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Good to know - Germany

Finding your way around in a new country can be quite difficult at times. Our "Good to Know" information sessions aim to help you gain a better understanding of some important aspects of everyday life in Germany.

iGRAD is the Graduate Academy of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. It offers diverse services and events for all doctoral researchers at the Faculty. Which benefits does a membership bring, are there any obligations, which services exist next to workshops, and how do I become a member? These are just some questions that might come up especially for doctoral researchers new at HHU. Therefore, Debbie Radtke of iGRAD will introduce all service and offers to you and will be happy to answer your questions.

Lecturer: Debbie Radtke  (iGRAD)

Online Seminar: 06.12.2021 at 5:00 pm - Register here!
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.

A variety of institutions with diverse objectives and interests characterise the German research landscape. In this seminar, participants will learn about the German higher education system, non-university research institutions as well as possible entry positions and funding opportunities for international junior scientists. In addition, the seminar will also present career prospects beyond research positions.

Lecturer: Uta Brunner (JUNO)

Online Seminar: 13.12.2021 from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Register here!
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required


Depending on their source of income, international researchers living in Germany can be subject to German income tax. This information session will give an overview of the most important aspects of the German income tax for expats and try to tackle the most common questions arising such as: Do I have to pay income taxes? Do I need to make an income tax declaration? When do l have to file my tax return and how? Do I also have to pay taxes in my home country?

A Q&A session will be allocated at the end so as to tend to your personal questions. You are most welcome to send in any specific questions or areas you are interested in prior to the session.

Lecturer: Claudine Ndlovu (Research Associate “International Taxation & Business Law B.A”, Hochschule Rhein-Waal)

Online Seminar: 20.01.22, 5:00 p.m. - Register here!
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.

Germany has a reputation for having one of the best social security systems in the world. At its core, the social security system is based on five pillars: health insurance, long-term care insurance, pension insurance, unemployment insurance and accident insurance.

But how does the system actually work? Which insurances are available for international researchers? What differences apply to researchers with a work contract and those with a scholarship? What are the benefits of statutory health insurance? What do you need to consider when seeing a doctor? Which additional private insurances are beneficial for international researchers? All these questions will be addressed in this information session. Furthermore, the event will provide time to address participants' individual questions.

Lecturer: Sigrun Wegener-Feldbrügge (JUNO)

Online Seminar: 11.04.2022 at 5:00 pm - Register here!
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.