The university was founded in 1914 through private funding. Thus, the university owes its establishment to the link - which is characteristic for the city of Frankfurt - between dynamic research, the legacy of the Enlightenment, and the conscious commitment of the citizens of Frankfurt to the fundamentals of international trade and industry.


As one of the major institutions of higher education in Germany, the university is committed to providing a wide spectrum of disciplines in research and teaching, to generating outstanding achievements, and to breaking new ground through the targeted utilization of the advantages and synergies of interdisciplinary work in research and teaching. In competition with the best national and international universities, Frankfurt University aims to fulfill its training and educational mandates through performance and open-mindedness.


Researchers are increasingly faced with expectations to raise 3rd party funds if they want to pursue a successful research career. Yet, applying for 3rd party funds is not an end in itself and could even be detrimental to research careers, if disconnected from own scientific or life plans or scientific goals.


44,000 companies and organizations have approximately 464,000 employees on their payrolls. In addition, Frankfurt as the financial centre of Germany with 350 banks, including the European Central Bank, 150 foreign banks, and the fourth largest stock exchange in the world also offer many opportunities for an international career in the financial sector.These are the key data of a flourishing economy offering students and graduates many interesting jobs and internships.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (8)
Business & Management (7)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (7)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Humanities (3)
Medicine & Health (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Law (1)
  • LL.M. Finance
    Institute for Law and Finance

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
251 -50
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.


Student services

  • Integration Program for Guets Students
Goethe University offers the opportunity of integrating guest students through volunteer host families. You are invited to join this program.
  • International Stammtisch
Each semester, an international stammtisch, or roughly translated a place (mostly like at a location that serves food or drinks) where one meets on a regular and consistent basis, will be offered to ERASMUS/DAAD/ SOCRATES scholars and German students.
  • Services and Support for International Students
The International Office offers a comprehensive range of advice and services on issues of visa/immigration, financing your studies, social life and personal matters.

Housing services

The Goethe Welcome Centre will be pleased to assist you to find suitable accommodation for the duration of your stay in Frankfurt. It is our goal to make you feel comfortable in Frankfurt and to ensure that you have a fruitful and successful stay at Goethe University. Knowing that the quest for accommodation can be demanding and in order to assist you with your personal quest we would like to inform you about some issues and facts related to accommodation in Frankfurt.

  • Arrival Support
  • The WellCome-Project

Library services

The Central Library of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main is accessible to the general public.Whilst you can order books and other material purely for use in the reading rooms without having to be a member you will need a library card for all other online facilities and to take books off the premises.

ICT services

Internet Access in the Guest HousesThe guest houses Frauenlobst. and Ditmarst. have W-LAN facilities conecting with the university's net. Available are the wireless nets FLUGHAFEN and FREIFLUG.

The wireless network in Beethovenstraße is provided by Unityedia. The login details are consigned in every apartment.

Medical services

The statutory health insurance system includes the following benefits:

  • out-patient medical treatment, for example in a physician’s office
  • dental care
  • medication, remedies and medical devices
  • in-patient medical treatment, for example in a hospital
  • medically necessary rehabilitation
  • services during pregnancy and childbirth

Student Life

Campus life

The WellCome-Projekt is an adopt-a-student program which focuses on the academic-social-cultural integration of international students. Students of Goethe University can adopt an international student. This idea is meant to ease the difficulties in dealing with a new country and study environment.You will not only receive help during this phase but, it is a wonderful opportunity to exchange cultures, languages and life experiences. Participation involves no additional costs.

Sports facilities

  • Fitness First location: e.g. Westend, Eschenheimer Turm, Konstablerwache, MyZeil
  • Fitness First Women Only: Hauptwache, Sachsenhausen
  • PrimeTime Fitness location: Westend, Bockenheim, Sachsenhausen
  • McFit location: Innenstadt
  • Med X Training location: Eschenheimer Tor

Student clubs

Ongoing German language support is available.The students union ("Asta") provides advice and entertainment, and faith-based organisations offer opportunities for worship and intercultural exchange.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany