Important Documents

Here is a list of important documents that you and your family will need for your stay:

  • Valid passport(s) (your passport(s) should be valid for at least 3 months beyond the end of your stay)
  • Letter of invitation or (draft) contract from the University of Göttingen
  • Confirmation of your funding (contract from the University of Göttingen or proof of income from your home country, proof of a scholarship/grant, proof of own financial means) in German or English
  • Visa (non-EU nationals only), also for accompanying family members
  • Proof of health insurance for the stay in Germany (in English or German)
  • Biometric photos for ID-documents (can easily be made here in Göttingen)
  • Vaccination card and other medical records (such as previous illnesses or current medication)
  • Certified translation of birth certificate(s), including any accompanying children and partner
  • If applicable, certified translation of your marriage certificate; depending on the country of issue, an apostille or legal certification may be required
  • If applicable, school-leaving certificates from the last school your children attended
  • If applicable, officially certified copies of the last or highest academic degree certificate (e.g. doctorate certificate) in German or English
  • International driving licence if you want to drive in Germany


The International Office
Welcome Centre

Von-Siebold-Straße 4
37075 Göttingen


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