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. 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.
Located in the center of Germany, Göttingen is a small (population 130,000) 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.
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)
- Summer Term: beginning of April – end of September (Lecture dates: Mid April – Mid July)
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, which the exception of Modern Indian Studies, which is taught in English. 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 WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student. Check the budget sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.
The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.
There are two applications for exchange students to complete. The first application is the International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) application. After students are selected for nomination, they will be given instructions on when and how to complete the host institution application.
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