Information on studying for refugees

The process to submit an application to Göttingen University is much the same as for any international student. Detailed information on the requirements as well as mandatory documents, can be found with the application portal.

The University of Göttingen wants to support refugees on their way to study at a German university. Here you will find basic information to answer your first questions.

Most undergraduate programmes (Bachelor, State examination) at the University of Göttingen are taught in German. Only some master's programmes and only one bachelor's programme are offered in English. Thus, you usually need a German language level of C1 or C2 (Medicine and Psychology) to take up studies at the University of Göttingen. Therefore, it is advisable to take German courses immediately after your arrival in order to prepare for the requirements at an early stage.

People who came to Germany as refugees are allowed to participate in Integration courses free of charge. These combine language and orientation parts and are offered throughout Germany, including in Göttingen. An overview of all providers can be found here.

Intensive language courses, which specifically prepare to entering universities are offered at IIK. These courses have to be paid.

Further language course providers can be found here.

Between 2016 and 2022, more than 500 refugees were able to take part in pre-study language courses funded by the German Academic Exchange Service’s INTEGRA programme. The programme came to an end at the University, but its successes continue. As immigrants from Syria, Mahmoud, Marwa and Dalia have shown a willingness to integrate. Their goal: to enter the labour market, to gain a professional foothold, and to establish themselves as members of the German society. With this goal clearly in mind, they first learned German at Göttingen University, passed the DSH 2 exam and then successfully completed their studies. Find out more about them here!


The International Office
Incoming Office

Von-Siebold-Straße 2
37075 Göttingen

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

Anke Anwand
Von-Siebold-Straße 2
37075 Göttingen

Phone: 0551 39-27775



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