International researchers

Important news

Information on the coronavirus provided by the Rectorate of the WWU

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Important news

New Skilled Immigration Act in effect as of 1 March 2020

The new Skilled Immigration Act has come into effect as of 1 March 2020 in Germany. For the group of international researchers the law implies only minor changes in the provisions regarding the different types of visa and work permits, but the access to the permanent residency and job search has been facilitated in some cases. Furthermore, the numeric indication of the single paragraphs has been redefined within the new §18. You find an overview of the differences here.
For further questions, please refer to Ms Audrey Busch under .

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Welcome Centre

Welcome to the Welcome Centre of WWU Münster, the advice and service centre for internationally mobile researchers from Postdoc-Level onwards and host departments. We are very happy that you have chosen WWU Münster.

Target groups

Our services are aimed at professors, postdocs, scholarship holders, scientific and non-scientific staff, lecturers, etc.
For PhD candidates, these services are offered by the Graduate Centre.

Our team
Get to know our team.

Upcoming event:

Friday, 15 May 5-6.30 pm – German “Stammtisch” as ZOOM session

As we would like to keep up our meetings, despite the contact limitations, we are pleased to invite all interested academics to our first online-session via ZOOM. During our virtual “Stammtisch” you can practice your German in an informal environment, sharing your experiences in this particular period with fellow researchers. Ms Nadiradze from the Welcome Centre will guide you in the discussion. If you would like to participate, please register by e-mail to After registration you will receive a link to join the zoom meeting.


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Advice & Cooperation

Here you will find information and advice from our cooperation partners on topics related to your stay at WWU.

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If you are interested in researching or teaching at the University of Münster, there are some formalities that need to be taken care of before you arrive.

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There are a number of ways to finance your stay in Münster. Aside from taking on a paid position, the University and various funding providers offer grants to initiate exploratory meetings, participate at conferences and conduct research visits of varying lengths at the University of Münster.

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Accommodation in Münster is an important topic that should be tackled at an early stage. We support you in this.

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The higher education programme of the European Union (EU), Erasmus, promotes cross-border mobility of students, university instructors and other university staff, as well as business personnel.

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With its Research Alumni strategy (RE.AL), the University of Münster is consolidating and optimising its services and structures to ensure that international researchers receive the best support possible. 

The programme WiRe - Women in Research supports international female researchers and their families.