Activities 2023

02.12.2023 Visit to the Steinau Christmas Market 

On December 2nd, 2023, Goethe Welcome Center invited our international researchers on a trip to the Steinau Christmas Market. Despite the cold weather, we enjoyed Steinau's picturesque scenery, as well as the festive atmosphere. Must say: Learning about the Brothers Grimm (who spent part of their youth in Steinau) while sipping some mulled wine ain't too bad! Thank you for joining us on this trip - and hope to see you again next time!

18.11.2023 City Tour of Frankfurt

On our city tour on Saturday, November 18th, 2023, we toured the most important spots of Frankfurt and made the most of the good weather. Aside from getting an overview of the old town and downtown area, we also got a crash course on Frankfurt’s rich history in only three hours. Did you know, for instance, that our city’s name is a compound of ‘Franconian’ and ‘ford’? Or that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt? - We learned a lot, and we shared some laughs, too. Thanks for joining us today!

04.11.2023 Visit to Deutsches Filmmuseum

On Saturday, November 4th 2023 we had an amazing and enlightening guided tour through the current exhibition "WEIMAR WEIBLICH" - Women and Gender Diversity in Weimar Cinema (1918 – 1933) at the famous Frankfurt Filmmuseum. We learned a lot about the tremendous changes that the 1920s brought especially for women and how the cinema in that time dealt with gender roles and relations in general. The group enjoyed the visit and we spent a pleasant Saturday afternoon together.

20.10.2023 Campus Tour

On Friday, October 20th, 2023, we went on a historical tour of the Westend Campus. We learned fascinating details about the buildings and the people who have studied and taught at this university. Would you have known that Alzheimer's disease was discovered here? And what does the big statue on the main square represent? Come join us on our tour next semester and get to know your campus!

28.07.2023 Summer Garden Party for International Researchers

On Friday, 28th July 2023, the Goethe Welcome Centre together with the foundation „Stiftung zur Förderung der internationalen wissenschaftlichen Beziehungen“ invited all international researchers at Goethe University to the great annual Summer Garden Party in the garden of GU's guesthouse Ditmarstraße 4. Despite the rain, about 60 members of GU's international community gathered to celebrate the end of the summer term 2023 together with their family members, some of their academic hosts and participants of the GWC host programme. Dr. Johannes Müller (above on the picture), head of Global Office welcomed our guests with a great opening speech. A delicious potluck buffet of national dishes prepared by participants and live music by the Frankfurter Jazz-Trio „Walter Bareithers Trio Mediterraneo“ created a delightful atmosphere and made this event such a great success.

01.07.2023 Excursion to Wiesbaden

On Saturday the first of July we visited the imperial State Capital of Hessen. We began the day with a guided tour through Wiesbaden's rich history, exploring its significant landmarks. One of the highlights of our tour was the Landtag, Hessen's center of political decision-making. We had the opportunity to learn about the current parties represented there and gain insights into their policy-making processes.

After an enjoyable and satisfying lunch, we concluded our trip by visiting the renowned Kochbrunnen (Boil Fountain) in Wiesbaden. This famous sodium chloride hot spring was a fascinating sight to behold. Additionally, we made a meaningful visit to the Gedenkstätte für die ermordeten Wiesbadener Juden, paying our respects to the memorial dedicated to the murdered Jewish community in Wiesbaden.

Overall, it was a fulfilling day filled with enriching experiences and a deeper understanding of Wiesbaden's history and cultural significance.

7.06.2023, Visit to the Opel Zoo

On Saturday June 17th, we went to the beautiful Opel Zoo. It was a very hot and sunny day but fortunately the forest in which the zoo is located provided us shade and cool places to rest. Everyone had fun watching the elephants bathe in the mud or the monkeys jump from tree to tree. It was a playful and pleasant atmosphere for the researchers' families and we all spent a beautiful saturday.

03.06.2023, Visit to the Kletterwald Offenbach

On a sunny Saturday, June 3rd, 2023, we set out to visit Kletterwald in Offenbach. Even though no one in the group had ever been to an outdoor climbing park before, everyone had reached a height of at least three meters by the end of the day. Some of us even went as far as 14 meters high. We would like to thank everyone who participated and made this experience a success.

06.05.2023, Guided City Tour Frankfurt

The Goethe Welcome Centre organized a guided tour of Frankfurt for international scholars and researchers on Saturday, May 06th, 2023. The tour was filled with informative historical facts and took the group past the opera square and the Zeil. We also visited the Paulskirche and strolled through the new old town near the Roemer. The tour concluded with a pleasant and lively lunch.

02.05.2023, Who will pay my pension some day...?

On Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023, an information event on pension provisions available in Europe and Germany was held at the Campus Westend of GU in cooperation with the VBL. The event focused on introducing international researchers to the two types of pension schemes: state pensions and occupational pensions. The event provided valuable insights into the different pension options available, and helped researchers to better understand how to plan for their future retirement

20.04.2023, Guided historical tour across Westend Campus

On Thursday, April 20th at 4.00 pm, we had a very special day as we took a historical tour around the university. It was an informative and enjoyable experience as we discovered interesting facts and tips about the campus. We would like to thank everyone who participated and made this tour a success. 

24.01.2023, New Year's Reception for International Researchers

After an interruption of two years caused by the global COVID pandemic, the Goethe Welcome Centre (GWC) and the “Stiftung zur Förderung der internationalen wissenschaftlichen Beziehungen der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität" foundation January 24, 2023, invited the community of international researchers at Goethe University to their traditional New Year's Reception at the guesthouse Frauenlobstraße.

After a champagne reception and words of welcome by foundation chairman Prof. Jürgen Bereiter-Hahn, Goethe University President Prof. Enrico Schleiff gave a vivid New Year's speech to the about 85 assembled guests. He extended special thanks to all researchers present for their important contributions and emphasized the central significance of internationalization to the development of our university.  

Furthermore, he outlined his vision for Goethe University in 2030 to be an excellent international university, with both feet firmly planted in the digital age and still deeply rooted among Germany's leading research universities, mentioning the university's current efforts regarding the federal “Excellence Strategy". 

Special mention was made of the approximately 400 newly arriving international researchers in 2022 and the great challenge the war against Ukraine poses to the international science community and Goethe University's commitment to refugee researchers from Ukraine. In addition, the ongoing troubles and delays experienced at the Foreigners' Registration Office in Frankfurt were addressed – a topic that caused visible agitation among the audience. Last but not least, the opening of the new International Guest House on Riedberg Campus was mentioned, as the result of an extraordinary cooperation between Goethe University's “Stiftung zur Förderung der internationalen wissenschaftlichen Beziehungen", and the Studierendenwerk.

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Program Winter Term 2023/2024

06.02.2024: New Year's Reception for international researchers