Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (FS) is a leading private business school based in Frankfurt, the main financial hub of Germany. The FS School of Management features one of Germany's largest finance faculties. Its professors work hand in hand with policy-makers and executives to offer tailor-made solutions to topical questions. Research findings from the five departments of Frankfurt School are applied in leading corporations, the finance sector, in politics, and in development cooperation. FS is one of a few German schools to hold both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. The city of Frankfurt is said to be the most multicultural city in Germany; almost one third of its inhabitants holds a non-German passport. No matter where you come from, in Frankfurt you will always meet someone who speaks your language and find a restaurant that serves your favorite food.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
All modules from the 6th and 7th semester of the bachelor program are eligible for exchange students. All of these modules are taught in English. Exchange students can take a workload of up to 5 modules (30 ECTS) per semester (including the German language course if selected).
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. A full-time course load is 30 ECTS units (5 modules).
This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
|Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Grade
|1.0 - 1.5 Sehr Gut (Very Good)
|1.6 - 2.5 Gut (Good)
|2.6 - 3.5 Befriedigend (Satisfactory)
|3.6 - 4.0 Ausreichend (Sufficient)
|4.1 - 6 Nicht Ausreichend (Insufficient)
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Courses offered during the winter semester at FS take place during fall semester at Mason. Courses offered during the summer semester at FS take place during the spring semester at Mason.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Frankfurt School offers student residences in Frankfurt. All rooms are fully furnished with a minimum of one bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe. Students can apply for housing when completing the online exchange application for exchange students. Due to limited availability, not all students can be guaranteed a room in student residences.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $325 (for semester length programs) or $525 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Funding for Pell Grant Recipients:
Pell grant recipients should strongly consider applying to the Gilman International Scholarship Program. The DAAD of Germany has funded additional scholarships through the Gilman Program to specifically fund students planning to study abroad in Germany.
Fall/Academic Year: Early April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid September*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Germany's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.