Welcome Center for international Guest Scientists and Doctoral Candidates

At the Welcome Center / Global-Café international doctoral candidates and visiting scholars will find information on various issues such as working permits, immigration law and language courses. Support is provided for filling in forms and looking for 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. Lectures for the winter term will start on November 2nd, 2020 (Exception: The Faculty of Medicine starts with the courses of the higher terms already on 12.10.2020.)

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 this way. Thank you very much for your cooperation!

Further information you are able to find here:

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 Federal State Government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern regularly issues ordinances and publishes instructions for the prevention of corona spread in MV: to overview

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


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

The training can be used for the university didactic certificate programme of the University of Rostock (with 8 units in the elective area under self and leadership competence).

The training is part of the digital diversity week, which will be held from 17 to 21 May on the occasion of the 9th German Diversity Day on 18 May. 2021. Feel free to also take a look at the other events. Participation in all events is free of charge.

Regulars' Table: Christmas Online Quiz Night


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

Parkstraße 6, Room 219
18057 Rostock

Post address
Universität Rostock
Rostock International House
Welcome Center
18051 Rostock