Research, teaching and doctoral studies
The Welcome Center provides assistance to visiting foreign academics and scholars and to international doctoral researchers and students during their first few weeks at Saarland University. Welcome Center staff can help with visa and residence registration issues, visits to local administrative agencies, official paperwork, and questions about insurance and enrolment. The Welcome Center also offers assistance with finding accommodation and runs a very wide-ranging programme of intercultural recreational activities.
Doctoral research and PhD programmes for international students
Around 1,500 doctoral students are currently enrolled at Saarland University, around a third of whom come from abroad. Many of them are integrated into graduate schools or graduate colleges. For example, hundreds of candidates from all over the world apply every year for the 30 or so places at the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science.
For over twenty five years, Saarland University has had strong ties with universities in Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation and the Caucasus. The opportunities for research scientists and scholars from these regions to do research and to teach at Saarland University are therefore particularly favourable. Academics from all disciplines and subject areas can participate in the programme provided that their project is approved for inclusion in the current work programme.
As part of its European visiting professorship scheme, Saarland University has hosted several guest professors from Finland, Turkey, Ireland, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Greece, Portugal and so on. The visiting professors come from a broad range of academic disciplines and spend one year at Saarland University teaching courses on topics of current interest from the perspective of their home country.