Founded in 1737, the University of Göttingen is a research university of high international standing. The university is renowned not only for its diverse range of subjects, but also for its research-led teaching and outstanding scientific environment, in which more than 40 Nobel laureates have lived, studied, taught and pursued their research.
The University of Göttingen is also distinguished by being closely integrated into a network of first-class non-university research establishments involving, most prominently, the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, the German Primate Center, the German Aerospace Center and five Max Planck Institutes. Together, these local partners create with the University an alliance for collaboration in research and teaching arguably unique in Germany in terms of its depth and breadth.
The University has a sound international reputation and was ranked number 2 in Germany, number 16 in Europe and number 67in the world in 2014 by the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. The University of Göttingen currently hosts nearly 28,000 students, 11 percent of whom are from abroad. We offer over 50 English-taught degree programmes (Bachelor, Master, PhD) in almost every field. According to the International Student Barometer 2011, an international student survey service, almost 90 percent of the international students, who participated in the survey, would encourage people to apply to the University of Göttingen.
Student life Göttingen, with a population of approx. 130,000, is a city where tradition and innovation complement one another perfectly. The historic quarter with its excellently preserved timber-framed houses on the one hand, and the University of Göttingen with its almost 28,000 students on the other hand create a lively atmosphere that would be hard to find elsewhere. Situated in the geographical centre of Germany and Europe, Göttingen has excellent travel connections, e.g. Berlin, Hamburg or Frankfurt are only a two-hour train ride away. But you don't have to go that far to take a break, because Göttingen itself offers many possibilities for recreational activities.
Services for international students
Students are offered far-reaching advice and support in all phases of their studies. The International Office provides a pick-up service from Göttingen railway station to the city and an orientation week for new international students with valuable information about the city and the university.
The International Office supports international students in administrative affairs, e.g. enrolment in the university and the foreigners' registration office, in finding suitable health insurance and in financial matters; it also mediates between students and other institutions.
The International Office, in collaboration with the "Studentenwerk", helps students seeking for an accommodation. Many international students live in student dorms. These have single apartments or shared apartments with individual rooms. There are also apartments available for couples and for families with children. InDiGU is a cultural integration programme that helps international students to get in contact with German students.
You are welcome to join intercultural trainings and workshops alongside German students to increase your intercultural skills. InDiGu also offers possibilities for a partnership with German students; you will help each other to improve your language and academic writing skills or prepare for exams. Further, you can advance your internship and career chances participating in the Career Tandem programme. Partly students also receive ECTS credits for their activities with InDiGU.
Participating in the programme offered by the Foyer International is another possibility to get in contact with German or international students. Foyer International offers a variety of workshops including language, theatre play and writing. Furthermore, every term three trips to German major cities and historical or natural sights are offered to international students. Every semester, foreign students can participate in a number of trips to German cities of political, cultural and historical interest as well as to other general touristic attractions. German students are also welcome to take part in the excursions.
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