Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main

Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main (or University of Frankfurt) was founded in 1914 as a unique citizen’s university, financed by the wealthy citizens of Frankfurt. University of Frankfurt is named after Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe, and is home to over 46,000 students - 7,000 of which are international students from across more than 130 different countries.

Academic highlights

The University offers a wide variety of academic programmes, a diverse group of research institutes, and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. They are also the leading German university in scholarships, having donated a total of €1.08 million.


Frankfurt is quite a small city but one of the most international cities in Germany, with one in three people living in Frankfurt not holding a German Passport. Frankfurt is also home to the largest financial centre on the continent.

Did you know?

Frankfurt is one of the most densely populated cities in Germany, but it is also home to the largest inner-city forest in the country, The Stadtwald (city forest).

The University has produced 56 Nobel laureates and has been co-educational since 1899.


As an exchange student, units in medicine and dentistry will not be available to you.


There some units are taught in English at University of Frankfurt but most are taught in German. If you wish to study units taught in German, you are required to have a level B2 CEFR as a minimum.

Disciplines available



Banking and finance,

Biological sciences,

Business law and taxation,

Chinese languages & culture studies,

Communications and media studies,

Earth, atmosphere and environmental sciences,

Econometrics and business statistics,


English as an international language,

French language & culture studies,

German language & culture studies,


Human geography,

Indonesian language & culture studies,

Information technology,

Italian language & culture studies,

Japanese languages & culture studies,

Jewish language & culture studies,

Korean language & culture studies,

Literary studies,



Mathematical sciences,


Politics and international relations,

Spanish and Latin American languages & culture studies,


  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See Goethe University Frankfurt's English Catalogue here and their German Catalogue here.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard 22.5 ECTS30 ECTS45 ECTS60 ECTS

Exchange program terms

University of Frankfurt's 'Spring' semester (Monash Semester 1):  April to August
University of Frankfurt's 'Winter' semester (Monash Semester 2): Mid October to early March

NB: You may be required to complete a semester of intermission after your semester abroad.

See University of Frankfurt's academic calendar here.


University of Frankfurt does not have on-campus accommodation, as is common in Europe. The Goethe Welcome Centre will be pleased to assist you in finding suitable accommodation for the duration you are in Frankfurt.

Goethe University Frankfurt offers advice on accommodation here.


As a general rule, Australian citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany but after entering will have to apply for a residence permit at the local ‘Auslaenderbehörde’ (Immigration Office) if staying for more than three months. Your host university will assist you with this. Students from other countries may be required to apply for a visa for study purposes at the German Consulate-General in Melbourne.

Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant consular/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.

For more information on visas, please refer to the Consulate General of Germany here.

University of Frankfurt also provide some advice on visas, which can be found here.

Health and insurance

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

Find out more the University of Frankfurt's Buddy Program here.

Find out more  about the University of Frankfurt's German language program here.


Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The DAAD offers various scholarships to Australian students, there may be scholarships available to exchange students and are subject to change. Find out more here.

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Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • Frankfurt
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

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