Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

The DFG funds project about homelessness


Why do people in Germany become (and remain) homeless despite an extensive range of social policies? This project, lead and managed by Prof. Timo Weishaupt, Ph.D. aims to not only advance sociological research on the topic of homelessness theoretically and methodologically, but also to enrich it empirically with new data. Its focus lies on a systematic assessment of individual behavioural patterns within different local social care systems and urban structures over time. The relevant empirical data are to be collected by means of a qualitative panel analysis over a period of 18 months.


Euroculture is awarded Erasmus Mundus funding


The Erasmus Mundus MA programme Euroculture is again awarded Erasmus+ funding. Four more cohorts of students can thus receive stipends.

With this new funding period, Euroculture is one of the oldest joint European MA programmes. The University of Göttingen was among the founding members of the Euroculture consortium in 1998.


Göttingen – An academic venue par excellence


Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, founded in 1737, sees itself as a global player among the world’s major research institutions with a focus on research-based teaching. As many as 25,000 students are enrolled at the 13 faculties at any one time. By engaging international scholars, researchers and scientists and a high proportion of foreign students, the University of Göttingen follows its tradition as a research campus of international significance and renown. In 2007, thanks to its institutional strategy to promote top-level research entitled “Tradition – Innovation – Autonomy”, Georg-August-Universität was successfully included in the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government and the State Governments. This placed Göttingen among the top nine German universities accredited with a pedigree in international competitiveness.
Especially in the social sciences and humanities, Göttingen University boasts a diversity of subjects and a robust infrastructure:
• Good equipment: The Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) is among the five largest academic libraries in Germany.
• Personalised advice and support: Aspects such as academic advisors, mentors and small seminar sizes with a manageable number of participants all foster a productive and trust-inspired studying atmosphere. Subject-specific writing advisors offer individualised help in writing academic and scientific papers.
• Close proximities: The main university campus, downtown area and railway station are all situated within walking distance of each other in this 130,000-inhabitant town. All of the Faculty’s institutes, except for one, are located in the downtown area.
• Attractive leisure-time activities: As a town much dominated by the university and its students, Göttingen has a wealth of leisure-time choices on offer. Rich in music and culture with cinemas, theatres and an abundance of cafés and pubs, Göttingen is also home to many facilities for university sports, so there is never a lack of pleasant distractions from academia either ...