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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"

The Bonn Graduate Center and the International Office would like to warmly welcome all new and other interested doctoral researchers to the University of Bonn.

For further information/registration please visit the "Welcome Event 2019" Homepage 

Location: Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
Date: December 5, 2019 at 5 pm
  • "No worries" - Support group"

International doctoral students can be confronted with various unknown situations or problems at the beginning of and during their studies. 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.
Dates: comimg soon!


  • Events for International doctoral students: 


  • Main Library - Guided Tour in English

Date:  October 9 and 15, 2019 at 2 pm
Meetings point: 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..
Register here !

  • Workshop for International doctoral students "Managing your career-
        handling dissertation and career entry"

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.

Date: November 29, 2019, 9:30 am - 4 pm
Location: Poppelsdorfer Allee 53
Registration under: sandra.papel(at) 
  • German Classes - Winter Semester 2019/2020

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
!!!!!!!!Registration Required: sandra.papel(at)

  International choir

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