Goethe University


Goethe University Frankfurt, 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. Founded in 1914 with private funding and inspired by the legacy of the European Enlightenment, Goethe University stands out as a pioneering “citizens’ university” – and the history of the university is one of openness and public participation. 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. The university attracts a diverse body of students and researchers from around the world, who benefit from studying and living in Germany’s most cosmopolitan and international city.

Today, Frankfurt is rated among the top 10 most liveable cities in the world (according to Mercer Human Resource Consulting).


  • 45,000 students (winter semester 2013/14)
  • 6,500 international students
  • 567 professors, incl. 45 endowed and visiting professorships
  • Since 1914, 19 Nobel laureates have worked or studied at Goethe University
  • More than 8 million items in the university library

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