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Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, German
Housing: Campus Housing, Flat/Apartment Number of Credits Offered: 12-16
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Bilateral Exchange
Language Courses Offered: German Area of Study: Economics, International Business
Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: No
Program Description:

Goethe-University Frankfurt

Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Frankfurt, Germany

Goethe-Frankfurt
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.  

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Eligibility

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.

Courses Available


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.

Credit Conversion

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.

  • 2 ECTS = 1 Mason Credit

This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.

Grade Conversion

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 Mason Grade
1.0 - 1.5 Sehr Gut (Very Good) A
1.6 - 2.5 Gut (Good) A
2.6 - 3.5 Befriedigend (Satisfactory) B
3.6 - 4.0 Ausreichend (Sufficient) C
4.1 - 6 Nicht Ausreichend (Insufficient) F

Choosing Courses Abroad

This program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.

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.

Academic Calendar

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.

Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.

Housing

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.

Program Cost 

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.

Program Payments

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 $150 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $375 (for semester length programs) or $575 (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.

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadline:

Spring 2019 & Calendar Year 2019: November 5, 2018

Visa Information

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 requirements:*

Application fee: $150 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.
 

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Name Mikaela Spencer
Email mspenc2@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-2641
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Additional Resources

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 11/05/2018 ** Rolling Admission 04/01/2019 08/09/2019
NOTE: Dates are estimated and will be updated once dates are provided by partner institution.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.