FAQ - undergraduate degrees
for international degree seeking applicants from a non-EU country or stateless person
Application ProcessHow do I apply?
Please use the online application portal of the University of Göttingen. Applications sent by postal service will not be considered.
In order to apply online, please register with your current email address and complete the online application. You will be requested to upload your application documents in the upload portal.
Once you have successfully registered, you will be notified regarding the state of your application via email. Please make sure to check your email account regularly and to also check your spam folder.
No. All mandatory documents need to be uploaded in the upload portal. Documents sent via postal service will not be considered.
If you have uploaded your documents successfully, the date and time of the upload will be shown on the right-hand side of the document in the upload portal.
You need to apply within the given deadline. Please note that the deadlines for non-EU applicants may differ from the ones for applicants from Germany. This is why you should carefully check the following link for more information:
The University of Göttingen charges a fee of 65,- EUR for the assessment of non-German certificates. Your application will be processed only after the evaluation fee has been paid. Please make sure to pay this fee before the end of the application deadline.
You may be exempted from paying the fee. More information is available here:
Your admission or the information regarding an unsuccessful application will be available in the download portal. You will be informed via email. Please check your email account regularly and do not forget to also check your spam folder.
In most cases, the issues are due to problems with the browser. Given Mozilla Firefox, the upload typically works very well.
Please note that the upload portal might be rendered differently on mobile phones and tablets.
Application DocumentsWhich documents are mandatory?
The following documents are mandatory and must be uploaded:
- University entrance qualification/"Hochschulzugangsberechtigung"
- Proof of language proficiency according to the individual programme
- Statutory declaration/"Eidesstattliche Versicherung (not mandatory for applications to higher semester)"
The university entrance qualification officially allows you to study at a German university.
In Germany, this certificate is the so-called "Abitur". In the course of the application process, your university entrance qualification will be checked and it will be assessed whether it is equivalent to the German standard.
Proofs of a university entrance qualification include:
- The latest school leaving certificatepunkt>
- University entrance exams
- Certificate of the "Feststellungsprüfung"
- Proof of past enrolment and study periods
- University degree
You may certainly check whether your university entrance qualification qualifies you to study at the University of Göttingen. In order to do so, please consult the following website:
Once you have applied via the online portal of the University of Göttingen, the International Student Office Team will assess the validity of your university entrance qualification.
At the time of your application, you will need at least a level of A1 of German language proficiency according to the EU framework of languages.
Applicants for Medicine and Dentistry must submit evidence of German language proficiency corresponding to a successfully completed DSH-2-examination or to a certified alternative examination, which is not more than two years old.
At the time of enrolment, you must provide proof of a successful DSH-2 exam (or, depending on your course choice, a DSH-3 exam) or its equivalent.
- Deutsche Sprachprüfung (exam taken at another German university or at a "Studienkolleg"/preparatory college officially registered at the German Rectors’ Conference/"Hochschulrektorenkonferenz" (HRK)
- TestDaF at a level of TestDaF level 4 in all four parts of the examination
- Deutsches Sprachdiplom
- Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom
- Telc C1 Hochschule
Yes. The DSH certificate of another German university will be acknowledged only if the exam rules of this institution have been officially registered at the German Rectors’ Conference/"Hochschulrektorenkonferenz" (HRK).
All information regarding the DSH exam at the University of Göttingen is available here:
For first-year applicants, the statutory declaration (Eidesstattlichen Versicherung) is a standalone document in which you must confirm whether you have been previously enrolled at a German university or whether you have successfully obtained a degree at a German university.
The statutory declaration is a mandatory part of your application and must be completed, signed and submitted online via the upload portal. Your application will not be processed without an uploaded statutory declaration. The statutory declaration can be downloaded as a PDF file from the applicant portal.
If you are applying for a higher semester, the statutory declaration is integrated into the applicant portal, so that you can confirm your status by ticking the appropriate box.
If you wish to apply for a higher semester in a given study programme, you will have to ask for official acknowledgement of your previous studies.
For medical studies and dental medicine, the so-called "Landesprüfungsämter" are in charge of acknowledging your previous studies. For all other courses, please consult the respective academic department of the University of Göttingen. Once the official certificate of acknowledgement has been provided, you may apply online specifying the course and the semester. The certificate is a mandatory document and has to be uploaded in the upload portal.
You may upload the originals in the upload portal. In case you have no German, English or French original documents, you will need to provide an official translation stamped and sealed by an official translator.
StudienkollegWhat is a "Studienkolleg"?
If your previous education does not qualify you to study at a German university, i.e. if you do not have a valid university entrance qualification/"Hochschulzugangsberechtigung" (HZB), you may be eligible to attend a Studienkolleg with the aim of taking the final exam/"Feststellungsprüfung". With this exam, your capacity for a study programme and its successful completion will be assessed.
More information is available at www.studienkollegs.de.
Before applying, you may check whether your university entrance qualifications qualify you for taking up a study programme at a German university. Please use the following link:
The International Student Office Team will check your certificates in the course of the application process. If your university entrance qualification is not equivalent to the German “Hochschulzugangsberechtigung” (HZB), you will be assigned to the Studienkolleg in Hanover.
You may apply via the online application portal of the University of Göttingen. You should specify the course of studies you wish to study at the University of Göttingen and enter "Studienkolleg" as the degree you would like to obtain.
Once you have specified your course of studies and the degree "Studienkolleg", your data will be processed. Only if you receive an official invitation from the University of Göttingen to attend the entrance exam for the Studienkolleg Hanover, you may attend this exam.