FAQ - undergraduate degrees
for international degree-seeking applicants from either a non-EU/EEA country or stateless individuals

Application Process

Please use the online application portal of the University of Göttingen. Applications sent by post will not be considered.

In order to apply online, please register with your current email address and complete the online application. You will be requested to upload your application documents in the upload portal. Please note that you can apply for up to three limited admission programmes per semester.

Once you have successfully registered, you will be notified regarding the status of your application via email. Please make sure to check your email account regularly and to also check your spam folder.

No. All mandatory documents need to be uploaded in the upload portal. Documents sent via postal service will not be considered.

If you have uploaded your documents successfully, a timestamp (the date and time of the upload) will appear to the right of the document name in the portal.

Your application must be submitted in full by the given deadline. Please note that the application deadlines for non-EU applicants may differ from the application deadlines for EU/EEA applicants (incl. Germany) and for those who have received their previous qualifications in Germany. Please click here to see which application deadlines apply to you.

The University of Göttingen charges a fee of 65 euros for the assessment of non-German certificates. Your application will be processed only after the evaluation fee has been paid. Please make sure the fee has been received by us by the application deadline, unless you are exempt from paying the fee.

Information regarding evaluation fee and the exemptions can be found here.

In the event of either admission or an unsuccessful application, you will be informed via a notice in the download portal and you will receive an email. Please check your inbox and your spam folder regularly.

The most common issues are related with the browser. The upload typically works very well when using Mozilla Firefox.

Please note that the upload portal might be rendered differently on mobile phones and tablets.

Application Documents

Please upload the following mandatory documents as part of your application:

  • University entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung)
  • Proof of language proficiency required for the degree programme
  • Statutory declaration (Eidesstattliche Versicherung) (not mandatory when applying for a higher semester)

Please note that additional mandatory documents are required when applying for state examination study programmes (medicine/dentistry).

If you have a higher education entrance qualification if your previous educational background entitles you to study at a German university.

In Germany, secondary school-aged students receive their higher education entrance qualification, for instance, by obtaining what is called an ‘Abitur’ (similar to a baccalaureate). Therefore, your application will be assessed as to whether your previous qualifications are comparable to the German qualification standard. In the event that they are, you will receive a higher education entrance qualification and can study in Germany.

The higher education entrance qualification may require one or more of the following certificates:

  • Last school-leaving certificate
  • University entrance examinations
  • Certificate of the assessment examination (Feststellungsprüfung)
  • Proof of past enrolment and study periods
  • University degree

Before you submit your application, you can see for yourself whether your previous qualifications are equivalent to the university entrance qualification required for admission to the University of Göttingen. This information is available to everyone in the ANABIN system.

As part of the admission procedure, the International Student Office will assess whether your previous certifications qualify you for a university entrance qualification using the same criteria that is listed in ANABIN.

For study programmes that are taught in German, a minimum German language proficiency level of A1 (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is required at the time the application is submitted.

Applicants to the medical and dental degree programmes (state examination, 1st semester) must submit proof that they have passed all parts (written and oral) of the DSH exam with a level of DSH-3 or an equivalent language certification at the time of application. The language certificate must not be more than one year old at the time of application.

Students who have been admitted to study in a degree programme at Göttingen must, at the time of enrolment, provide proof of a successful DSH-2 exam or an equivalent language certification. For the bachelor’s programme in Psychology, DSH-3 is required.

The DSH exam can be taken at the University of Göttingen. A DSH certificate from another university will be recognised only if the DSH examination regulations of this university are registered with the German Rectors’ Conference (Hoschulrektorenkonferenz – HRK).

For further information, click here.

A list of examinations that are accepted as DSH-equivalent can be found here.

The DSH exam can be taken at the University of Göttingen. A DSH certificate from another university will be recognised only if the DSH examination regulations of this university are registered with the German Rectors’ Conference (Hoschulrektorenkonferenz – HRK).

Information on the DSH examination at the University of Göttingen can be found here.

The Eidesstattlichen Versicherung is a statutory declaration in which you state whether you have already been enrolled at a German university or whether you have successfully completed your degree at a German university.

If you are applying to begin a programme from the beginning (first semester), the statutory declaration is a mandatory document and can be found as a PDF in the application portal. This document must be completed and signed by you, and then submitted via the upload portal. Your application will not be processed without an uploaded statutory declaration.

If you are applying for a higher semester, the statutory declaration is integrated into the application portal process. You simply tick a box to submit the statutory declaration.

If you would like to apply for a higher semester, you must first have your academic credits recognised from your previous studies.

For medical and dental studies, the Landesprüfungsämter are responsible for recognising your credits. For all other study programmes, please contact the relevant faculty at the University of Göttingen. Once you have received a certificate of acknowledgement, you can apply online specifying the appropriate semester. The certificate is a mandatory document and must be uploaded in the upload portal.

No. At present, your diplomas and certificates do not have to be notarised. It is sufficient for you to upload scans of your original certificates via the upload portal.

If your application documents were not issued in German, English or French, a certified translation prepared by an officially accredited translation agency is required.

PLEASE NOTE: When applying to either Medicine or Dentistry, all certificates that were not issued in German must be translated into German. Only official German translations by accredited translation agencies will be accepted.


If your previous education does not qualify you to study directly at a German university, you do not have a valid university entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung), you may be eligible to attend a Studienkolleg with the goal of passing the final assessment exam (Feststellungsprüfung). This exam determines whether you meet the academic and language requirements for a degree programme.

There are Studienkollegs throughout Germany. As a rule, Studienkollegs are state-run institutions.

Further information on Studienkollegs can be found here.

Before applying, you may check whether your previous education and certifications qualify you for taking up a study programme at a German university. Please use the following link: ANABIN system.

If according to anabin, you do not directly qualify to study at a German university, attendance at a Studienkolleg may be an option for you to obtain your university entrance qualification.

The International Office will check your certificates as part of the application process to determine whether you qualify directly for university entrance on the basis of your prior educational experience. If you do not fulfil the requirements for direct university admission, meaning, it is not equivalent to the German (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung), we will notify the Studienkolleg in Hanover.

The Studienkolleg responsible for the University of Göttingen is the Lower Saxony Studienkolleg Hanover.

You can simply apply via the University of Göttingen application portal. Follow the University of Göttingen application process for the study programme that you would eventually like to study. Select “Studienkolleg” for the desired degree.

Apply to the University of Göttingen for the study programme you would like to later study. Choose “Studienkolleg” as the desired degree.

Once you have received an invitation to take the entrance examination in response to your application, you can take the Studienkolleg entrance examination.


The International Office
Incoming Office

Von-Siebold-Straße 2
37075 Göttingen

Personal Office Hours (currently cancelled!):
Mon and Wed 10-12 h

Hotline-International students and applicants

+49 551/39 27777

Calling Hours:
Mon - Fri 9 - 12 h



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