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Goethe University
Frankfurt, Germany (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/24/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Exchange Language of Instruction: English, German
Language Prerequisite: Yes Housing Options: Hostel, Off Campus Apartment, On-Campus Dormitory
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor
Courses Offered: Accounting, Art History, Art Studio, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Geological Sciences, History, Management, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Sports Medicine
Program Description:

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Goethe University

Why Goethe?

Goethe University Frankfurt, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programmes, a diverse group of  research institutes and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The university is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Frankfurt-born polymath renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy.

Founded in 1914 with private funding and inspired by the legacy of the European Enlightenment, Goethe University stands out as a pioneering "citizens' university"--and the history of the university is one of openness and public participation.

As a university with an endowment, a funding model rare in Germany's system of higher education, GU enjoys considerable freedom from state control when it comes to the details of how a modern university should be run, including the appointing of professors. The endowment that is being built up will be invested specifically in promoting an excellent atmosphere in which to research, study, think, and create.

Academic Highlights

The University offers a variety of 170 undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate study programs in the following 16 academic departments:
  • Law
  • Economics and Business Administration
  • Social Sciences
  • Educational Sciences
  • Psychology and Sports Sciences
  • Protestant Theology
  • Roman Catholic Theology
  • Philosophy and History
  • Linguistics, Cultural, and Civilization Studies, Art Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Geosciences and Geography
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical Science

Student Life

Goethe University is home to a thriving community of some 41,000 students, including around 6,746 international students from some 100 different countries. A great variety of student organisations, activities, events and educational opportunities help keep the three campuses lively.

From lectures to concerts, conferences to sports competitions, Goethe University student groups fill the campus with numerous activities and reflect the student community’s diverse interests. Participating in student groups is a great way to engage with the GU community and get to know both German and international students.

It’s easy to get involved. At the beginning of each semester, university organizes the student fair and party "UniStart" (information in German only - this restriction also applies to all of the following links, with the exception of Chaincourt Theatre), an excellent opportunity for new students to orient themselves, meet fellow students, and find out about student groups.

And in addition to everything else, at Goethe University there are numerous students’ initiatives and organisations, many of which cater specifically to international students.

Living in Frankfurt

The city actively encourages new students to come to this lively, cosmopolitan city, even welcoming them with €100 Begrüßungsgeld (welcome money). While Frankfurt is one of Europe’s transportation hubs and economic centers, with just under 700,000 inhabitants, mayor Petra Roth calls it “the smallest metropolis in the world”.

Although it offers many of the benefits of larger urban centers, getting around Frankfurt is quick and easy by bike or public transportation. The Goethe Card that all students receive offers free local transportation on trains, buses, and trams through much of the southern part of the state of Hessen. Yet without even leaving the city, Frankfurt’s broad array of museums—many of which line the banks of the Main River—and cultural institutions offer students the opportunity to dive into theater or art with steep student discounts.

Located close to Germany’s most picturesque wine-growing region, Frankfurt is a green city with over 120 parks. Nature-lovers can explore the hills and valleys of the nearby Taunus area—or take a boat trip or train ride up the Rhine River. And sports fans will be able to join one of over 450 sports clubs in the city (in addition to those offered at the university), as well take advantage of public pools, golf courses, and boat houses.

Plenty of outdoor markets, cafes, restaurants, and beer gardens are also found among the tree-lined streets in Frankfurt. The local specialties such as Apfelwein (apple cider) and Grüne Soße (a fresh, green herb sauce most often served with eggs and potatoes) are often served in rustic, corner restaurants, some of which have been around for centuries. And with the highest percentage of international residents in Germany, you can easily visit restaurants and buy ingredients from nearly every world cuisine.

Book lovers will also enjoy the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest trade book fair which draws close to 300,000 visitors each October.

And for international visitors who are eager to explore the rest of Europe, Frankfurt is an ideal location. With one of the busiest airports in continental Europe and serving as a major train hub, it’s easy to take weekend trips to Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, the Swiss Alps, Vienna, and many, many other destinations.


Any additional information of interest regarding Frankfurt or the university may be found on the fact sheet linked below
GoetheFactSheet.pdf