is a lively, urban, and cosmopolitan university that provides an excellent atmosphere in which to research, study, think, and create. 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 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. The university supports the practical application of knowledge based upon solid fundamental research.
An orientation will be held prior to departure.
This program is a good fit for students in the social sciences. It is specifically aligned with the academics of graduate students in history, theology, or philosophy. Graduate students also have the option to do independent research with faculty from Goethe. It is also an excellent option for German majors and minors.
All courses are taught in German so strong language skills are required. There are limited courses available in English and the exact offerings are not as dependable from semester-to- semester.
Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Courses will come back only as transfer credits - provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned.
Marquette students generally live in the university residence halls at Goethe. Contracts must be made with the university administration. Students should bring at least 500€ for the first month's rent and security deposit when signing the contract.
In the dorm room there is a laundry washing facility, and there are common bathrooms, showers and kitchens. You will also find laundry rooms in every dormitory building. Bed sheets will be provided, but you will need to bring your own towels with you or purchase them upon arrival.
The dorm space is limited and students must apply early to guarantee a spot. Alternatives to residence hall living are apartments in Frankfurt. Goethe can provide assistance in locating a private lodging option if the dorms are not available though students will often research housing options on their own.
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Frankfurt is the financial centre of the continent, a truly European city, a transport hub, and the smallest metropolis in the world. There is no doubt, Frankfurt brings opposites together in a charming way. It is a city with a savoir-vivre, where multilingualism is an accepted way of life.
Frankfurt has an unmistakable character. There are many notable aspects, including the renowned collection of museums located on the banks of the Main, the fascinating high-rise architecture, the thinkers of the Frankfurt School, the Grüne Soße (a herb sauce, a specialty of Frankfurt), Ebbelwei (Apfelwein or cider), and Frankfurter sausages. Numerous exhibition halls, theatres, and historic sites are all nearby and the next café or restaurant is also not far away. In short, Frankfurt has a lot to offer!