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Getting Started – For Doctoral Candidates from Abroad – Online Course

If you have come to Marburg from abroad to do your PhD, this workshop is the introduction and preparation you need to succeed.


16. November 2020 09:00 – 16. November 2020 12:00
23. November 2020 09:00 – 23. November 2020 12:00
30. November 2020 09:00 – 30. November 2020 12:00
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This course aims to give you a basic understanding of the differences of the German to other (academic) systems and how to tackle them in order to thrive in your new environment. We will cover various levels of diversity and discuss their influence and outcomes.

On the first day, you will be familiarized with the ­distinctive features of the German scientific system and how doctoral degrees are typically acquired, ­supervised, and funded in Germany. On the second day, you will learn and practice effective ­communication, including how to deal with typical German styles of supervision and leadership. Based on analyses of your individual situation, you will develop solutions and produce plans that can guide you through your current challenges. We will practice peer support techniques to do so and to equip you beyond the workshop.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will be familiar with the distinctive features of the German scientific system and how doctoral degrees are typically acquired, supervised, and funded here (trainer input, discussion).
  • You will be aware of common intercultural and perso­nality differences and the importance of cultures in organizations, working groups, and leadership styles (trainer input, Hofstede culture comparison, personality-focused activities).
  • Using effective communication, you will be capable of handling such differences and adjusting to the German workflow (trainer input, group work, communication activities).
  • You will develop your individual approach and plans to meet your current challenges, drawing on an analysis of your situation and your environment (individual and pair work, worksheets).
  • You will be able to help each other and know constructive ways how to continue this in the future (peer support and success team).


Please note that this is not an English language course. Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.

To participate in the online course, you need a PC/laptop with a current browser (recommended: Chrome or Firefox) as well as a headset (or speakers and a microphone), possibly a webcam, and a stable Internet connection.


November 16, 2020, 9:00 am–12:00 pm,
November 23, 2020, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, and
November 30, 2020, 9:00 am–12:00 pm

Target group

International doctoral candidates from all disciplines who have recently come to Marburg from abroad


Maximum number of 16 participants
Free of charge

The event is organized jointly by the International Office and MARA and is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and financed by the Federal Foreign Office.

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This workshop is part of the program "Getting Started".
Please register until November 02, 2020 via e-mail at .
We kindly ask you to confirm your registration to make it binding. You may cancel your registration up to twelve days before the beginning of the course without providing specific reasons. In this case, please send us a brief notice so that we can make your place available to someone else on the waiting list.


Dr. Alexander Egeling

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Postdoctoral Program