Global orientation: Coimbra Group, U4 Network and more
The University of Göttingen is a cosmopolitan university which values cultural diversity as an important resource for research and teaching. As such, it is a member of international university networks such as the Coimbra-Gruppe (Coimbra Group), which is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard. The Coimbra Group is committed to creating special academic and cultural ties in order to promote, for the benefit of its members, internationalization, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society.
Exchange of research at an international level
The Faculty welcomes and supports the exchange of research at an international level. Guest professors from abroad also help enrich course offerings each semester, as well as the many doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from abroad. There are also an increasing number of courses offered in English, as the faculty seeks to create an attractive environment for students from abroad (as well as exchange students). Currently, there are around 480 international students enrolled at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, which amounts to around 12 percent of all international students at the university.
International double-degree programmes
The Department of Economics offers a German-language master's degree programme, Master of Arts in International Economics as well as a purely English-language programme, Master of Arts in Development Economics. These programmes include a requirement to study abroad, but can also be combined with international double-degree programmes. In the International Economics programme, there is a partnership with the Master of Science in International Business and Economics programme at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Students in the Master of Development Economics programme have the opportunity to acquire a second degree either from Stellenbosch University in South Africa (Master of Commerce in Economics) or from the University of Florence in Italy (Master of Economics and Development).
The Department of Business Administration offers a double degree programme with the Ghent University Faculty for Economics and Business Administration (in Belgium). Within four semesters, well-qualified students can complete both a M.Sc. degree in finance, accounting, and taxes at the University of Göttingen, as well as a parallel M.Sc. degree in business economics (with a focus on corporate finance or accounting) at Ghent University. Additional double-degree programmes are currently being planned.