TCNJ’s oldest exchange is with the University of Frankfurt in Germany. The Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt (named after one of the most prominent German authors in history) enrolls more than 38,000 students in over 150 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level. There are more than 4,000 international students at the university, and accordingly there are people and facilities dedicated to welcoming international students and providing for their needs. Frankfurt am Main’s geographical position in the heart of Germany, coupled by the city’s importance as a center of European finance and commerce, allows the university to play the role of a very dynamic host for a study abroad semester.
German may be the main language of instruction in Frankfurt, but there are dozens of courses that may be taken in English. Below we have a guide for applying to Frankfurt for a study abroad semester. Students in most TCNJ majors may find something that works for their degree programs at Frankfurt. Students who do speak German will have more courses available to them.
The German university calendar is different from that of TCNJ. The first semester starts in October and ends in February, and the second starts in April and ends in July. Frankfurt sends TCNJ students in the fall semester, and TCNJ sends Frankfurt students in the spring. TCNJ students may take an intensive German class in March, before the beginning of classes in April.
The TCNJ-Frankfurt exchange allows TCNJ students to pay their normal TCNJ tuition in order to study abroad. All scholarships and financial aid awards will be honored. Students will pay for their room and board in Frankfurt, and of course students will need to pay for an airline ticket and incidental expenses.
Here is a step-by-step guide for students planning to study abroad in Frankfurt:
Learn more about Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt am Main!
- University Home Page (in English)
- International Office Home Page (in English)
- Guide for Guest Students on Exchange (in English)
Selecting courses to take in Frankfurt (Note: You may not be able to identify the list of classes available for your study abroad semester, but you can get an idea what types of classes are available by looking at these lists.)
Applying to TCNJ to participate in the exchange
- TCNJ Application to Study Abroad (due February 25, 2016 for Fall 2016; and September 26, 2016 for Spring 2017 study in Germany)
- University of Frankfurt Application Form (to be submitted with TCNJ study abroad application)
Important information about transferring your coursework back to TCNJ
Scholarship information for students studying abroad in Germany
- TCNJ Information about Study Abroad Scholarships
- Scholarships for undergraduates who want to study in Germany (German Academic Exchange Service)
For more information about the TCNJ exchange with the Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt, please contact a study abroad advisor in the International and Off-Campus Programs office in Green Hall 111. firstname.lastname@example.org