New arrivals

Upon Your Arrival

For those who are arriving in Cologne and in need of temporary accommodation, we have a list of places available near the institute. To obtain more information, please contact the IO (


Guide through the institute and department

  • Meet your colleagues and the administration
  • Security card for access to the building and to the labs
  • Check your computer, email account and phone (should be ready upon arrival)
  • One to one counseling with IO staff regarding housing, visas and other important matters

Welcome packet

This packet is given to newcomers on the first day of their arrival and includes the Newcomers Guide, a map of Cologne, and "New in Cologne" Magazine - all in a practical MPI tote bag. Please visit the IO upon your arrival to receive the packet.

Newcomers guide

The Newcomers Guide is an all-inclusive booklet that covers just about everything from visa matters, apartment hunting, dealing with the local phone company, to locating the nearest pharmacy and much more. It provides a step-by-step guide to settling in so you don?t miss anything along the way.


Tour of Cologne/ Visits to Scientific Institutes in the Area

Once a year the University of Cologne organizes a guided tour of Cologne in English. The scientists of the MPI for Biology of Ageing are welcome to participate in the tour. As well, our office will be hosting a guided tour of the scientific institutes in the area. Please contact the IO for more details.

Cultural Training

This is a two-hour seminar on cultural awareness and diversity workshop as part of orientation process. It is offered for all newcomers. The course will help you prepare yourself in a new environment, increase self-awareness and cross cultural understanding, provides coping strategies and much more.


Maintaining Legal Status

It is important for you to keep your immigration status current at all times. Please contact the IO or the human resources if you need assistance or have questions regarding your legal status. The IO will keep you informed about any important changes or amendments to the immigration regulations or updates regarding visas and residence permits.