University of Gottingen


Founded in 1737, 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 was ranked number two in Germany and number 67 in the world in 2014-2015 by the Times Higher Education World University Ranking.

Over 60 Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. programmes are taught in English and ensure that gradu- ates emerge excellently equipped to enter the international job market. Approximately 28,000 young people currently study here, some eleven per cent of which are from abroad.

The founding of Göttingen University took place at the instance of the local ruler Elector George Augustus of Hanover (who was at the same time the King of Great Britain as George II due to the personal union with Great Britain and Ireland from 1714), after whom the University was named.

The ranking probably best known in the international arena is the ‘THE World University Ranking’, issued by the prominent British journal ‘Times Higher Education’. This ranking seeks to assess the performance of universities in their core missions of research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity, and is regarded as the most comprehensive international evaluation of university standing. In the latest THE world ranking, the University of Göttingen occupies 67th place, making it Germany’s second-highest-ranked university and consolidating its position among the world’s top hundred institutions of higher education.

  • Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (2014/15) - No. 2 in Germany, No. 17 in Europe, No. 67 worldwide
  • QS World University Rankings (2014/15) - No. 8 in Germany, No. 62 in Europe, No. 146 worldwide
  • Shanghai Ranking of World Universities (2014/15) - No. 101-150 worldwide
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  • Registered students

Academic specialism

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. The Georg-August Universität is also distinguished by being closely integrated into a network of first-class extra-university research establishments involving, most prominently, the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, the German Primate Center, the German Aerospace Center and five Max Planck Institutes. Together, these local partners create with the University an alliance for collaboration in research and teaching arguably unique in the Federal Republic in terms of its depth and breadth.

Natural and Life Sciences, Mathematics and Informatics

  • Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Biology and Psychology
  • Faculty of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology
  • Faculty of Geoscience and Geography
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Faculty of Physics University Medical Center

Law, Economic Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Faculty of Economic Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Law

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Theology
University of Gottingen
Wilhelmsplatz 1, 37073 Göttingen
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