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.

Please make an appointment in advance!
Due to the public holidays the day before we're keeping the Welcome Center closed on 4 October and 1 November 2019.

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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.

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

Unfortunately, due to some last minute changes in the plan I could not personally come and thank you. So, I am writing this email to thank you so much! ‘Thank you’ is really a small word to express my gratitude. The job you are doing is incredible and I learned a lot about Germany from your events. If it wasn’t you, I would not have explored many regions. I already miss Dresden and the Welcome Center! I wish you a lot of success and hope the Welcome Center gets even bigger! Thank you once again!

Joshi from India

Joshi from India

PhD student at TU Dresden

I really feel that this is my home and my best time is the time I get to spend with my German families. When I came here I only had one family in Iraq but now I belong to many German families. Wearing a headscarf has never been a problem, neither my religion nor my skin color. Still people smile at me, still people support me, still the TU Dresden ist offering chances, and most important, still knowledge has no borders of nationality here.

Iman from Iraq

Iman from Iraq

Guest Researcher at TU Dresden
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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:
North Africa and the Middle East:
North and Latin America:
Africa (Subsahara):

Our Blog

What’s On In Dresden
15 – 21 November 2019

What’s On In Dresden? (Photo: M. Hultsch) Happy St. Martinsday! Every year around the 11 November, mainly children with colorful lanterns wander through the streets singing Martins- and lanternsongs like “Laterne, Laterne“. But who was Saint Martin, who is remembered every year – especially in Catholic regions – with Martin’s processions and roast goose? According to legend, Martin was a Roman soldier, who rode past a starving and freezing beggar on a cold winter’s day. He felt so sorry for the man that Martin shared his warm coat with the sword and gave the beggar a half. In the night […]

What’s On In Dresden
8 – 14 November 2019

What’s On In Dresden? (Photo: M. Hultsch) We hope you enjoyed the first week of November, had lots of arty-moments at the “Kreativmesse”! Tips for the weekend The 15th International Film Festival for Human Rights and Development “MOVE IT!” will take place from 7 – 13 November. Lots of exciting films await you there, some of them in English, as well as films, concerts, discussions, and conversations. Don’t miss the festival! It’s well worth a visit. On Thursday there will be a grand opening with champagne and a party. Perfect to get in touch with people. If you like soccer […]

What’s On In Dresden
1 – 7 November 2019

What’s On In Dresden? (Photo: M. Hultsch) We hope you enjoyed a good Halloween Party, have not been too scared and had lots of sweets =) Tips for the weekend This time of the year is perfect to get creative. It gets dark early and since it is cold outside, make yourself comfortable at home and do some handicrafts. You can find the necessary inspiration and materials at the “Kreativmesse Dresden“, a trades fair all around creative ideas offering workshops or, if you are not very creative yourself, you can just buy from creative people. Maybe you have already started […]

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