Welcome service for international PhD students

Is it possible to do a PhD at H-BRS? - Yes, it is!

In Germany the higher education tertiary sector comprises research-oriented universities (Universitäten), technical universities (Technische Universitäten) and universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen oder Hochschulen). The latter are more practice-oriented and have strong links to industry. At present German law only allows universities and technical universities to award PhDs (Doktortitel). However, at H-BRS some departments have research groups that include quite a number of international and German doctoral students working towards a PhD. In these cases the departments and research centres cooperate with a German or foreign university. The doctoral students conduct the research at H-BRS under the joint supervision of a local professor and a professor of a cooperating university, but the PhD is awarded by the cooperating university.

All domestic and international PhD candidates become members of the Graduate Institute, which gives advice on how to prepare for a PhD at H-BRS. Please contact the Graduate Institute for.

The Welcome Centre of H-BRSInternational Office offers counselling and support to PhD candidates concerning the following issues:

  • pre-departure information
  • invitation letter for visa application
  • pick-up service from the railway station in Bonn or Siegburg
  • welcome package including important information
  • escort services to public authorities
  • advice on questions concerning your arrival, accommodation, insurance etc.
  • information on living and working in Germany
  • advice on possible language courses

Within the first few days you may be accompanied by student assistants - on request - to complete the necessary bureaucratic procedures: registering with the registration authority (Einwohnermeldeamt) in Bonn, opening a bank account, taking out health insurance, enrolling at the Graduate Institute and contacting the aliens registration office (Ausländerbehörde) for your residence permit. Please note that the Welcome Service is only partially available at arrival times outside normal working hours (e. g. weekends).

Further useful links for information on research in Germany can be found here.