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 Intercultural City Guide 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.

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 on campus. Doctors, dentists, and hospitals can be found onlline at arztsuche-bw.de. This website also gives you information on doctors who speak other languages than German by choosing your language in the search criteria Erweiterte Suche -> Fremdsprache.

Generally speaking, you have to make an appointment to see a doctor in case you are ill. Some general practitioners also have open consultation hours. If you become ill at night or at the weekend you may call the emergency service 116 117. In case of a serious emergency you can directly go to the Emergency Medical Service of Stuttgart doctors on duty or call 112 for ambulance.

Prescribed medication can be picked up at any pharamacy (Apotheke).

The Graduate Academy of the University of Stuttgart (GRADUS) offers trainings and seminars for academics mainly addressed to doctoral students and postdocs.

The Studium Generale (website in German only) offers different workshops, seminars and several education courses to all affiliates of the University of Stuttgart. The Studium Generale also offers you the chance to participate in theatre groups, orchestras and choirs of the university. All courses are free of charge!

As employee or as a guest of the University of Stuttgart you can 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. Also, many departments, faculties and most institutes have their own libraries.

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) coordinates research at the interface of cultural formation and technological innovation. Cooperating with non-universitary institutions, the institute has developed into a forum for interdisciplinarity and international exchange.


Raphaela Diel

Raphaela Diel

Head of Welcome Center for International Scholars

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