Services for our Hosts

The Hochschulallianz Ruhr (HAR) is an alliance with many advantages. Our constitution as an alliance offers high potential in that we bundle skills and transfer knowledge to gain most for our customers. When you belong to our partner universities and are engaged in finding international personnel or professionals of any kind from without Germany, we are your port of call regarding the employment process.

We from the HAR Welcome Center are happy to help you with the following in particular:

  • Invitation letters for visa applications
  • Information on individual visa and immigration requirements
  • Checklists for the required formalities
  • Assistance with requests regarding a certificate of good conduct
  • Advice on health insurance for international guests
  • Assistance with English language and translation services
  • Assistance with a timely management of the administrative process
  • Communication with our international guests

To make the most of our services, please get in touch with our Welcome Center. [Text in German]

Welcome - Services for Applicants

Services for Applicants

Find your way to Germany: You are an international researcher or scientist or maybe a guest lecturer planning a stay in Germany? We are here to help!

Our objective is to assist you throughout your journey by offering guidance on non-academic, particularly bureaucratic matters before, during, and after your stay. Our range of services includes providing necessary information, delivering relevant documents, and handing out helpful checklists.

We encourage you to take a first step and get in touch with our Welcome Center to join us for your guest journey.

We will provide a formal registration process at a later stage. Once this is active, we kindly ask you to register with our Welcome Center by following the provided link. [Text in German]

If you come along and follow us, we will guide you through the process!

To make the most of our services right now, please contact our Welcome Center. [Text in German]


How we can assist.

We kindly ask you to fill out our guest registration form so that we can take care of your needs individually.

Getting in touch with us first will spare you having to find your way through non-academic, at times tricky
bureaucratic matters by yourself.

We might not always have the answer right away, but we will make sure to find the solution for you timely.

Getting prepared

You might find the following websites helpful for your planning:


Make it in Germany

Research in Germany

During your Stay

When you have questions.

To be aware:

  • Receiving support in all non-academic matters
  • Living and working in the Ruhr Area

When you Leave

What you need to do.

Steps to follow:

  • Termination of Agreements
  • De-registration


How we can assist.

We are happy to help with formalities around your stay and when this comes to an end also with planning your departure. We will provide checklists and give a hand wherever necessary.

When you are in the Ruhr Area, your location within Germany is quite central. You will find that this has several advantages. To name one, the density of the area and the particularly good infrastructure will enable you to travel from one big city to another in brief time and at a comparatively low price.

The HAR alliance universities in the cities Dortmund, Bochum, Gelsenkirchen and their partner locations are geographically near to one another and we encourage you to get to know them all.

Having said this, please be informed that our services initially have a predominantly digital focus with the advantage that they are independent of a specific location. We will give you ideas and tips for when you want to travel and look out for social activities as we support connecting people. Our aim is to make you feel welcome at your home away from home and when the time for your farewell nears, we see it as our gain when it becomes an Auf Wiedersehen.