Welcome Center for international (Guest) Scientists and Doctoral Candidates

The Welcome Center supports and advises international guest scientists and doctoral candidates. Here they can obtain information on topics such as work permits, immigration law and language courses. The services offered by the Welcome Center also include help with filling out forms and support in finding accommodation.


Information for Ukrainian refugees

The University of Rostock is dismayed and deeply concerned about the people in Ukraine. It condemns Russia's war of aggression in the middle of Europe, which is contrary to international law and inhumane, and is making every effort in close cooperation with the student body, the Ministry of Science, Culture, Federal and European Affairs in Schwerin, the other universities in the region, the Nordverbund, the DAAD and the German Rectors' Conference to provide all possible help and support for the people in Ukraine. In the common responsibility for peaceful coexistence with all our foreign guests, there is close cooperation with the Hanseatic and University City of Rostock for this purpose. Via uni.hilftuni-rostockde we take care of all questions and concerns in German, English, Ukrainian or Russian. We do everything we can to accommodate refugee scientists and students without red tape, also with the initiative "Science for Ukraine".

Professor Wolfgang Schareck

For current information on support services offered by the university and useful further links, please visit:

Coronavirus: Information for international PhD students and scientists

Coronavirus - information possibilities


"In order to slow down the spread of COVID-19, German authorities have introduced enter restrictions and border controls. Travelers to Germany can find up-to-date information on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Within Germany, restrictions on everyday life have been imposed. The joint crisis task force of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Health has prepared comprehensive FAQ sections on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic while being in Germany.

Detailed information on the latest developments and actions taken on the European level is provided by the European Commission." (source: EURAXESS Germany)

The city administration (Rathaus), the University of Rostock and the Rostock International House inform regularly on updates of the situation on local level and regarding the university.

The German Federal Foreign Office

Coronavirus and entry restrictions: 4 things travelers to Germany need to know, provided by the German Federal Foreign Office

The German Federal Ministry of the Interior

Answers to frequently asked questions prepared by the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

The Federal Ministry of Health

Daily updates on the coronavirus and answers to frequently asked questions on how to deal with COVID-19 prepared by the Federal Ministry of Health

The European Commission

Common European response to the outbreak of COVID-19. The European Commission

Federal State Government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The state government publishes information on the current development of the Corona situation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on various pages:

The Rathaus Rostock (city administration)

up-to-date information of the city administration: Rathaus Rostock

The University of Rostock

regular updates on restrictions in university operations: www.uni-rostock.de

The Rostock International House

latest information for international students and scientists provided by the Rostock Interational House

Invitation to "Sprachenabend"


At the University of Rostock, HMT and the research institutions close to the university, there are many people who learn languages. German, English, French, Italian and Spanish are particularly popular.

The Local Erasmus Initiative (LEI), the Tandem Programme of the University of Rostock and other partners would like to bring language learners together with native speakers of these languages with a new offer: In a relaxed atmosphere with snacks and drinks, there is the opportunity to talk for an hour or more in the desired or offered language and to get to know new people.

Place:       Parkstraße 6, R136
Date:        30.11.2022 | 19:30
                   09.01.2022 | 19:00

Worship services in English


The evangelical congregation Innenstadtgemeinde started a new monthly series of Worship services in English in the rooms of St Peter's Church in September 2021:

International Prayer
"We cordially invite you to our 'International Prayer', a series of ecumenical services in St Peter‘s Church, Rostock. Texts, songs and prayers will be in English language. After the service we will have a get-together with coffee, tea and snacks. If you are interested in singing, join us at 4:30 pm for a short rehearsal of the songs for the service."

  • Place:  Church of St Peter, Rostock
  • Date:   30.10. | 20.11.2022
    4.30 p.m. - singing warm up
    5.00 p.m. - ecumenical service in English
    afterwards - get-together with coffee and tea

Intercultural Training


Living and working in Germany - Intercultural training for international PhD students and researchers

  • Date:     Friday, 28 January 2022, 09:00 am – 04:30 pm
  • Where:  Parkstraße 6, Global Café (Room 220), 18057 Rostock (In case current regulations won't allow a training in presence, we will relocate the training to zoom.)
  • Intercultural trainer: Katja Striegler, Christin Zimmer (IQ Netzwerk Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
  • Language: English
  • Participants: 6 to 16 PhD students, postdocs and guest researchers
  • Participation fee: free of charge
  • Sign up: until 21 January 2022 via welcome-centeruni-rostockde (subject: "Intercultural Training")

To successfully tackle the challenges of multicultural academic and professional life, PhD students and researchers have to be able to manage intercultural situations and emerging conflicts effectively. Developing the capacity to mediate differing cultural perspectives is a key determinant of intercultural competence.

Designed as an interactive workshop, the training will provide international PhD students and researchers of the University of Rostock with essential cross-cultural skills for building relationships and working effectively in a multicultural environment. Using hands-on exercises and simulation role-plays, participants will gain an understanding of values and attitudes in German academic life, identify and analyse their personal approaches to different intercultural challenges and increase their intercultural awareness and competence. The participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own culture, discuss personal experiences, ask questions and exchange their views with the other participants.


  • Culture and cultural differences with a focus on academic life
  • Developing intercultural awareness and intercultural competence
  • Adapting to a new culture
  • Stereotypes and prejudice
  • Values and attitudes in German academic life
  • Communication styles and language issues
  • Cross-cultural management skills
  • Good practice for cross-cultural situations at university

Corona grant for international students and doctoral candidates


The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (MBWK) provides funds for (doctoral) students who are in financial need due to the Corona pandemic. Students can apply for a limited emergency grant at the Rostock International House. The grant does not cover the entire living expenses and can be granted for three months.

Conditions for application and application form

Interim financial aid funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for (doctoral) students


The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is helping students who are demonstrably in acute need due to the corona pandemic with financial grants from November 2020 to March 2021.

Since November 20, applications for the bridging grant can only be submitted online. Further information can be found on the website of the Studierendenwerkes Rostock-Wismar: https://www.stw-rw.de/en/study-financing/alternative-financing-of-studies/interim-financial-aid-for-students-in-pandemic-related-emergency-situations.html


Head of the Welcome Center
Elisabeth Reich

Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498 1191

Office Hours
Tuesday   3 - 6 pm
Wednesday 2 - 5 pm
Thursday  9 - 12 am
(and by individual agreement)

Parkstraße 6, Room 219
18057 Rostock

Postal address
Universität Rostock
Rostock International House
Welcome Center
18051 Rostock