About the University
Goethe University, the largest in the state of Hessen and one of the top ten nationwide (over 46,000 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.
The University of Frankfurt is historically best known for the Institute for Social Research (founded 1924), institutional home of the Frankfurt School, a preeminent 20th century school of philosophy and social thought. Some of the University of Frankfurt scholars are associated with this school, including 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 today 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 our school’s proximity to one of Europe’s financial centers
About the City
Frankfurt is the financial hub of Europe, home to the European Central Bank and the German Stock Exchange. International trade fairs have been held in Frankfurt since 1240, including the popular annual book, automobile, and computer fairs. The stock exchange was first established in 1585 and Frankfurt was home to the Rothschild family, who started the international banking empire. Frankfurt has long been a key destination for river, rail, and road traffic.
It is still the chief traffic hub for western Germany and has also been an important inland shipping port. The Frankfurt Airport, one of Europe’s busiest, is the largest airport in Germany. Important industrial production areas comprise automobiles, machinery, chemical and pharmaceutical products, and printing materials.