Living Presence

The Göttingen Theological Stift is set apart from other theological student-houses in the sense that it is governed by the students. We are organized as a basic democratic community. Decisions, which concern the academic, political and cultural engagements of our house, are made together.

Throughout the existence of the Theological Stift, a variety of changes have taken place. The character of our house is continually being formed by each generation of residents and mirrors their respective theological and social interests. Today, there are about thirty-five students who live and study at the Stift. The students come from different church traditions and a variety of countries (Hungary, The Republic of Moldova, Romania, Armenia, Scandinavia, Italy, Switzerland, Togo, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Brazil and the USA). With around 30% of the students coming from foreign countries and through the involvement in two exchange programs, the Stift has a distinct international and ecumenical profile.


Financial Support: Rent scholarship

Living in the Stift is rent-free and is exists as a form of financial support towards study for students of theology. Upon acceptance, your application is for the first two-semesters; however, it is possible to extend your application for up to six semesters. Up to five places are available for non-theology students studying outside of the department.


Stift Administration and Organization

The Theological Stift is managed by a Stiftsinspektor along with the students living in the Stift and is overseen by a board of trustees. The board of trustees consists of:


  • Professors from the theology department (Ephorus of the Stift, Dean of the theology department, curator of the Waisenhausstiftung).
  • A representative from the university leadership.
  • A bishop of the Ev. Lutherischen Landeskirche Hannover or a sent representative.
  • Two representatives from the Theological Stift.