Welcome to Hamburg

Welcome to Hamburg

PIER Helmholtz Graduate School

A Graduate Education Program of Universität Hamburg in Cooperation with DESY

Logo der Universität Hamburg und DESY

Welcome to Hamburg

The Hamburg Welcome Center provides advice and assistance to all new residents from Germany and abroad.

In addition to granting and extending the residency permits of foreign managers and skilled employees, the centre takes care of the domicile registration process. The centre also offers free advice on a wide range of issues related to living in Hamburg and Germany at large. For example, it provides information on healthcare, schools, childcare services, leisure-time activities and accommodation.

The International Office of the Guest Services department at DESY addresses all questions related to a stay in Hamburg. The services it offers are extensive. For example, it provides information on medical insurance and the law relating to foreigners, reserves rooms in guest houses, offers help in finding accommodation and provides assistance on all non-scientific issues that are of relevance to a scientist or family members that might be accompanying him or her. The International Office cooperates closely with the Hamburg Welcome Center. Documents that international scientists require for their stay in Hamburg are jointly prepared by the two organizations and can be handed over to the HWC at specific collection times for further processing.

The staff of the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School will gladly assist doctoral candidates who wish to write or are already writing a thesis about a PIER research field subject. Regardless of whether you are from Germany or abroad, you can contact us regarding any questions you may have. We will help you get your questions answered and issues resolved. To ensure that this is the case, we work together very closely with the above-mentioned organizations.

DOIT, the PhD student representatives at DESY and Universität Hamburg have compiled a compact and informative info flyer for students who are about to start their PhD in Hamburg. It contains useful links and tips on the enrollment procedure, housing, public transport, international affairs and sports and leisure activities.

Other useful links and addresses before you arrive in Hamburg:

Hamburg Welcome Center (HWC)
Alter Wall 11
20457 Hamburg
Telephone: +49-40-428545001

DESY International Office
Campus Bahrenfeld (Gebäude 06/114)
Notkestrasse 85
22607 Hamburg
Telephone: +49-40-8998-3401

Department of International Affairs at Universität Hamburg
Ms. Wang, Yi
Mittelweg 177, Room S 1015
20148 Hamburg
Telephone: +49-40-42838-9620

A good overview specifically designed for new and future international doctoral candidates at the School of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences (MIN Faculty) is available here.
General information for future students and doctoral candidates of Universität Hamburg is available here.
Doctoral candidates from outside Germany can find practical and useful information in the International Students Guide.

Campus Center of Universität Hamburg
In the “Doctoral studies” section you can find information about the related formal requirements.

PIASTA is the Programme International for All Students and Alumni of Universität Hamburg and offers an overview of social activities and soft-skill events specifically for doctoral candidates.

DESY Housing Service is well networked within the housing market and will help you find appropriate accommodation.

Universität Hamburg offers an extensive overview of all kinds of accommodation.

The Hamburg Welcome Center (HWC) provides new residents with extensive advice on accommodation.

Juliane Reinhardt
Juliane Reinhardt
Photon Science
Giovanni Rabuffo
Giovanni Rabuffo
Theoretical Physics
Nele Müller
Nele Müller
Photon Science
Clemens Wieck
Clemens Wieck
Particle and Astroparticle Physics
Bahrenfeld campus events
31 Mar. 2017 15:00
Speaker: Johann-Friedrich Albert Haber
Location: ZOQ Seminar room
03 Apr. 2017 to 07 Apr. 2017
Location: Seminar room bctp I
03 Apr. 2017 13:00
Speaker: Juliane Reinhardt
Location: Building 1b, SR 4a
03 Apr. 2017 14:15
Speaker: Simone Giacomelli (ICTP)
Location: SR03
03 Apr. 2017 16:30
Speaker: Mathias Garny (TUM)
Location: Seminar room 2, building 2A
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