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Specialized doctorate support









The University of Bonn offers specialized support to doctoral students in the first few days of their arrival in Bonn. The Welcome Service offers a pick-up service for students with a handicap, as well as accompaniment and help with the first steps at Bonn's many Governmental Bureaus. For further information and contact details see here.

  • "Welcome Meeting"

We would like to invite the new international doctoral students to our Welcome Meetings at the beginning of each semester. This will help you get familiar with our program and regular events! Registration information is coming soon.

Location: Festsaal, Main Building of the University, Regina-Pacis-Weg 3
Date: November 27, 2018 at 5 pm at the Festsaal
  • "No worries" - Support group"

International doctoral students can be confronted with various unknown situations or problems at the beginning of and during their studies. Communication and comprehension barriers, insecurity or even self-doubt can lead to miscommunication. Isolation, frustration, or loss of motivation are large barriers which make integration into the study environment or the achievement of the desired study outcome that much harder. Even though it may be difficult, it often helps to talk about the problems, which may lead to possible solutions. 
Our ‘International Support Group’ offers international students a relaxed and informal opportunity to talk with each other about the difficulties of studying as an international student.
The next meetings takes place, at the International Club, Poppelsdorfer Allee 53, 53115 Bonn (entrance Argelanderstrasse), on: May 22 and 30, June 5, 13, 19, 27, July 3, 11 and 17 - always from 6 pm (further dates will be announced at or here).


  • Events for International doctoral students: 

  • Saturday December 15, 2018 - Ice Skating on the Christmas market - registration/info : pro-motion(at)
  • Saturday December 1st, 2018 - Visit of the Christmas market - registration/info : pro-motion(at)
  • Friday November 30, 2018, Workshop: "Career after your doctoral studies (see below)
  • Saturday October 27, 2018 - Bowling - registration/info : pro-motion(at)
  • Saturday October 20, 2018 - Boat trip to Königswinter and hike to the Drachenfels - registration/info : pro-motion(at)
  • Tuesday October 16, 2018, Presentation Halth insurance for international PhD students at Bonn University (see below)

Careers with a doctorate 2018 October 11, 2018 - Successful Job Applications outside Academia

  • Saturday July 14, 2018, vistit of the Regierungsbunker in Ahrweiler
  • Saturday March3, 2018, 1:00 pm -  visit of the exhibition "Bundeskunsthalle"

Registration and more information under: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]   


  • Main Library - Guided Tour in English

Termin:  Wednesday 10.10.2018 and Tuesday 16.10.2018 at 14:00
Treffpunkt: Foyer Main Library, Adenauerallee 39-41:


  • Intercultural Workshops  (in English )

Two-day intercultural workshops are offered by the International Office for international and German students! This workshop takes place at the International Club from 9 a.m - 5 p.m., and costs 10 Euros.
Register here !

  • "Health Insurance for International doctoral students at the University of Bonn "

Presentation by Mr. Michael Hut (AOK Rheinland) about ♦Private/Public Health insurance ♦Social Security ♦Pension Insurance ♦Unemployment Insurance ♦ Nursing care insurance ♦ Job options

Announcement (pdf) -

Date: October 16, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location: International Club, Poppelsdorfer Allee 53
Organized by Ms. Sandra Papel: sandra.papel(at)
  • Workshop for International doctoral students "Career after your doctoral studies"

The workshop focuses on e.g. ♦German standards of the application process and job interviews ♦format of a CV ♦self-presentation concerning your personal goal and motivation and much more.

- Announcement (pdf) -

Date: November 30, 2018, 9:30 am - 4 pm
Location: Conference Room, Poppelsdorfer Allee 53
Registration under: sandra.papel(at) 
  • German Classes - Summer Semester 2018

The International Office offers German language classes for international doctoral students who are enrolled at the University of Bonn. Please visit this website for information about the classes!  Contact person for German language classes: Sonja Hammer: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]


  • Pro-Buddy Program

The aim of the Pro-Buddy Program is to help international doctoral students adjust to their new environment, and help them to get into contact with other German doctoral students more easily. Every international doctoral student will get a "Buddy", i.e. a German doctoral student who is willing to give him/her a helping hand in all issues concerning German bureaucracy, culture, and everyday life. The international doctoral student can expect support from their German buddy regarding questions about the University of Bonn, and the doctorate thesis in general, due to the fact that the German buddy is already familiar with the University's facilities, institutes, and program formalities.

During get-togethers, organized by the International Office, all participants are able to meet other international and German students, exchange experiences, and broaden their intercultural competence.

In addition, it is possible to earn credits for the "Certificate of International Competence" by taking part in the Pro-Buddy-Program.  



Here you can find the application form  pdf / word. Please send in the completed form by email or post. Since there is no application deadline, you are most welcome to also apply during the semester!


Hanna Huckestein

International Office 
Pro-Buddy Program
Poppelsdorfer Allee 53 
53115 Bonn 
Office hours: by arrangement
  • International Choir

If you would like to join our International Choir made up of other German and international (dotoral) students, just let us know. Rehearsals take place in the International Club every Monday evening during the semester!

Location: International Club, Poppelsdorfer Allee 53
Date: Monday evenings from 8-10 p.m. during the semester 
Head: Mr. Kirchharz

First rehearsal at the summer semester starts on April 9!
!!!!!!!!Registration Required: sandra.papel(at)

  International choir

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