Online Guide to Göttingen (GöGuide). The University of Göttingen administers a comprehensive online guide for incoming students and scholars, which provides both useful information for the preparation to come to Göttingen and academic guidance with information on administrative issues and daily life while living in Göttingen (visa, residence permit, employment, taxes, insurances, banking matters, accommodation, telecommunications, public transport, medical care, emergency numbers, family matters, non-university education, shopping and eating, culture, media, sports, religious matters, women’s issues, libraries, computing, language courses, etc.
. Doctoral fellowships at approx. 1,100-1,300 Euros/month are available in each of the GGNB programs from one of a variety of sources, including individual fellowships, research grants, corporate and foundation funds, or university and departmental funds. In the framework of the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Government to promote science and research at German universities, the school applied for additional support for doctoral students of its programs (individual fellowships, bridging funds, travel grants, etc.). The evaluation of the GGNB grant proposal is in June 2007, decisions regarding funding by the excellence initiative will be announced in October 2007. New stipends and available PhD positions will be announced on the internet pages of GGNB and its programs.
Tuition and Fees
. Tuition fees for doctoral students are covered by the German government. A nominal biannual semester fee between approx. 100 and 175 Euros (depending on the type of scholarship a student receives) is paid by all students. This semester fee includes the so-called "Semesterticket", which entitles students to use local trains within the federal states of Lower Saxony and Bremen free of charge.
Costs of Living
. For personal expenses (accommodation, food, health insurance, books, etc.) one should calculate an amount of approximately 600 Euros per month.
. The International Office offers, in collaboration with "Studentenwerk Göttingen", support for students who search for accommodation. Many of the international students live in residence halls. The residence halls have single rooms in smaller or larger living units (kitchen and bathrooms shared), as well as single apartments, apartments for couples and for groups. Family housing is available for students with children. Many doctoral students find a suitable apartment on the private accommodation market. An overview on available apartments for rent is provided by local newspapers, local property agents (Hausverwaltungen), or real estate agents (Immobilienmakler, Wohnungsmakler). Detailed information about how to find a place to live is provided by the online Guide to Göttingen (GöGuide, see above)
. Göttingen is situated in the geographical center of Germany. The Georg August University Göttingen, founded in 1737, has some 24,000 students who substantially influence life in a town of 130,000 citizens. More than 40 Nobel prize laureates have lived, studied, researched and taught in Göttingen, which is a center of biological research. The university is an integral part of the city and contributes considerably to the young and lively atmosphere of the town. Most university departments and buildings are within walking or cycling distance of each other. The majority of research groups participating in this program are located on the North Research Campus. The friendly and cosmopolitan city of Göttingen with a well preserved historical center offers a wide spectrum of cultural and sports facilities. It has three theaters, a symphony orchestra and many cinemas, cafes and pubs. The city is set amid a rolling mountain landscape with ample opportunity for outdoor activities and excursions to national parks or picturesque towns nearby.