The self-administration of the student body is carried out in the following bodies:
Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss (AStA)
The highest body of student self-administration is the AStA, whose website you are currently on 🙂
Student Parliament (StuPa)
The students of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen declare their will through the Student Parliament (StuPa), which is elected annually in January, and through a ballot. Thus, the Student Parliament is the highest decision-making body of the student body: It elects and controls the AStA, which represents the student body externally, i.e. within and outside the University. It is made up of the university political groups that are elected in January of each year, which you can read about here. The student representatives in the Studentenwerk are also elected by the student parliament every year in December.
More information can be found on the Homepage of the Student Parliament.
“Faculty Student Councils”. The student representatives at your faculty are your first point of contact when problems arise with your degree programme. Many Fachschaftsräte also organise the O-Phase, organise events for you or otherwise ensure exchange between the students of the respective faculty. We have collected the contact details for all Fachschaftsräte here for you.
“Subject Groups”. Fachgruppen represent the interests of individual degree programmes. They often organise O-phases and other events. In contrast to the Fachschaftsräte, however, their possibilities for exerting influence are limited. At the Faculty of Philosophy in particular, they are more directly in touch with you students than the Fachschaftsrat, as the target group is clearer. An overview of which Fachgruppe is assigned to which subject can be found here.
Other advocacy groups
International Student Council (ISC)
The ISC is elected every year by the International Student Parlament (ISP) and is therefore the representation of all international students at our university. It attends to all their concerns and is the first point of contact for problems and queries.
Every week there is an open office hour on Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm, in case you have any problems you would like help with.
Every two weeks the ISC is in session on Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
ISC Contact: email@example.com
Representation for Students with Disabilities (Vertretung für Studierende mit Beeinträchtigungen, VfSB)
The Representation for Students with Disabilities (VfSB) advocates for the interests of students with disabilities, chronic illnesses, neurodiversity (e.g. ADHD, autism…) and mental illnesses at the University of Göttingen. The representation meets every 2 weeks on Monday from 6 to 8 pm.
The VfSB is also available as a contact for questions about and problems in your studies. They can be contacted by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Instagram at vfsb_goettingen.
The Lehramtsstudierendenvertretung (LSV) is the coordinating body of the Fachschaftsräte in matters concerning teacher training at the University of Göttingen.
The tasks of the LSV are in particular:
- the coordination of the teaching-related work of the Fachschaftsräte and Fachgruppen of the faculties involved in the teaching degree programmes,
- supporting the work of the student members of the Study Commission for Teacher Education as well as the ZELB Board,
- the promotion of the level of information and the formation of opinion among students with regard to teacher training.
For more information, here.