Exchange Studies: Global Exchange Programme
As part of the Global Exchange Programme, incoming students can study for one or two semesters tuition-free at the University of Göttingen. A prerequisite is that your home university has an agreement with the University of Göttingen as part of the Global Exchange Programme.
The International Office and the programme officers at the faculties will support you in preparing your exchange stay in Göttingen.
To our "Go Explore – Study abroad in Göttingen" Programme in English
After applying at your home university and being nominated for the Global Exchange Programme, you can register at the University of Göttingen. Please use our instructions.
Nomination deadlines: April 15 (for the winter semester), October 15 (for the summer semester)
Application deadlines: May 1 (for the winter semester), November 1 (for the summer semester)
Language skill requirements
The University of Göttingen does not require proof of language proficiency, but we have clear guidelines on the language skills required for you to study here successfully. We leave it up to our partners to select students so that they have the appropriate language skills. Our guidelines are:
Language of instruction English: B2 level in English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for students from non-English speaking countries. A B1 level in German is recommended.
- Examples of comparable minimum scores (for your reference): TOEFL iBT: 79 – 93 IELTS: 6.5
Language of instruction German: German language skills at B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- Examples of comparable minimum scores (for your reference): Goethe BE Test DAF TDN
German language courses
Find more information about German language courses here.
Please apply for a visa at a German embassy or consulate in your home country. For this purpose, you will also need the letter of admission and the invitation that we will send you in the Welcome Package.
Allow enough time, as processing can take several weeks.
In Germany, health insurance is mandatory for all students. You cannot be enrolled without valid proof of health insurance. You need a contract with a German public health insurance company. For further information, please contact Ms. He.
Liability and accident insurance
You are visiting a friend and accidentally trip. You fall against the table and his tablet breaks – just one example of unintentionally causing damage or accidents. A large part of the German population has private liability insurance for this. Although this insurance is not compulsory, we recommend it, as personal injury and/or property damage are covered by it. You are not covered by liability insurance through the University of Göttingen. Please ensure that you have sufficient liability insurance coverage yourself. Private liability insurance costs between 6 and 10 euros per month.
Accident insurance does not come into effect until the beginning of the semester. Please ensure sufficient accident protection for yourself if you arrive before the start of the semester
The University of Göttingen will not pay you a stipend. Inquire at your home university about options for financial support.
- Buddy (Pick-up) Service: Students who would like to be met at the train station and accompanied to their apartment upon arrival in Göttingen can use our Buddy Service.
- Introductory week for all international students
- Foyer International: Meet and exchange experiences
- Cultural Evenings Foyer International (online)
Further information for traveling to, arriving in and living in Göttingen. This information is generally intended for international students who are pursuing a degree programme in Göttingen; however, it may also contain helpful information for exchange students.