International Welcome Center for international (Guest) Scientists and Doctoral Candidates

The International 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 International Welcome Center also include help with filling out forms and support in finding accommodation.


Information for Ukrainian refugees

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:

The Rostock International House

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

International Welcome Center Newsletter

International Welcome Center Newsletter

Dear Internationals,

if you want to receive our newsletter with informations about events and other things happening in and around the University of Rostock send us an email to

Pub Quiz


Join us for the Pub Quiz at Ursprung bar on the 8th of March at 8 pm! One of Rostocks popular bars arranges a fun trivia night solely in English and we want to offer you the chance to be a part of it. The competing groups will consist of up to eight people, but you can sign up alone, since the International Welcome Center Team will form one to two groups consisting of everyone, who signs up via Email until the 4th of March.

Let's show our opponents the ropes and simultaneously get to know each other a little better at Ursprung bar (Alter Markt 16)!

See you there!

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:   22.01.2023
    4.30 p.m. - singing warm up
    5.00 p.m. - ecumenical service in English
    afterwards - get-together with coffee and tea

Regular's Table


Dear international PhDs, postdocs and visiting scientists,

we are glad to invite you to our next “Stammtisch” (regular table) on Thursday, January 19th. It will take place in Restaurant Käthe at Barnstorfer Weg 10 again.
We'll meet at 7 p.m.. Please be there on time.
Please tell us if you intend on coming and feel free to bring your friends :)

We look forward to seeing you!
Your International Welcome Center Team

  • Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023, starting 7 p.m.
  • Place: Restaurant Käthe (Barnstorfer Weg 10, KTV)
  • Language: English, German, as you like
  • Participation fee: none
  • Target group: international guest scientists, doctoral candidates, postdocs, family and friends
  • Registration: To reserve enough seats, please let us know if you will be coming.


Head of the International Welcome Center
Elisabeth Reich

Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498 1191

Office Hours
Tuesday       9 - 12 am
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
International Welcome Center
18051 Rostock