Studies and everyday life:
Unlike school or vocational training, most study programs do not have a continuous schedule of classes from morning to afternoon. Instead, courses are often distributed throughout the week. There are free periods and sometimes even free (half) days. Self-study, however, takes up a much larger part of the time: This refers to the preparation and follow-up of courses, the reading of relevant literature, the preparation of presentations, group work or other examination performances. However, even if this initially 'invisible' workload exists, the ability to individualize your schedule offers a certain degree of flexibility and makes it possible to pursue hobbies or to work alongside your studies. Students who have to take care of relatives or look after (their own) children, for example, can also find more detailed information here.
If you are not sure, for example, how to coordinate your course load and job, you are welcome to contact the student advisor (BA or MA) to discuss your options. Here we introduce you to further counseling services at the institute and in the university environment.
Student Body Representatives and Student Administration:
The students of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology are, first and foremost, represented by the KA/EE student body, in which all students of the subject can become involved. It represents the interests of students in the department and within the faculty and is part of the departmental executive council. In addition, the group can be contacted with questions or problems, by email or via Instagram. Here you can find more information about the student body representatives. For all other instances and committees of student self-administration, in which you can also be active, the AStA, the General Student Committee, created an overview with short explanations. An organization chart can be found here. An overview of the various university groups at the university can be found here.
For many students, the issue of financing their living expenses and semester fees is a central concern and may affect their decision on where to study. Here is an overview of the various study financing options, including common offers such as BAfÖG, but also, for example, interest-free 100-euro instant loans from the AStA.
Accommodation options during your studies:
Since the majority of university activities now take place on campus again, it is a good idea to look for a place to live in Göttingen. However, commuting from a nearby city (such as Kassel or Hannover) is also possible with the semester ticket. More information about the areas in which the Semesterticket is valid can be found here. Apart from living in your own apartment or in a shared apartment (if you are looking for a shared apartment, look here or here.), there are also other housing options. An overview can be found here.
In addition to the offers of the university, you can find cultural events on the city of Göttingen website as well as on the website of the Kulturbüro Göttingen. Furthermore, the offer of the culture ticket can be used to get discounts in various institutions. More details can be found here.
To have a break from everyday life, to relax, to meet new people in team sports or simply to try out new sports: Here you can find an overview of the offers of the Hochschulsport.