Goethe Research Experience Programme (GREP)

Welcome to the Goethe Research Experience Programme!

The programme aims at providing undergraduate and graduate students from partner universities practical experience in and face-to-face interaction with academic research at Goethe University. During the programme, which embeds you into the daily academic routine at our university, you will gain international research experience and intercultural skills. Also, the programme awards credit points that can be recognised towards your degree at your home university.



What we offer

GREP at a Glance

Research visits (9-12 weeks) to pursue an individual research project under academic supervision with the possibility to earn up to 18 ECTS credits.

Intercultural experience through living, working and studying with academic staff and students from all over the world.

Scholarships for selected students with an outstanding academic performance.
Public transport ticket and many student advantages in Frankfurt (e.g. free access to famous botanic garden Palmengarten).

Orientation programme and German language course.
Social framework and Buddy Pogramme with excursions throughout your stay in Frankfurt.

Be part of GREP!

Intake

Winter Term
  • Application Deadline: December 15th
  • Start Date GREP: March 1st
  • Start of Research Project: April 1st
  • Latest Possible End Date: September 31st

Summer Term

  • Application Deadline: May 15th
  • Start Date GREP: September 1st
  • Start of Research Project: October 1st
  • Latest Possible End Date: March 31st

Interested? 

Find out how to Apply!

Five steps for a successful application:

  1. Check if you are eligible for the Goethe Research Experience Programme.
  2. Find a match from the research projects at Goethe University OR propose your own research project topic to us.
  3. Read up about the key programme information (dates, costs and preconditions etc.).
  4. Talk to your international or academic advisor at your home university about your participation in the programme.
  5. Initiate the application process.

Decide on your research area!

Research Profile

Research projects are available in six profile areas of Goethe University:

  • Molecular & Translational Medicine
  • Structure & Dynamics of Life
  • Space, Time & Matter
  • Orders & Transformations
  • Universality & Diversity
  • Sustainability & Biodiversity

Find a research project!

Project Database 

Students can choose a 10- to 12-week research project from a list of open research projects.

Students are fully integrated in ongoing research groups and are assisted by faculty members and doctoral candidates throughout their research visit.

Students are expected to report on their progress regularly, hand in a final written report and give an oral presentation in English at the end of the programme for an evaluation by the hosting department.


Suggest your own research project!

Research Proposal

If you can not find a suitable research project, you can actively search the department and faculty websites for matching researchers and projects in your area of interest.

Identify a professor here at Goethe University who works in a related field to this topic.

Clearly state which subject you would like to research.
Contact our Global Office to get in touch with that professor for a pre-approval of your research topic.


Transfer your credits home!

Credit & Assessment

Students are going to write a paper, give a presentation, and receive a final grade and ECTS* credit points for the successful completion of the programme.

Upon completion, we will send a certificate of completion (including a grade) and a transcript of records to your home institution.

Students can receive between 12 and 18 ECTS credits (depending on the duration and workload of your respective research project).

In general, an increase of workload and credits is possible and can be discussed with the academic supervisor and our office prior to your application.

*ECTS credits account for the quantity of workload and time spent to complete your research project – i.e. practical work, individual research, written report, presentation etc.

**1 ECTS accounts approx. 30 hours of academic work, approx. 1/2 Canadian/US credit.

Please contact your home institution for pre-approval and confirmation on credit conversion.


Check your eligibility!

Admission Criteria

You are eligibile for application, if the following criteria apply:

  1. You are an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at one of our partner universities.
  2. You have successfully completed at least two years in an undergraduate programme or one year in a graduate programme at your university by the time of placement.
  3. You get selected by your home university to apply for the Goethe Research Experience Programme.
  4. Your Grade Point Average at the time of your application to the programme is at least 3.0 (US), 73% (Canada), or you count among the top 35% of your class according to the ECTS grading scale.

Learn German in Germany!

Language Requirements

The programme language and student support is provided in English.

German language skills are not necessary for the acceptance into the programme.

However GREP-scholars can apply for a German Starter Course at the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt. You can choose between:

  • German Intensive Course (2-4 weeks prior to your reserach visit)
  • German Evening Course (10-12 weeks, lessons twice a week)


Step by Step

Application Procedure

  1. Contact the International Office / Global Education Office at your home university for application requirements and deadlines. 
  2. Prioritise your top three preferred research projects or suggest your own research topic in your application.
  3. Sign up with the Mobility Online Portal of Goethe University for your online application and follow the instructions provided by the emails the portal sends you.
  4. Prepare your documents for the final upload on the application platform Mobility Online.

What`s required

Application Documents

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Transcript of records
  • Letter of recommendation

Please beware!

Important Notes

  1. Application deadline: 15th December 2022
  2. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  3. Fair play: Please consider carefully if you will be able to finance your stay. In case of late cancellation, your place cannot be given to another student.
  4. Selection: As we are aware that you need to make up your plans, we seek to inform you and your home university the earliest possible about the selection result.

Scholarship of Excellence

GREP-Scholarship

  1. We award a scholarship of EUR 900.00 per month to students with an outstanding academic performance, to support their participation in the GRE-Programme. 
  2. The GREP-scholarship also entails a one time travel allowance up to EUR 1000.00, depending on your travel cost.
  3. Additionally, students can apply for a German starter course at the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt.
  4. All students with no other financial support are eligible to apply for the GREP-scholarship. The selection is based on the application documents.

What to expect

Cost & Expenses​


General Expenses
Accommodation
ca. EUR 450 - 700
Living Expensesca. EUR 350
German Health Insuranceca. EUR 85


One-time Expenses
Enrollment Fees which includes: 
  • ticket for public transportation for the state of Hessen
  • free use of call-a-bike
  • reduced meal prices at the university dining halls 
  • discounts for cultural events, exhibitions and museums 
  • free entrance to the botanic garden
EUR 369,89
Travel CostsEUR 200 - 1.000
Visa Fees (if applicable)EUR 60 - 100

Information on further options

Financial Support

  1. If you study at a partner university in Europe, you are eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship (under the Erasmus+ Traineeship programme) with your home university. 
  2. Please contact the International Office at your home institution for more information on the Erasmus+ Traineeship programme. 
  3. Please also contact the GRE-Programme coordinator for additional information on financial support.

Find a place to stay!

Accomodation

We will support students in the organisation of their accommodation and provide you with key information on:

  • Temporary accomodation
  • Affordable housing in Frankfurt
  • Rental agreement, incidental charges etc.


Get started!

Orientation Programme

Kick-off Event: A central information and networking event will facilitate the start and orientation of the project phase.

Orientation Days: various events and social activities during the first programme week for research students: Frankfurt city tour, intercultural training, networking events etc.

Framework programme: programme participants can also join the activities organised by the Buddy Programme and "Internationaler Studientreff", an orientation and support programme for international students.


Connect with other students!

Buddy Programme

The Goethe Buddy Programme supports you while you settle in Frankfurt!

Your advantages for participation are:

  1. support when you arrive (e.g. s.o. picks you up at the local train station or airport)
  2. support when you have to go to authorities (e.g. registering in Frankfurt, open a bank account, arrange health insurance)
  3. help finding your way around campus and the city of Frankfurt
  4. improving your German language skills by actively communicating with native speakers
  5. participation at events organised by the Internationaler Studientreff (IST)


Discover the University Campus!

Welcome to Goethe University


What we offer

GREP at a Glance

Research visits (9-12 weeks) to pursue an individual research project under academic supervision with the possibility to earn up to 18 ECTS credits.

Intercultural experience through living, working and studying with academic staff and students from all over the world.

Scholarships for selected students with an outstanding academic performance.
Public transport ticket and many student advantages in Frankfurt (e.g. free access to famous botanic garden Palmengarten).

Orientation programme and German language course.
Social framework and Buddy Pogramme with excursions throughout your stay in Frankfurt.

Be part of GREP!

Intake

Winter Term
  • Application Deadline: December 15th
  • Start Date GREP: March 1st
  • Start of Research Project: April 1st
  • Latest Possible End Date: September 31st

Summer Term

  • Application Deadline: May 15th
  • Start Date GREP: September 1st
  • Start of Research Project: October 1st
  • Latest Possible End Date: March 31st

Interested? 

Find out how to Apply!

Five steps for a successful application:

  1. Check if you are eligible for the Goethe Research Experience Programme.
  2. Find a match from the research projects at Goethe University OR propose your own research project topic to us.
  3. Read up about the key programme information (dates, costs and preconditions etc.).
  4. Talk to your international or academic advisor at your home university about your participation in the programme.
  5. Initiate the application process.

Decide on your research area!

Research Profile

Research projects are available in six profile areas of Goethe University:

  • Molecular & Translational Medicine
  • Structure & Dynamics of Life
  • Space, Time & Matter
  • Orders & Transformations
  • Universality & Diversity
  • Sustainability & Biodiversity

Find a research project!

Project Database 

Students can choose a 10- to 12-week research project from a list of open research projects.

Students are fully integrated in ongoing research groups and are assisted by faculty members and doctoral candidates throughout their research visit.

Students are expected to report on their progress regularly, hand in a final written report and give an oral presentation in English at the end of the programme for an evaluation by the hosting department.


Suggest your own research project!

Research Proposal

If you can not find a suitable research project, you can actively search the department and faculty websites for matching researchers and projects in your area of interest.

Identify a professor here at Goethe University who works in a related field to this topic.

Clearly state which subject you would like to research.
Contact our Global Office to get in touch with that professor for a pre-approval of your research topic.


Transfer your credits home!

Credit & Assessment

Students are going to write a paper, give a presentation, and receive a final grade and ECTS* credit points for the successful completion of the programme.

Upon completion, we will send a certificate of completion (including a grade) and a transcript of records to your home institution.

Students can receive between 12 and 18 ECTS credits (depending on the duration and workload of your respective research project).

In general, an increase of workload and credits is possible and can be discussed with the academic supervisor and our office prior to your application.

*ECTS credits account for the quantity of workload and time spent to complete your research project – i.e. practical work, individual research, written report, presentation etc.

**1 ECTS accounts approx. 30 hours of academic work, approx. 1/2 Canadian/US credit.

Please contact your home institution for pre-approval and confirmation on credit conversion.


Check your eligibility!

Admission Criteria

You are eligibile for application, if the following criteria apply:

  1. You are an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at one of our partner universities.
  2. You have successfully completed at least two years in an undergraduate programme or one year in a graduate programme at your university by the time of placement.
  3. You get selected by your home university to apply for the Goethe Research Experience Programme.
  4. Your Grade Point Average at the time of your application to the programme is at least 3.0 (US), 73% (Canada), or you count among the top 35% of your class according to the ECTS grading scale.

Learn German in Germany!

Language Requirements

The programme language and student support is provided in English.

German language skills are not necessary for the acceptance into the programme.

However GREP-scholars can apply for a German Starter Course at the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt. You can choose between:

  • German Intensive Course (2-4 weeks prior to your reserach visit)
  • German Evening Course (10-12 weeks, lessons twice a week)


Step by Step

Application Procedure

  1. Contact the International Office / Global Education Office at your home university for application requirements and deadlines. 
  2. Prioritise your top three preferred research projects or suggest your own research topic in your application.
  3. Sign up with the Mobility Online Portal of Goethe University for your online application and follow the instructions provided by the emails the portal sends you.
  4. Prepare your documents for the final upload on the application platform Mobility Online.

What`s required

Application Documents

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Transcript of records
  • Letter of recommendation

Please beware!

Important Notes

  1. Application deadline: 15th December 2022
  2. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  3. Fair play: Please consider carefully if you will be able to finance your stay. In case of late cancellation, your place cannot be given to another student.
  4. Selection: As we are aware that you need to make up your plans, we seek to inform you and your home university the earliest possible about the selection result.

Scholarship of Excellence

GREP-Scholarship

  1. We award a scholarship of EUR 900.00 per month to students with an outstanding academic performance, to support their participation in the GRE-Programme. 
  2. The GREP-scholarship also entails a one time travel allowance up to EUR 1000.00, depending on your travel cost.
  3. Additionally, students can apply for a German starter course at the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt.
  4. All students with no other financial support are eligible to apply for the GREP-scholarship. The selection is based on the application documents.

What to expect

Cost & Expenses​


General Expenses
Accommodation
ca. EUR 450 - 700
Living Expensesca. EUR 350
German Health Insuranceca. EUR 85


One-time Expenses
Enrollment Fees which includes: 
  • ticket for public transportation for the state of Hessen
  • free use of call-a-bike
  • reduced meal prices at the university dining halls 
  • discounts for cultural events, exhibitions and museums 
  • free entrance to the botanic garden
EUR 369,89
Travel CostsEUR 200 - 1.000
Visa Fees (if applicable)EUR 60 - 100

Information on further options

Financial Support

  1. If you study at a partner university in Europe, you are eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship (under the Erasmus+ Traineeship programme) with your home university. 
  2. Please contact the International Office at your home institution for more information on the Erasmus+ Traineeship programme. 
  3. Please also contact the GRE-Programme coordinator for additional information on financial support.

Find a place to stay!

Accomodation

We will support students in the organisation of their accommodation and provide you with key information on:

  • Temporary accomodation
  • Affordable housing in Frankfurt
  • Rental agreement, incidental charges etc.


Get started!

Orientation Programme

Kick-off Event: A central information and networking event will facilitate the start and orientation of the project phase.

Orientation Days: various events and social activities during the first programme week for research students: Frankfurt city tour, intercultural training, networking events etc.

Framework programme: programme participants can also join the activities organised by the Buddy Programme and "Internationaler Studientreff", an orientation and support programme for international students.


Connect with other students!

Buddy Programme

The Goethe Buddy Programme supports you while you settle in Frankfurt!

Your advantages for participation are:

  1. support when you arrive (e.g. s.o. picks you up at the local train station or airport)
  2. support when you have to go to authorities (e.g. registering in Frankfurt, open a bank account, arrange health insurance)
  3. help finding your way around campus and the city of Frankfurt
  4. improving your German language skills by actively communicating with native speakers
  5. participation at events organised by the Internationaler Studientreff (IST)


Discover the University Campus!

Welcome to Goethe University


Contact

Programme Management
Leonora Juergens

Phone +49 (0)69 798 15090
E-Mail: grep@uni-frankfurt.de 

Programme Administration
Lisa Pfeiffer

Phone +49 (0)69 798 15098
E-Mail: grep@uni-frankfurt.de 

Global Office
Goethe University Frankfurt
House of Labour
Eschersheimer Landstraße 155-157
60323 Frankfurt am Main | Germany