University of Göttingen

Founded in 1737, University of Göttingen is an internationally renowned research university with a strong emphasis 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. These steps characterize the reforms recently undertaken at the University:

  • Intensify the process of internationalization
  • Promote excellence in research and teaching
  • Adopt Bachelor’s and Master’s degree structures
  • Give all levels of the University greater autonomy and self-responsibility
  • Optimize resource allocation.


At the beginning of 2003, the Georg-August-University became the first German university with a comprehensive range of disciplines to assume the legal status of a foundation under public law. The University has since then enhanced its research profile, created new research entities such as the Courant Research Centers and the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, intensified cooperation on the Göttingen Research Campus, attracted and retained outstanding academics and supported the recruitment of excellent students and young academics from abroad.

The University of Göttingen regards its strong research tradition and subject diversity to be its core strengths. Almost all academic disciplines including medicine are represented in the 13 faculties, the exception being engineering sciences. The University of Göttingen is also distinguished by its close integration with a network of first-class extra-university research establishments involving, most prominately, the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, the German Primate Center, the German Aerospace Center and five Max Planck Institutes. Together, these local partners form the Göttingen Research Campus, an alliance for collaboration in research and teaching arguably unique in the Federal Republic in terms of its depth and breadth.