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... 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. If further questions should arise, you can always contact us!

Corona Situation

At the moment most of the employees and scientists at UFZ are in home-office. The International Office tries to continue the service for you. Phone-calls to the UFZ number are forwarded to the home office mobile and reachable within the stated service time (see contact page).

Currently you find all information concerning Corona at UFZ on a special UFZ Webpage.

Please, have a look at the different webpages of the cities of Leipzig (in English), Halle (in German) and Magdeburg (in German) , where you find all information concerning decisions, current regulations, authorities, health, education, etc. in an updated version of the current Corona situation.

LEIPZIG: general edict/decree of the city of Leipzig: all residence permits and visa of registered foreign people in Leipzig will remain their validity until October 31st, 2020. If the regulation for Schengen visa of the Federal Ministry of the Interior during COVID-19 pandemic situation  is not extended, the Leipzig  Foreigner´s Office  will extend the exit deadline for this group of persons until 31.10..2020.

Allgemeinverfügung Stadt Leipzig (German)

German Ministry of Foreign Affairs: information concerning the validity of current Schengen visa until June 30th, 2020

SchengenVisa Extension until June30th

German Minsitry of Foreign Affairs: detailed information on the current entry and visa procedure for non EU citizens in English:

Information BMI entry and visa procedure

Further information concerning the current situation  with links to the different ministries (Foreign Affairs, Interior, Health and European Comission) are to find on the webpage of EURAXESS (European network for mobile scientists)

International Office at UFZ        

The International Office is part of the People&Culture department at UFZ/team: Diversity and Inclusion 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.

We are looking forward to responding all your questions concerning:

Your start in Germany
Support for families (day care, schooling, etc.)
International Café  
Buddy Programme
Living and working in Germany (useful links)