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. May your research stay in our city become one of the best experiences in your life! Wishing you a great time in Dresden

For a first overview we recommend to have a look at our Welcome Guide.

DRESDEN-concept Welcome Center at TU Dresden

Nürnberger Straße 31A
01187 Dresden
Phone: +49-351-463 34009
E-Mail: welcome.center@tu-dresden.de
Facebook: www.fb.com/welcomecenter.DDc

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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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.

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 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.

The Philipp-Schwartz-Initiative for Scholars at Risk

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative was launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the Federal Foreign Office and enables universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions in Germany to award fellowships for research stays to researchers at risk. The DRESDEN-concept Welcome Center at TU Dresden is responsible for the application of the TUD as well as for the execution of the project and supports hosts and researchers alike. All chairs are hereby invited to address candidates known to them or to express interest as hosts. The deadline for applications is 13 September. At best, please report suitable candidates by 9 August 2019, as they will have to pass through various testing authorities before such an application can be submitted. Information on the funding programme: http://www.philipp-schwartz-initiative.de The application for funding for the TUD and advice for applicants from DRESDEN-concept institutions will be provided by Claudia Reichert (claudia.reichert@tu-dresden.de) Further information: https://ddcwelcome.de/philippschwartz/

What our researchers say

I love Dresden! I think it is the perfect size to support a vibrant and dynamic community. There is an interesting mix of old and young (buildings, people, ideas) that keeps you on your toes. I don’t know exactly what the future holds for me, but I wish I could stay in Dresden forever.

Matt from U.S.A.

Matt from U.S.A.

Post-doc at Leibniz Institute - IFW

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 to our researchers

The research alliance DRESDEN-concept has clearly and unambiguously positioned itself for open-mindedness and tolerance. We are grateful that we, at DRESDEN-concept, learn, teach, work and live together with several thousand international researchers and students to achieve top performances in both research and teaching. Science and knowledge are international and not subject to national, cultural or religious backgrounds! DRESDEN-concept thrives on the interaction between our foreign and German members, who are all a non-negotiable part of our research alliance. We have achieved our aim of making foreign staff and students enthusiastic about their chosen DRESDEN-concept institution, at which they came to work and study. 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 | Chairman of the Executive Board of DRESDEN-concept and Rector of TU Dresden

Where our researchers come from

Whenever international researchers come to the DRESDEN-concept Welcome Center at TU Dresden 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:
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Africa (Subsahara):

Our Blog

What’s On in Dresden 23 August – 29 August 2019

Friday, 23 August: Hechtfest 2019 Following the city’s large Stadtfest, the Hecht district – adjacent to the Neustadt’s Northwest side – welcomes the last of the three main neighbourhood festivals of the year. After this year’s editions of Sankt Pieschen and the Bunte Republik Neustadt in June, it is now the Hecht’s time to shine with their very own Hechtfest. Although this is only a matter of opinion, many consider the Hechtfest to be the best of all three, offering an array of activities and attractions in a wonderful and somewhat more spacious backdrop. This year’s highlights include Dresden’s largest […]

What’s On in Dresden
16 August – 22 August

Friday, 16 August: Canaletto – Dresden’s City Festival This Friday, Dresden welcomes all of its residents and visitors for the opening of the 21st edition of its city festival, named after the Italian artist Canaletto. Bernardo Bellotto, known in Germany and Poland by the nickname of his uncle, Canaletto, lived in Dresden from 1747 to 1758, following an invitation from King August III of Poland. During his stay in the Saxon capital, Canaletto painted numerous scenes of Dresden, thereby immortalizing the beauty of this baroque city as it was prior to its destruction at the end of the Second World War. […]

What’s On in Dresden 9 August – 15 August 2019

Friday, 9 August: A pantomimic summernight at Societaetstheater Dresden “The classic on the garden stage – with new episodes once again! Wordless, funny! Bodecker & Neander, the two internationally acclaimed pantomimes from Berlin, arrive again with a basket full of theatre delicacies. They invite the audience to enjoy a magical summer evening together in the beautiful Theatergarten. But again and again something comes in between… Served in silence: pointed humour, fine comedy, optical illusions, romantic time travel, surreal, contemporary, magic and, well, quiet music. An excursion for the mind, without any language barriers.” [Text translated from: https://www.facebook.com/events/681598425632686/] When the weather […]

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