Göttingen International

Admissions to the University of Göttingen

The university is distinguished by the wide scope of its subjects and excellent facilities for scientific research. While most of our degree programmes (especially undergraduate studies) are taught in German, one Bachelor and over sixty Master and Ph.D. programmes are taught in English and ensure that graduates are excellently equipped for the international job market. Regardless of the teaching language all our programmes are open for both international and German students.

Finding your Studies

On the undergraduate level, you may either choose a one-subject or a two-subject bachelor programme. No matter which option you choose, both of them will lead to bachelor degree with a standard period of six semesters.

If you are interested in Law, Medicine or Theology the standard period of study is at least nine semesters, twelve for most programmes. While we admit all eligible applicants to some of our courses (programmes with open admission), the majority of our programmes accept only a limited number of applicants (restricted admission). You can view a filtered list of our courses below by modifying the criteria on the right side of the page. Use terms of admission, field of study or type of degree as criteria.

All thirteen faculties of Göttingen University and several graduate schools offer both Master and Doctoral Studies enabling interdisciplinary exchange across a wide range of academic fields. While our faculties host the Master programmes, structured PhD studies are part of graduate schools.


Eligibility

Language Requirements

At the time of your application, you must provide evidence of sufficient German language skills.

In order to submit your application, evidence of a successfully passed German language course is sufficient with the exception of medicine and dentistry. For both study programmes, you have to provide evidence of sufficient language skills corresponding to a successfully completed DSH-2 examination at the time of your application.

For enrolment, at least DSH-2 is required for all study programs.

Entrance Entitlement

During our application procedure, the International Student Office evaluates whether your school degrees or previous academic performances qualifies you for admission to your chosen study programme.

Only if the prerequisites are met, will you be considered in our selection procedure. A good baseline to assess your university entrance entitlement are databases from anabin (German agency responsible for assessing foreign degrees and qualifications) and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

In the event your documents are not sufficient for direct access to your desired degree programme, you may be eligible to enter a foundation course at a preparatory college (Studienkolleg). If you have applied in time at Göttingen University and your previous record allows it, we will register you at the Studienkolleg Hanover and send you an invitation letter to participate in an entry examination. This invitation is not an admission to your chosen degree programme at the University of Göttingen. You must pass the entry exam in German and, depending on your chosen field of studies, Mathematics or Humanities. The Studienkolleg will then decide on your admission to the foundation course.

The foundation course will take one year and prepare you for a final assessment examination (“Feststellungsprüfung”). Once you passed the Feststellungsprüfung you have to apply a second time at Göttingen University for your chosen degree programme and, if selected, will be granted direct access to begin your studies.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary depending on the programme. Usually a bachelor degree in a related area (if you apply for a master programme) or a master degree/an equivalent (if you apply for doctoral studies), as well as proof of language proficiency are required.

For programmes that are taught in German, the proof of proficiency is required for enrolment (at least DSH-2). For programmes that are taught in English, proof of proficiency is required (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate) if it is not your first language. Please note that for some programmes proficiency in German as well as in English are required. Please refer to the webpages of the programmes of your interest for detailed information concerning the language prerequisites.


Financing your Studies

First-year students in undergraduate programmes are rarely eligible for funding prior to starting their studies. However, there are some scholarships available from a variety of donors most prominently the DAAD. In general, there are more scholarships and grants available for graduate students than undergraduates.

Only a small number of study programmes at the University of Göttingen require tuition fees. Most programmes charge only an administrative fee of around 300 Euros per semester.

Depending on your lifestyle, you will need a minimum of 670 Euros per month to live comfortably.

In order to apply for a visa (and later for your residence permit) you also need proof of financial resources ("Finanzierungsnachweis"), which shows that you can finance your studies and daily living costs whilst in Germany. Currently, foreign students must prove they have at least 8,000 Euros per year at their disposal (about 670 Euros per month).

Göttingen and the University offer many opportunities to earn money

For many students in Germany it's quite normal to work part-time whilst studying. Many students work as university research or teaching assistants, others in cafés and restaurants, at trade fairs, as delivery drivers, etc. As an international student, you are also allowed to work in Germany. However, the German labour law restricts how many hours foreign students are allowed to work, since studying must be your main occupation.


Why in Göttingen?

With its 277 years of history and at the same time modern facilities, the university provides excellent conditions for research-based education in nearly all areas of knowledge. In addition, our outstanding infrastructure and partnership with research institutions within the Göttingen Campus give you the opportunity to get involved in high-quality research, connecting to scientists from all around the world.

It is also well known for its 40 Nobel laureates, who have lived, studied, researched and taught here.

Almost all academic disciplines including medicine are represented in the 13 faculties, the exception being engineering sciences. Such a broad spectrum of subjects enables you to tackle overarching issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Göttingen, with a population of approx. 120,000, is a city where tradition and innovation complement one another perfectly. The city dates back to the Middle Ages and still boasts a unique historic centre with beautiful half-timbered buildings. While the architecture breathes history, the spirit of Göttingen is young and vibrant – thanks to its 30,000 students, more than eleven per cent of them with an international background.

Popular annual events include the Nacht der Kultur, the Jazz Festival, the International Literature Festival and the European Film Festival.

In addition to the University, Göttingen also hosts five Max Planck Institutes and a number of other important scientific institutions, such as the German Primate Center and the German Aerospace Center.

The local economy includes many innovative technology-oriented enterprises in the sectors of measurement and control engineering, biotechnology, optics, medical technology and information technology. Several companies are spin-offs from university research projects.

The International Office is your main point of contact for non-academic issues before your arrival and during your stay in Göttingen. Please feel free to contact us via contact form, telephone or personal visit during the office hours if you need any assistance with your application or enrollment at the University.

Apart from taking care of administrative issues, we also organise numerous cultural events and excursions, which bring students from different countries together. Please join us for one of the cultural or cooking evenings; present your home country or simply have fun during one of our quiz nights or movie evenings.


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