GOETHE UNIVERSITY FRANKFURT, FRANKFURT, HESSE

Frankfurt, HesseLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1914Established Year
  46961Enrollment

Goethe University Frankfurt: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Goethe University was primarily established in 1914 as a ‘citizen’s’ university which was financially supported by a handful of rich residents of Frankfurt, Germany. Ever since its conception in 1914, the research-intensive university has been regarded as the most modern and well-funded university in the country. 

Today, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University is one of the ten largest universities in Germany. The university offers a wide range of programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral. Most of the master’s programs are taught in English or in bilingual(usually German and English) which makes it a popular place to study in Germany.

According to CWUR (Center for World University Rankings), Goethe University Frankfurt is globally ranked at #149 and #9 at a national level.

Goethe University Frankfurt Highlights

University TypePublic
Establishment Year1914
Annual Budget 644.6 million EUR
Number of Study programs210
Number of Students47,334
Tuition Fee Not Charged
Number of Students47,334
International Student Percentage15.8% (7,600 international students)
Annual Estimated Cost of Attendance (international)€ 9,876.42 (approx.)
Contact International Office+49-69-798-3838 | international@uni-frankfurt.de
Official WebsiteGoethe University

Programs, Campus, and Residence

The university offers more than 200-degree programs at undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels and comprises 16 academic faculties that impart education to nearly 50,000 students. Semester-wise beginning and ending dates are given below:

SemesterStart DateEnd Date
SummerApril 1stSeptember 30th
WinterOctober 1stMarch 31st
  • 4 campuses of the university: Campus Westend, Campus Bockenheim, Campus Riedberg, and Campus Niederrad are situated at various locations across Frankfurt am Main.
  • Apart from the rooms made available by student services, candidates of the university may choose to live in residence halls run by a private organization or take up rental flats

It is recommended to start looking for flats accommodation well in advance as Frankfurt has a high cost of living. Students are advised to come a few weeks before their studies commence so that they can arrange for affordable accommodation. 

Students can arrange for temporary housing in hostels and youth hostels for as little as 17 EUR per night. Couchsurfing is another popular option for short term accommodation which can be often availed for free.

Goethe University Frankfurt Admissions

Application Deadlines

Usually, July 15 is the deadline for winter session while January 15 is for summer. Applicants are advised to prepare their necessary documents well before the application deadlines. Application and submission deadlines may differ for different master's courses. These dates will be available on the respective program pages.

Admission Requirements

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification; Bachelor’s Degree (required for graduate programs)
  • Apply online via Uni-assist (for bachelor’s & staatsexamen programs only )
  • Apply online via the university’s application portal (master’s programs)
  • CV, Letter of Motivation, Thesis Summary (masters & doctoral programs)
  • Proof of German Language Proficiency: DSH 2; TestDaF Lvl 4; telc German C1 University [The European Language Certificate]; German Language Diploma [DSD 2]; German Language Test 2 [Munich Institute of Languages and Interpreters]; Goethe Certificate C2
  • Valid ID Passport
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Proof of adequate financial means

Goethe University Frankfurt Tuition & Other Costs

Goethe University Frankfurt does not charge its students a tuition fee. However, there are other expenses a prospective student should be well capable of undertaking.

ExpenseAnnual Cost in EUR
Semester Fee€ 739.78
Accommodation€ 4,800
Food€ 2,184
Health Insurance€ 960
Communication€ 396
Leisure€960
Miscellaneous(Resources,books,etc)€ 1,332

The table above shows the estimated annual cost of attendance for students pursuing their higher education at Goethe University Frankfurt. Actual costs may vary depending upon the nature of the accommodation and personal spending tendencies.

It is compulsory for all international students and researchers to have a valid health insurance policy until the length of their stay in Germany. It is usual to prove a travel health insurance cover of 30,000 EUR if the stay does not exceed 90 days.

Scholarships and Aid for International Students

It is recommended for international students to look for scholarship sponsors in their home country as only a limited number of funding options are available in Germany. However, students can only apply for scholarships in the winter semester.

  • Goethe University Deutschland stipendium (up to € 500 per month for highly-qualified candidates for up to 6 months)
  • Goethe University Masters Scholarship Program- Master’s scholarship for 20 candidates per year who have an outstanding performance at the undergraduate level. Especially aimed to aid students who have a strong interest in research. This program is currently for the period between 2016-2020. Only available to those students who apply at the beginning of the winter session.
  • Scholarships for relevant internships (available to undergraduates, graduates, and research-scholars)

Candidates can also work while pursuing their higher education in Germany for a maximum of 120 full days in a year. However, studies should not be affected because of working therefore students are not allowed to work for more than 10-15 hours per week.

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Goethe University Frankfurt Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population46961
Application Cost$83
Average Cost of Attendance$19,425 / Year

Admission & Dates

Summer Deadlines

January 15

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January 29

Application Results

Winter Deadlines

July 15

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January 29

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL110100120 -
IELTS879 -

Attendance Cost

$19,425

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Post Graduate Program$19,425 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Room Rent$5,328 / Year
Food$2,424 / Year
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