International Office of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

The International Office (IO) aims to provide a smooth and swift transition for our new colleagues, visiting researchers, guests, and foreign students.

The IO assists with all formalities during the settling-in period. Please contact us if you have any questions.

A good start for non-Germans is the guide "Living and Working in Germany" (PDF) of the Max Planck Society, which is intended to help with getting settled and feeling at home in Germany, and with handling the daily business of living and working here.

If you are moving to Frankfurt to work at the MPI for Empirical Aesthetics and you are not a German citizen, you will need to organize a few things prior to your arrival.


More Information

  • Visa for Research

    Foreign nationals taking up employment—including doing research—in Germany, require a visa.

  • Registration

    If you are planning to stay in Germany for more than 3 months, you must register your residence within two weeks...

  • Bank Account

    To open a bank account you will need the following...

  • Health Insurance

    Every person residing in Germany is required to have health insurance.

  • Additional Insurances

    Information on liability insurance, household contents insurance, accident insurance, retirement benefits

  • Housing

    Finding an apartment in Frankfurt can be a challenge, but we will be happy to assist you in the process.

  • Broadcasting Fee

    This is the broadcasting fee (Rundfunkbeitrag), which covers public television and radio programming in Germany...

  • Driving License

    Permission to operate a motor vehicle in Germany is regulated by a number of different factors depending on where your license was issued.