Goethe University Frankfurt was established 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.
The university is positioned among the top international research university that offers a wide variety of academic programs, 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.
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.
The university is situated in Germany’s most cosmopolitan and international city, the university attracts a diverse body of students and researchers from around the world. Students at Goethe benefit from studying and living in Frankfurt, the largest financial and trading centre in Europe with plenty of opportunities to learn and practice speaking German. Today, Frankfurt is rated among the top 10 most liveable cities in the world.
Why Choose Goethe University Frankfurt?
- The university has 41,000 students ( winter semester 2011/12).
- The university has 6,500 international students.
- 558 professors are there in the university to guide the students.
- 58 endowed professorships and visiting professorships.
- Since 1914, 19 Nobel laureates have worked or studied at Goethe University.
- Endowment: €145.5 million (including firm pledges).
- €136 million in third-party funding, plus €333 million from the state of Hessen.
- More than 8 million items in the university library.
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Faculty of Educational Sciences
- Faculty of Psychology and Sports Sciences
- Faculty of Protestant Theology
- Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology
- Faculty of Philosophy and History
- Faculty of Linguistics, Cultural and Civilization Studies, Art Studies
- Faculty of Modern Languages
- Faculty of Geosciences and Geography
- Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics
- Faculty of Physics
- Faculty of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy
- Faculty of Biological Sciences
- Faculty of Medical Science