The city of chocolate and salt – International researchers on a trip to Halle

Did you know that the Germany´s oldest chocolate factory is not too far away from here? Last weekend a group of international researchers went for an excursion to the city Halle (at the river Saale), located near Leipzig in the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. The train ride already was sweetened up by some special ‘Halloren’ chocolate. During a guided tour we got to know appealing facts about the city and its people. Halle’s early history is closely connected with the harvest of salt. The name Halle is meant to be given by an early Celtic settlement whereas ‘halen’ is the […]

Blog relaunch and tips for the upcoming week
(20 – 26 March 2015)

+++ Blog Relaunch +++ Dear all, we’ve been looking forward to this post so much… and finally, here it is – the ddcwelcome blog relaunch with a fresh design and some new features! The current address is: (Check it out!) We’ve already migrated all our previous subscribers, so if you received this via email, you do not have to do anything. Just scroll the new page and find out about our projects, some international researchers and cultural activities in Dresden and surroundings. All possibilities to follow the blog, to get the e-mail newsletter or to join us on Facebook are provided […]

Tips for the upcoming week
(20 – 26 February 2015)

Friday, 20 February 2015: Fête pour Francophiles with DJ Louis le Flic A wry nod to the socialist era, Ostpol claims that it “only” took them 40 years from the idea in 1968 to grand opening in 2008. For tonight they have put together a mix of French Chanson, Soul, E-Swing and Ska just for you. And how can a party with a location known for such a planning lead fail to be a success? Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: unknown, but usually around €3-€8; How to get there: Ostpol, Königsbrücker Straße 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7,8,13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop. Saturday, […]

Tips for the upcoming week
(6 – 13 February 2015)

Dear Readers, today we’re stepping out of our routine and don’t start writing about today, Friday, 6 February, but about next Friday, 13 February. Friday, 13 February: Invitation to the “Human Chain” 70 years ago – on 13 February 1945 – Dresden was reduced to a pile of rubble. The people who died that night suffered terribly, as did the people who survived. “Never again!” – This is the message of the human chain that we want to set up this year to send a peaceful yet strong signal. “Never again” shall the mad pursuit of power or the demon […]

Dresden host families invite YOU for a pre-Christmas activity!

Dear Internationals, We are happy to offer you another very special Christmas event. You have the chance to spend an afternoon in a German family and get involved in typical pre-Christmas activities like enjoying traditional Christmas Stollen and mulled wine, singing Christmas songs, decorating the tree or baking biscuits. The invitations take place between 13 and 28 December Parents take notice: There are German families who like to spend some time with your whole family! The only thing you have to do is to write a very short text explaining who you are, what you do in Dresden and why […]

Invitation to an “Early Bird” Christmas Celebration and to our own “cinema for one day”

Join us for a special early Christmas Celebration Saturday, 29 November 2014 Some of us can’t wait for Christmas Eve, but we shouldn´t forget the cosy pre-Christmas time: Having some “Glühwein” with friends after strolling around the Dresden Christmas markets, trying the typical sweet tibits the bakeries offer during Christmas time and counting down the days with coffee and cake each Sunday of advent while lighting a new candle. But the most important thing is to celebrate Christmas with the people you like. Therefore the Welcome Center would love to invite you to our Christmas Celebration on Saturday, November 29. […]

„Every Wall is a Challenge“ – International researchers on excursion in Poland (7-9 Nov. 2014)

Looking on 9 November from a historical perspective it is a meaningful date not only for Germans. There are two major events that took place in history that day: the Kristallnacht 1938 and the Fall of the Wall 1989, both historical events that still have an influence on German-Polish relations nowadays. A group of 36 international and German PhD students, postdocs and guest researchers from 12 different countries, joined by the TU Dresden Welcome Center and the International Office of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, went to Wroclaw and Krzyzowa in Poland. They started their first day visiting […]

Working in Germany: Workshops & more for international students at TUD

In the winter semester 2014/15 the TU Dresden Career Service offers a special series of events for international students at TUD  centered around a potential “Career in Germany” (Arbeiten in Deutschland). It addresses questions about labor market entry in Germany such as the following: How to look for job offers in Germany effectively What are German job application standards? How is the application process structured? How to best present your skills and abilities What happens during a job interview? What working culture you may come across in your new job The event series comprises workshops and coaching sessions on select dates throughout October, November and […]

Tips for the upcoming week
( 26 September to 2 October 2014)

Friday, 26 September: Planites by Patricia Apergi/Aerites Dance Company at Hellerau The choreography Planites investigates human movement through the urban labyrinth, using the collective body and spirit of the city as its material. The topic is strangers: migrants moving from town to town, either of their own free will or forced to do so through circumstances. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 15€/ reduced 7€; How to get there: HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden. TRAM 8 stop ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau‘. Friday, 26 September – Saturday, 27 September: Colored Gigs Vol. VI – International Silkscreen Gig Poster Exhibition […]

Register now for: Workshop “Culture Crash”
(15 & 22 November 2014)

Adapting to a new culture is a process that confronts you with your own cultural identity and what differences may occur comparing your culture to the new one. In the workshop “Culture Crash” you will become more aware of these cultural biases and find out specific information about the German culture. Another focus of this workshop lies on successful communication at work. You will discover tips for communication styles at work and learn effective conflict management strategies: Trainer: Kathy Meyer-Ross When: Saturday, 15 and Saturday, 22 November 2014 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: TUD Welcome Center Costs: 15 […]