Studying abroad

The Gene Center is home to scientists from many different countries at every career stage, fostering a truly international atmosphere in research and teaching. We welcome students and scientists from other countries to our Master's, PhD, and post-doctoral programs. Conversely, we encourage our Master's students to gain international experience by doing their laboratory rotation or their thesis project abroad.

Here, we provide some general information for incoming and outgoing projects. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the coordinator for international exchange, Klaus Förstemann (

Incoming students and scientists

The Munich area and especially the high-tech campus Grosshadern/Martinsried offer an exceptional density of research institutions and biotechnology companies. This exciting environment offers unique opportunities for education and research in the life sciences. We very much encourage international students and scientists to apply for one of the programs at the Gene Center and become part of our enterprise.

Master of Science in Biochemistry
If you have a Bachelor's degree in the life sciences and would like to obtain a Master's degree, we encourage you to send an application to the Gene Center! Our two-year international Master's program is taught entirely in English and comprises two major and one minor subject. Detailed information is available under Education>Master's Program or by contacting the teaching coordinator Heidi Feldmann (

PhD Program
The Gene Center has an international PhD program that provides high level education and research experience. Applications can be submitted year round to any of the principal investigators at the Gene Center; in addition, many principal investigators are members of the International Max Planck Research School for Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (IMPRS). Additional information is available under Education>Graduate Program, or contact the office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, Prof. Roland Beckmann (

Postdoctoral Fellows
The Gene Center is home to many highly successful research groups (see research) and offers excellent research facilities (see facilities). If you wish to apply for a postdoctoral position, please contact the principal investigator of your interest directly. Open positions are often listed on our career page (see career).

Outgoing students

We strongly encourage our Master's students to seek international experience by going abroad for a lab rotation or thesis project. You will experience different academic and scientific cultures and learn to live in a foreign country. Apart from the more personal aspects of working abroad, however, the principal motivation should be scientific: Which scientific question(s) do you find most exciting and important? Search for a foreign lab whose main focus is aligned with your scientific interest. Then get in touch with Klaus Förstemann (, who will advise you on how to establish contact with the foreign lab, discuss the specifics of your planned project, and help you get the necessary funding for the international visit.

We seek to minimize the administrative effort associated with an international visit. Therefore, please contact Klaus Förstemann BEFORE leaving - prior approval is mandatory and will facilitate a successful trip. We need a short proposal (1 page) and a letter of acceptance from your host laboratory.

The following links are useful for funding and visa/immigration issues:

Academic Support and Funding:
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD):
EMBO Life Sciences Mobility Portal:
German Research Mobility Portal:
Dean's Funding:

(some of these pages target scientists at more advanced career stages, but nonetheless they contain useful information for anyone going abroad)

Home pages of Foreign Embassies in Germany:

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