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Services for International Members

The GCSC staff supports its international members in all queries arising in connection to their PhD program. This includes both their stay in Giessen and Germany and their status as official PhDs of the Justus-Liebig-University and members of our centre.

Services for International Members

GCSC staff seeks to support its international members in all queries arising in connection to their PhD studies. This includes your stay in Giessen and Germany and your status as an official PhD student of the Justus-Liebig-University and as member of our centre.

Please do not hesitate to contact us before your arrival in Giessen. In all issues concerning international PhD students we work closely with the university’s International Office.

Support with Forms and Applications

We offer individual support concerning the visa and residence permit, insurance and bank account. Furthermore, we will assist you in completing all administrative steps at the university (your application as a doctoral student within your faculty and your matriculation). Please contact Andressa Schröder.

German Language Courses

Half a year before submitting your thesis – at the latest – you will be required to show proof of German language skills (level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as a non-native speaker of German. We recommend that all PhD students starting their work at the GCSC with little or no German language skills, start German courses early. You will profit from it soon, since German is also one of the two working languages at the GCSC.

The International Office of Justus-Liebig-University offers intensive and evening courses at all levels. Furthermore, you have the possibility of participating in a preparatory language course in the summer before starting your PhD.

Members of the GCSC may apply for a refund of course fees. Please contact before reserving a spot in a course.

Welcome to Giessen!

We are happy to answer your questions concerning housing issues in and around Giessen. Please contact Andressa Schröder, if you need help in finding suitable lodging.

The International Office offers excursions for international PhD students of all disciplines.


Please contact Silvia Boide for further details:

+49 641 / 99-30 025