Plan your stay

There are many reasons to come to Germany – from a good research infrastructure to an excellent healthcare system. If you are starting to plan your stay, we can help you with your next steps: on this page, we have put together the most important information on entering, working and living in Germany.

Entry and residence

You will have relatively simple entry requirements as an international researcher. Depending on your country of origin and/or residence, you may not need a visa or residence permit at all. See our page on entry and residence to find out which rules and regulations apply to you.

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When you come to Germany, you will want to feel financially secure. Find out everything about the country’s comfortable wages, international taxation laws and relatively low cost of living on this page – including some very German money-saving tips.

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Social security

Employed researchers in Germany enjoy an excellent and comprehensive social security system including health, accident, pension, unemployment and care insurance. Find out everything you need to know on this page.

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Not travelling alone? No problem. Germany has family-orientated regulations that make it possible for your spouse or partner to join you and find a job. It also offers good childcare and schools. Read about family support, parental leave and more on this page.

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Living in Germany

Have you ever wanted to know how many breweries there are in Germany or – more importantly – how you find a flat, learn the language or get around in this country? This page tells you how to feel a little more at home in a new place.

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Refugee researchers

Planning your stay in a different country always requires preparation. For people forced to leave their home countries, however, this process becomes even more challenging. On this page, you will find information on funding programmes, the recognition of qualifications and counselling services for researchers who are planning to seek refuge in Germany or who have already had to do so.

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