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

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 – Thursday | 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

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

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
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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

What’s On in Dresden 15 February – 21 February 2019

Friday, 15 February: Bandstand Festival Every year, promising newcomers and representatives of the local band scene present their latest sets and band projects at Dresden’s biggest indoor festival. In addition to the opportunity to get to know Saxony’s band scene, the audience can look forward to a few artistic surprises every year between the stage acts at presumed and unexpected locations. (Text taken from the event’s website). Be sure to check out the link below which includes plenty of information on each of the bands that will play this weekend at Hellerau. If you cannot make it on Friday, the festival […]

What’s On in Dresden 8 February – 14 February 2019

Friday, 8 February: Johnny Campbell, The Black Elephant Band & LonA Johnny Campbell: A fast, ruthless, uncompromising sound which lends its influences from far and wide. Johnny is also a humorous storyteller and recalls stories of touring from twenty countries and counting where he’s plied his trade. Embracing traditional music from Europe and sometimes frantic Bluegrass style picking, Johnny performs mostly self-penned inspiring songs of protest, migration and debauchery. The Black Elephant Band is led by the Nurnberg-based bearded punk musician who sings in English and does not waste time with his songs. Most of its songs are under two […]

Leafless trees in a riverside park in Dresden

What’s On in Dresden 1 February – 7 February 2019

Friday, 1 February: 14th Semper Opera Ball One of Dresden’s most beautiful and famous annual events takes place this Friday, as all of Germany turns its eyes towards the Semper Opera for the 14th edition of its beautiful ball. A true gala event, this is somewhat similar to the German edition of the Academy Awards, where nearly 2,500 prominent figures all come together for a magical evening. The event is broadcast to millions of people watching all around Europe and includes ballet and other dance performances, a live orchestra, as well as a wonderful debutante show including 100 couples. The […]

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