In 1737, the Göttingen University was founded by George Augustus of Hanover. Following the spirit of the Enlightenment, it was free of censorship. When in 1837 the King rescinded the constitution, seven professors at the Georgia Augusta (Grimm brothers among others), submitted a written protest. The “Göttingen Seven” lost their jobs, but their actions stood as a demonstration of civil courage.
The University of Göttingen regards its great research tradition and subject diversity as constituting particular strengths. Almost all academic disciplines including medicine are represented in the 13 faculties, the exception being engineering sciences. Such a broad spectrum of subjects enables students to tackle overarching issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.
The Georg-August-Universität is also distinguished for being well integrated into a network of first-class extra-university research establishments (Göttingen Research Campus).
The University closely cooperates with non-university partners on site. Together, they form the Göttingen Research Campus – a steadily expanding network of top-level research institutions (five Max Planck Institutes, German Primate Center, German Aerospace Center and more). It has created an open environment where students, doctoral aspirants and experience researchers can develop fresh and unconventional ideas. Numerous scientists and scholars from this non-university institutions lecture at the University and joint professorial appointments create bridges between the University and Campus partners. This unique structure supports the reputation as one of the most research-oriented universities in Germany.
Over 50 Master and PhD programmes are taught in English, and thereby ensure that graduates emerge from their studies excellently equipped to enter the international job market.
In addition, services on different levels of the university also support students in finding jobs in the industry. A number of student jobs are also available at the University itself.
The International Office (International Student Services) supports international students in administrative affairs, e.g. enrolment in the university and the foreigners' registration office, in finding suitable health insurance and in financial matters; it also helps to connect students with other institutions.Furthermore, it features a broad cultural programme, e.g. international cultural evenings, language workshops, theatre courses, excursions to various German towns, films, dance classes, theatre and opera visits.
The cost of living in Göttingen is modest compared to most university cities in Germany. Approx. 650-700 EUR per month are currently required (for accommodation, food, health insurance, books, etc.).
The International Office (International Student Services), in collaboration with the "Studentenwerk", helps students seeking accommodation. Many international students live in student residence halls. These have single apartments or shared apartments with individual rooms. There are also apartments available for couples and families with children.
The founding of the Göttingen University Library in 1734 was a landmark. For the first time in library history, the concept of a modern research library was put into practice and the institution became the first comprehensive academic library of European standing. Today, it continues to hold a pole position. With over 7.8 million medial units, it is currently one of Germany´s largest libraries.
Wi-Fi internet access in the city of Göttingen and the University Library are available via GoeMobile and eduroam. All students at Göttingen University receive a free account upon matriculation to obtain Wi-Fi internet access. StudIT – IT service offers students at Göttingen University a number of PCs with internet access and extensive software options.
The University Medical Center Göttingen is one of the largest university hospitals in Germany. Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital form a unity in which excellent research, teaching and patient care take place under one roof. The internationally recognised priority research areas Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Research and Oncology have a strong foundation in basic science.
Göttingen, with a population of approx. 117,000, is a city where tradition and innovation complement one another perfectly. The historic quarter, with its excellently preserved timber-framed houses on the one hand, and the University of Göttingen with its 31,456 students on the other hand, create a lively atmosphere that would be hard to find elsewhere.
The university departments and buildings are spread around various campuses in the city and are within easy walking or cycling distance from each other. Accommodation for 5,000 students in halls of residence and excellent canteens, run by the Student Services Organisation, allow for a high quality of life at low cost.
For those of you looking for a break from all the research and studying, there are several sports facilities available within and outside the University. The Hochschulsport Göttingen offers a wide range of disciplines for students and employees of the University and the Max Planck Institutes.
At the University of Göttingen there are several possibilities to engage in student associations, for example: ADF Göttingen (working group of democratic students’ association members), ADW (working group of democratic economists), Action Group Law, Liberal party university association Göttingen, Circle of Christian democratic students, etc.
A total of 150 degree programmes, i.e. almost all Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programmes, have currently successfully been accredited or re-accredited at the University of Göttingen. In accordance with §6 of the Higher Education Legal Framework for Lower Saxony, accreditation is required by law for every degree programme and every substantial change to a degree programme in Lower Saxony.