closely connected with the harvest of salt. The name Halle is meant to be given by an early Celtic settlement whereas ‘halen’ is the […]