Plan your Stay

Apart from finding the right research institution where you can conduct your research, there are a few things that have to be considered when you are planning your research stay in Germany. Here we provide you with some tips that can help you to plan your research stay.

Language Skills: German – a must?

Language Skills: German – a must?

While it is no problem to communicate in English at German research institutes, there are still plenty of good reasons for at least gaining a basic knowledge of German. Language is the key to a country’s culture and people! More Language Skills: German – a must?

Visa Regulations

Visa Regulations

Foreigners wanting to stay in Germany for longer than 90 days and who want to work or study in Germany need a visa. Nevertheless, there are several exemptions and different types of visa. Read more here. More Visa Regulations

Work Permit

Work Permit

Researchers working at scientific-research institutes funded exclusively or mainly from public funds do not usually need a work permit. However, you should check whether this special regulation applies to you. More Work Permit

Recognition of Professional Qualifications

Recognition of Professional Qualifications

The website 'Recognition in Germany' provides up-to-date information about the legal requirements and procedures for professional recognition. More Recognition of Professional Qualifications

Finding a Place to Live

Finding a Place to Live

Finding somewhere to live in Germany can, like everywhere else in Europe, be difficult and time-consuming. As far as possible, it is best to start your flat hunting before you leave for Germany. More Finding a Place to Live

Resident Registration

Resident Registration

Germany has a system of compulsory resident registration. Everyone must register with the local authorities. More Resident Registration

Social Security & Taxes

Social Security & Taxes

If you have to pay social security contributions or taxes depends on the nature of your contract with the host institute. More Social Security & Taxes

Health Insurance

Health Insurance

As long as you remain in Germany, you must ensure that you and those accompanying you have health insurance cover, regardless of whether you hold a grant, scholarship, fellowship, or employment contract. More Health Insurance

Children & Family

Children & Family

Are you coming to Germany with your partner and children? Here you find information about childcare services, the German school system and financial support for families. More Children & Family