Your bachelor or master studies at TU Hamburg: Applications are open until July 15.

Incoming Research Guests & Staff


You‘re planning to come to the TUHH as a guest researcher? Then you have a choice of different modes for academic and student research stays at TUHH,  such as  (short- and long-term) research stays, internships, assignments for visiting teaching staff, and opportunities for completing your doctoral dissertation.
TUHH has decentralised the processing of the research stays to the various TUHH schools of study according to the research subject. For detailed information on core research areas and research topics please visit the TUHH webpage on research and transfer.

The visitings scholars need an invitation from a supervising professor of the school of study to be able to conduct their researach project at TUHH.

The International Office offers general orientation to help researchers organize their stay at TUHH. This portal (scroll down) provides additional information on the contact points, including practical tips on  topics related to living and studying at TUHH and in Hamburg.

Preparation and first steps

Preparation and first steps

You are planning a research stay or doctoral studies at Hamburg University of Technology and are looking for an academic host for your stay?
You will find information on how you can contact a potential academic host on Euraxess Germany.

You would like to contact a supervisor at TUHH directly?

  • For International researchers : Please contact a supervisor via one of the TUHH schools of study directly.
  • For doctoral dissertation: please check the contact information on the webpage Doctoral Degrees Portal

  • For students (short/long term) research stays (project work/internships/Erasmus traineeships/ECIU challaneges) without cooperation agreement:
    For finding your relevant research subject and supervisor please contact one of the TUHH Research Institues directly.

  • Students research stays within the cooperation agreements with partner institutions:
    -Exchange students for completion of thesis work within the general exchange stay please contact International Office at:
    -University of Waterloo/ University of Barkeley: please contact MUM Institute /Prof R. Seifried/ Email: robert.seifried(at) or exchange coordinator Prof. Dücker/Email: daniel.duecker(at)

    For futher informationp lease check as well: Visitng international research students

Entry formalities; Accommodation; Health insurance

Entry formalities; Accommodation; Health insurance

After you have arranged your application formalities with the responsible TUHH institute, you will need to adress a number of practical issues associated with entry formalities to Germany, like applying for visa, finding accommodation and taking out the insurance.

Entry to Germany/Visa

If you have to apply for a visa to enter Germany, you will need an invitation letter from the Institute. Please contact your TUHH supervisor.

Make sure you apply for this visa in good time at the German diplomatic mission in your home country. EU nationals and nationals of certain countries (e.g., Australia, Great Britain, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Canada, Liechtenstein, South Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States) do not need a visa to enter Germany.

  • See the list of countries for which there is / is not a visa requirement on the multilingual web page of the Federal Foreign Office. This page also contains information about applying for a visa.
  • For special information, see the web page of the diplomatic mission responsible for you.
  • Note that the 3-month Schengen visa (tourist visa, visitor’s visa, business visa, visa to attend a language course without the intention of pursuing university study) cannot be converted into a residence permit in Germany. In this case, you must leave Germany and reenter with a special visa issued by the diplomatic mission responsible.

If you enter Germany from a non-EU country, you must prove you have sufficient financial resources when you apply for the visa. If you can enter Germany without a visa, you can prove you have sufficient financial resources when you apply for a residence permit.

Researchers from non-EU countries who plan to stay more than 90 days need a host agreement to apply for their visa and residence permit. Contact person for hosting agreements at TUHH: The Manager of Internationalisation Mrs Nicole Frei/ e-mail:

Further important information on visa and entry formalities can be found on the homepages of EuraxessThe Hamburg Welcome Portal and Federal Foreign Office.


Finding accommodation in Hamburg, especially for a short period of time can be difficult and expensive as well. We advise you to take care of the searching  for accommodation well in time. The Accommodation Office TUHH can advise you on finding appropriate housing. Please contact:

Health Insurance

Health insurance for you stay in Germany is mandatory.
Please contact your insurance company to check whether your existing health insurance covers treatment costs in Germany (this usually applies for EU citizens). If your existing insurance does not cover treatment costs in Germany, you either need to extend it or take out an additional insurance for the time of your stay in Germany. As a rule, guest researchers have to have private health insurance. More information and links to various private insurance providers can be found at Euraxess Germany, the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation's information and DAAD advice portal for international researchers. Please note that the travel insurances are usually not covering the real costs of the medical treatment in Germany needed in the case of accident or illness.



Arrival in Hamburg and at TUHH

Arrival at TUHH

(This page is under construction!)

City Registration

If you plan to stay in Hamburg for more than 3 months, you will have to register as a resident within two weeks after your arrival. Further information about the citizen registration procedure as well as the online appointment tool can be found here.

Residence Permit

You must apply for a residence permit at the local Immigration Office within the period for which your national visa is valid if it does not cover the entire duration of your stay. You can use the online portal for arranging the appointement.
The special services for arranging your city registration and residence permit as well as guidance for your new start in Hamburg can be provided by The Hamburg Welcome Center! You can contact them for getting an appointment at:; Tel.: +49 40 428 54 5001

Registration of your TUHH status

In order to get access to TUHH Campus facilities you have to register at TUHH. Depending on your status you will be registered either as a Guest Researcher (valid for all internship students, visiting academics, guests conducting researches for their doctoral dissertation): Please contact the department STUDIS – Admission & Registration/ Mrs Hennke/ room 0026/SBS 95E for filling out the form and carrying out your registration procedure.

For registration as a regular TUHH PHD student (valid for PHD research fellows in an institute): Please contact the PHD Office

The TUHH Families Office

You are coming to Germany with your life partner and one or more children and need support in organising a childcare? You can make use of the TUHH day care centre! Your children will meet playmates of their own age there and you’ll easily get to know other parents. For more information, please contact the TUHH Family Office which provides support for spouses and children of visiting scientist.
Contact data: Tel.: 040 42878 3968/ E-Mail: familienbuero(at)

TUHH Graduate Academy

The Graduate Academy bundles and coordinates existing cross-disciplinary offerings at the university, makes them visible for both junior scientists and their supervisors, and complements them with special formats to make up a comprehensive program that provides junior scientists at the TUHH with an ideal environment in which to pursue doctoral studies.
Interested in developing  transferable scientific skills?
Contact:  Tel. +49 (0) 40 42878 4337 / E-Mail: graduiertenakademie(at)


Further helpful information

Information and links

Hamburg Welcome Center
Special services for guest researchers in Hamburg: arranging  residence permit, city registration and general guidance for new start in Hamburg!

The DAAD guide "Research in Germany"
General information for guest researchers

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)
General information for guest researchers, information on residence permits and application procedures for researchers from third countries

Federal Foreign Office
Information on visas and regulations for entering Germany as well as the requisite application forms

European Commission: EU Immigration Portal
Information for non-EU citizens wishing to carry out research in Germany

Do you have any further questions or need support? Do not hesitate to contact the International Office.