During your research stay

Find out more about working and living in Stuttgart, the offers on campus and the events organized by the Welcome Center for International Researchers.

Past events

General information about living in Stuttgart is provided by the main website of the city of Stuttgart. The sub-site Region Stuttgart offers an overview of the must-sees and the touristical highlights in and around Stuttgart. The Welcome Center Stuttgart is an extensive information source for new international residents to take their first steps in Stuttgart.

To get information on culture, sport, party and outdoor activities in and around Stuttgart we recommend the event calender of the city of Stuttgart and the intercultural city guide. The website of the Staatstheater Stuttgart informs you about the current programme of the opera, ballet and theater.

If you intend to practice sports you can check out the sport associations (Sportvereine).

More than 100 different migrant associations exist in Stuttgart. A list of them can be found at the Forum der Kulturen Stuttgart.

For more information about mosques or prayer places for Muslims, places of worship for Hindhus and churches for many Christian denominations at the university and in Stuttgart please ask the Ecumenical Centre or visit the website of the VVS which provides you with a city map (religious institutions) with adresses.


Each semester the University of Stuttgart’s Language Center (Sprachenzentrum) offers German language courses on different levels for academic staff as well as visiting researchers. A fee is imposed. The current program can be found on their website.

The Language Center (Sprachenzentrum) also offers online German language self-study courses on the levels A2, B 1, B 2 and C1

If you would like to improve your German or practice another language together with a native speaker, the Language Center of the University of Stuttgart can help you find a so-called Tandempartner. The German community colleges also offer a tool to search Tandempartners.

The Welcome Center Stuttgart (Weltcafé) also maintains a current database of German courses in Stuttgart and sourrounding areas at various levels in public and private institutions.

The Volkshochschule, Stuttgarts community college, offers a large range of inexpensive language courses. German as a foreign language is offered on all levels.

The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) is specialized on German as a Foreign Language. Other private language schools can be found on the homepage of the city of Stuttgart.

Additionally, the Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband offers a learning portal "ich-will-deutsch-lernen" to support verbal, social and work-related integration.

The radio program Deutsche Welle provides free online German courses and a number of additional services (e.g. slowly spoken news in German). Use interactive, free apps like Duolingo as vocabulary trainer.


Up-to-date information about German politics, culture, society and history is available on How Germany ticks and Facts about Germany. An extensive overview about traveling, movies, art and lifestyle is provided by Deutsche Welle.

German universities do not provide medical service for students and staff on campus. The addresses of doctors, dentists, and hospitals can be found online. This site also enables you to find medical doctors who speak other languages than German. Choose a language in the search criteria "Erweiterte Suche" -> "Fremdsprache".

Generally speaking, you have to make an appointment with the doctor before you go. Some general practitioners also have open consultation hours. Don’t forget to take along your health card (Gesundheitskarte) if you are insured through statutory German health insurance. If you hold a European health insurance card, present this at the doctor’s. If you are insured through a private health insurance, take along your insurance policy and make sure the doctor takes notice of it, so that she/he knows how to charge you for his/her services.

If you become ill at night or during the weekend you may call the on-call duty 116 117. In case of an emergency you can directly go to the Emergency Medical Service of Stuttgart doctors on duty or call 112 for an ambulance.

The Graduate Academy of the University of Stuttgart (GRADUS) supports researchers at various stages of their career. It offers qualifications and mentoring programs adapted to your needs at the current stage of your career and to the respective career orientation. Other services include individual counseling as well as coaching.

Unimusik gives you the chance to sing in the choir or participate in the orchestra of the University of Stuttgart. You may also join other activities such as campus gardening MitMachGarten, the photography group or play theatre, etc.

As employee or guest of the University of Stuttgart you may also benefit from a large sports program provided by the Hochschulsport Stuttgart. Registration and payment take place online.

There are two large sites of the university library or Universitätsbibliothek (UB), one branch situated on the Campus Stadtmitte and the other branch on Campus Vaihingen.

The Ecumenical Center (Ökumenisches Zentrum/ÖZ) located on Campus Vaihingen is run by both the Protestant and the Catholic Church. Services (consultation, events, etc.) are open to all students, staff and guests of the University of Stuttgart independent of their religious affiliation. The ÖZ also offers a room for silence and prayer (Raum der Stille) which is available for everyone from Monday to Friday.

The IZKT (Internationales Zentrum für Kultur und Technikforschung) organizes lectures and events addressing current topics at the interface of technology, culture and society. Cooperating with non-university institutions, the IZKT has developed into a forum for interdisciplinary and international exchange.

Welcome reception for new international scholars

Official welcome event for new international researchers at the University of Stuttgart held twice year. The International Office's services as well as the offers of other relevant university service units are presented to make you more familiar with your new work environment. The reception also gives you the opportunity to get to know other international colleagues.

When?: Tuesday, November 7, 2023, from noon to 3 p.m.
Where?: Foyer at the IZ
Prior Registration: Yes, you can find all further information in the info flyer.
Contribution: None

Guided city tour of Stuttgart (spring and autumn)

A tour guide will take you on a stroll around the city center of Stuttgart and show you the most important places of interest.

When?: TBA
Where?: City center, Tourist-Information i-Punkt, Königstraße 1a, 70173 Stuttgart
Prior Registration: Here you can find the flyer of the past event.
Contribution: None

Health care in Germany

This informative event will mainly focus on what you can except from the German statutory health insurance system. Its benefits including in- and outpatient treatement, preventive health check-up for adults and children, vaccination or medication will be explained in detail. Topics such as sick leave or how to locate a doctor who speaks your language however are also relevant for those with a private health insurance scheme.

When?: Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 5 p.m.
Where?: Online via Webex (access link will be available upon registration)
Prior Registration: Yes. Further information will be announced. (Previous event)
Contribution: None

Income tax

Income tax is paid by every employee in Germany above a certain yearly salary. A tax statement addressed to the local tax office might result in an re-adjustement of the taxes due and thus entitle you to a partial tax refund. This lecture will give you important hints on how to do your tax declaration.

When?: Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 5 p.m.
Where?: Online via Webex (access link will be available upon registration)
Prior Registration: Info flyer.
Contribution: None

International Picnic day

A Get-Together for international researches, their famliy and colleagues to enjoy the warm season in a park in Stuttgart. Bring a dish typical of your home country or simply your favourite dish along. Drinks will be provided.

When?: Friday, July 28, 2023, 6 p.m.
Where?: Unithekle (outside), Allmandring 17, 70569 Stuttgart
Prior Registration: Yes. You will find more information on the information flyer.
Contribution: Bring a dish typical of your country of origin

Renting an apartment in Germany

If you rent an private apartment in Germany, issues such as deposit, incidental rental expenses, rent increase or decorative repairs might arise. This lecture will explain these and other topics around a tenancy.

When?: TBA
Where?: Online via Webex
Prior Registration: Here you can find the flyer of the past event.
Contribution: None

Your rights and duties as an employee  

Your work contract, the collective labour agreement for the public service as well as employment law defines the mutual relationship between employee and employer. If you would like to know more about your rights and duties resulting, you should not miss this informative meeting.

When?: Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 5 p.m.
Where?: Online via Webex.
Prior Registration: Yes, you can find all further information in the info flyer.
Contribution: None

Pension insurance in Germany

In addition to our presentation on pension rights, we are offering another webinar on the VBL (Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder) occupational pension system.
In this event, VBL representatives will provide information about the various options and special rates for international researchers.

When?: April 15, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where?: Online
Prior Registration: Please register until April 12 via ILIAS.
Contribution: None

Christmas season's Get-Together

You and your family are cordially invited to a Christmas Season’s Get-Together in the IZ. Join us to enjoy seasonal goodies and hot punch, to listen and sing along to typical German Christmas carols as well as to learn about German Christmas traditions.

When?: TBA
Where?: Foyer International Centre, Pfaffenwaldring 60 (IZ), Campus Vaihingen
Prior Registration: Here you can find the flyer of the past event.
Contribution: None


Temporary residence permits in Germany are usually valid for one year when issued for the first time by the local Foreigners’ Registration Office (“Ausländerbehörde”). If you intend to stay longer, as an employee of the University of Stuttgart or as a visiting scholar, you must extend this permit. Note that the Foreigners’ Registration Office does not routinely notify you if your residence permit is due to expire. It is therefore necessary to take steps well in advance to avoid an illegal stay.

You must present the following documents to obtain an EU Blue Card:

  • Filled in and signed application for an extension of your residence permit (form for Stuttgart as download)
  • Passport
  • Residence permit that is about to expire
  • Up-to-date biometrical photo (information about biometric photos)
  • Registration certificate
  • Up-to-date proof of health insurance
  • Up-to-date residence certificate ("Wohnraumnachweis"), to be filled in and signed by your landlord (download of the form for Stuttgart (in German))
  • Up-to-Date rental contract
  • Hosting Agreement signed by yourself and the university if you want to extend your residence permit for research
  • Confirmation letter of your institute expressing the wish to employ you further
  • Proof of sufficient funds (scholarship letter or your last salary slips and bank statements of the last three months)
  • Other documents depending on your personal circumstances, e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate(s), etc.
  • If you want to apply for an EU Blue Card (first check whether you meet the criteria!), instead of a hosting agreement, you need a ‘declaration regarding a contract of employment’ ("Erklärung zum Beschäftigungsverhältnis“). Your institute and the HR department of the University of Stuttgart must complete this document.

Scan all of these documents and send them to the Foreigners‘ Registration Office via e-mail, asking for an appointment for an extension (e-mail for the city of Stuttgart: auslaenderrecht.arbeit@stuttgart.de). Save the e-mail as a proof of having applied in time before your visa runs out. Your timely application to the Foreigners’ Registration Office already has a fictitious effect according to §81, 4 German Residence Act and entitles you to legal residence in Germany until the Foreigners’ Registration Office contacts you again.

If your visa/residence permit is due to expire in less than 7 days, you can make an emergency appointment (Notfall-Termin) with the Foreigners' Registration Office.  

Please inform your supervisor, as you may need to visit the Foreigners' Registration Office at short notice after receiving their e-mail in the morning.

You will be given an appointment to receive an up-dated version of your electronic residence permit (“eAT”) or you will receive a ‘provisional paper residence permit’ (“Fiktionsbescheinigung“) by mail. The handling charge is around EUR 93. Hand your new residence permit in at the HR department, so that your contract can be extended correspondingly. 




This image shows Raphaela Diel

Raphaela Diel


Head of Welcome Center for international researchers

This image shows Katja Jenkner

Katja Jenkner


Advisor for International Doctoral Students

This image shows Josephine  Mothes

Josephine Mothes


Advisor for international researchers, events & general enquiries

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