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Goethe University 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.

Courses offered - Please look at this page for up to date course offerings:

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.

Summer 2018 Courses

Legal Studies (3 credits)

    Law in Modern Societies: Fundamental, International and Interdisciplinary Aspects

The role of law in the 21st Century can and actually must be characterized as ambivalent. On the one side, law competes increasingly with other paradigms, especially with the economic one; apart from that, the subordination of politics and power to the rule of law still remains a project rather than reality in many parts of the world. On the other side, the juridification of society (and societies) has increased immensely. More and more subject areas are becoming object of legislation, and thus of national and international jurisdiction. In this situation, both an intense – and often interdisciplinary – ascertainment of the new topics, law has to deal with, is required as a recall of the philosophical, historical and comparative fundamentals of law. The summer school program of the Law Faculty of the Goethe University aims at balancing these interdependent approaches to law and its subject areas using selected examples.

Psychology (4 credits)

    Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior
(also open to students of Business administration, Economics as well as those of Social, Cultural and Political Sciences)

Social Psychology (week 1 and 2) . Social psychology studies human interaction – its forms, causes, consequences and psychological processes. In this course, we will study how human behavior and thinking is influenced by the actual or imagined presence of others. Students will get an overview of social psychological theories and will learn to apply these theories to everyday problems and situations. We will provide a full range overview of social psychology and we will discuss topics such as attribution processes, influence and obedience, attitudes and persuasion, prejudice, aggression and violence, intergroup behavior, prosocial behavior, social rituals as well as attraction and love. The course will comprise lectures, group work, self-assessments and exercises. 
Organizational Behavior (week 3 and 4) This course attempts to build the students’ understanding and skill in leading and managing people and organizations. The objectives of this course are (1) to raise the student‘s awareness of the centrality of organizational behavior to understanding organizational functioning and effectiveness; (2) to show how an understanding of human behavior via the disciplinary basis of psychology profoundly deepens our analysis of organizations, and (3) to demonstrate the core value of an understanding of organizational behavior to a manager‘s ability to achieve organizational goals. We will provide an overview of organizational behavior and we will discuss topics such as perception and personality, motivation, leadership and decision making, groups and teams, organizational culture and change, and gender and diversity in organizations.The course will comprise lectures, group work, self-assessments and exercises. 

Natural and Life Sciences (3 credits)

    Current and Ancient Biodiversity and Environments in the Context of Global Change

    It offers an extensive cultural programme including various activities ranging from excursions to site visits: Get to know multicultural Frankfurt and its surroundings, visit Heidelberg, Strasbourg (European Parliament) and optionally also Berlin.
The knowledge of numerous organisms is still limited including their evolution and ecology, as well as their significance in the field of paleoclimatology and paleoceanography. Modern methods such as DNA analysis and modeling give new insights into biodiversity and processes that take place over large scales in space and time and enable us to reconstruct the past environment. We are looking forward to teaching and sharing our knowledge on various subjects including:  How fungi can help to save the world,Integrative research on diversity, systematics and applied aspects of fungi , Biodiversity in time and space: paleoceanography and paleoclimatology , Biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems for assessment of anthropogenic impacts , Man and the biosphere in the past and the present

   German language Courses (2 credits)
The German Language Courses for beginners and more advanced learners take place in small learning groups.


Frankfurt Summer School will provide accommodation for your stay from July 15 until August 11 in a centrally located Hotel in Frankfurt.
You will stay at the Ibis Hotel Frankfurt Centrum next to the Main river. Its location provides easy access to downtown Frankfurt and it is close to the university Campus.
Rooms will be provided for pairs of two and include free wi-fi and daily breakfast. If you would like a single room you have to inform the university in advance and you have to calculate a higher price for your accommodation (about 530€ more).


GeoBlue International Health Insurance *  $38.00
Room and Board   $800.00
Airfare  $1,200.00
Other    $1,250.00
Program Fee   $1,500.00
Total:     $4,788.00


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!

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