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The information on the following webpages is aimed at international students who will be participating in organized exchange programs, i.e. students who are part of a university partnership or exchange program (e.g. ERASMUS). Additionally, this encompasses scholarship holders, who are supported by an institution such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Fulbright Commission, KAAD, or another scholarship organization. Students who come to Goethe University for a limited period of time - usually one or two semesters - as non-degree-seeking students. (Information for degree-seeking international applicants can be found here instead.)


U P D A T E S:

WINTER SEMESTER 2021/22:

  • The lecture period starts on October 18, 2021 and ends on February 18, 2022.
  • Goethe University plans to offer in person, face-to-face classroom teaching for the majority of classes in winter semester 2021/22. Depending on the development of the pandemic situation this is subject to change. Please be aware of this when planning your mobility.
  • If you are entering Germany from a COVID-19 risk area: Please be aware that you are not allowed to enter Goethe University within the first 5 days after arrival. For more information please refer to our crisis info page and the links there.
  • Deferrals into the summer semester 2022 are possible, in case that is an option. Students would have to be nominated for the new mobility period by their home institution coordinators, so we are all sure that all parties know about the deferral.
  • GU will not accept any freemover students at BA or MA-level (first or second cycle) in the academic year 2021/22. We will only accept third cycle = doctoral candidates = Ph.D. students as freemover students.
  • GU offers mobile Vaccination at different location on certain dates for staff and students including guest students. More information here.
  • On 19 September 2021 Newcomers Festival will take place at Frankfurt city Hall. The Festival is a fair where newcomers to Frankfurt can connect and get information. Admission is free. More information on the official website

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SUMMER SEMESTER 2021:

  • At the beginning of April 2021 we will hold our Welcome and Info Session for the summer semester 2021 in a digital format. All remaining/active guest students will receive the link beforehand.
  • If you are entering Germany from a COVID-19 risk area: Please be aware that you are not allowed to enter Goethe University within the first 5 days after arrival. For more information please refer to our crisis info page and the links there.
  • The lecture period starts on April 12 and ends on July 16, 2021. Goethe University had planned to offer in person, face-to-face classroom teaching for classes up to 20 students in the summer semester 2021, depending on the development of the pandemic situation. Larger classes will be offered as online classes. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, we may be forced to offer only online-classes at first, the smaller ones of which might be switched to face-to-face classroom teaching once deemed safe. An online start is most probable now that the 3rd COVID-19 wave has hit Germany and the shutdown has been extended until April 18, 2021.
  • In the worst case with travel restrictions and closed borders, GU may be forced to offer virtual mobilities with a limited range and number of online classes.
  • Deferrals into the academic year 2021/22 are possible, in case that is an option. Students would have to be nominated for the new mobility period by their home institution coordinators.
  • Future guest students should be careful of making financial commitments and should not quit jobs and housing contracts in their home countries and only book transportation with travel cancellation expenses insurances. GU cannot be made liable for financial costs, reimbursement of semester social contribution and housing deposit and rent payments will not be possible.
  • GU will not accept any freemover students at BA or MA-level (first or second cycle) in the summer semester 2021. We will only accept third cycle = doctoral candidates = Ph.D. students as freemover students.

WINTER SEMESTER 2020/21:

  • On Sep. 1st 2020 we held our Welcome and Infor Session for the winter semester 20/21 in a digital format. All remaining 110 guest students received a link and 75 took part in the session. Here you find the download of our presentation for the WS 20/21 info session.
  • If you are entering Germany from a COVID-19 risk area: Please be aware that you are not allowed to enter Goethe University within the first 5 days after arrival.
  • The lecture period starts on November 1st, 2020. Goethe University plans to offer in person, face-to-face classroom teaching for classes up to 20 students in the winter semester 20/21. Larger classes will be offered as online classes. Depending on the developments of the COVID-19 situation, we may be forced to offer online-classes only at first, the smaller ones of which will be switched to face-to-face classroom teaching once deemed safe. 
  • Physical mobilities to GU will be possible, if the situation permits, and thus nominated exchange students can apply until the deadline of July 15, 2020, also for housing (inflexible rental period Sep. 1st, 2020 until Feb. 28, 2021) and free of charge German language courses in September and most probably October.
  • In the worst case GU may be forced to offer virtual mobilities with a limited range and number of online classes.
  • Deferrals into the summer semester 2021 or academic year 2021/22 are possible, in case that is an option. Students would have to be nominated for the new mobility period by their home institution coordinators.
  • Future guest students should be careful of making financial commitments and should not quit jobs and housing contracts in their home countries and only book transportation with travel cancellation expenses insurances. GU cannot be made liable for financial costs, reimbursement of semester social contribution and housing deposit and rent payments will not be possible.
  • GU will not accept any freemover students at BA or MA-level (first or second cycle) in the academic year 20/21. We will only accept third cycle = doctoral candidates = Ph.D. students as freemover students.


The International Office can help you with preparations for your study period at Goethe University in Frankfurt and will assist you during your stay in Frankfurt.

Further information can be found in our brochure Guide for Visiting Students.

Information on the nomination/application procedure can be found in the key data sheet (see downloads right-hand side).