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Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

4.3 out of 5 (48 ratings / 23 reviews) Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (12)
Social Sciences (11)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (7)
Humanities (6)
Medicine & Health (5)
Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Law (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



Goethe University was founded in 1914 as a unique “citizens’ university,” financed by wealthy citizens in Frankfurt, Germany.

Once considered a liberal or left-leaning institution, Goethe University is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the influential Frankfurt School, part of the Institute for Social Research—which spawned some of Europe’s leading thinkers of the 20thcentury.


The university offers a wide range of subjects from A to Z, from African Language Studies to Zoology. A total of over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 16 faculties are offered in Frankfurt.


In recent years, Goethe University has maintained its reputation in the social sciences, but added important new facilities and research institutes in the natural sciences as well as law, history, languages, humanities, the arts, and economics. Its “clusters of excellence”, interdisciplinary research centres, have helped to sharpen the university’s academic profile, achieving outstanding results in diverse areas ranging from natural sciences (“Macromolecular Complexes”) to medicine (“Cardio-Pulmonray System”, a cluster of excellence in collaboration with the University of Giessen and the Max-Planck-Institute for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim.

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University Ranking

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Housing services

The Goethe Welcome Centre (GWC) is constantly checking all possibilities on theaccommodation market in Frankfurt in order to provide you with a most complete pictureof the situation here and the possibility to suggest one or two suitable accommodationsto you.Please note that the GWC accommodation services are only available for:

  •  newly-appointed professors and post-docs at GU
  •  visiting international researchers and scientists at GU
  •  fellows of the GO-IN programme
  •  PhD students with a GU employment contract

Library services

The university library system consists of the Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library as the central library, specialised libraries, as well as additional departmental libraries.

Medical services

If you do not have sufficient health insurance coverage, you can neither register (enroll) at the university nor get your visa extended to a residence permit. So one of the most important things to take care of is health insurance right after your arrival in Germany or possibly even in advance.

Student Life

Campus life

Goethe University has campuses in Bockenheim, Westend, Riedberg, and Niederrad. While very different and distinct in character, all campuses are conveniently located and well serviced by public transportation.

Sports facilities

All Goethe University students, faculty, and staff have access to numerous sports facilities and classes through the Zentrum für Hochschulsport (ZfH; Center for University Sports). More than 40 sports are on offer, including badminton, basketball, fencing, gymnastics, judo, karate, riding, rowing, skiing, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. There is also a large fitness center with state-of-the-art facilities, and organized excursions and courses in hiking, climbing, sailing, skiing and many other sports throughout the semester.

Student Reviews

great career foundation
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I always had the freedom to choose courses within my programme as well as outside and this wealth of interdisciplinary experience has given me an academic confidence to pursue further studies. But the university can do a great deal better to build a student body, even if it is fairly difficult to form such a body with a total student number exceeding 45000.

Linguistics in Frankfurt
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I studied my Bachelor in Linguistics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. After almost finishing my studies there and spending an Erasmus year in the Netherlands I can say that the Linguistic Bachelor in Frankfurt definitely gives you a broad overview and stable basis in all the fields that form parts to Linguistics.

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Nothing to declare The Goethe University is really competitive in the business area. Professors are really well prepared In Frankfurt you don't have many well organized activities. German people is a bit close-minded. Be sure that you ask for your accommodation on time The Goethe University is really competitive in the business area. Professors are really well...

Frankfurt am Main, Germany