Dear “Go International Plus” Grantees,
We are very glad to hear that you decided to study at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and we really look forward to welcoming you!
In this regard, we would like to give you some additional and practical information regarding the organization of your mobility. This is valid for Bachelor, Master and PhD students coming to the Georg-August-University of Göttingen in the winter term 2018/2019.
- FLIGHT TICKET TO GERMANY
- TRAIN TICKET TO GÖTTINGEN
- HOW TO BUY THE TRAIN TICKET
- PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS
- INTRODUCTORY WEEK FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
- EUROPEAN CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM (ECTS)
- GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES
- COURSE CATALOGUE WINTER TERM 2017/18
- GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
- MEDICAL CARE AND EMERGENCY NUMBERS
- EQUITY AND INCLUSION
By now, you must have received the following documents for your visa application from the “Go International Plus” project team:
- Invitation Letter
- Insurance Policy
- Enrollment Letter
With these documents, you need to go to the German embassy in your home country and apply for visa.
If you have not received these documents by now, please immediately contact the project team (firstname.lastname@example.org). Since we are working only with electronic signatures and not sending out the paper documents, please print all the received documents in color and good quality for the visa services.
The right type visa for you is a student D-visa. Do not apply for a Schengen visa. That’s a tourist or business visa, not meant for studying and not extendable!
When applying for the student D-visa, please mention that you will be a grantee of a publicly funded scholarship programme, and that the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen was significantly involved in the selection of candidates. On these grounds you ask for a D-visa according to § 34 without previous consent of the local Goettingen Foreigner’s Office.
Please make sure that you apply for student visa on time. If possible, ask the embassy or consulate to issue the visa for the full time of your stay. If they don’t agree, and issue for only 3 months, that’s equally fine. More information about how to prolong visa in Germany will be given to you at our first meeting in Göttingen.
Please keep in mind that you have to buy your flight ticket to Germany and your train ticket to Göttingen on your own and that you will receive the travel support upon your arrival to Göttingen at our first meeting (the amount, you will receive, is written in your scholarship acceptance letter). The nearest International Airport to Göttingen is the Airport Frankfurt am Main. From the airport, you will have to take the train to reach Göttingen.
From the moment of your plane’s landing to reaching the central stations, it will probably take at least one hour, given that Frankfurt is Germany’s biggest international airport. If baggage claim or the declaration of goods are very busy, it may even take longer.
There are very convenient direct trains from the Airport of Frankfurt am Main to Göttingen central station at 120 minutes intervals. However, it is possible to change the trains, usually at Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof (central station), and then there are more connections during the day to Göttingen central station. Please check the following website for more information and for buying the tickets: https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml.
Please notice that there are two train stations in the Airport of Frankfurt am Main: The regional station for regional commuter trains (in German: Regionalbahnhof, short: Regionalbhf.) and the station for long distance trains (in German: Fernbahnhof, short: Fernbhf.). So, take care and always check which one of the two stations is the right one for your connection.
While travelling, do not get confused if any of the signs read "Frankfurt (Main)" or "Frankfurt am Main". It does not necessarily mean that you are in Frankfurt main station (Hauptbahnhof), but indicates that you are in Frankfurt upon the river "Main", and not in Frankfurt upon the river "Oder". In Germany, we have two cities bearing the same name.
You may either purchase the ticket at the station or online. As a recommendation, buy the ticket online, because it will be less stress for you after the flight. For buying the ticket online, a credit card for the payment is necessary. Please keep in mind to print the ticket by yourself in case you are supposed to show the ticket to the train conductor. Moreover, I recommend buying a full price ticket (standard fare). The budget price tickets are only valid for one exact train connection. In case of delay of your flight, you might not catch that connection and then the ticket is not valid any more. Consequently, you need to buy a new ticket at the station.
For all those who will start the mobility period on October 2018: While buying the flight tickets, please keep in mind that you will get the key to your accommodation only from 2nd of October!
My colleague from the Accommodation Service, Ms. Helena Hoffmann (email@example.com) will get in touch with you on time regarding your student dormitory.
All students, arriving in October 2018 and having rent a room in one of our student residences, can move into their room on 2nd of October at 10:00 a.m. Please consider the limited opening hours of the student residences. Therefore, it is very important to read the information you will get from the Studentenwerk carefully. If you arrive in the afternoon, all administration offices of the Studentenwerk are closed and there is no possibility to get the keys for your room. In this case, you have to apply for the Exchange Buddy Service, because the buddy could take care of the keys in advance and welcome you and pick you up at the central station of Göttingen. Furthermore, the buddy will help you with the first organizational matters. Thus, if you arrive in the afternoon in Göttingen, we warmly recommend making use of the Exchange Buddy Service.
If you want to make use of the Pick-up-Service, please apply online for the Exchange Buddy Service at least four weeks before your arrival under the following link: https://www.unigoettingen.
de/en/online-registration+form+for+the+exchange+buddy+service/504015.html. Please consider that we can only accept your application form, if you let us know your exact date and approximate time of arrival.
All students who have rent a room by a private landlord have to take care of the hand-over of the keys by themselves.
Upon arrival in Göttingen, you will receive the contribution to the travel costs (the amount, you will receive, is written in your scholarship acceptance letter) and 1.600,00 EUR as the first two instalments of the individual support in cash. This amount will be handed over to you at the first meeting with the project coordinator upon your arrival in Göttingen in the first week of April. About the exact date and time of the meeting, you will be informed just before your arrival.
Please make sure that you arrive to Göttingen with sufficient own money for the first days of your stay in Germany.
Further individual support will be transferred in monthly instalments directly to your German bank account, which you will open at the beginning of your stay.
The last instalment shall be given to you in cash, just before the end of the mobility at the final meeting with project coordinator.
In the week from 1st of October to 5th of October 2018 the introductory week for international students will be held. During this week, you will receive all needed information on formalities for the enrollment, health insurance, for residence permit and the German bank account. The location for this event is:
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5
Lecture Hall 007
The application form and further information can be found at: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/196392.html
What is ECTS?
ECTS was developed by the European Community in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of study exchange programs abroad.
How does ECTS work?
The ECTS is a credit transfer system as the name already says and its basis is the student workload. This workload encompasses lectures, practical training, seminars, self-study and all relevant work needed to prepare for the exam and other performances. Thus, it is a relative value.
For a semester (6 months) normally 30 ECTS has to be achieved. In this regard, one ECTS conforms 25-30 hours worked. Depending on the ECTS amount a course possesses, the workload can be individually calculated.
As one example:
Course XY has 6 ECTS. This means, for the course approximately 180 hours of work (including attendance time in terms of i. a. lectures and seminars and time for self-study and preparation for exam) have to be realized.
More information about ECTS you can find here: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/49275.html
More information about German language courses you can find here: http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/7710.html
The course catalogue for winter term 2018/2019 can be found here:
All grant holders are insured by a central Group Insurance (covering Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Accident Insurance and Assistance Insurance), which will be centrally organised by the Project Coordination Team at the institution. The participant shall have adequate insurance coverage.
The insurance costs (approximately 0,90 EUR per day) are deducted from the individual support.
Please note that there was a change in German legislation related to the residence title for study purposes. In the future, all incoming international students are required to get a German public health insurance. The law affects all mobilities from October 2018 onwards.
The German public health insurance costs approx. 90-100 € per month. You will be informed upon your arrival/during the introductory days how to get this insurance.
The Erasmus+ Programme aims at promoting equity and inclusion by facilitating the access to participants with disadvantaged backgrounds and fewer opportunities compared to their peers whenever disadvantage limits or prevents participation in transnational activities such as:
- disability (i.e. participants with special needs): people with mental (intellectual, cognitive, learning), physical, sensory or other disabilities;
- educational difficulties: young people with learning difficulties; early school-leavers; low qualified adults; young people with poor school performance;
- economic obstacles: people with a low standard of living, low income, dependence on social welfare system or homeless; young people in long-term unemployment or poverty; people in debt or with financial problems;
- cultural differences: immigrants or refugees or descendants from immigrant or refugee families; people belonging to a national or ehnic minority; people with linguistic adaptation and cultural inclusion difficulties;
- health problems: people with chronic health problems, severe illnesses or psychiatric conditions;
- social obstacles: people facing discrimination because of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, etc.; people with limited social skills or anti-social or risky behaviors; people in a precarious situation; (ex-)offenders, (ex-)drug or alcohol abusers; young and/or single parents; orphans;
- geographical obstacles: people from remote or rural areas; people living in small islands or in peripheral regions; people from urban problem zones; people from less serviced areas (limited public transport, poor facilities).
In the field of youth, an Inclusion and Diversity Strategy has been designed as a common framework to support the participation and inclusion of young.
If you belong to one of the above mentioned groups, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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