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Welcome Service

When you move to another country, everything is new: the language, the environment and above all the culture. The Welcome Service is your primary contact for you, your family and your employer. We will support you in gaining a foothold at the Potsdam Science Park and in the region as quickly as possible.

Among other things, we can advise you on finding accommodation and childcare, support you in building up your social network and help you learn the German language. All to help you learn to love Potsdam like we do!


© Potsdam Science Park, sevens+maltry Fotografen

We know from our own experience how difficult it is to find your way in a new environment. We will advise and support you on all essential questions so that you “land” in Potsdam as gently as possible, including communication with the German government, searching for and finding accommodation, enrolling in childcare, finding doctors and even leisure activities.

We are here for you!

In the international environment of the Potsdam Science Park, we offer highly qualified German and English courses at our language school. In small groups and in a warm atmosphere, you will learn based on your previous knowledge as part of a program tailored to your individual learning goals. There is also a practical benefit— you have an opportunity to network with other scientists on campus, make new friends and immerse yourself in the German lifestyle in class.

More and more scientists are moving abroad alone or with their partner and family for professional reasons. They give up their familiar environment, friends and family. In return, they are confronted with a new language, new customs and new cultures. We will help you to arrive in Potsdam, familiarise yourself with the local way of life, make friends and master everyday situations.  For families we offer ways to learn German customs and provide information on upcoming events such as local festivals, informational evenings with valuable tips on topics like tax matters, and joint excursions or regular monthly meetings. We look forward to meeting you at one of our events.

© Potsdam Science Park, sevens+maltry Fotografen

As part of the Welcome Service we manage use of a guest house operated by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (AEI). Here you can find accommodation for the first part of your stay at the Potsdam Science Park until you find permanent housing.

Contact our Team

Carolin Schneider leitet den Welcome Service im Potsdam Science Park

Carolin Schneider

Welcome Service & Language School

Eva Reis betreut das Guesthouse im Potsdam Science Park

Eva Reis

Welcome Service & Guest House Max-Planck-Campus

Opening Hours

General Information
Please note that the Welcome Service and the language school are currently working partly from the home office and partly from the office at GO:IN. All language courses will continue as online or, if feasible, face-to-face courses.
We are available for questions by phone and e-mail. We are happy to offer personal and online consultations by appointment.

If you would like to pay your guest house bill in cash or by EC/credit card, please also make an appointment with Eva Reis.


Guest House Administration 
Office in the GO:IN Building, 3rd floor, room 309
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
*Cash, EC/debit or credit card.

Office in the Guest House, ground floor
Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
*Cash only, please

Welcome Service 
Office in the GO:IN Building, 3rd floor, room 307
Please make an appointment for a consultation.