Traveling to, arrival and living in Göttingen
You did it! You have been admitted and you have successfully been enrolled at the University of Göttingen. And now you are going to travel to Göttingen and begin your first steps toward your degree.
Or perhaps you have already spent some time here and want to know what the University and the city have to offer you beyond your studies. On these pages we have put together some information for you. Please feel free to contact us by phone or email if you have any additional questions.
Traveling to and arrival in GöttingenThe City
Göttingen, with a population of over 120,000, 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 30,000 students, more than eleven 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 stayLearning languages
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.
- GAUSS (Georg-August University School of Science)
- GFA (Agricultural and Forestry Sciences)
- GGG (Göttingen School of Social Sciences)
- GSGG (Graduate School of Humanities) Family Services
- The Representative for Disabled Persons is responsible for the employees of the University.
- The Representative for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses is available to all doctoral students who are not employed at the university. Further advisory and information services
The doctoral period usually falls into a phase of life in which the topic of the family also comes to the fore: many doctoral students bear family responsibility for children and/or relatives in need of care.
The University's Family Service offers you advice and support on all aspects of the compatibility of research/doctorate and family.Gender equality and anti-discrimination
The University's Equal Opportunities Officer and the decentralised Equal Opportunities Officers of the faculties are available to you for advice and support. You can also contact the graduate schools in these cases.
What is discrimination? How do I recognise discrimination? What can I do? Comprehensive information for people affected, observers, counsellors or general persons can be found with the Guide: Dealing with discrimination at the University of GöttingenDisability/chronic illness
A doctorate demands a lot from you not only intellectually, but also organisationally. Disabilities and chronic illnesses represent an additional challenge that you should not and must not cope with alone:
If you have any questions or problems, the University of Göttingen and cooperating institutions will provide you with comprehensive advice and information in order to provide you with the best possible support.
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:
- Medical Care and Emergencies
If during your doctoral phase you experience writers block, personal crisis, depressive moods or similar emerge, act before this situation manifests itself chronically! The sooner you seek advice and help, the greater the chance that you will soon feel better again:
Below please find a small selection of leisure activities offered by the University
- InDiGU - Integration and Diversity at Goettingen University
- Foyer International
- Studentenwerk - catering, culture and more
- University sports centre
- University sports centre offerings for employees of the university
- University Choir and University Orchestra
- Academic Orchestra Association Göttingen
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 doctorateCareer planning
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: