English language Universities in Frankfurt

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Updated on Nov 03 • 3 minute read

Frankfurt is not only a business hub but also an excellent destination for international students looking to further their education at University and other higher education. There are 4 educational institutes in particular that are great for international students, so let’s take a look at them, their ranking and their English language curriculum.

List of universities in Frankfurt

There are numerous educational options available in Frankfurt, but there are 3 that stand out in particular, which also serve a wide variety of courses across many disciplines. Let’s take a look:

  • Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • HMKW frankfurt

Goethe University Frankfurt

The Goethe University in Frankfurt is the city’s most famous educational institute. Founded all the way back in 1914, it was named after the famous poet and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1932. Its alumni include 20 Nobel Prize winners (the most recent one back in 2007) and 18 Leibniz prizes for academic excellence winners, so its heritage is nothing to scoff at! The university spans 16 faculties, from Law and business to theology and linguistics to the various natural and computer sciences. The university has 4 campuses across Frankfurt, with the one in Westend housing its headquarters and the largest number of faculties. The university is home to around 45.000 students a year, 16% of which are international students (Timeshighereducation.com, 2020).

Goethe University ranking

The university has some pretty impressive rankings under its belt as well:

  • The university ranked as the #10 best university by employer choice in 2012 (New York times).
  • The Goethe University ranked in the top 300 in the 2021 World University Rankings (Times Higher Education)
  • In 2017, the Goethe University ranked in the global top 150 in the ARWU Shanghai Rankings (Shanghairanking.com, 2017)

English language courses

As stated before, roughly 17% of all students at the university are international students, so it’s no surprise that most of the faculties at the university offer courses in English. Most notably:

  • Social Sciences (47 English taught courses)
  • Modern Languages (132 English taught courses)
  • Economics and business (147 English taught courses)
  • Biosciences (51 English taught courses)

Masters programmes in English

The university also has a number of Masters programmes that are taught entirely in English. So, if you’re looking to undertake your entire Masters programme abroad, these are your options at Frankfurt University.

Full time

  • (Bio)Physics
  • Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (M.Sc.)
  • Physical Biology of Cells and Cell Interactions (M.Sc.)
  • Physics (M.Sc.)
  • Oral Implantology (M.Sc.) (Part-time, with tuition fees)
  • Economics
  • International Economics and Economic Policy (M.Sc.)
  • International Management (M.Sc.)
  • Money and Finance (M.Sc.)
  • Quantitative Economics (M.Sc.)
  • Humanities
  • American Studies (M.A.)
  • Anglophone Literatures, Cultures and Media (M.A.)
  • Modern East-Asian Studies (M.A.)
  • Linguistics (M.A.)
  • Science and Technology Studies: Economies, Governance, Life (M.A.)

Part time

  • Master in Finance (MA)
  • Master of Pharma Business Administration
  • Master of Digital Transformation Management (MBA)

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management was founded as the Bank school, all the way back in 1967. It started out as a training ground for, surprise, bank employees. These days it’s an actual university, gaining the right to award doctoral degrees in 2004. Alongside traditional disciplines such as accounting, management and finance, this Frankfurt management school also offers courses in renewable energy, AI and blockchain technology. Its alumni include the former CEO’s of major banks like Barclays and Deutsche bank, so it’s no surprise that this is regarded as one of the best business schools in Germany.

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management rankings

This Frankfurt management school has been doing well in the rankings, with some recent achievements including:

  • #17 in the world in the QS Global 100 MBA Ranking (Topmba.com)
  • #14 in the 2019 worldwide Masters of Applied Data Science Ranking (Best-masters.com)
  • Various top 50 positions across various MBA, finance and accountancy rankings. (frankfurt-school.de)

English language courses

Due to its focus on the world of international business, it’s no surprise that the FSFM offers over half of its curriculum in English, with the following degrees being taught exclusively in English:

  • Bachelor in Computational Business Analytics (BSc)
  • Bachelor in Management, Philosophy & Economics (BSc)
  • Bachelor in Business Administration (BSc)
  • Master in Applied Data Science (MSc)
  • Master in Management (MSc)
  • Master of Finance (MSc)
  • Master in Data Analytics & Management (MSc)
  • Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance (online)

HMKW Frankfurt

The HMKW University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Management is a relatively new school, founded in 2008. The school places a relatively large emphasis on work experience and practical experience to prepare graduates for real work environments through projects for companies. The school has 5 departments, Design, Journalism and Communication, Psychology, Management and Business Studies and Humanities. The groups for MA courses are small, with around 20-30 students per programme. This makes the application process a little more hectic, but once you’ve secured your spot, personal interaction with professors and instructors is guaranteed!

English language courses

Unfortunately, the HMKW bachelors courses and tests are only taught and provided in German. If you’re looking to get your Master of Arts degree, you’re at the right place, though! All of the HMKW MA courses are taught exclusively in English:

  • M.A. International Marketing and Media Management
  • M.Sc. Business Psychology
  • M.A. Communication Design and Creative Strategies
  • M.A. Digital Journalism
  • M.A. Public Relations and Digital Marketing
  • M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology

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