Practical Information


Health Insurance

All candidates have to prove coverage by health insurance compatible with German law before they can be enrolled as students of Goethe University.

Nationals from EU member states and the contracting states to the European Economic Area (EEA), such as Norway and Switzerland, may be covered by a health insurance of their home countries, in accordance with existing agreements for the coordination of health care systems in the EEA. Students from such countries should clarify all relevant details with their home authorities prior to enrollment. They should then obtain a certificate of exemption ("Freistellungsbescheid") from the otherwise mandatory insurance within the German health care system from the "Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse" (AOK) in Germany by providing proof that they have the required health insurance in their home countries.

All other students are required to arrange for coverage by a German health insurance for the duration of their studies (according to German jurisdiction - SGB 5, 5 para.1 N0 9). This applies regardless of any private health insurance the student may have in his or her home country. The costs for students under 30 years of age are currently about €60 per month.


Visa Requirements

Non-EU students should apply for visas as soon as they have been informed about admission, as visa procedures may take many weeks. An official letter of admission by the Goethe University will be sent to the successful candidates immediately after the decision of the Examinations Board. This letter of admission is a prerequisite for the application for student visa at a German consulate or embassy in the student's home country.

Students are responsible for arranging their own visas. Goethe University is happy to provide assistance should the consulate or embassy require further information regarding student status or the planned course of study.


Costs of Living

Overall personal living expenses vary depending on the cost of housing and other personal choices. €700 to €900 of general living expenses per month should be a realistic estimate for the Frankfurt area.

Students of Goethe University receive a student card which entitles them to use all facilities of the University, including the University’s refectories and cafeterias, where students can eat at reduced prices. The student card also covers free public transportation in the complete Rhein-Main area and beyond (including, for instance, the city of Marburg, which is 90 km from Frankfurt).



There are several options for housing available to students in the Frankfurt area. Goethe University offers dormitory rooms owned and run by the Student Services Frankfurt am Main. An application form for one of these rooms is included in the admission package. The distribution of students among the various dormitories is at the discretion of the Student Services Frankfurt am Main.

In addition, there are student housing facilities offered by the churches and other non-profit organizations (for an overview see here). We strongly recommend that interested students contact these organizations as soon as they receive notice of admission to the program, as these rooms are also very sought after. The statement on admission will be accompanied by a list of these organizations and information regarding private accommodation in Frankfurt.

The official representation of Frankfurt students (Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss - AStA) as well as formal or informal associations of foreign students (as for instance the Association of Chinese Academics Frankfurt/Main - Chinesischer Akademikerverein Frankfurt/Main e.V. (CAF)") also offer support.

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