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Getting Started – For Doctoral Candidates from Abroad


17. October 2022 09:00 – 17. October 2022 16:00
18. October 2022 09:00 – 18. October 2022 16:00

Philipps-Universität Marburg, MARA, F|05, Deutschhausstraße 11+13, Seminar room 01.0010

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

On the first day you will get to know the distinctive features of the German scientific system and how doctorates are typically done, supervised and funded in Germany. This course 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.
On the second day 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 will know the distinctive features of the German scientific system and how doctorates are typically done, supervised and funded here.
  • You will be aware of common intercultural and personality differences and the importance of cultures in organizations, workgroups and leadership styles.
  • Using effective communication, you will be capable of handling such differences and adjusting to the German workflow.
  • You will develop individual approaches and plans for your current challenges, based on an analysis of your situation and your environment.
  • You will be able to help each other and know constructive ways how to continue this.

Didactic Methods

Trainer input, discussion, Hofstede culture comparison, personality focused activities, group work, communication activities, individual and pair work, worksheets, peer support and success team


Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.

The workshop is planned as an in-person event. You are required to comply with the hygiene measures in effect at the time of the event.


October 17, 2022, 9 am–4 pm, and
October 18, 2022, 9 am–4 pm

Target Groups

Doctoral candidates from abroad, who came recently to Marburg


Maximum number of 18 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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Please register until October 4, 2022 using the online registration form.


Dr. Alexander Egeling,

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Doctoral Program for Humanities and Social Sciences