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Certificate programmes at the University of Göttingen

This webpage is designed to give you an overview of the certificates you can gain as part of the key competency options at the University of Göttingen. Gaining a certificate is worthwhile when you want to focus more intensively on an area of expertise, that is, to get a grounding in a field, as a basis for developing sound knowledge or skills.
A certificate can also help to develop your profile and document the acquisition of supplementary skills (not least for prospective employers), and so can be a precursor to career entry. Depending on exam regulations and number of credits, you can take a certificate course as part of the key competency options/optional modules or as a voluntary additional module.

Please select your chosen area of interest:

List of all Certificate Programmes

Advisory Skills
Anzahl Credits

15 credits

Dauer

Duration: Approx. 2-3 semesters

Einrichtung

ZESS

Do you want to work in consultancy after your graduation? Then ZESS’ Advisory Skills certificate programme can help you onto the careers ladder. You will learn a range of methods and techniques for giving advice and apply them in practical exercises. You will then use the skills you have gained in ‘real-life’ scenarios to analyse consultation meetings. Potential modules include the social skills modules “The Customer Meeting” and “Conflict Resolution and Cooperation” and modules on self-management such as “Work-Learn-Life-Balance”.

  • Registration: Please register using FlexNow (in the week before each course application period) once you have successfully completed Core Module SK.AS.KK-32 (Communication Skills: Certification Course in Rhetoric: Conversation). Registration info

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Educating – Knowledge Transfer – Training
Anzahl Credits

24 credits

Dauer

Duration: Approx. 3 semesters

Einrichtung

ZESS

If you are interested in adult education and in future want to teach professional development, seminars or tutorials or to lead teams in companies, organisations and educational institutes, you should consider the Educating – Knowledge Transfer – Training certificate programme. This will help you develop the communication skills that you will need in your professional life. The programme is a blend of theory and practice: you will learn the theory of basic in-depth adult education skills and apply them on work experience and a practical module.

  • Work experience / practical section: Incl. work experience / practical module
  • Registration: Please register using FlexNow (in the week before each course application period) once you have successfully completed Core Module SK.AS.KK-47 (Communication Skills: Methodology for Adult Education). Registration info

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EIRENE "Ecumenical and Interreligious Encounters in Non-Homogeneous Environments"
Anzahl Credits

24 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 2 semesters

Einrichtung

Faculty of Theology

If you are interested in an academic approach to interreligiosity, reflecting on specialist knowledge and applying it to concrete theological and social issues, then the EIRENE certificate programme is for you. As well as the basics of intercultural communication the programme also includes specialist and methodical skills in a choice of focal regions (e.g. Africa, Asia). It also offers work experience in a church community or school that reflects people of a different origin.

  • Work experience / practical section: Incl. work experience
  • Special notes: Teaching language: English and German
  • Registration: You can register online for a module.

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Health Awareness: Healthy Living and Studying
Anzahl Credits

18 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 2 semesters

Einrichtung

University Sports Centre

Whether you want in future to work in corporate health management or just to improve your own health, the Health Awareness: Healthy Living and Studying certificate programme is a good introduction. You will learn basic health science knowledge as well as skills for a healthy lifestyle, self-regulation and healthy practices. What you learn can be applied both as skills in the workplace to improve health at work as well as in your own life.

  • Registration: Please register using FlexNow (in the week before each course application period) once you have successfully completed Core Module SK.HSp.GK-01 (Health Awareness: A Healthy Lifestyle in Study, Work and Leisure – an Interdisciplinary Introduction). Registration info

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Integration and Community Service
Anzahl Credits

Min. 22 credits

Dauer

Duration: 3 semesters

Einrichtung

ZESS

Anyone who wants to work with refugees can take the Integration and Community Service certificate programme. This qualifies you to work in the field of integration and enables participants to plan effective integration processes. Community service activities develop and help reflect on social skills, problem solving abilities and study-related specialist content.

  • Work experience / practical section: Community service
  • Registration: Please register using FlexNow (in the week before each course application period) once you have successfully completed Core Module SK.AS.SK-08b (Social Skills: The Role of Groups and the Community in Integration). Registration info

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Intercultural Trainer
Anzahl Credits

18 credits

Dauer

Duration: ca. 2-4 semesters

Einrichtung

Interkulturelles Kompetenzzentrum

Changes in society and globalization in professional contexts require intercultural competencies for various groups. Taking this into consideration, students will be able to participate in the certificate program “Intercultural Trainer” and obtain basic knowledge and intercultural communication skills while connecting them to advanced train-the-trainer courses for intercultural trainings. Students will design and conduct individual trainings in a team teaching module.

  • Registration: Register via StudIP

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Journalistic Practice
Anzahl Credits

24 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 2 semesters

Einrichtung

(ZESS) & the International Writing Centre

Taking the Journalistic Practice certificate programme can be a stepping stone to starting a career in journalism or public relations. Besides a basic course and two compulsory modules on writing skills, the elective part of the course offers the chance to specialise in visual or audio media or in public relations. What you learn will be applied on a three-week placement on an editorial team.

  • Work experience / practical section: Incl. work experience
  • Registration: Please register using FlexNow (in the week before each course application period) once you have successfully completed Core Module SK.AS.MK-27 (Media Skills: Journalistic Practice: An Introduction to Journalism). Registration info

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Media Skills
Anzahl Credits

Min. 17 credits

Dauer

Duration: 1-3 semesters

Einrichtung

ZESS

Learning how to report events, shoot videos, broadcast on the radio or blog – all this is covered on the Media Skills certificate programme. As well as these workshop courses, there is also a theoretical unit on which you will look at communication structures and mechanisms and tackle the psychological aspects and effects of distribution of information by the media. On concluding the certificate programme, you will combine theory and practice by choosing a theme and realising it in a suitable medium. Throughout the programme, you will also build up a portfolio in which you record your thoughts, experiences and observations.

  • Work experience / practical section: Workshop scenarios and excursions
  • Registration: Admission to the Media Skills certificate programme follows an initial interview with the course coordinator. Please register using FlexNow (in the week before each course application period) once you have successfully completed a Core Module (SK.AS.MK-01, SK.AS.MK-09, SK.AS.MK-23 or SK.AS.MK-30). Registration info

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Media Vocal Skills
Anzahl Credits

Min. 16 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 3 semesters

Einrichtung

ZESS

Does the idea of being on the radio tempt you? The Media Vocal Skills certificate programme will prepare you for oral communication in the media. You will learn basic speaking skills, rhetorical techniques and analytical knowledge. During work experience with a radio broadcaster or with campus media you will put what you learn into practice.

  • Work experience / practical section: 2-weeks work experience with a radio broadcaster or campus media
  • Registration: Admission to the Media Vocal Skills certificate programme follows a voice diagnosis session with the course coordinator. Please register using FlexNow (in the week before each course application period) once you have successfully completed Core Module SK.AS.KK-48 (Communication Skills: Workshop in Speaking for Prospective Media Spokesmen and Spokeswomen). Registration info

PDF about certificate (in German)

Professional Writing (ProText)
Anzahl Credits

18 credits

Dauer

Duration: Approx. 2 semesters

Einrichtung

International Writing Centre

Whether technical documentation or marketing campaigns: texts of all kinds are very different in working life from academic writing at the university. In order to prepare students for vocational writing, the International Writing Centre offers the Professional Writing (ProText) certificate programme. On it you will learn how to produce multimedia pieces for online media, the choice of appropriate language and format, and the principles of writing journalistic and popular science articles as well as effective job applications. Part of the programme involves work experience in a field of your choice where you gather your experiences in text form and record them in a work experience report.

  • Work experience / practical section: Incl. work experience
  • Registration: You can register online for a module.

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Project Management
Anzahl Credits

15 credits

Dauer

Duration: Approx. 2-3 semesters

Einrichtung

ZESS

Making healthy food appealing to children in a care home or financing a short film: these are just two of the projects brought to life by participants on the Project Management certificate programme. This is because, besides theoretical knowledge of the processes involved in a project, from planning through development to review, the programme also involves a real-life practical project for a non-profit-organisation. Project management is a fundamental skill required both on a degree course and in professional life. The skills you will learn can help you to organise your studies and increase your professional opportunities.

  • Work experience / practical section: Incl. practical section
  • Registration: Please register using FlexNow (in the week before each course application period) once you have successfully completed Core Module SK.AS.FK.08 (Leadership Skills: Introduction to Project Management). Registration info

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Rhetorical Skills
Anzahl Credits

Min. 12 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 2 semesters

Einrichtung

ZESS

The final examination for the Rhetorical Skills certificate programme involves discussing a socially-relevant subject with a tutor in front of an audience. The three practical modules of the course – “Free Speaking”, “Discussion”, and “Argumentation” – as well as a theory module, will prepare you for this. The rhetorical abilities you will learn can form the basis for successful communications in many professional and public contexts.

  • Special notes: Examination requires participation in a Rhetoric Slam
  • Registration: Please register using FlexNow (in the week before each course application period) once you have successfully completed Core Module SK.AS.KK-30 (Communication Skills: Certification Course in Rhetoric – Free Speaking). Registration info

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Training for Writing Tutors: Writing in German as First Language
Anzahl Credits

18 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 2 semesters

Einrichtung

International Writing Centre

You can learn how to give individual advice on the writing process and constructive feedback on texts on the Training for Writing Tutors: Writing in German as First Language certificate programme. The programme conveys the principles of teaching how to write, the psychology of giving advice, and research on writing. You will reflect on these aspects against the background of your own experience of writing and in view of their practical applications in various contexts. This will train your communicative and intercultural skills, empathy, ability to give feedback, reflectiveness and the capacity to see other points of view and rapidly understand subject material from other fields of expertise.

  • Work experience / practical section: Incl. work experience
  • Registration: You can register online for a module.

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Training for Writing Tutors: Writing in Multilingual Contexts
Anzahl Credits

18 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 2 semesters

Einrichtung

International Writing Centre

You learn how to give multilingual writers individual advice on the writing process and constructive feedback on texts on the Training for Writing Tutors: Writing in Multilingual Contexts certificate programme. The programme conveys the principles of multilingual writing and offering multilingual advice. You will reflect on these aspects against the background of your own experience of writing and in view of their practical applications in various contexts. This will train your communicative and intercultural skills, empathy, ability to give feedback, reflectiveness and the capacity to see other points of view and rapidly understand subject material from other fields of expertise.

  • Work experience / practical section: Incl. work experience
  • Registration: You can register online for a module.

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Social and Leadership Skills
Anzahl Credits

Min. 16 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 2 semesters

Einrichtung

ZESS

The Social and Leadership Skills certificate programme is specifically designed to develop your social and leadership skills. The compulsory modules offer training in the principles of communication, team development and leadership. The elective modules include “Decision-making Skills” and “Diversity Management”. Applying and reflecting on what you will learn takes place within the framework of work experience or your own project.

  • Work experience / practical section: Incl. practical section
  • Registration: Please register using FlexNow (in the week before each course application period) once you have successfully completed Core Module SK.AS.FK.11 (Leadership Skills: Social and Leadership Skills I: Introduction to Communication Skills). Registration info

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Voice – Expression – Impact
Anzahl Credits

Min. 18 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 3 semesters

Einrichtung

ZESS

Are you thinking of working in a profession in which oral communication plays an important part, such as management, consultancy, law or teaching? Then the Voice – Expression – Impact certificate programme offers you the opportunity to improve your abilities with regard to appropriate use of paraverbal and extraverbal means such as voice, speech and body language, learn about nonverbal forms of expression and develop analytical skills in relation to their impact.

  • Registration: Admission to the Voice – Expression – Impact certificate programme follows a voice diagnosis session with the course coordinator. Please register using FlexNow (in the week before each course application period) once you have successfully completed Core Module SK.AS.KK-19 (Communication Skills: Nonverbal Communication). Registration info

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Studium Oecologicum
Anzahl Credits

18 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 1 semester

Einrichtung

Faculty of Forest Sciences

If you are interested in the topics of ecology and sustainability, the interdisciplinary certificate programme Studium Oecologicum offers you the chance to familiarise yourself with the ever more complex challenges of our time, such as climate change, population growth, social injustice, increasing shortages of resources and decreasing biodiversity, and to help to develop opportunities for sustainable development. This course is constantly being expanded in order to provide an interdisciplinary and multilayered perspective on the complex range of issues. Die Angebote werden ständig erweitert, so dass eine interdisziplinäre und vielschichtige Sichtweise auf den Themenkomplex entsteht.

  • Registration: You can register for Studium Oecologicum easily via Stud.IP.

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Making Theatre: Practice and Presentation / Making Theatre: Vocational Profile
Anzahl Credits

18 credits for the vocational profile/36 credits for the certificate

Dauer

Duration: Approx. 2-3 or 5-6 semesters

Einrichtung

Theater im OP (ThOP)

If you have a passion for the theatre and want to get involved behind the scenes, try your hand at dramatic composition, acting, lighting technology or public relations, then the Making Theatre: Practice and Presentation certificate programme and/or the Making Theatre: Vocational Profile offered by the Theater im OP could be right for you. You will learn to think in dramatic terms, try your hand at writing and speaking scenes, learn group and project work strategies, gain insights into cultural management and be involved in the planning and performance of theatrical projects.

  • Work experience / practical section: Practical elements are integrated into the programme, e.g. helping out on theatrical projects. Some classes include excursions to theatrical festivals, etc.
  • Special notes: The Making Theatre: Vocational Profile (18 C) is credited to the Making Theatre: Practice and Presentation (36 C) certificate.
  • Registration: There are no special admission requirements for the programme. You register directly for the individual courses. Some modules require prior completion of another module.

To the Theater im OP website (in German)

UNIcert®
Anzahl Credits

12-24 credits per level

Dauer

Duration: 1-6 semesters

Einrichtung

ZESS

The UNIcert® foreign language certificate is standardised evidence of proficiency in a foreign language that is also recognised outside Germany and is relevant to prospective academics. It is accepted as proof of language proficiency by many universities for study place applications as well as by the DAAD for foreign placements.
Language courses at ZESS follow the UNIcert® requirements: students rapidly acquire skills and knowledge designed to meet day-to-day requirements in universities and in professional life, and with them how to cope with the language and intercultural situations that arise in academia. Equal emphasis is placed on developing the four skills of reading comprehension, listening comprehension, writing and speaking.

  • Special notes: The UNIcert® training at ZESS develops foreign language skills suitable for higher education to UNIcert® Basis and UNIcert® I – III levels. Successful completion of the relevant course is required to acquire the certificate. For UNIcert® III there is an additional certificate examination, which usually takes place each semester at the end of the intensive course phase.
  • Registration: The registration requirements for language courses at ZESS apply (more information). After the course you apply for the certificate on the ZESS website in consultation with the ZESS office.

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International Certificate
Anzahl Credits

Individual pieces of work can be credited

Dauer

Duration: Discretionary

Einrichtung

International Office

Could you use a certificate that not only demonstrates your soft skills and intercultural competence for job applications but also expands your horizon and prepares you for your international career entree? The international certificate offers different possibilities. There are three focus areas to choose from: Integration & Diversity, Mobility or Building International Careers. Each focus area consists of the components “Intercultural Competence Training” and “Intercultural Engagement/International Events”. Intercultural engagement offers a wide range of activities: you can be actively involved in the cultural programme Foyer International, form a multicultural academic writing partnership or become an integration tutor in your hall of residence.

  • Special notes: Credits can be earned for some individual pieces of work (e.g. in intercultural skills trainings), otherwise Internationalisation Points (IP) are collected within the framework of the certificate.
  • Registration: Via online registration form

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Additional Qualification Interculturality and Multilingualism / German as a Foreign and a Second Language (ZIMD)
Anzahl Credits

22-28 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 2 semesters

Einrichtung

Intercultural German Studies

Working areas are continuously shaped by processes of diversity, multilingualism and internationality. The Additional Qualification Interculturality and Multilingualism / German as a Foreign and a Second Language (ZIMD) - part of the area of key competencies – offers you special preparation for the wider field of language teaching and mediation with a focus on multilingualism. You can also opt to explore various fields of practice in intercultural learning and teaching alongside the compulsory modules.

  • Work experience / practical section: : Seminar-related projects and practical studies module. As part of the seminar-related project, you will plan, independently conduct and evaluate a project in a real-life area of practice, drawing on the theoretical and methodical contexts presented in the seminar. The optional practical studies module SK.IKG-ZIMD.05 consisting of a preparatory seminar (2h per week ) and work rsp. teaching experience (120 x 45 min.) expands and deepens the knowledge and skills from the fundamental ZIMD modules and focuses on practical application and reflection in real-life areas of practice. In the practical studies module you can choose between (a) a general preparation and supervision for a wide scope of activities related to German as a Foreign Language (DaF) and German as a Second Language (DaZ) and (b) practical study projects qualifying students for specific areas related to language education and teaching of refugees.
  • Special notes: The ZIMD certificate is recognised by the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees) as equivalent to the (higher education) BAMF-Certificate German as a Second Language (28 credits for students of all fields of study rsp. 22 credits for students in pedagogical and language related studies).
  • Registration: You can register online for a module (via Stud.IP).

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For trainee teachers:

Multidisciplinary Teaching
Anzahl Credits

16 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 2 semesters, usually 4

Einrichtung

Dorothea Schlözer programme: Teacher Training and ZELB’s Lehramt PLUS

If you are a trainee teacher who is interested in giving multidisciplinary and/or bilingual lessons, then you need the Multidisciplinary Teaching certificate. It is designed for anyone who wants to teach social studies (history, politics/economy, geology), integrated natural sciences, an English language specialism, or to integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into lessons.

  • Work experience / practical section: Incl. work experience in a school, educational institute or other place of learning.
  • Registration: Registration for the various courses is via Stud.IP. The certificate can be applied for from Lehramt PLUS once all relevant focal courses for a certificate have been successfully completed.

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Lehramt PLUS Certificate
Anzahl Credits

Min. 16 credits

Dauer

Duration: Min. 2 semesters

Einrichtung

ZELB’s Lehramt PLuS

As a trainee teacher you can attend practical and vocational workshops and seminars as part of the Lehramt PluS certificate programme to develop individual skills and prepare for everyday life as a teacher. You will tackle subjects such as “Teachers’ Self-perception and Professional Bearing”, “Support and Advice”, “Education and Conflict Resolution”, “Intercultural Skills”, and “Media Literacy”.

  • Work experience / practical section: Practical module with 6 credits
  • Special notes: Certificate paths with different subject areas
  • Registration: No registration necessary

To Lehramt PLuS website (in German)

For doctoral candidates:

Hetairos Certificate
Anzahl Credits

No credits

Dauer

Duration: 1 semester

Einrichtung

GSGG and Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

This certificate programme offers a systematic and professional entry to higher education teaching for all members of the Graduate School of Humanities (GSGG). Together with a senior colleague who already has teaching experience, the doctoral candidates plan and conduct a seminar as a team, after having received an introduction to the theory of teaching and learning in higher education.

  • Work experience / practical section: Conducting a course
  • Special notes: Only available in the winter semester
  • Registration: Participants must be members of the GSGG.

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External language certificates:

IELTS Academic
Anzahl Credits

No credits

Dauer

Duration: See below

Einrichtung

ZESS

If you are planning full-time study abroad (e.g. in Great Britain or Australia) or need proof of English language proficiency for a Masters in Germany, you can take the IELTS Academic Academic at ZESS. This test assesses your reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities, and is recognised worldwide by more than 9,000 organisations in more than 140 countries.

  • Special notes: You should allow a full day for the examination. The written examination lasts 2.5 hours, the oral approx. 15 min. We recommend registering about 1-2 months before the examination. The written examination in reading comprehension, listening comprehension and writing takes place in the morning, and the oral examination with an examiner from the British Council in the afternoon. Assessment is carried out using differentiated assessment frameworks.
    The ZESS media library has materials for independent preparation.
  • Registration: There are no formal admission requirements. The results are indicative for Level B1 to C2 language skills under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Registration, payment and assessment are handled entirely by the British Council.

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TOEFL iBT
Anzahl Credits

No credits

Dauer

Duration: See below

Einrichtung

ZESS

If you are planning full-time study abroad (e.g. in the USA) or need proof of English language proficiency for a Masters in Germany, you can take the TOEFL iBT at ZESS. This test assesses your reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities and is recognised worldwide by more than 10,000 organisations in more than 130 countries.

  • Special notes: The examination is held in the morning and takes approx. 4 hours. We recommend registering about 2-3 months before the examination. The examination takes place entirely on the computer. Assessment takes place using global criteria.
    The ZESS media library has materials for independent preparation.
    Please note: The TOEFL certificate is only valid for 2 years!
  • Registration: There are no formal admission requirements. The results are indicative for Level B1 to C1 language skills under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Registration, payment and assessment are handled entirely by the Educational Testing Systems (ETS).

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TOEFL ITP
Anzahl Credits

3 credits (for preparatory course)

Dauer

Duration: See below

Einrichtung

ETS Berlin in cooperation with the English Department

ETS Berlin in cooperation with the English Department offers the TOEFL ITPfor first-year students in the English Department who need proof of language proficiency to undertake English studies in Göttingen. This test assesses your listening and reading comprehension and your grammar.

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