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 we're keeping the Welcome Center closed from 23 December 2019 to 3 January 2020. Happy Holidays!

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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. All chairs are hereby invited to address candidates known to them or to express interest as hosts. The deadline for applications is 29 February 2020, please report suitable candidates by 7 February 2020 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 Natalie Brindle (natalie.brindle@tu-dresden.de) Further information: https://ddcwelcome.de/philippschwartz/

What our researchers say

The support I had before and just after my arrival in Dresden was a great help. With the help of the Welcome Center of the University, I immediately found an apartment in Dresden-Neustadt. I did not expect Dresden to be such a beautiful place.

Siavash from Iran

Siavash from Iran

PhD student at cfaed

I have been living in Dresden for over 2 years now and have found that the city has lots to offer. Dresden is just the ideal size for a modern city and offers all the amenities that you could ask for, be it healthcare, education or job opportunities. The scientific landscape is exciting and an open mindset of the people implies that there are opportunities to collaborate with people from the different Max Planck Institutes as well the University campus within the city.

Virag from India

Virag from India

Post-doc at MPI CBG
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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
27 February – 4 March 2020

What’s On In Dresden? (Photo: M. Hultsch) Alaaf! It’s the time of Karneval: Carnival, Shrove Tuesday, Fassenacht, Fasnacht, Fasnet, Fasching, Fastabend, Fastelovend, Fasteleer or fifth season are the names given to the customs with which the time before the forty-day period of fasting is celebrated. Fasting begins on Ash Wednesday and serves to prepare for Easter. The “Karnival” is celebrated in very different ways: Carnival parades, music, masks and costumes. Carnival in Latin America has developed a very independent vitality, for example at the Oruro Carnival or the Carnival in Rio. Well known are also the carnival in Venice, in […]

What’s On In Dresden
20 – 27 February 2020

  What’s On In Dresden? (Photo: M. Hultsch)   Tips for the weekend Do you want to spend an eventful and fun day with your children? You can visit the small town Meißen with its medieval charm and the great Albrechtsburg. From two o’clock you can visit the Kinderfasching with creative costumes in the sense of carnival. For those without kids, a day in Meißen can be a very nice alternative to your stay in Dresden. With a lot of the famous Meißen wines, you can enjoy a great view over the city and the Elbtal. If the weather is […]

What’s On In Dresden
13 – 19 February 2020

What’s On In Dresden? (Photo: M. Hultsch) We hope you have overcome the stormy days well. The events of the coming days are of historical and political importance and might be stormy in another sense: Today, Thursday, 13 February 2020, Dresden will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the city centre during the Second World War. Dresden was one of many cities that were largely destroyed by air raids during the Second World War. National Socialists and the GDR used the events for their propaganda, so that February 13th remains controversial to this day. With the Human Chain […]

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