About the University


Goethe University is governed by a strongly democratic and inclusive process that involves faculty, students, and members of the administration and community. There are three primary governing bodies: the Executive Board, the University Council, and the Senate. Continue reading...


Goethe University was founded in 1914 as a unique “citizens' university," financed by wealthy citizens in Frankfurt, Germany. Named in 1932 after one of the city's most famous natives, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, today the university has over 48,000 students. Continue reading...

The new Westend Campus with its park-like ambiance and beautiful travertine-faced buildings is one of Germany's most attractive. In addition to state-of-the-art lecture rooms, the campus has a beer garden, and several light-filled restaurants and cafes. Continue reading...

Goethe University is home to a thriving community of over 48,000 students, including around 7,600 international students from some 136 different countries. A great variety of student organisations, activities, events and educational opportunities help keep the three main campuses lively. Continue reading...


Welcome to Frankfurt! Life in a new city or new country can be challenging, so in order to make your first steps easier, we thought we'd help you get to know your new home. Continue reading...

International activity runs deep in the DNA of Goethe University. Founded in 1914 as a civic institution the University's engagement with the general public, the private sector, government, and other universities extends well beyond national borders. Continue reading..


Goethe University makes a continual effort to promote good teaching. It is not, after all, a simple thing to accomplish, and may be different within the culture of each discipline. It comes about in an environment of motivated teachers and students. It is strengthened by clear guidelines, good framework conditions, funding options, and the availability of advisory and support services.

Goethe University's Third Mission mandate – the pursuit of science and knowledge with and for society – arises directly from its founding history as Stiftungsuniversität in 1914: a university founded by Frankfurt citizens for Frankfurt citizens. Continue reading (German)...


Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and Technische Universität Darmstadt make up the RHINE-MAIN-UNIVERSITIES (RMU). The universities have a combined total of over 100,000 students and 1,440 professors and cooperate closely in research, studying and teaching.