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Programmes to help refugees at Göttingen University

Study opportunities for refugees
Göttingen University welcomes refugees who want to learn German or wish to continue their academic education. Here you will find an overview of what we offer and a list of all of our contact persons.

Special office hours for refugees
Starting immediately, refugees can come to the Office of Student Affairs for advice and counselling every Thursday from 14:00 to 15:00 CET without making an appointment.
Wilhelmsplatz 4, 37073 Göttingen, Germany

Contact for refugees
Maria Wöste
Central Student Advisory Service
Phone: +49 (0)551 / 39-57 66

or by contacting the InfoLine:
InfoLine: +49 (0)551 / 39-113

Guest students
GasthörerRefugees can register free-of-charge to listen in on lectures as guest students. A project is now being initiated to support them in doing so this coming winter semester. Starting October, persons intending to prepare for studies at a German university can become acquainted with the country's higher education system and attend individual lectures and courses. Computer workplaces and libraries are also available for use. Current students will be volunteering to assist refugees as buddies and language coaches.

Library services
The Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) is available for use by refugees. As a public space of Göttingen University, it is open for reading and studying. Different user ID cards provide access to a variety of services.

Those of you who have earned a university entrance qualification in their home country and would like to apply for admission to a degree programme can apply to study at Göttingen University.
Göttingen International Office
Incoming Office
Von-Siebold-Strasse 2
37075 Göttingen, Germany

Teaching German
InternationalYou want to give lessons in the German language? Then you can earn your qualification at the Department of Intercultural German Studies for German as a Foreign Language. Participants in the module entitled "Intercultural German Studies / German as a Foreign Language" will acquire the basic skills in how to teach languages. An interdisciplinary practical module prepares advanced students for their work, whilst providing subject-related support. You will improve your skills in teaching German as a foreign language, learn to identify areas where fostering is needed, understand the complex psychosocial living circumstances of refugees and find out about how to deal with the legal and socio-political infrastructure and language policy constructs currently in place. The practical courses are held in cooperation with the Integration Centre of Lower Saxony in Friedland, in language learning classes, among others. Additionally, language coaching at the University will take place in the accompaniment of refugees."

Interpreters and Learning German
The ConquerBabel student initiative offers german language courses and provides support and interpreting for refugees who need to see a doctor or attend to (official) business with local authorities:

Leisure time activities
Almost everything is easier when done together: Whether you enjoy cooking international foods, getting exercise or learning languages with others, the group connACTION -an association of students and refugees- is a great place to start.

Refugee support staff at universities in Lower Saxony