Traveling to, arrival and living in Göttingen

Traveling to and arrival in Göttingen

Göttingen, with a population of over 134,000, is a city where tradition and innovation complement one another perfectly. The city dates back to the Middle Ages and still boasts a unique historic centre with beautiful half-timbered buildings. While the architecture breathes history, the spirit of Göttingen is young and vibrant – thanks to its 28,000 students, more than fifteen per cent of them with an international background.

Popular annual events include the Nacht der Kultur, the Jazz Festival, the International Literature Festival and the European Film Festival.

In addition to the University, Göttingen also hosts five Max Planck Institutes and a number of other important scientific institutions, such as the German Primate Center and the German Aerospace Center.

The local economy includes many innovative technology-oriented enterprises in the sectors of measurement and control engineering, biotechnology, optics, medical technology and information technology. Several companies are spin-offs from university research projects.

Your visa for study purposes allows you to enter Germany, but not yet to stay for a longer period of time. For this purpose, you must apply for a residence permit at the Foreigners' Registration Office in Göttingen. You submit this application in person within 90 days of entry.

How to proceed and what documents you need for this, you will learn here.

The Graduate Schools can advise you regarding questions outside your field of study, financing options, questions concerning the mentoring relationship - and in some cases also with the application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate. They are your first point of contact in all matters relating to doctoral studies and will be happy to help you.

In all matters relating to the enrolment process, the Incoming Office is happy to help you.

If you come to Göttingen with your family or children to do your doctorate, you should endeavour to make childcare arrangements as early as possible. You can obtain advice and support from the contact person for questions regarding residence at Göttingen International and from the University's Family Service.

During your stay

Good language skills open up opportunities for you to get to know the country and its people, to successfully design your studies and to build up professional networks. On the other hand a lack of language skills may lead to considerable problems and delays in studies.

Graduate Schools

Good scientific practice is the basis for scientific knowledge. For this reason, the University has established a code of good scientific practice, which you as doctoral students and (prospective) scientists* have committed yourself to adhere to. The graduate schools regularly offer courses on good scientific practice and advise on questions of good scientific practice and scientific misconduct or if you have problems with your supervisor.

Other advisory institutions are:

As you will notice very soon, almost everyone in Göttingen seems to own a bike. Since this is the cheapest, most convenient and an environmentally friendly mode of transportation, it is certainly a good idea to buy one. You can reach almost every place in Göttingen within a 15 minute bike ride.

After the doctorate

After completing your studies in Germany and you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, you can remain in the country up to 18 months as a university graduate to find a job that matches your qualifications.

Have you successfully completed your studies and are getting ready to leave Germany?

Before you leave, there are a number of things to be taken care of. Our checklist is intended to help you prepare:


The International Office
Incoming Office

Von-Siebold-Straße 2
37075 Göttingen

Personal Office Hours:
Mon 10am-12pm and Wed 2-4pm

Hotline-International students and applicants

+49 551/39 27777

Calling Hours:
Mon 1-4pm and Tue-Fri 9am-12pm



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