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.


Coronavirus: Information for international PhD students and scientists

Due to the current situation regarding the virus SARS-CoV-2 and the coronavirus disease COVID-19, we ask you to get in touch with us by e-mail only until further notice. The university buildings are still closed for visitors and the employees still work partially from home.

In case you are unsure whether you should proceed with your travel plans as intended, please get in touch with your host or supervisor on a departmental level. We will try our best to perform our consulting services as smoothly as possible. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Current information on the Corona situation at the University of Rostock can be found via the following links:

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

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

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:

International Prayer
We cordially invite you to a new series of ecumenical services in St Peter‘s Church, Rostock starting on Sunday, October 12th at 5 pm. 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:   12.09. | 17.10. | 21.11. | 12.12. | 23.01.
    4.30 p.m. - singing warm up
    5.00 p.m. - ecumenical service in English
    Afterwards: get-together with snacks and coffee/tea (please bring Covid19 test or vaccinate certificate)

A walk with the night watchman


Dear international PhD students, Postdocs and Visiting Scientists,

We would like to invite you to a somewhat different city tour with the night watchman who leads you with uniform through the Eastern old town, the oldest part of the city.

To participate please send us a short email until September 14, 2021 with a firm commitment as places are limited.

We look forward to seeing you!

  • Date:                      September 22, 2021
  • Time:                     8 p.m.
  • Duration:              max. 1.5 hours
  • Language:            English
  • Family friendly:   yes
  • Meeting point:    in front of St Peter's Church (Petrikirche)
  • Fee:                      free of charge; the Welcome Center invites you
  • Sign up:               welcome-centeruni-rostockde until September 14, 2021
Picture source: https://rostocker-nachtwachter.business.site/

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

1st Research Summer Camp on the topic “Future Use and Protection of Coasts”

23. - 26.08.2021

The University of Rostock invites PhD students, Postdocs and Master students who are planning a PhD study to the 1st Research Summer Camp on the topic “Future Use and Protection of Coasts”.

Application and further information

Online Games Night


Dear all,

another year with many restriction comes to an end. Before the year ends, we would like to invite you and your family members to an Online Games Night.

We want to play some fun games with you and you can also win some prizes. However, we would also like to chat with you and your family members and have a fun night.

  • Date: Monday, 13 December 2021; 07:00 pm
  • Language: English
  • Participation fee: none
  • Sign in at 07:00 pm: Gather ; password: Christmas2021

Intercultural Training


We are pleased to invite you to attend our next Intercultural Training for international PhDs, Postdocs and Researchers.

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


Acting Head of the Welcome Center
Dr. Uta Buttkewitz

Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498 1191

Office Hours
Tuesday   14:00 - 17:00
Thursday  14:00 - 17:00
(currently only by phone)

Parkstraße 6, Room 219
18057 Rostock

Postal address
Universität Rostock
Rostock International House
Welcome Center
18051 Rostock