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  • Locations: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Amherst Students, UMass Boston Students, UMass Dartmouth Students, UMass Lowell Students Language of Instruction: English, German
Areas of Study: Business, Economics, German Studies, Management Program Category: Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 3 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
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View and download a brochure here: Goethe University Frankfurt am Main Flyer

Why Hessen Exchange?:
Hessen Coat of ArmsThe Hessen-Massachusetts Academic Partnership was implemented in 2004. The objective of the state-to-state programs is to support student mobility as well as to implement and foster collaboration between researchers of institutions of higher education in Hessen and the partner state. The exchanges seek to create an environment of international knowledge, cultural competencies and linguistic skills for the future. The partnerships is supported by the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and the Arts, as well as by the University of Massachusetts System. Exchange opportunities include short-term, semester and academic year programs.
  • The Hessen-Massachusetts exchange program provides enrolled students at one of the University of Massachusetts System universities with the opportunity to get international experience by studying abroad at one of the Hessen International Summer Universities (ISU), the Hessen International Winter Universities (IWU) or by enrolling in one of the participating Hessen universities, universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) and art academies for one or two academic semesters.
  • This experience will not only give you the chance to live in Germany and learn the language, but also adds a European dimension to your academic career. An increasing number of English taught courses are available.
  • The State of Hessen is situated in the heart of the Federal Republic of Germany and is home to some of the country's leading universities and research institutes, all of which are within easy reach of Frankfurt am Main, Germany's financial and banking center. The UMass-Hessen Exchange represents a special alliance between the universities of the State of Hessen and those of the University of Massachusetts.
Learn more about the UMass-Hessen Exchange Program

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About Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main:
Founded in 1914 as Frankfurt University by a group of wealthy citizens, it was given its current name in 1932 in honour of the city's most famous son. Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, positioned among the top international research universities, 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. 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 center in Europe, and one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in all of Germany.
  • The Hessen government provides a partial scholarship, greatly reducing fees for UMass participants from those published on the Hessen university websites.
  • All US citizens and US green card holders are eligible for the scholarship rates.
  • Other students should see their study abroad advisor to discuss availability and program pricing.
Tuition and fees are paid to UMass. Room and Board and other expenses will be paid to the host institution or by other arrangement as necessary

Watch a Goethe University Campus Video and Learn More About Frankfurt.

How to Apply:
The general entry requirement is a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.  Applicants should normally have completed at least one year of university study at the time of application. UMass students should first complete the UMass application process by clicking "Apply Now" on this site and applying to their home institution. Once approved for participation, students will be guided through the necessary application to Hessen, as well as all the other steps to complete the Pre-Depature and Post-Departure components of their application. 


The deadlines for student exchange applications are March 15 for the Fall semester and October 15 for the Spring semester.¿

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Why Study in Germany?
German FlagHessen is a German state in the heart of Europe. In addition to excellent study and research opportunities at some of Germany's leading universities, Hessen has a diverse and picturesque countryside, is full of culture and history and at the same time vibrant and modern. Half-timbered houses, medieval churches and castles of your childhood fairy tales contrast modern cosmopolitan cities like Frankfurt, Hessen's major international financial hub. Whether looking for a metropolitan or small-town university, you'll feel at home in Hessen. Frankfurt is the largest financial center in continental Europe and home to many large commercial banks.
  • It is the biggest city in Hessen, a multicultural mix of native Germans, Turks, Asians, Africans, and other nationalities.
  • Due to its central position, Frankfurt is a vital air, rail and highway transportation pivot.
  • Culturally, Frankfurt is an imperative educational and recreational domain in the state, famous for its trade fairs.
  • Today, it is rated among the top 10 most livable cities in the world (as rated by Mercer Human Resource Consulting.
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Student Experience:
  • Over 12% of students in Hessen are international, coming from all over the world to take advantage of high-quality academics and a great quality of life.
  • Student accommodation is available in student residences run by the Studentenwerk for approximately 180-300€/month or at the housing market for approximately 250€+/month.
  • An accommodation request form is included in the host institution application package.
  • Depending on the program, the ISUs provide accommodation in university dormitories, private apartments or with host families. 
Goethe University Students
Academics:
Goethe University Frankfurt, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programmes, 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.
  • A record number of approximately 46,500 students enrolled at Goethe University for the winter semester 2014/2015. This makes the university not only the largest in Hesse but also one of the three largest in the whole of Germany.
  • Goethe University scored well again in national and international comparisons of universities and subjects in 2014.
  • In the Shanghai ranking, Frankfurt University was jointly ranked with the Universities of Freiburg and Göttingen at fifth to seventh place among German universities, on a par with the previous year. In the worldwide QS ranking, Goethe University was again highly placed as in the previous year, achieving 14th place nationally and being ranked at 217 internationally.
  • Today, Goethe University is one of the only universities in Germany that enjoys significant public funding alongside administrative autonomy and the ability to create a private endowment.
Learn more about Academics at Goethe Universitat Frankfurt am Main.

Goethe University LogoDepartments:
  • Law (German)
  • Economics and Business Administration
  • Social Sciences
  • Educational Sciences (German)
  • Psychology and Sports Sciences (German)
  • Protestant Theology (German)
  • Roman Catholic Theology (German)
  • Philosophy and History (German)
  • Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures, and Arts (German)
  • Modern Languages
  • Geosciences and Geography
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Physics (German)
  • Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy
  • Biological Sciences (German)
  • Medical Science (German)
Important: The courses should be chosen at one faculty only to which the application is consequently sent. It is also necessary to select primarily courses corresponding to the student‘s major at the home university so that the application could be forwarded to a specific department. Only a minor part of courses not corresponding to the major may be selected. 
  • Only after the admission by the relative school, the student may apply to one or two courses at another Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences faculty.
  • Courses offered to the Erasmus program students are available for non-European exchange students.
  • It is better though to choose more courses in case some of them would be full.
Academic Year
The Winter Semester starts in September and ends in February. The Summer Semester starts in March and ends in July. Official information can be found on their website.


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