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Before you begin your research or work in Potsdam, there are a few things that you should take care of in your home country.

We have collected all of the necessary information for you in the following pages in order to make your planning easier and to prepare you as best we can for your stay in Potsdam:

Apply for a visa

Information on visa obligations, the different types of visas, and how to apply for them

Secure accommodations

Information and tips on searching for a home in Potsdam and Berlin

Research support

Information on possible ways to finance your research or study visit

Buddy Program

Information and registration for the Buddy Program for international doctoral studentsen

Secure kindergarten and school placements

Information on child care possibilities, the school system, and schools in Potsdam and Berlin

There is additional general information on living and working in Germany at the German mobility portal and the welcome portal for professionals.

As you are preparing to come to Germany, take advantage of the advice and support provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Goethe Institute, and representatives of German foundations and other German organizations in your home country. 

Representatives in your country can tell you more about the specific activities and offerings of German organizations and institutions.