Seminar für Ägyptologie und Koptologie

Welcome …

… to the webpages of the Seminar for Egyptology and Coptic Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Since 1867 Göttingen has had a tradition of studying and researching the history, culture, and religion of Pharaonic and Christian Egypt and the Egyptian-Coptic language. Today's students can obtain a B.A. in "Egyptology and Coptic Studies" or a B.A. in "Ancient Cultures". An M.A. or PhD degree can be pursued in both Egyptology and Coptic Studies. We welcome guests and students from other areas to our courses.

You are invited to visit or contact us: our institute is located on the 2nd floor of the Centre for Cultural Studies, Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14. You will find a list of telephone and fax numbers on our "staff" page.

Lecture Series "Material and Written Culture of Christian Egypt"

The project "Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament" at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Seminar for Egyptology and Coptic Studies are co-organizing a virtual lecture series on the material and written culture of Christian Egypt. More information about the lectures, the speakers and recordings of past lectures can be found here.

New release: Der Nachlass Paul de Lagarde

On January 15 and 16, 2018, the Seminar and the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European Jewish Studies in Potsdam co-organised a workshop on the life and work of the highly controversial orientalist Paul de Lagarde (1827–1891), known for his "völkisch"-antisemitic writings published in, among others, his "Deutsche Schriften".
The results of the workshop, complemented by several other essays, have now appeared in the series "Europäisch-Jüdische Studien, Beihefte" (De Gruyter Oldenbourg) and are available as open access.

Coronavirus/Informations about studying during the health crisis

Dear students, dear visitors,

Please inform yourselves about the current rules guiding teaching and exams during the crisis and all other related issues on the Information pages for students and the Information pages for staff as well as on the university's social media presence.

Advising / Ancient Cultures : Please enroll in the coordinator's virtual office hours (UniVZ no. 4508283 offered by O. Witthuhn).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your lecturers or our office via e-mail. You may also find the Informations offered by the Faculty of Humanities examinations office helpful.

Göttinger Miszellen 266 (2022) available!


The leadoff issue of the year 2022 publishes multifaceted, current contributions by international authors to the Egyptological discussion.


PONS - Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften - A "bridge" for the student exchange between the german departments of Egyptology and Coptic Studies

Since 2016 students of Egyptology and Coptic Studies have the opportunity to study at one of our German partner universities for one or two semesters via the PONS-program, which is comparable to a national Erasmus. It is the successor to "PONS-Archaeology", which was geared solely towards students of Classical Archaeology.