About Goethe University
Goethe University, the largest university in the state of Hessen and one of the top ten nationwide (over 48,000 students and 600 professors), was Germany’s first university entirely funded from private sources. In the late 19th century, patronage from foundations related to the arts and sciences, which were established by Frankfurt citizens, primarily funded the school and its opening in 1914. Today, Goethe University offers 170 degrees programmes in 16 different departments, including business administration, cultural studies, dentistry, economics, language, law, life sciences, medicine and physical sciences. The diversity of the curriculum, interdisciplinary research centres and graduate schools provide students with the opportunity to study a variety of fields in an interdisciplinary environment.
Goethe University is historically known for its Institute for Social Research (founded in 1924), the institutional home of the Frankfurt School, a preeminent 20th century school of philosophy and social thought. Some of the scholars associated with this School are Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Jürgen Habermas. Since 1914, 19 Nobel laureates have worked or studied at Goethe University.
As a university with an endowment, a funding model rare in Germany’s system of higher education, Goethe University enjoys considerable freedom from state control when it comes to the details of how a modern university should be run, including the appointing of professors. In recent years, Goethe University has turned its attention especially to law, history and economics, creating new institutes, such as the Institute for Law and Finance and the Center for Financial Studies. One of our university’s ambitions is to become Germany’s leading university for finance and economics, given its proximity to one of Europe’s financial centres.
About the City of Frankfurt
Frankfurt is a place like no other. With 750,000 inhabitants Frankfurt is the fifth-largest city of Germany and one of the biggest European hubs for finance, culture, academic education, tourism and transportation. Today, it is the most international German city. The open and hospitable atmosphere in Frankfurt stems from its centuries-old role as an international trading centre. This liberal and democratic tradition of the city may be one reason for the fact that people from very diverse cultures have lived here in peace with one another for a long time. They have all contributed to making this city shine slightly differently from every angle.