International Researchers and Lecturers
Welcome to our campus! In order to enable you to start your research and teaching with peace of mind and to settle into your new home in Bayreuth quickly, we aim to provide you with a full range of support! Here you will find all the most important information you'll need.
- Support Provided by Welcome ServicesHide
Welcome Services provide support and guidance in nearly all matters before, during and after visits by international doctoral researchers and scholars to the University of Bayreuth - whether it is help with finding accommodations, extending your residence permit or finding suitable childcare. In addition, various activities and events are organized, from a monthly get-together to our 'International Lounge'. You will always find the latest information in the International Office's calendar of events.
To ensure the best possible support for new international scholars, we ask that you register with the Welcome Services.
- Visa Application and ArrivalHide
An important first step for many international scholars from so-called third countries is to apply for a visa at the German embassy in their home country. The Federal Foreign Office provides general information and an initial overview. Before applying for a visa, you should collect plenty of information on the various types of visas and residence permits available!
We highly recommend researching the regulations and requirements as well as the appointment schedule regarding the visa as early as possible. The international Office of the University of Bayreuth is not able to schedule appointments or inquiry about the status of the visa at the diplomatic missions.
- Funding your ResearchHide
Scholars must independently seek adequate funding during their stay in Germany. There are various possibilities for this, and one should inform oneself thoroughly before travelling to Bayreuth.
Employment at the University of Bayreuth
Since some doctoral projects are closely related to specific projects and research, some research groups decide to employ their doctoral candidates within the framework of such projects and research. This is usually initiated by the chair and confirmed by an official letter. This letter should also be brought to the embassy when applying for a visa, in order to apply for the correct visa. It is important to note that an employment contract in Germany can only be signed with a valid visa that allows for gainful employment!
Details regarding employment should always be discussed with the relevant chair. Welcome Services is happy to help you fill out the employment documents, which will be sent to you by the Human Resources Department. Please contact Welcome Services directly!
It is also possible to finance the doctoral project with a scholarship. Since scholarship applications often have a few months' lead time, it is advisable to find out about various possibilities and send applications at a very early stage.
The central German scholarship database can be found at the DAAD. Especially for short stays, funding in the form of a scholarship from the home university or a short-term project is often possible.
The International Office of the University of Bayreuth also offers a scholarship for international doctoral students. Due to its small size, however, it is by no means sufficient to finance the doctorate!
Your own funding
Another possibility is self-financing. In this case, it is essential to ensure that sufficient funds are available to apply for and extend visas (detailed information on this can be found on the websites of the relevant embassy). As a rule, these funds must be deposited in a blocked account and must therefore be proven.
If the doctoral project is financed by one's own funds, the financing for the entire period should be clarified before the beginning in order to avoid problems during the course of the doctorate.
The website Research in Germany provides a more detailed overview of the above-mentioned possibilities as well as other useful information on financing a doctoral project in Germany.
- Tips on Finding AccommodationHide
The housing market in Bayreuth can be particularly tense during the summer months (due to the Richard Wagner Festival) and at the start of the semester. Therefore, it is advisable to register in the Welcome Services database as soon as possible and also to start searching on your own.
The following provides an overview of the housing costs which can be expected at least for furnished accommodations in Bayreuth (total rent including electricity):
- SWO dormitory: €175 - €300/month (depending on dormitory and type of room)
- Private dormitory: €300 - €550/month
- One-room apartment: from € 400/month
- Room in a shared flat: from € 280/month
It should be noted that SWO dormitory rooms are only rented to enrolled students without a contract of employment at the university!
This website mainly lists providers of dormitory rooms, but also online portals offering furnished shared rooms and smaller apartments.
For further listings, especially larger apartments, the following websites are recommended:
Especially for short stays (less than six months), it is often difficult to find private accommodations. The following options are specifically designed for shorter rental periods:
- Alexander von Humbold Guest House
- First Boarding Apart-Hotel
- BRK Hostel
- Jugendherberge Bayreuth
- Pension Elbel
Welcome Services will be happy to make a non-binding reservation request for the above-mentioned accommodations.
- Travellingand Important Public HolidaysHide
Bayreuth can be reached by train or bus from all major airports within Germany. This website gives an overview over all methods of transportation, times and prices from the different airports and train stations to Bayreuth. Within Bayreuth, we recommend using the app of the local bus network (called VGN) as this generally shows the most reliable connections.
The Welcome Services as well as all other administrative bodies are only open during the weekdays (Monday to Friday). Supermarkets and other stores in Bavaria are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
- City Registration Office and Foreigners AuthorityHide
An important step after the arrival in Bayreuth is the registration with the city registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt). This registration has to be done within 14 days after moving into the apartment. For the registration, only the passport as well as a document signed by the landlord (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung) is necessary. We recommend making an appointment or arriving at the office early in the morning to minimize the waiting time. The registration is not necessary, if the planned stay is no longer than three months.
Doctoral candidates from third countries, which did not need a visa to enter Germany or got a visa for a limited time, have to make an appointment with the foreigners’ authority to get a permanent residence permit. In order to make an appointment, international students should send an email with the important information (name, country of origin, purpose of stay and if applicable a picture of the current visa) to the foreigners authority in Bayreuth. In general, they will send back a list of documents, which need to be brought to the appointment.
Anyone entering Germany with a visa must prove that they are covered by insurance in the event of illness. Germany's statutory health insurance providers cover the costs of medical treatment, medication, hospital stays and preventive care. Health insurance contributions are paid by employees and employers. Employees, apprentices and students are subject to obligatory health insurance. Anyone who is not subject to this legal obligation can take out insurance with a private health insurance company or, under certain conditions, select a statutory health insurance provider via the "freiwillig" option.
For foreign doctoral researchers, this means that they are automatically covered by health insurance if they have an employment contract. All others must arrange their own health insurance (usually with a private health insurance company). The use of another European health insurance policy is only possible in exceptional cases. In any case, this must be checked with the employer or scholarship provider.
People staying in Germany for an extended period or renting a furnished apartment should think about getting private liability insurance – some landlords even require this prior to signing a rental contract. More information can be found here.
- Childcare and SchoolsHide
The city of Bayreuth has a large number of daycare facilities, primary schools and secondary schools to ensure that all families are adequately provided for.
In particular for families that have just moved into the city, it can often be difficult to find suitable childcare at first. As of 2020, all families centrally register their children online for a childcare place in a nursery or pre-school. This should be done at least three months before the desired start date. Often there may be longer waiting periods, especially if the requested start date is during the current school year (beginning of September to the end of August the following year).
All children aged 6 to 15 are required to attend school in Germany. Up to the fourth grade, all children attend primary school, after which they are divided among the secondary schools. The primary school your child attends usually depends on your place of residence - some schools offer special programmes for children who do not yet have a strong command of German. For more information, please contact Welcome Services.
In addition to the public primary schools, Bayreuth also has an international primary school that is particularly suitable for children who have little or no knowledge of German. As this is a private institution, the school does charge a fee. Further details are available on the school's website.
- University Service CentresHide
The University of Bayreuth offers an extensive range of services for students, researchers and staff. These include the Writing Centre, psychological counselling, the Equal Opportunities Department and the Career Service. If you would like to have more information, feel free to contact Welcome Services at any time. The staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have and to help you get in touch with any of these service centres.
- Additional InformationHide
The universities sports programme offers students, researchers and employees a large selection of sports courses.