WWU Exchange in Germany:
Founded in 1737, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is a research university of international renown with strong focuses in research-led teaching. The University is distinguished by the rich diversity of its subject spectrum particularly in the humanities, its excellent facilities for the pursuit of scientific research, and the outstanding quality of the areas that define its profile.
- Our exchange agreement is only with the Faculty of Social Science
- All coursework is taught in German
Located in the center of Germany, Göttingen is a small (population 134,000) but modern and vibrant city, known for its international flair, cultural life, renowned universities and world-class research institutions. More than 44 Nobel Laureates have worked or studied in Göttingen.
Fun Facts about Göttingen
- More than 29,000 students live in Göttingen, giving the city a young and energetic feel
- There are two high-speed, ICE train lines accessible in Göttingen, making it a great home base from which to explore the rest of Germany
- The inner city of Göttingen was not bombed during World War II. As a result, many ramparts, medieval half-timbered houses, the 14th-century town hall, and several Gothic churches survive.
Academic Program and Courses
The academic year is divided into winter and summer terms, with each term lasting six months. Students are expected to use the time after lectures end and before the examination period starts for independent studies.
- Winter Term: beginning of October – end of March (Lecture dates: Mid October – Early February) – Corresponds to Western’s Fall and Winter quarters
- Summer Term: beginning of April – end of September (Lecture dates: Mid April – Mid July) – Corresponds to Western’s Spring quarter
Strong preference is given to students applying to the Faculty of Social Sciences. The distinguishing characteristic of the Faculty of Social Sciences is its broad combination of subjects ranging from Ethnology, Educational Science, Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Sport Science to Modern Indian Studies. All courses within the Faculty of Social Sciences are taught in German. Students interested in taking courses from other faculties will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Both off-campus and on-campus housing is available. On-campus housing consists of simple, furnished rooms where students share the bathroom and kitchen facilities. The private housing market is also geared to student budgets: rents in Göttingen are considerably lower than in other comparable university towns. Students who register their main residence in Göttingen will also benefit from "Aktion Heimspiel" (home match campaign), which offers students living in Göttingen about 130 different types of rebates and discounts for all major cultural events and institutions.
Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.
In 2002, the Euro replaced the Deutsche Mark as the official currency of Germany. The Euro is the common currency of the European Union.
A useful currency converter can be found here
Germans use cash for most purchases, reserving credit or debit cards for travel and for very large purchases. Checks are rarely used in Germany.
Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Euro-card are all widely accepted in Germany and throughout Europe. However, it is best not to rely completely on credit cards; carry cash in manageable denominations for smaller purchases. You can access your German or home bank account through ATM machines.
- Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): USD ~$2,750 per quarter
- Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): USD ~$3,940
- Housing: 200- 450 euro/month
- Meals: 200 – 300 euro/month
- Books & Supplies: 200 euro/semester
- Study abroad health insurance: USD $1.56/day
- Personal Expenses: 100 – 300 euros/month
- Airfare: $800 - $1,300
How to Apply
Step 1: Interview and Nomination
You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to Universität Göttingen. Here is the nomination process:
- Create one EdAbroad application
- Complete the following four items in the Pre-Decision Section:
- Sign the Read & Sign forms
- Pay the application fee
- Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)
- Submit a completed Recommendation.
- There are two other items in the Pre-Decision Section, but students can complete them either before or after the interview.
- Call the EdAbroad front desk to schedule an interview.
Deadline for Submitting Nomination material
- For Exchanges starting between July and October: February 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
- For Exchanges starting in January and April: June 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Once the student has come in for an interview, the status in their EdAbroad application will be changed to "Interviewed".
Step 2: Accept the Nomination
The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed. Note that different host sites have different nomination and application deadlines. The timeline of the host site’s application process strongly influences the order in which the EdAbroad office processes student applications.
The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
In order to accept the nomination, students should initial and sign the nomination letter and return it to the EdAbroad office by the date requested in the letter. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.
Once nominated students have submitted their signed and initialed nomination letter, their EdAbroad Application status will be updated to "Accepted". When a student's application status is changed from "Interviewed" to "Accepted", the remainder of the EdAbroad application material will become available for review and completion.
Step 3: The EdAbroad office submits your nomination to Universität Göttingen.
The EdAbroad office must formally nominate you to Universität Göttingen. The EdAbroad office typically submits nominations one month prior to the host institution’s application due date.
Step 4: Fill out and Submit your Universität Göttingen Application
Once nominated, the EdAbroad office will send you instructions on how to complete your online application to Universität Göttingen. Note that you will need to submit a copy of your nomination letter along with your application material.
Step 5: Applying for your Visa
- Fall/Academic Year (Winter Semester): June 1
- Spring Semester (Summer Semester): December 1
Citizens of the U.S. do not need to apply for a visa before departure, but must apply for a Residence Permit after entering Germany without a visa.
After arriving, students will have to register with the Foreigner’s Registration Authority. Be sure to bring:
- < >< >One passport photo
- Letter of Acceptance from Universität Göttingen
- Proof of sufficient financial resources
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