These are the initial steps, which you will need to take care of after your arrival:

  • Allow for enough time to move in in your new place of residence (make sure to sign a tenancy contract)
  • If your landlord has not already, it is important that you take care of all matters related to your housing (e.g. electricity, internet, etc.) as soon as possible, which includes putting a name plate on both your mailbox and doorbell
  • Drop by at the Welcome Centre and pick up your Welcome Package
  • Sign your employment contract
  • Register with your host institution
  • Register at City Administration Office (Stadtbüro)
  • Open a German bank account
  • Acquire a health insurance
  • Acquire both a residence permit and a work permit
  • Register your children at the children day care facilities and schools
  • Organise and personalise your workspace (e.g. internet access, library access, etc.)
  • Inform yourself about any possible tax payments and pension rights

The Welcome Centre wishes you and your family a very successful start at the BTU and in Cottbus/Senftenberg.

We look forward to meeting you and your family in person!