Services & Facilities

"Excellent performance requires excellent support"
Relocating to a different country is one of the most exiting but also one of the most stressful events in people’s lives. That’s why we are here for you and your family. The International Office helps you to handle the burdens of bureaucracy in order to enable you to concentrate on your research career from the very beginning.

By helping to manage each stage of the relocation process, from before your arrival to afterwards, is our way of enabling you to feel happy in Dresden and make your stay really enjoyable.
The excellent service facilities of the MPI-CBG make it a competitive international Institute and are key to its success; the work of the international office is an integral part of this.

The International office provides a comprehensive (on-demand) service package to all international employees and their families of the MPI-CBG and the neighboring Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD) to facilitate their settling in a new environment. 

Service include the following topics:
•    Visa and residence permits
•    Flat hunting and moving
•    Registration and flat handover
•    Health Insurance & other insurances
•    Bank accounts
•    Bringing your spouse/family along
•    Changing tax classes
•    Pregnancy and childbirth
•    School and day-care
•    Child and parental allowance
•    Referrals to doctors
•    German langue courses
•    Changing Driving license
•    Unemployment benefits
•    Integration and advise on Dual Career
•    Moving out and leaving Germany
•    Trouble shooting concerning visa, landlord, school etc.
•    Xenophobic incidents

Furthermore, the International office offers seminars and training on following topics:
•    Civil courage
•    Rental law
•    Foreign Law
•    Tax system
•    Pension system

Together with the MTO Department the International Office supports initiatives and actions to show that Dresden is a cosmopolitan, tolerant and open city and the MPI-CBG a flagship of Internationality.

What some of our scientists said: 

"The International Office is a fantastic asset of the MPI-CBG. Anyone can always count on their extremely efficient work for any kind of issues, including -but certainly not limited to- assisting with the seemingly endless and confusing paperwork (oh, Germany!), which they have perfectly under control and make understandable and accessible. They are always kind and understanding help alleviates any possible feelings of alienation resulting from not speaking German or being unfamiliar with the country's rules, regulations and habits. In my opinion, the I.O. is a fundamental part of the great Services and Facilities of the MPI-CBG, and its importance for us foreigners cannot be stressed enough."

"MPI-CBG's international office is just like having a local family or relatives who help you to settle and you can rely on anything you need outside of your scientific projects."

"Generally it's not easy to establish the life in the foreign country - particularly to obtain and/or renew the residence permit and a good flat. The International Office staff so kindly helps during the whole stay in Dresden: The IO office is like a "home doctor" for general life issues."

"The International Office is definitely a strength of the MPI-CBG, and in my opinion, it is in essence at the heart of the spirit of the MPI-CBG."