Informing yourself about the application process

Doctoral programme

Before you decide to do your doctorate in Göttingen, you should make sure that you have the necessary language skills. Language skills are crucial for the successful completion of your doctorate and for your everyday life in Göttingen:

  • Language requirements are specified in the doctoral and/or examination regulations. Inform yourself regarding these requirements at an early stage. Please bear in mind that even if an exemption from these language skillscan be obtained relatively easily by your supervisor from the examination offices, it is of no use to you if you are unable to communicate in everyday life and research.
  • If you are pursuing your doctorate in an English-speaking research environment, but English is not your first language, you should determine at an early stage whether you can argue and formulate in English at a sufficiently high level to successfully write and defend your dissertation.
  • Scholarship grantors also expect proof of German language skills at a B2 or C1 level.


The International Office
Incoming Office

Von-Siebold-Straße 2
37075 Göttingen

Personal Office Hours:
Mon 10am-12pm and Wed 2-4pm

Hotline-International students and applicants

+49 551/39 27777

Calling Hours:
Mon 1-4pm and Tue-Fri 9am-12pm



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