International Office

The International Office is the central office and first contact point at DESY for foreign guests and their families. Our office is located in building 6 on the first floor, together with the housing and hostel offices.

At the International Office we assist you with, among others, the following issues:

  • German Law regarding foreigners living and working in Germany, (applications for residence permits, visa extensions, registration etc.)
  • medical and liability insurances
  • invitations for DESY guests and employees, and for families where applicable
  • admission at schools, kindergartens and possibilities of daycare in Hamburg, as well as other family-related services
  • calculation of living allowances for guest scientists
  • German language courses


  and we give you general information on:

  • driving license regulations for foreigners in Germany
  • car registration for imported cars
  • visa requirements for travel outside of Germany
  • information on what's on about town and how to get around
  • cultural events