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Checklist for international PhD-students from EU-/ EEA-countries

1. Before arrival

Step 1: Get informed about the opportunities for a doctorate at Chemnitz University of Technology on your subject area. Please pay attention to our FAQ regarding the preparation of a doctorate.

Step 2: Apply directly at a professorship at Chemnitz University of Technology dealing with your subject area for supervision of your PhD-project. Please pay attention to our FAQ regarding the preparation of a doctorate.

Step 3: Apply jointly with your scientific supervisor for admission to a doctorate. Please pay attention to our respective FAQ regarding the admission to a doctorate

Step 4: Apply for enrolment as PhD-student at Chemnitz University of Technology. Please pay attention to our respective FAQ regarding enrolment.

Step 5: Search for an appropriate accommodation at Chemnitz. In coordination with the landlord, the conclusion of a renting contract might be possible already at this stage, if applicable. Please pay attention to our FAQ regarding accommodation.

Step 6: In case you are still searching for options for financing your stay for a doctorate at Chemnitz University of Technology, you should find out about funding opportunities and/or you can apply for an open job position of Chemnitz University of Technology.

Step 7: In case you would like to travel with minor children: Get in contact as soon as possible with the Family Service of Chemnitz University of Technology regarding childcare facilities resp. schools during your stay at Chemnitz. Please pay attention to our FAQ regarding childcare resp. school

2. After arrival

Step 1: Conclude a renting contract for your accommodation at Chemnitz. In coordination with the landlord this might also be possible before your arrival, if applicable. Please pay attention to our FAQ regarding accommodation.

Step 2: Register within a period of 14 days after arrival at the Citizens' Registration Office (Meldebehörde). A respective certificate of registration counts i.a. among the prerequirements for opening a bank account at a German bank (see step 3) .

Step 3: Open a bank account at a German bank. Please pay attention to our respective FAQ.

Step 4: Conclude a contract with a German health insurance company for sufficient health insurance coverance for the time of your stay in Germany, if applicable (in case that this ist not guaranteed by a respective certificate of the health insurance company at your home country). In that case, please pay attention to our FAQ regarding health insurance.

Step 5: Enrol as PhD-student at the Student Service of Chemnitz University of Technology and pay the semester contribution.

Step 6: In case that you have successfully applied for a position at Chemnitz University of Technology: Conclude your working contract with the Department for Human Resources. Please pay attention to our FAQ regarding employment at Chemnitz University of Technology.

3. During the stay

Step 1: In case of interest or demand, get informed about offers for linguistic further training, for the acquisition of generic qualifications as well as for networking and social integration of PhD-students. In this regard, you are welcome to i.a. register at the mailing list of the PhD-Assistants of the International Office. Please also pay attention to our FAQ regarding offers for support.

Step 2: Make up your mind about your plans for the future after completion of your doctorate in due time (f.e. Would you like to stay in Germany? In which sector you would like to work then?) and make the necessary provisions, if applicable. Our FAQ regarding ways of career might be helpful for that.

4. a) Remaining at Chemnitz/ Germany

Step 1a: You would like to remain at Chemnitz/ Germany after completion of your doctorate and you are striving for a scientific career? In this case, our FAQ for international postdocs might be of interest for you.

Step 1b: You would like to remain at Chemnitz/ Germany and you are striving for a professional career, f.e. in the private industry? In this case, maybe the offers of the Career Service of Chemnitz University of Technology for graduates might be of interest for you. 

Step 2: You would like to stay connected with your Alma Mater also after having left Chemnitz University of Technology and you would like to be kept on the run regarding the newest developments and offers for you? Then you are cordially invited to register at the Alumni-Database of Chemnitz University of Technology!

We wish you a successful career and would appreciate if you remain faithful to resp. stay connected with Chemnitz University of Technology!

4. b) Return to home country

Step 1: You would like to stay connected with your Alma Mater also after having left Chemnitz University of Technology and you would like to be kept on the run regarding the newest developments and offers for you? Then you are cordially invited to register at the Alumni-Database of Chemnitz University of Technology!

Step 2: Give notice regarding your accommodation at Chemnitz in due time. Please pay attention especially to the periods of notice in this respect fixed in your renting contract.

Step 3: Give notice regarding your German health insurance in due time, if applicable. Please pay attention especially to the periods of notice in this respect fixed in your contract with the provider.

Step 4: In case that you were enrolled as PhD-student, apply for de-enrolment at the Student Service of Chemnitz University of Technology in due time.

Step 5: De-register your residence at Chemnitz at the Citizens' Registration Office (Meldebehörde) in due time.

Step 6: Close your German bank account within a personal appointment at the respective bank.

We wish you safe travels home, a successful career and would appreciate if you would stay connected with Chemnitz University of Technology!

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