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

DRESDEN-concept Welcome Center at TU Dresden
Claudia Reichert and Maike Heinrich

Where to find us:
Nürnberger Straße 31A
01187 Dresden
+49-351-463 34009
welcome.center@tu-dresden.de
DDc Welcome Center at TU Dresden

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

Our Services

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.

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

Guest researcher at TU Dresden

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 from our Rector

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

Our Blog

Tips for the Upcoming Week
10 August – 16 August 2018

Friday, 10 August: Discussion on Urban Art and Silent Disco If you are passionate about urban art, then by now you may already have noticed just how monotone and stagnated Saxon urban art has become. It takes only a critical look to realize how urban art in our state has long stagnated in its content, technical, as well as qualitatively. For decades now, the same techniques have been used, with artists preferring technically perfect works to experimental, rough works. Outlines and fillings are spray painted while large backgrounds are filled with façade paint. The result of this same technique in […]

Tips for the Upcoming Week
3 August – 9 August 2018

Spectators enjoy the sounds of a piano night at the Dresden Palaissommer   Friday, 3 August: International Open Bottle Night The Open Bottle Night at Dresden’s Craft Beer Store has already become a tradition, with tasting happening every week on Thursdays and Fridays. The beer tasting are open to everyone at the very accessible price of only 2 Euros per participant. Every first Friday of the month however, a special tasting occurs, namely the International Open Bottle Night. Once a month, guests with little or no German knowledge may also take part in this wonderful event as it is held […]

Tips for the Upcoming Week 27 July – 2 August 2018

Foto: J. Backert Friday, 27 July: Total Lunar Eclipse This Friday, we will get to witness one of the most important astronomical events of our time. Although lunar eclipses are quite a common phenomenon, happening at least twice every year, this Friday the world will be looking up towards our only natural satellite as it hides behind the Earth’s shadow for the longest period of time it ever will throughout all of the 21st century. With a duration of 103 minutes, you do not want to miss it, as chances are we will not witness such an eclipse again throughout […]

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