Career Advice for International Researchers
You are interested in pursuing a scientific career in Germany? Germany offers a wide range of opportunities to continue your research – in universities, in non-university research institutions, and in industry. Various institutions and organizations provide information to help international researchers plan their stay in Germany.
Assistance to mobile researchers
EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion is a unique pan-European initiative delivering information and support services to professional researchers. Backed by the European Union and its Member States, it supports researcher mobility and career development, while enhancing scientific collaboration between Europe and the world.
For more information, follow the link: EURAXESS Links
The portal of EURAXESS Germany provides information and assistance to mobile researchers by means of this portal and with the support of the national EURAXESS Centres.
This portal contains practical information concerning professional and daily life in Germany, as well as information on job and funding opportunities.
For more information, follow the link: : EURAXESS Germany
The “European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations” is the joint service platform of the German research organisations united in the “Association for the Promotion of European and International Cooperation in Science e.V.”. As a Central Research Facility, KoWi is financed by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) with offices located in Bonn and Brussels. It provides information, advice and training on the wide range of EU research funding programmes.
For more information, follow the link: KoWi
State Career Services
bw-i (Baden-Wuerttemberg International) lends support to domestic and foreign companies, research institutions and universities by serving as the central first point-of-contact in all questions relating to internationalization.
On their careers platform for science and research, you can find job offers of Baden-Württemberg’s higher institutions of education and research institutes as well as other employers that are of interest for your academic career. This service is offered in cooperation with academics, the largest careers portal for science and research in Germany.
For more information, follow the link: Baden-Württemberg International
Berlin Partner for Business and Technology supports companies and scientists who want to move to and work in Berlin. Brain City Berlin provides an overview of the science hub Berlin, offers insights into the latest research issues and news from the Berlin science scene and introduces you to their ambassadors.
For more information, follow the link: Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
Dual Career and Family
The Dual Career Network Germany (DCND) is a network of dual career service facilities at German universities to strengthen the exchange of experience and competence among themselves and the international visibility. For mobile information search couples, the DCND provides an overview of colleges with direct links to the respective Dual Careers service.
For more information, follow the link: Dual Career Network Germany
Are you coming to Germany with your partner and children? Research in Germany provides information about childcare services, the German school system and financial support for families.
For more information, follow the link: Research in Germany
Information on Life and Legislation in Germany
The Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) is the central authority for the evaluation of foreign qualifications in Germany. These include school-leaving certificates, vocational qualifications and academic degrees. The ZAB provides services for educational institutions, public authorities and individuals. Each year more than 80000 enquiries are answered.
For more information, follow the link: Central Office for Foreign Education
Germany has nine diplomatic missions in the United States: the Embassy in Washington DC and the Consuls-General Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco. Each representation has a designated geographical consular district. The diplomatic missions offer a variety of services, especially in the area of legal and consular matters (passport, identity card, visa).
The Consulates General in Boston and San Francisco also have special contact persons who are specifically concerned with the needs of scientists working and living in the Bay Area, Boston and Cambridge.
For more information, follow the link: German Consulates General
Make it in Germany provides extensive information about immigration and visa procedures, job-hunting and everyday life in Germany. Entrepreneurs and researchers can find information specific to their field and their career chances in Germany. The site also points out the advantages of training or studying in Germany.
For more information, follow the link: Make it in Germany
International Placement Services (Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung – ZAV)
The Federal Employment Agency, the largest provider of labour market services in Germany, offers International Placement Services for those who think about working in Germany. The service assists in taking the correct decisions while preparing a future stay in Germany. The International Personnel Service offers comprehensive information on working and living in Germany and helps you find a job.
The toolbox presents real-life examples of gender equality measures at German higher education institutions which aim to promote the implementation of similar practices elsewhere.
For more information, follow the link: Gender Equality – Toolbox
Liaison offices of German universities
German University Alliance is the North American liaison office of Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, two of the top ranking excellence universities in Germany. The joint office in New York serves as a vital link between these leading universities and research universities in the United States and Canada by initiating and reinforcing joint research projects, scientific collaborations, seminars, colloquia and conferences. Founded in 2005 as a not for profit organization, German University Alliance promotes academic excellence, supports student and faculty exchange and encourages American scholars and scientists to engage in research at these distinguished universities. It also serves as the point of contact for alumni of both universities in the North American region.
For more information, follow the link: German University Alliance
Heidelberg University Association Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg is one of the top-ranking locations in the world of international science and scholarship. In more than 620 years of higher learning and outstanding innovative research, Germany’s oldest university has become an international synonym for academic excellence.
Heidelberg University Association in New York supports Heidelberg University’s strong transatlantic academic co-operations, student and faculty exchange as well as the close ties between Heidelberg and its Alumni in North America.
For more information, follow the link: Heidelberg University Association
The Technical University Munich (TUM) provides top-class facilities for cutting-edge research and unique study opportunities. Therefore, TUM San Francisco’s mission is to promote TUM’s educational, scientific and technological excellence in North America by organizing webinars, networking events and presentations on selected research and innovation themes. The office serves as a hub to connect scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to facilitate research cooperation and knowledge exchange, and it helps to intensify exchange relationships. With its proximity to the entrepreneurial culture of the Silicon Valley and renowned universities, such as Berkeley or Stanford, it informs on developments in science, technology, and education. In addition, TUM San Francisco maintains the relationship between TUM and its alumni across North America.
For more information, follow the link: TUM San Francisco
UAS7 is a strategic alliance of seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) committed to excellence in teaching and research and close cooperation with German businesses and industries.
UAS7 represents a broad variety of about 600 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our 100,000 students, 4000 full-time faculty members and several thousand part-time lecturers study, teach and research in seven of Germany’s most dynamic cities: Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Münster and Osnabrück. UAS7 offers degree programs in the fields of engineering and computer sciences, business and management, economics, social work, as well as architecture, art and design.
The UAS7 Liaison office in New York administers student and faculty exchange programs for UAS7 and North American students (including the UAS7 Study Program (SP),the UAS7 Internship Program (IP) and the Study and Internship Program (SIP)), and promotes Bachelor’s and Master’s degree as well as short-term (summer) programs to students in North America.
For more information, follow the link: UAS 7 German Universities of Applied Sciences
The UA Ruhr represents the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), consisting of TU Dortmund University, the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen, in North America. With over 100,000 students and over 17,000 faculty, the alliance represents one of the largest and high-performing research locations in Germany.
The UA Ruhr New York office supports and facilitates international cooperations between UA Ruhr and partners in North America and assists with the internationalization of UA Ruhr. The office facilitates researcher and student mobility and provides a forum for knowledge and idea exchange virtually and through the organization of workshops and events.
For more information, follow the link: University Alliance Ruhr
Over 25,000 students are currently enrolled at the University of Freiburg, enjoying student life in one of Germany’s most beautiful university cities. The University of Freiburg set up Alumni Freiburg to ensure that former students could maintain their academic and personal links with their “old” university even after their studies had ended. The liaison office is a points of contact for former students of all faculties, nationalities and generations. Active and emeritus professors and employees of the university are also part of the alumni community. The aim of Alumni Freiburg is to establish a global alumni network with the university’s some 250,000 former students.liaison-office(at)uni-freiburg.de
The University of Cologne founded in 1388, is a research university at highest level and one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe. The six faculties of UoC have developed internationally outstanding research profiles in a broad variety of fields. Its core mission is to create, preserve and disseminate knowledge, to provide a high level of education and to encourage and support top-level research embedded by a scientific environment of four Max-Planck-Institutes and two further research centers in Cologne. The New York office reports to the award-winning International Office and helps launch partnerships with North American universities. It organizes delegation visits and serves as a first point of contact for faculty and students in the United States and Canada who are interested in UoC. Finally, it implements the University of Cologne’s summer school in New York and reaches out to the University’s network of German and international alumni residing in the United States or Canada.
For more information, follow the link: University of Cologne
Networks and Associations
The German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband, in short DHV) represents more than 30.000 members. It provides comprehensive information and services for university professors and up-and-coming academics in Germany.
For more information, follow the link: DHV
The network engages in the professionalization and public recognition of young experts working in the field of science management at universities and non-university research institutions. It provides a platform for networking, organizes a large annual convention, and co-operates with a wide range of individual as well as institutional partners. Its regional groups and expert working groups pursue various activities – ranging from peer-to-peer trainings and field trips to political lobbying.
For more information, follow the link: The Network