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Support for International Members

The GCSC 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.

Support for International Members

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 for completing all administrative steps at the university (your application as a doctoral student within your faculty and your matriculation). Please contact with questions.

For questions about visa, residence permit or health insurance, please contact Dr. Imke Neumann-Fatia at the International Office.

German Language Courses

As a non-native speaker of German, 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). We recommend that all PhD students beginning 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 if you need help in finding suitable lodging.

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


Please contact Lena Nüchter for further details:

+49 641 / 99-30 056