Goethe-University Frankfurt, founded in 1914, 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 van Goethe, renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy. Situated in Germany's most cosmopolitan and international city, the university attracts a diverse body of students and researchers from around the world.
To help you get started, please review their International Student Guide (2021-2022)
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 60 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.
Goethe-University Frankfurt offers courses in English and German. Student's can also enroll in a German language course. Please note that Mason students can only enroll in courses in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. You may also wish to review this document Frequently Asked Questions document which covers a wide variety of subjects: Goethe_AcademicFAQ(2021-2022)
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Goethe-University Frankfurt. A full-time course load is 30 ECTS units.
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 Goethe-University Frankfurt.
|Goethe-University Frankfurt 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.
The fall semester begins in September and ends in late February and the spring semester starts in early March and technically runs until the end of August. If you are interested in studying at Goethe-Frankfurt, it is recommended you do so for either the spring semester only or for the academic year.
Courses offered during the winter semester at Goethe-Frankfurt take place during fall semester at Mason. Courses offered during the summer semester at Goethe-Frankfurt take place during the spring semester at Mason.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Exchange students may apply for accommodation in a students' residence. In general there is, unfortunately, a major shortage of rooms. If accommodation is available, the application form will be made available through an online platform. If accommodation is not available, students can search for an apartment on the rental market. On the website of Student Services (Studentenwerk Frankfurt) you can find a link to private room offers for students as well as a list of dormitories administered by other organizations.
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 on this page to see what GEO expense estimates.
- Mason Tuition – at normal in-state or out–of–state rate
- $200 Application Deposit
- $300 – $500 Administrative fee
- International Emergency Medical Insurance
- Round Trip Airfare
- Personal Spending
*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Do not purchase airfare until you are accepted by the partner institution, have confirmed arrival and departure dates, and have secured your visa or visa documentation. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO recommends purchasing flexible or refundable tickets and Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance, which is sometimes covered by credit cards (check the terms and conditions of yours if using to purchase your flight.)
$200 Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
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$300 - $500 Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) is due by the program Commit By date listed below. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO. Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.
If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must:
- Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in MasonAbroad.gmu.edu.
- Complete the Financial Aid questionnaire item in your application.
- Schedule an appointment with your financial aid officer: https://www2.gmu.edu/financial-aid/contact-financial-aid
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility.
VA Benefits: This program is ineligible for VA Benefits.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
For more information on payments and financial aid.
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.
Academic Year: Early April*
Spring: Late October-Early November*
*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.