Mainz, Rhineland-PalatinateLOCATION
Estd 1477Established Year

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz one of the largest public universities in Germany. It was initially established in 1477, and is currently located in the city of Mainz, the capital city of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

The University of Mainz is a part of the German U15- a collaboration of Germany’s top comprehensive, research-focused higher education institutes.

According to CWUR World University Rankings, 2016 the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is ranked #20 in Germany, and #244 word-wide.


University TypePublic
Establishment Year1477
Annual Budget (2017)€ 474 million
Number of Degree Courses Offered260+
Tuition Fee for International Students
International Student Percentage11%
Total number of Professors560
Annual Estimated Cost of Attendance (international)€ 10,000- € 12,000
Contact International Office+49 6131 39-28339 |

Programs, Campus, and Residence

  • Being a comprehensive university, the University of Mainz encompasses almost every discipline and study area into its curriculum. The university has 11 academic faculties, 75 fields of study, and more than 250 degree programs for students to choose from.
  • The core areas of research at the university include material sciences, particle and hadron physics, and translational sciences. In the field of historical cultural studies and American studies, the university boasts most outstanding achievements.
  • Students can apply for a room in various residence halls operated by a bunch of nonprofit as well as private organizations. Monthly room rent ranges between 300-450 EUR.
  • The student union provides 2,800 rooms in 10 halls of residence for the University of Mainz. International applicants who apply for housing within the deadlines are guaranteed a room.

University of Mainz Admissions

Application Deadlines: July 15 (winter); January 15 (summer)

Admission Requirements

  • High school leaving certificate; bachelor’s Degree
  • TestAS (recommended)
  • Linguistic Proficiency(without preparatory German course): DSH 2; TestDaF (4 in all parts);Advanced level German Proficiency- C1; DSD 2; Goethe Certificate C2
  • Linguistic Proficiency (with preparatory German course): German Language Certificates- B1 or B2
  • Proof of financial resources (capacity to spend € 760/month)
  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of health insurance

The above mentioned data represents admission requirements at the basic level. Additional documentation, qualification, and requirements may apply to programs at different levels of study. How to apply? The University of Mainz has a two-fold application procedure:

  • Students with foreign certifications and education need to download and complete the “application for recognition” along with the required documents for the assessment of foreign educational certificates. This service is chargeable with € 60.
  • After verification of the documents, candidates need to apply online via the university website.

University of Mainz Tuition & Other Costs

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz does not charge its students any tuition fee for first degree programs. However, a tuition fee amounting to 650 EUR per semester may be charged for secondary and some post-graduate degree programs. Additionally, every candidate pursuing their education at the University of Mainz is required to pay an amount of 319.15 EUR as semester contribution twice every year.

ExpenseAnnual Cost in EUR
Room & Board€ 9,000
Semester Contribution€ 638.30
Health Insurance€ 960
Miscellaneous€ 1,400
Total€ 11,998 (approx)

Scholarships & Financial Aid for International Students

  • The German Academic Exchange Service is the most prominent scholarship provider for foreign students.

  • Candidates in doctoral programs and higher semesters have a better chance of being granted scholarships/grants.

  • Students who find themselves in need of financial assistance due to unforeseen circumstances are eligible to apply for aid at Studierendenwerk Mainz.

  • Candidates may finance their studies by taking up student jobs in Germany for a maximum of 120 full days (8 hours/day) in a year.

Foreign candidates must procure means of financing their studies before leaving their home country by looking up organizations providing scholarships for higher education in Germany.

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Accomodation Fees (Annual)
$ 4,800
Total Enrollment
International Students
Male : Female Ratio
Student : Faculty Ratio
Acceptance Rate
Min. 5.5
Total Applications
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