The main contact points for visiting and incoming scientists are the secretaries or team assistants of the hosting research groups. They will assist with matters such as visa, travel and accommodation. Tanja Macke manages the accommodation available to visitors and incoming scientists. She is also available to assist incoming IMPRS students with their paperwork with German authorities. At the same time, staff members of the administration concerned with human resources will make sure that all necessary contract- or stipend-related issues are covered.
Note For IMPRS PhD candidates: In addition to the items on the checklist above, you will need to bring your academic degree certificates and transcripts (original documents - in particular your Master's degree), possibly along with certified translations into English or German.
Note If you need a visa, you must apply for it in the German embassy in your home country. For this purpose, you will receive a formal letter of invitation by the institute.
Note Health insurance is compulsory. Stipend holders should make sure to obtain their copy of the leaflet "Notice to Grantees - Health insurance, accident insurance and third party liability insurance regulations" for further information well before their arrival. Stipend holders will be required to submit proof of adequate health insurance within two weeks of the start of their stipend.
Note If you fall into the 'EU citizen - extended stay' category described in the link above, please remember to request Form E106 or S1 from your domestic health insurance provider before leaving your home country and bring it with you!
Note The above group health insurance policy will only include pre-existing conditions if the application is submitted within six weeks after entry into Germany, otherwise pre-existing conditions are excluded!
Note Pick-up service from the train station may be available upon inquiry.
Note Within one week after arriving in Germany you must register with the residents’ registration office (see Einwohnermeldeangelegenheiten to the right).
Papers needed Identity card/passport, visa (if applicable), rental contract (Mietvertrag) or proof of accommodation.
Note The residence permit is required if you are staying in Germany for longer than three months (see Ausländerbehörde to the right).
Papers needed Identity card/passport, two passport photographs, confirmation of registration (Anmeldebestätigung from the Einwohnermeldeamt), work contract or stipend letter, rental contract or proof of accommodation, proof of health insurance, marriage certificate for couples.
Note For IMPRS PhD candidates who are stipend holders: The grants are paid at rates which, in the view of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, are exempt from tax (see § 3, No. 44 of the Income Tax Act) and obligatory social security insurance does not apply. Social insurance, such as health insurance, is not part of the grant. You will find detailed information in the "Notice to Grantees" (see Health insurance).
Note Tanja Macke will competently advise visitors on the accommodation options managed by the institute. She can arrange for stays in guest rooms or guest apartments for a limited amount of time. This option allows new arrivals to look for longer-term solutions on the private market in the weeks following their arrival. See also the information provided on local accommodation by the various Göttingen-specific web sites to the right, or directly here (main text), here (right-hand side links only), or here (actual offers; mixed English/German).
Note Comprehensive lists of German language classes offered by a variety of institutions in Göttingen are available here and here.
Note Applicants for the IMPRS PhD programme are assigned a student buddy both for their interview phase as well as for their arrival period after acceptance. This student-organised service has over time earned a reputation both for being very efficient in information transfer as well as for quickly making newcomers feel at home in a new social environment.