Graduate School HIGRADE

Studenten in Leipzig


... at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Halle and Magdeburg! We hope you enjoy your stay, feel welcome and have a successful time. To make your start as easy as possible, we provide a list of the most important things you have to think about when you come to Germany. It differs from case to case, but here is a general starting point. 

Below you find a link list of our service offerings which should be linked to the several topics. Due to the starting phase of our project "International Office",  most of the topics are still under construction and not yet available on the webpage. Nevertheless you can always contact us and we try to provide you with the needed information. The first and most important topic Your start in Germany is already available and you will find useful information for the beginning in Germany and at UFZ.

International Office at UFZ        

The International Office is part of the HR department at UFZ and is intended to create a service point for international employees and guests to get a better orientation within the German living and working environment and hence to contribute to a better and faster integration.

Barbara Timmel is looking forward to responding all your questions concerning:

  • Your start in Germany: preparing your stay, entry visa for Germany, work permits
  • Support to find accommodation
  • Social security, medical care, taxes, etc.
  • Support for families (day care, schooling, etc.)
  • Provide further information about daily life and integration in Germany  
  • 0rganization of integrative/intercultural events     


Barbara Timmel

International Office

Barbara Timmel, M.A.

consulting hours: Tue-Thu: 9:00 - 12:00

                        Fr: 9:00 - 11:00 (Foreigner´s Office)

phone: +49 341 235-4681

Information about Leipzig

Leipzig city map

NYT says: Leipzig amongst the top ten places to go

International associations and institutions

International Centre University Leipzig

Information about Halle

Halle city map

International Office University Halle

Information about Magdeburg

Magdeburg city map

International Office University Magdeburg

First Steps Magdeburg

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News & Events

HIGRADE Spring Conference: 29 April 2015, UFZ Leipzig more info

HIGRADE CareerCafé: 30 April 2015, UFZ Leipzig more info

PhD Retreat "DocDays":  4-5 Nov 2015, Colditz

HIGRADE Fall Conference: 17 Nov 2015, UFZ Leipzig

Information for HIGRADE members