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University Glossary German/English

The University Glossary contains German terms and their English equivalents or explanations. These include both terms specific to the University of Göttingen (eg names of individual institutes or faculties) and terms that may be used elsewhere (eg general administration or terms used by funders such as the DFG). Please use the glossary as an initial reference point or as support for AI-supported translations. Please feel free to refer external translation agencies to the University glossary.

Please also check out our English Usage Style Guide.

The Glossary contains many terms, but not everything that you may need for your work. Please feel free to send queries to Melissa Sollich (Public Relations, melissa.sollich@uni-goettingen.de).

Deutsch Englisch / Notes
Abrechnung von Reisekosten 1. travel claims; 2. reimbursement of travel expenses
Abschluss 1. Hochschulabschluss - degree; university degree; successful completion of university coursework; (US) completed college
2. qualification; qualification awarded
3. Schulabschluss - school leaving certificate; school leaving qualifications; (US) high school diploma
Abschlussarbeit thesis (Bachelor/Master), dissertation (PhD)
Note: at the undergraduate level, dissertation is more common in the UK, final thesis is more common in the US.
Abschlusszeugnis (Schule) Abschlusszeugnis (Schule): school leaving certificate, (US) diploma
Abschlusszeugnis (Hochschule): examination certificate, (US) transcript
final record (document listing final marks), degree certificate (Abschlussurkunde) 
Absolvent*in 1. graduate
2. degree recipient (less common)
Abteilung Department
Note: It is not always necessary. For example, "Abteilung Göttingen International" is translated to "Göttingen International". Some faculties use the German word "Department" as a larger version of an "Abteilung" - so a "Department" is made up of smaller "Abteilungen". In this case, the faculty rule should be followed. Translation of Abteilung could be team or group or it could be left out (as in the example here with Göttingen International).
Abteilung Bioklimatologie Bioclimatology Group
Abteilung Humangeographie Department of Human Geography
Abteilung IT 1. IT
2. IT Department
Abteilung Öffentlichkeitsarbeit 1. Public Relations
2. Public Relations Department
Abteilung Personaladministration und Personalentwicklung HR Department
Abteilung Studium und Lehre Student and Academic Services
Akademische Personalentwicklung Academic Staff Development Unit
Anerkennung (von Studien- und Prüfungsleistungen) recognition of credits and qualifications 
Anerkennung (von Studienleistungen) recognition of credits
Angehörige staff and students
Note: try to avoid "members" and be specific about who you address, "Angehörige" may also include alumni or guests
Annahmeerklärung Declaration of Enrolment
Antrag proposal
Antragsskizze draft proposal
antragstellende Hochschule, Universität 1. host university
2. applying university
Audit ‚berufundfamilie’ Work and Family Audit
Audit ‚Vielfalt gestalten’ Diversity Audit
Aula the Aula
Note: please refer to "the Aula" or "the Aula (Göttingen University's Great Hall)"
Ausschlussfrist 1. final deadline
2. closing date
Außeruniversitäre Einrichtung institutions outside the University
Außeruniversitäre Forschungseinrichtung research institution outside the University
Azubi (Auszubildender)/Ausbildung apprentice/apprenticeship
Note: An apprentice (Azubi) is a student who must complete an apprenticeship (Ausbildung) to graduate, similar to "Lehre". Azubis learn on the job.
Note: the German word "Ausbildung" has a broad meaning to include all training. "Apprenticeship" means learning a trade, usually at a lower salary. If you are writing about a situation where a trainee does it without pay, it could be "vocational training" or "training to be X".
BAföG (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz) BAföG (Germany's Education Assistance Act)
Note: can refer to the BAfög law or the actual maintenance grant/financial aid
BAföG-Bescheinigung certificate for §9 BAföG
Note: BAfög (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz - Germany's education funding law) is financial support from the government which is awarded to students according to need.
barriere-frei accessible
Note: Accessibility can also refer to websites (ease of reading)
Note: It is useful to be specific about physical problems with accessibility, eg "not accessible to wheelchair users" or "limited accessibility for wheelchair users". Barrier-free would probably be understood but is not widely used. For instance, "barriers to learning" might be used but this could have a range of meanings.
Befürwortung der für die antragstellende/n Universität/en zuständigen Wissenschaftsbehörde/n des Bundeslandes oder der Bundesländer endorsement by the science or research authority/authorities at the state level responsible for the applicant university/universities
behindert / schwerbehindert People who have a disability / severe disability
Note: disabled or severely disabled can be used but not preferred
Note: "handicapped" is an outdated term that is considered offensive. Please avoid.
Bernstein Netzwerk Computational Neuroscience Deutschland Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience
beteiligte Universität/Einrichtung participating university/institution
beteiligte Wissenschaftler participating researchers
Betreuungsausschuss Thesis advisory committee
Biodiversitätsmuseum Göttingen Biodiversity Museum Göttingen
Biodiversitätsmuseum Göttingen Biodiversity Museum Göttingen
BLAB Lebenswissenschaftliches Schülerlabor (BLAB) BLAB University’s school laboratory for Life Sciences
Bundesgesundheitsministeriums Germany's Ministry of Health
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Campus Laboratory for Advanced Imaging, Microscopy and Spectroscopy (AIMS) Campus Laboratory for Advanced Imaging, Microscopy and Spectroscopy (AIMS)
Campus-Institut Data Science (CIDAS) Campus Institute Data Science (CIDAS)
Campuslabor Digitalisierung und computergestützte Analytik (DCA) Campus Laboratory for Digitization and Computational Analytics (DCA)
Chancengleichheit equal opportunity
Note: "equal opportunity" is more common in the UK, "equal opportunities" (in the plural form) is more common in the US.
Charta ‚Familie in der Hochschule’ Charter ‘Family Life and Academia’
Controlling auditing, monitoring, or review
Note: The word "control" and "controlling" is much stronger in English and usually means that something will be changed rather than checked.
Corona coronavirus
Note: coronavirus (the virus) or Covid/Covid-19 (the illness) are used in international texts instead of corona, depending on the context. COVID/COVID-19 are correct in scientific texts (as it is an acronym). Covid/Covid-19 is correct in other texts (as Covid is pronounced as it is written as a word and not as a string of letters).
Department für Agrarökonomie und Rurale Entwicklung Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development
Deutchlandstipendium (plural Deutschlandstipendien) Deutschlandstipendium (Germany's scholarship for students)
Note: the word should be used in the German with an explanation as needed. The scholarship (from the BMBF) includes financial support as well as other support (such as mentoring and networking). https://www.deutschlandstipendium.de/deutschlandstipendium/de/services/english/the-deutschlandstipendium-best-of-both-worlds-for-students.html 
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) German Research Foundation (DFG)
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Deutsches Primatenzentrum (DPZ) German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research (DPZ)
Note: formal name in English which only needs to be used once at the beginning of an official text or table.  Thereafter, it can be referred to as the German Primate Centre (DPZ).

DFG Forschungsgruppe (FOR) DFG Research Unit (FOR)
DFG Graduiertenkolleg (GRK) DFG Research Training Group
Note: these are divided between DGF Research Training Groups (GRK) and International Research Training Groups (Internationales Graduiertenkolleg)
die Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek (SUB) Göttingen State and University Library (SUB)
die Ukraine Ukraine
Note: Ukraine changed its name and dropped the "the" when it became independent. It is an important sign of respect to refer to it just as "Ukraine".
die Universität the University
Note: University is written with a capital if referring to the University of Göttingen (Göttingen University is also acceptable). If not specific about which university, it should be lower case.
die Universitätsgebäude the University buildings
Diversitätsstrategie Diversity Strategy
Diversity als Chance – Die Charta der Vielfalt der Unternehmen in Deutschland Diversity Charter
Doktormutter PhD supervisor
Doktorvater PhD supervisor
Dorothea-Schlözer-Programm Dorothea Schlözer Programme
Dr. Dr
Note: "Dr." can be used but isn't necessary especially as this is a contraction of "Doctor" and not an abbreviation.
Drittmittel 1. research grant funding
2. external funding
3. third-party funding (Note: DFG prefers "third-party funding" so you should use that term in grant-writing, but this is not standard for native English speakers so avoid in press releases/websites for the general public)
Drittmittel Research grant funding
Note: "Third party funding" is often used by EU funders and so you should use this term if this is your audience. However, it wouldn't be widely understood outside Germany/EU funding circles.
Drittmittelgeförderte Projekte Grant-funded research projects
Einrichtung 1. institution
2. facility (Note: this is often used for service departments)
E-Mail email
Energiecontrolling Energy Control Department
Note: this is an office within a larger department and "control" here is being used to mean "monitoring". https://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/62371.html
Erkenntnistransfer knowledge transfer
evangelische (esg) und die katholische (khg) Studierendengemeinde  The Protestant (esg) and Catholic (khg) student congregations 
Note: "evangelical" in everyday English is used to mean zealous and can be used in contexts that are not religious. It would not be widely used to mean "protestant".
Note: lower case in DE and EN for esg and khg is correct in this case
Experimentelles Praktikum Hands-on training in the laboratory (equivalent to Laborpraktika)
Note: "laboratory practicals" would also be fine and can refer to individual training events rather than a period of time spent in a laboratory learning 
Exzellenzcluster Cluster of Excellence
Note: this is research funding specific to German universities
Exzellenzcluster Zentrum für Mikroskopie im Nanometerbereich und Molekularphysiologie des Gehirns (CNMPB) Cluster of Excellence Nanoscale Microscopy and Molecular Physiology of the Brain
Fakultät für Agrarwissenschaften Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Fakultät für Biologie und Psychologie Faculty of Biology and Psychology
Fakultät für Chemie Faculty of Chemistry
Fakultät für Forstwissenschaften und Waldökologie Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology
Fakultät für Geowissenschaften und Geographie Faculty of Geoscience and Geography
Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Fakultät für Physik Faculty of Physics
FamilienService Family Service
Feldübungen practical training in the field
Note: if referring to practical work conducted by a researcher I the natural environment (not in a laboratory), the term "fieldwork" can also be used.
Förderlinie funding line
Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses promotion of early career researchers
Forschungsorientierte Gleichstellungsstandards der DFG DFG Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality
Forum Wissen - das Wissensmuseum der Universität Göttingen Forum Wissen - the knowledge museum of the University of Göttingen
Forum Wissen Göttingen Forum Wissen Göttingen
Forum Wissen
Was Wissen schafft
Forum Wissen
Knowledge in the making
free-floater Note: the concept of “Free-Floaters” was introduced by the University as a mechanism to strengthen academic recruitment of the very best early career researchers for tenure-track Junior Professorships. These positions were advertised openly without specific subjects and gave the University the freedom to recruit internationally, flexibly and optimally to secure excellence. The recruitment process was jointly managed by the GRC and the University. 
Gebäudemanagement Estates and Facilities Management
Gemeinsames Prüfungsamt der mathematisch-naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultäten Examination Office for Mathematics and the Natural Sciences
Gender Controlling equal opportunities monitoring
Note: please avoid the phrase "Gender controlling" in English.  
Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS) Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS)
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen University of Göttingen 
Note: Göttingen University is also acceptable. Georg-August-Universität should be used in legal documents and University of Goettingen is used for research publications or anywhere that an ö might not be read by a database. See the University's Two-page Style Guide for full details
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen University of Göttingen
Note: Göttingen University is also acceptable and useful if there isn't much space in a text
Georg-Eckert-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung (GEI) Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI)
Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG) Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG)
Note: German is used in English texts. The GWDG is the computing centre for the University and a computing and IT competence centre for the Max Planck Society. It is widely known as GWDG:  https://www.gwdg.de/
Gleichstellungs-Controlling Equal Opportunities Monitoring
Gleichstellungs-Innovations-Fond Equal Opportunities Innovation Fund
Gleichstellungskonzept Equal Opportunities Strategy
Göttingen Campus (GC) Göttingen Campus
Göttingen Campus QPLUS Projekt Göttingen Campus QPLUS project
Göttingen eResearch Alliance (eRA) Göttingen eResearch Alliance (eRA)
Göttingen International the International Office
Göttinger Graduiertenschule Gesellschaftswissenschaften (GGG) Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences (GGG)
Göttinger Zentrum für Molekulare Biowissenschaften Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB)
Graduiertenkolleg research training group
Graduiertenschule graduate school
Note: Research and learning for PhD students registered at Göttingen University, including those carrying out research across the Göttingen Campus, is organised into four graduate schools according to academic fit. The graduate schools are an umbrella for the doctoral degree programmes and Research Training Groups of the faculties and research centres assigned to them.
Graduiertenschule Forst- und Agrarwissenschaft (GFA) Graduate School of Forest Sciences and Agricultural Sciences (GFA)
Graduiertenschule für Geisteswissenschaften Göttingen (GSGG) Graduate School of Humanities Göttingen (GSGG)
hauptberuflich full-time
Note: this actually means that the job is their main position and is usually applied to senior academics (for instance a Vice-Principal) who has decided to relinquish their academic role to concentrate on senior management
Heidenreich von Siebold Programm Heidenreich von Siebold Programme
Hochschuldidaktik (als Einrichtung der Universität Göttingen) Section for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Note: this is a department in the University. If talking about "Hochschuldidaktik" generally as a subject, other descriptions and translations can be used
Hochschulsport University Sports
Hochschulsport (Göttingen) University Sports (Göttingen)
Immatrikulationsbescheinigung, die certificate of enrolment
Impressum contact address or address
Note: "Impressum" is a requirement for all company websites in German-speaking countries. It is not used in other countries. It could be translated as "registered office" or "official information" or used in itallics and explained, depending on the context. "Imprint" can be used in publishing (particularly books) to show who the publisher is, but "imprint" is generally meaningless to most international English-speakers.
Institut für Röntgenphysik Institute for X-ray Physics
Internationalisierungsstrategie Strategy on Internationalisation
Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach-Institut für Zoologie & Anthropologie Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach-Institute of Zoology and Anthropology
Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach-Institut für Zoologie und Anthropologie Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach-Institute of Zoology and Anthropology
Juristische Fakultät Faculty of Law
Kleinbauer/Kleinbäuerin and Kleinbauern/Kleinbäuerinnen smallholder farmer and smallholder farmers
Note: The German version with "-in" or "ihnnen" refers to female smallholder farmer/s. This distinction wouldn't necessarily be used in an English text as "smallholder farmer" could be male, female, trans or the gender might not be known. However, it is worth considering when "she" could be used or when gender is important in the context and the text should be made explicit about gender.
Kultur-Raum Region Kultur-Raum Region - an exhibition space showcasing the region's cultural institutions and museums
Note: as the "Kultur-Raum Region" is a room in the Forum Wissen that visitors will need to find, please use the German name in translations and add the description at the beginning of the text or as needed
Laborpraktika Hands-on training in the laboratory
Note: "laboratory practicals" would also be fine and can refer to individual training events rather than a period of time spent in a laboratory learning 
Lehrstuhl, der chair or professorship
Note: chair or professorship refers to a person in English, not a research group
Lehrstuhlinhaber*in X Professor of X
Leitlinien zur Transparenz in der Forschung Guidelines for Transparency in Research
Margaret Maltby Mentoring Programm The Margaret Maltby Mentoring Programme
maßgeblich beteiligte Wissenschaftler*in(nen) principal investigator(s)
Max-Planck-Forschungspreis Max Planck Research Award
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Max Planck Society
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. Max Planck Society for Advancement of Science
Max-Planck-Institut (MPI) Max Planck Institute (MPI)
Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (MPI BPC) Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI BPC)
Note: see entry about the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation  (MPIDS) Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS)
Max-Planck-Institut für Multidisziplinäre Naturwissenschaften Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Note: the Göttingen Max Planck Institutes (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry and Experimental Medicine merged on 1 January 2022: https://www.mpinat.mpg.de/3846016/pr_2201
Max-Planck-Institut für Multidisziplinäre Naturwissenschaften (MPI-NAT) Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences (MPI NAT)
Note: was founded 1 Jan 2022 from a merger between the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI BPC) and MPI for Experimental Medicine
Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (MPS) Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS)
Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften (MPI-MMG) Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG)
Medien- und Informationsmanagement Information and Advisory Services
Mediziner*in physician or (medical) doctor
Meinungsfreiheit, die freedom of speech
Mensa canteen or cafeteria or dining hall
Note: when referring to an actual place, such as "Zentralmensa" or "Alte Mensa", it is better to use the German word and not to translate it so that people can find it. 
Mensa "cafeteria" or "dining hall" or "canteen"
Note: if you are referring to a specific "Mensa" such as the Alte Mensa (which is now the University's conference centre) or Mensa am Turm (which is still a canteen), you should use the German term exactly as it is and explain as necessary
Mund-Nasen-Bedeckungen face mask
Mund-Nasen-Schutz face mask
Nacht des Wissens Night of Science
Nachwuchswissenschaftlerer*in Postdoc or Early Career Researcher (ECR)
Note: postdoc refers to the phase following PhD completion, whereas Early Career Researcher includes other researchers who may still be studying. Avoid using "young" (as in young scientist) unless describing school children or there is an age restriction (for instance as in some funding schemes).  
nebenberuflich part-time or holding a senior academic position alongside their academic roles
Note: this is usually applied to senior academics (for instance a Vice-Principal) who retains their academic role in addition to their senior management role 
Niedersächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen (AdW) The Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Lower Saxony (AdW)
Note: updated to include the word Niedersächsische/Lower Saxony in the title Dec 2022
Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen (SUB) Göttingen State and University Library (SUB)
Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur (MWK) Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK)
Notfall- und Störmeldezentrale, die The Emergency Helpine and Fault-reporting Service
Note: University department - https://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/15742.html
Numerus Clausus (N.C.) numerus clausus (NC)
Note: this term is the same in English but would not be widely understood. It means a fixed maximum number of entrants that can be enrolled on an academic course or at an institution.
Ombudsstelle für gute wissenschaftliche Praxis Ombuds Office for Good Research Practice
Open-Access-Leitlinie der Universität Göttingen (einschließlich der Universitätsmedizin Göttingen Open Access Policy of the University of Göttingen (incl. University Medical Center)
Ordnung der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis  Rules Governing the Safeguarding of Good Research Practice (2021)
Ordnung über die Einstellung und Evaluation von Juniorprofessor*innen Regulation on the Employment and Evaluation of Junior Professors
Ordnung zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis (2021) Rules Governing the Safeguarding of Good Research Practice (2021)
Orientierungsphase induction, welcome or orientation week for new students
Note: in German, this is often abrievated to O-Phase
Personalabteilung HR Department
Personalrat (der) the Personalrat (staff council)
Note: this body doesn't have an official English name and staff council wouldn't be widely understood. The Personalrat exists to represent the social and personal interests of all staff as it pertains to their work.
Personen people
Note: "persons" is not incorrect but sounds very cold and would normally only be used in contexts such as "missing persons".
Perspektiven für Karrierewege in der Wissenschaft Career Paths in Science and Academia: Perspectives
Philosophische Fakultät Faculty of Humanities
Praktika Hands-on training
Note: where this training takes place in a workplace, it is often referred to as an internship.
Präsenzuniversität a university where the students attend in person as opposed to learning online.
Note: This can be referred to as a "bricks-and-mortar" university, particularly in the US. However, it often works better to use a phrase to underline what is really important, for instance: "The University provides an excellent learning environment, making full use of its modern teaching spaces inside beautiful traditional buildings, offering students the opportunity to interact directly with teaching staff".
Präsidium Presidential Board
Prof. Dr. Professor
Note: "Professor Dr" would not be widely understood internationally and some would assume it meant medical training. "Professor" is generally considered the highest qualification and other qualifications do not need to be included. 
Professorinnen-Programm Programme for Women Professors
Programmpauschale an overhead paid to the University to run a programme, this overhead may be made available to the institute or faculty through an allocation system
projektförmige Förderung project-based funding
Projektleiter*in Project lead or project leader
Note: this individual leads or directs the project, distinct from the "project manager" (Koordinartor*in) who manages the project
Propädeutikum preparatory course
Qualitätsmanagement Studium und Lehre teaching and learning quality management 
Quereinsteiger transfer student
Quereinstieg transfer
Recht(e) Dritter third party right(s)
Note: this often refers to companies or external bodies who may have legal rights if you (for instance) use their logo or image.
Richtlinie über das Verfahren und die Vergabe von Leistungsbezügen für Professorinnen und Professoren an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (ohne UMG) - Guideline on the procedure and granting of performance-based pay for professors at the University of Göttingen (not including the University Medical Center)
Schlüsselkompetenzen Key skills
Note: sometimes "transferable skills" fits the meaning if it refers to skills that are being taught to students to be used in a wider context.
Sekretariat administrative office, secretary or secretariat
Semesterstarttag, der The Semesterstarttag
Note: an event to celebrate the start of the new semester
Semesterwochenstunde (SWS) lecture hours per week or weekly lecture hours
Short-term International Mentorship Programme (STIM) Short-term International Mentorship Programme (STIM)
sogenannt (X) known as (X) or referred to as (X)
Note: in English, "so-called" can be used sarcastically as in "my so-called friend". "Sogennant" may often be omitted or the word being referred to can be put in quotations to show it is being used in a special way or a new term is being introduced. Alternatively, the options above can be used.
Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) Collaborative Research Centre (CRC)
Note: as used by the DFG
Sozialdienst des Studentenwerks Service provided by the Studentenwerk including counselling, consultation and financial advice.
Note: see also entry for Studentenwerk
Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät Faculty of Social Sciences
Spezialisierungspraktikum preparatory practical work
Staatsexamen State Examination
Stabsstelle (in der Universitätsverwaltung) unit or team or office
Note: "Stabsstelle" has a special meaning in German. This team, unit or office is part of the standard organisational structure. It is usually a relatively new development in the administrative structure and the team provides expert knowledge in a relatively independent way. They can carry out strategic work to support a department or . 
Stabsstelle Sicherheitswesen und Umweltschutz Safety/Environmental Section
Stabstelle office
Note: a group of staff created for the short to medium term to carry out an administrative function. The group may develop into a separate department/section/team according to the university's long-term needs and external pressures. 
Studentenwerk Göttingen Studentenwerk Göttingen
Note: the German word should be used and explained if necessary in the context. In German "Studentenwerk" refers to a state-run, non-profit organisation which provides student services (such as canteen and counselling)
Studienkolleg Studienkolleg
Note: recommended to use as is, with explanation. For instance: Studienkolleg is a two-semester course to prepare students who do not have a recognised school-leavers' qualification, such as Arbitur or baccalaureat (or equivalent), but want to study at German University.
Studienzeitbescheinigung confirmation of periods of study
Studienzeitbescheinigung Studienzeitbescheinigung (confirmation of periods of study)
Studium und Lehre Student and Academic Services
swissenschaftler*in early career researcher (ECR)
Note: postdoc or postdoc researcher are also acceptable (if researcher has a PhD). The word "young" should be avoided except where age is a relevant criteria.
Tagungs- und Veranstaltungshaus Alte Mensa Alte Mensa Conference Centre
TAN-Liste Transaction Authentication Number list
Theologische Fakultät Faculty of Theology
Thomas-Oppermann-Kulturforum (the) Thomas Oppermann Cultural Forum
TOTAL E-QUALITY Award TOTAL E-QUALITY Award
U4-Netzwerk (U4) U4 University Network (Note: has been changed to U4Society and is part of ENLIGHT)
Universität des Dritten Lebensalters (UdL) University of the Third Age Göttingen (UdL)
Universität Göttingen University of Göttingen 
Note: Göttingen University is also acceptable. Georg-August-Universität should be used in legal documents and University of Goettingen is used for research publications or anywhere that an ö might not be read by a database
Universitätsmamsellen Universitätsmamsellen
Note: this is a term used when describing the history of the University of Göttingen which refers to a specific group of academically active daughters of professors at the University 
Universitätsmedizin Göttingen (UMG) University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG)
Universitätsverbund university consortium
Vereinbarkeit work-life balance
or compatability of work and caring responsibilities
Note: "compatibility" in English means "like-mindedness" or "getting on well together". It could be used in the context of working and looking after children, but wouldn't automatically be  understood as such.
virtuelle Arbeitsgruppe Studium und Lehre/virtuellen AG Studium Lehre/ virtual working group for Student and Academic Services
Vizepräsident vice-president
Note: capitalise when in a proper title. For example, Vice-President Mary Smith
Vizepräsident für Digitalisierung und Infrastrukturen Vice-President for Digital Transformation and Infrastructure
Vizepräsident/Vizepräsidentin Vice-President
Vizepräsidentin für Berufungen und Chancengleichheit Vice-President for Professorial Appointments and Equal Opportunities
Vizepräsidentin für Finanzen und Personal Vice-President for Finance and Human Resources
Vizepräsidentin für Internationales Vice-President for Internationalisation
Vizepräsidentin für Studium Lehre und Chancengleichheit Vice-President for Teaching Learning and Equal Opportunities
Vorkurs preparatory course
Vorstand 1. (Management) Board; 2. Board of Directors; 3. Executive Committee
W-Besoldung Professor-level salary
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät Faculty of Business and Economics
Wissenschaft/Wissenschaftler*in Science/scientist or research(er) or academia/academic
Note: science is sometimes perceived as referring to the natural sciences only. Depending on the context, "academia/academic" or "research/researcher" may be better choices to ensure inclusivity. "Scholars" is inclusive and includes students.
WissZeitVG (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz) WissZeitVG is short for das Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (the German law concerning academic fixed-term contracts). The rules affect the periods of employment for researchers both before and after completing their PhD. The law stipulates a maximum number of years following PhD completion before subsequent fixed-term contracts are not allowed. You should always get individual advice as the interpretation of the law is complex and varies according to circumstances, role, region and other issues. 
Zentrale Einrichtung für Sprachen und Schlüsselqualifikationen (ZESS) Centre for Languages and Transferable Skills (ZESS)
Zentrale Einrichtung für Sprachen und Schlüsselqualifikationen (ZESS) Centre for Languages and Transferable Skills (ZESS)
Zentrale Kustodie Centre for Collection Development
Zentrale Reisekostenstelle Central Travel Cost Centre
Zentrale Reisekostenstelle Central Travel Cost Centre
Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude (ZHG) Central Lecture Hall (ZHG)
Note: it is also acceptable to use the German words in English text but as there is an English translation in general circulation (google maps etc), then this can be used.
Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude (ZHG) Central Lecture Hall (ZHG)
Note: it is also acceptable to use the German words in English text but as there is an English translation in general circulation (google maps etc), then this can be used.
Zentrum für Biodiversität und Nachhaltige Landnutzung Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use
Zentrum für Biodiversität und Nachhaltige Landnutzung Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use