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International Scholars


International House: guest house and home of the Welcome Centre   Photo: Thomas Arntz/KölnAlumni


Welcome Centre for international scholars at the University of Cologne

The Welcome Centre offers individual assistance for international Postdocs and research staff/guests from abroad and their families. Besides support with issues concerning visa, work and residence permit, this includes also housing and the search for accommodation – if available in one of the University’s Guest Houses or on the housing market.

For PhD-researchers we provide, as the competent unit, Hosting Agreements (if needed) and give advice with view to requesting the residence permit.

However, we cannot offer house hunting for PhD-researchers.


Visiting Hours

Mondays - Thursdays from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm in our office on the ground floor of International House, Kringsweg 6.
Please send us an email via before you stop by, so that we can prepare the appointment.
Consultations via email, Zoom or telephone (see below) remain viable.


Registration with the Welcome Centre and Important Preparations

To make use of our full service for international scholars of the University of Cologne, please fill in the registration form as soon as possible and we will get in touch with you. Registered international scholars receive a welcome package upon their arrival.

In addition we issue a university library card, a guest scholar ID and a computer account (find more information on Library, IT and Canteen) upon request.

Please find a first overview about what you should keep in mind before coming to our University in our Checklist for Guest Scholars.

Please find all necessary information in order to welcome guest scholars in our Checklist for Hosts.



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