During your research stay

Find out about services of the University of Stuttgart and information on working and living in Stuttgart.

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.

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.

To get information on culture, sport, party and outdoor activities in and around Stuttgart we recommend the website of the Welcome Center and the event calender of the city of Stuttgart. 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 at the sport associations (Sportvereine).

More than 100 different migrants 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.


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.

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 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. A extensive overview about traveling, movies, art and lifestyle is provided by Deutsche Welle. More information concerning life in Germany can be found on Research in Germany.

German universities do not provide medical service for students and staff on campus. The addresses of doctors, dentists, and hospitals can be found online on the website. 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 s/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 if you can still walk 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.


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Raphaela Diel

Head of Welcome Center for International Scholars

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