Masters of Science (MSc) in Sustainable International Agriculture

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


A summary of questions that SIA candidates may have during the application process, visa process, upon arrival to Germany and during their studies.

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General Information
  • How long ist the semester?
  • What does it mean to have a joint degree from the University of Kassel in Witzenhausen and the University of Göttingen?


  • Application
  • What are the requirements to be accepted to the SIA Masters program?
  • What is the minimum language requirement to be accepted to the SIA Masters program?
  • When is the application deadline?
  • How many days do I have to wait after submitting my application to get a response about my application status?
  • If my application is rejected, how can I appeal?
  • How do I know which program specialization to choose?


  • German visa and insurance
  • Do I need a visa?
  • When should I start my visa application?
  • What are the requirements for a German student visa application?
  • For how long will I get a visa?
  • What should I do if my visa is rejected?
  • Would my study place be kept if I do not get a visa in time?
  • How do I apply for the German residence once I have arrived?
  • What travel insurance should I apply for to meet my visa requirements?
  • What insurance should I apply for as a student in Germany?


  • Cost of studies
  • What is the cost per year of studying in Germany?
  • Do you offer scholarships?


  • Living and accommodation
  • How much does living cost in Germany?
  • Should I live in Göttingen or Witzenhausen?
  • Where can I live in Göttingen?
  • Where can I live in Witzenhausen?
  • How can I move between Göttingen and Witzenhausen?
  • Should I live in student dorms or in a private apartment?
  • How much does the rent cost?
  • How do I get internet and phone connection at home?
  • What is living like in Germany?


  • When to arrive and things to organize after arriving
  • How and where do I enroll as student?
  • As a SIA student, should I register as student in Göttingen or Witzenhausen?
  • When should I arrive in Germany?
  • Can somebody pick me up from the train-station? Is there a welcome event?
  • Will I get a student ID from both University of Kassel and University of Göttingen?
  • Where do I get my student ID?
  • Why do I need the student ID?
  • What kind of students' organizations are there in Göttingen? How can I get in touch with other students?


  • Matriculation Fee
  • What does the semester fee cover?
  • How much should I pay for matriculation as a student every semester?
  • How do I pay the semester fee?
  • When should I pay my matriculation fee?


  • Important things during the studies
  • What is eCampus?
  • How do I register for examinations in FlexNow?
  • What is Moodle? How do I register?
  • How do I print in Göttingen?
  • Getting Access to computers (CIPool) in Witzenhausen?
  • Where can I travel with a semester ticket/student ID?
  • How should I proceed to take a leave of absence in case of an emergency at home?


  • Important things about the master thesis
  • What do I have to know about the master thesis?


  • End of studies and after the studies
  • When can I go home after the master thesis?
  • Where can I work if I graduate with Masters of Science in Sustainable International Agriculture?


  • International Student Guide, Goettigen University:
    https://www.uni-goettingen.de/downloads/FlippingBook/IntStudGuide2017EN/HTML/index.html

    Information on SIA, University of Kassel in Witzenhausen:
    http://www.uni-kassel.de/fb11agrar/studiengaenge/master-sustainable-international-agriculture.html