Key Information

What we offer

GREP at a glance

Research projects (10-12 weeks) under academic supervision with the possibility to earn up to 18 ECTS credits

Orientation programme and German language course

Framework and Buddy programme with excursions throughout your stay in Frankfurt

Public transport ticket and many student advantages in Frankfurt (e.g. free access to famous botanic garden Palmengarten)

Scholarships for selected students

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

All you need to know!

Upon successful completion of the GRE-Programme, we award between 12 and 18 ECTS credits (depending on the duration and workload of your respective GRE 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 GREP application. Upon completion, we will send a certificate of completion (including a grade) and a transcript of records to your home institution.
Spring Intake
  • Application Deadline: December 15th
  • Start Date GREP: March 1st
  • Start of Research Project: April 1st
  • Latest Possible End Date: September 31st
Summer Intake
  • Application Deadline: February 15th
  • Start Date GREP: mid-May
  • Start of Research Project: last week in May
  • Latest Possible End Date: September 31st
Fall Intake
  • Application Deadline: May 15th
  • Start Date GREP: September 1st
  • Start of Research Project: October 1st
  • Latest Possible End Date: March 31st

Either you find a match within our database or you look actively for matching researchers and departments with the same area of interest.

General Expenses (monthly estimate, total depending on the duration of your stay)
ca. EUR 450.00 - 700.00
Living Expensesca. EUR 350.00
German Health Insuranceca. EUR 85.00

One-time Expenses
Enrollment Fees which includes: 
  • ticket for public transportation for the state of Hesse,
  • 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 200.00 - 1.000
Visa Fees (if applicable)EUR 60.00 - 100.00


  • We award scholarships of EUR 850.00 per month to students from selected partner universities.

Erasmus+ Traineeship: 

  • If you study with a partner university in Europe, you are eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship (under the Erasmus+ Traineeship programme) with your home university. Please contact the international office at your home institution for more information on the Erasmus+ Traineeship programme. 

Further Financial Support:

  • Please also contact the GREP coordinator for additional information on financial support.

International Office of Goethe University will support students in the organization of their accommodation.

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

Your advantages:

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

  1. Kick-off Event: A central information and networking event will facilitate the start and orientation of the project phase.
  2. Orientation Week: various events and activities during the first programme week for research students: Frankfurt city tour, German taster course, intercultural training, networking events etc.
  3. Framework programme: activities and events throughout the stay in Frankfurt; programme participants can also join the activities organized by Studientreff, an orientation and support programme for international students.

Interested? Find out how to apply!

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


Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Global Office
Eschersheimer Landstraße 155
c/o House of Labour
60323 Frankfurt am Main | GERMANY

Patrick Stärke
GRE-Programme Management 

Phone: +49 (0)69 798 17247


Patrick Stärke
GRE-Programme Management
International Office

Goethe University Frankfurt | Campus Bockenheim
Bockenheimer Landst. 133 | 60325 Frankfurt am Main | Germany
Phone +49 (0)69 798 17247