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Public holidays of Goethe University

Dear international researchers, Goethe University will be closed from December 24th 2019 until January 1st 2020, with the exemption of certain libraries. GWC will be closed from December 23rd 2019 until January 6th 2020. We wish you a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

End of the year Library Opening Hours

Sat., 14.12.2019 Visit to Christmas Market Bad Homburg

Are you ready for the Christmas season, steaming hot mulled wine and beautiful handcrafts? Together we will visit the charming christmas market of Bad Homburg.

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Wed., 22.01.2020: New Year‘s Reception

The Goethe Welcome Centre and the Foundation for Promotion of International Scientific Relations at Goethe University have the great pleasure to invite you and your partner / family to our New Year‘s Reception.

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Welcome to Goethe University!

We are very pleased that you have decided to stay at Goethe University and we hope that you will have a fruitful and enriching time in the vibrant commercial and financial metropolis of Frankfurt.





The Goethe Welcome Centre (GWC) is the central point of advice and services for international researchers at Goethe University:

  • international professors
  • international post-docs
  • international degree seeking doctoral students
  • international doctoral students with a GU employment contract 

In order to make your relocation preparations, your arrival and stay in Frankfurt as comfortable as possible, the GWC team is ready to support you with information, advice and targeted help regarding all important matters related to your stay in Frankfurt. The GWC cooperates closely with other service facilities at GU as well as the City of Frankfurt. Additionally the GWC regularily offers social and cultural events or excursions for you and your family.

In order to support you the best way possible, we would like to ask you first of all to fill out our online registration form. As soon as you have returned this completed form to the GWC we will email  you some initial information and we will send a small welcome package to the department hosting you.

In the following pages you will find a large amount of information about your stay in Frankfurt. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to meeting you,



Are you a hosting institute for a scientist from abroad? You are welcome to contact us with any questions; we will be pleased to provide you with assistance!

International non-degree seeking doctoral students should contact their supervisor, the inviting institute or the International Office.

All international incoming students should contact the International Office.

We would like to thank Santander Universities for their generous support of the Goethe Welcome Centre. We would also like to thank the EURAXESS platform for its compilation of information as well as the Welcome Centres at the universities of Constance, Bochum, Heilbronn, Bonn, Erlangen, Marburg und Bayreuth.