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Getting Started – For Doctoral Candidates from Abroad – Online Course

Doctoral Candidates, who came recently to Marburg from abroad, are cordially invited to this event organized by the International Office and MARA.


25. October 2021 09:00 – 25. October 2021 12:30
01. November 2021 09:00 – 01. November 2021 12:30
08. November 2021 09:00 – 08. November 2021 12:30


In the first part of the workshop you will get to know the distinctive features of the German scientific system and how PhDs are typically done, supervised and funded in Germany. This part aims to give you a basic understanding of the differences to other systems and how to tackle them in order to strive in your new environment. We will cover various levels of diversity and discuss their influence and outcome.
In the second part of the event you will learn and practice effective communication, including how to deal with typical German ways 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 for the time after the workshop.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You know the distinctive features of the German scientific system and how PhDs are typically done, supervised and funded here (trainer input, discussion).
  • You are aware of common intercultural and personality differences and the importance of cultures in organizations, workgroups and leadership styles (trainer input, Hofstede culture comparison, personality focused activities).
  • Using effective communication, you are capable of handling such differences and adjusting to the German workflow (trainer input, group work, communication activities).
  • You develop individual approaches and plans for your current challenges, based on an analysis of your situation and your environment (individual and pair work, worksheets).
  • You are able to help each other and know constructive ways how to continue this (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.


October 25, 2021, 9:30 am–12 pm, and
November 1, 2021, 9:30 am–12 pm, and
November 8, 2021, 9:30 am–12 pm

Target group

Doctoral Candidates from abroad, who came recently to Marburg


Maximum number of 10 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 October 11, 2021 via e-mail at .

To enable your participation in this and other events, you must register once in the MARA database, as our event organization works through this database.

Click here for the registration form.


Dr. Alexander Egeling

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Postdoctoral Program