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The University of Göttingen

Address: Wilhelmsplatz 1, 37073 Göttingen, Germany

Description The University of Göttingen

  • Established: 1732
  • Location: Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany
  • Number of students: 31 5 00
  • Students age: 17+
  • University type: state
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Type of studying: mixed.

The University of Göttingen is a public university with a rich history and outstanding achievements in education and science. Among the graduates and teachers of the university there are 45 Nobel laureates, among the achievements of the university there are important discoveries in psychology, engineering, physics and philosophy.

The university was founded in 1737 and is one of the oldest in Europe. Scientists and teachers of the educational institution were among the first to question the medieval education system, in which theology was given the dominant place. As a result, the University of Göttingen became one of the first secular universities to abandon medieval traditions.

Throughout its rich history, the university has always remained a multidisciplinary one, and today it conducts research in various fields: exact, natural and humanitarian sciences. 13% of the total students are foreign students.

University faculties:

  • School of Theology
  • Chemistry
  • Faculty of Geology
  • Faculty of Forestry and Forest Ecology
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • College of Biology and Psychology
  • School of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Sociological faculty
  • Faculty of Physics
  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Economic Institute
  • Law school.

For a rich history, several faculties of the university are especially famous:

  • School of Law (back in the 18th century)
  • Already in the 19th century, the mathematical and physical fields of the university were considered leading
  • Faculties of biology and psychology are among the top 100 of our time
  • Faculty of Social Sciences recognized as the best among the humanities at the university
  • Cellular processes and nanomachine research is another area with a high citation index.

Today, more than 4,000 foreign students study at the university, the total number is 31,500. 3794 specialists work in the university. The ratio of the number of students per teacher is 8 to 1. Thanks to close cooperation, the university created the association U 4, which includes only four universities - Göttingen, Uppsala (Finland), Ghent (Belgium) and the University of Groningen (Netherlands).

Positions in rankings

  • ARWU World = 101 - 150
  • QS World = 195
  • The World = 125
  • USNWR Global = 160.

Famous alumni and teachers

  • Max Planck, scientist
  • Werner Heisenberg, scientist
  • Heinrich Heine, poet
  • Jurgen Habermas, philosopher and sociologist
  • Gerhard Schroeder, Chancellor of Germany
  • Brothers Grim, writers
  • Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of Germany
  • Max Weber, sociologist
  • Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in The University of Göttingen

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Bachelor in German

  • Language of instruction: German
  • Duration of studying: 3-5 years
  • Age of students: 17+.

Popular programs:

  • Plant growing and animal husbandry
  • Stable development in agronomy
  • Cardiology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Molecular medicine
  • Applied Informatics
  • Information Systems
  • Business
  • History of international markets
  • Classical archeology.
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Master in German

  • Language of instruction: German
  • Duration of studying: 1-2 years
  • Age of students: 21+.

Popular courses:

  • Germanic languages
  • Jurisprudence
  • Economy
  • Romance languages
  • The medicine
  • Agriculture
  • Accounting
  • Forestry
  • Physics
  • Molecular biology
  • Neurosciences.

Master in English

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Duration of studying: 1-2 years
  • Age of students: 21+.

List of programs in English:

Faculty of Agriculture

  • Agriculture
  • Plant growing
  • Forestry and ecosystems
  • Plant growing and animal husbandry
  • Double program "Crop and Livestock" + "Livestock and Genetics"
  • Agriculture and business
  • Stable development in agronomy
  • Forestry and management.

Biology, chemistry and medicine

  • Ecology and evolution
  • Cardiology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Microbiology and Biochemistry
  • Molecular medicine
  • Molecular biology.

Programming, mathematics and physics

  • Applied Informatics
  • Information Systems
  • Maths
  • Physics.

Economics, Law and Sociology

  • Risk economics
  • Finance, taxes, accounting
  • Business
  • History of international markets
  • Law in China
  • European and international law.

Faculty of Humanities

  • Classical archeology
  • English language and literature
  • Linguistics
  • Slavic studies
  • Romance languages.

Accommodation, housing and food

The university dormitory accommodates up to 4.5 thousand students, many choose to live in rented apartments or residences near the university.

Events The University of Göttingen

  • Cinema club
  • English language
  • Visiting German villages
  • Excursions
  • Team sports
  • Bike tours
  • Debate
  • Swimming
  • Dancing.

Equipment The University of Göttingen

The university is located in the state of Lower Saxony in the city of Göttingen (north-western part of Germany). The university is located in the city center close to cafes, museums, theaters and parkland. The university library is one of the largest in Germany, with over 6 million books.

University infrastructure:

  • Spacious auditoriums
  • Laboratories and research centers
  • Sport complexes
  • 3 botanical gardens
  • Design studios
  • Library center
  • IT Centers
  • Recreation areas
  • 8 dining rooms.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The university recommends budgeting around 750 euros per month. Estimated student expenses:

  • Administrative fee
  • Student fee
  • Museum ticket
  • Train ticket.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

General terms of applying to the universities:

  • Application submission from 1.12-15.01 or from 1.01-15.07
  • Summary
  • Motivation letter.

For studying in German:

  • Language certificate for proficiency in German T estDaF: Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache
  • ZOP: Goethe-Zertifikat = C2
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (2)
  • telc Deutsch = C1
  • German Studienkolleg Diploma .

For teaching in English:

  • TOEFL: Paper-Based Test (PBT) (500)
  • TOEFL: Computer-Based Test (CBT) (173)
  • TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (IBT) (61)
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System (5.0)
  • CAE: Certificate in Advanced English (C)
  • CFE (B)
  • ALTE: The Association of Language Testers (3)
  • UNIcert II
  • CEFR: Common € opean Framework of Reference (B2).

Scholarships The University of Göttingen

The university does not offer scholarships to foreign students, however, there are several funds that offer financial assistance to students with high achievements:

  • Heinrich Boll Scholarships = 800 € for undergraduate and 1000 € for bachelor
  • RISE Germany = 750 € for beginner researchers
  • EPOS DAAD scholarship = 750 € for undergraduate and 1000 € for doctoral student.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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