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Study in Frankfurt, Germany

Population: 700,000

City overview

Frankfurt is dominated by its impressive skyscrapers, major financial institutions and general feeling of wealth. However, there is more to this financial powerhouse than just currency flow – this is an international destination that offers postgraduate students the chance to learn in one of the world’s leading cities.

However you choose to approach Frankfurt, you have to acknowledge that the city is Germany’s lynchpin, its busiest city and its wealthiest. This is a great city to study a postgraduate course.

Education profile

Frankfurt is home to two universities, two business schools and several specialist schools. You can study a graduate program in Frankfurt at:
Graduate programs in Frankfurt generally last two years for taught courses, with research programs and PhDs taking up to three years to complete. 

Although international degrees are taught in English, many postgraduate courses will be taught in German. As such, you may have to take the German Language University Entrance Examination (DSH) to check your language suitability.

Immigration and visas

EU citizens are permitted to take a graduate course in Frankfurt without a visa providing you can demonstrate the following:
  • You are studying for more than three months
  • You have sufficient income or savings to support yourself during your studies
  • You are enrolled at an approved or accredited institution
Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa (studentenvisum), which will normally be issued for an initial three month period before being extended on arrival. You cannot come to study in Germany on a tourist visa.

Life in Frankfurt

It’s not surprising that a buzzing city like Frankfurt has plenty of ways to spend your money. Known as Mainhattan (because of all its high rise buildings), this is the perfect place to get up to admire the views. Head to the 53rd floor of the Main Tower for the best view in town before mingling with the town’s professional crowd in its numerous bars. Frankfurt is second to only rival Berlin in Germany’s nightlife stakes.

However, life in Frankfurt isn’t all about living it up with bankers and stockbrokers. Head to the popular student area around the Main river for cheaper eats and drinks, and enjoy the greenery and tranquillity.

Working in Frankfurt

Non-EU international students wanting to stay on to work in Frankfurt after their postgraduate studies will need to apply for a work visa.
Frankfurt is one of the world’s most important financial centres and is by far the leading finance and business city in Germany. Indeed, alongside Paris and London, Frankfurt is considered one of the top three cities for international business in Europe and is home to two important central banks – the European Central Bank and the German Federal Bank.

Another major industry in Frankfurt is aviation, with Frankfurt airport being home to German carrier Lufthansa which employs 35,000 in the city.

Other popular industries include accountancy, investment trusts, real estate and advertising.


The cost of accommodation in Frankfurt is very high relative to other German cities, and you will find that many German students live with their parents while studying. International students should try to secure a place through their universities. However, if you do decide to go private, take a look at rooms in the following popular student areas:
  • Bockenheim
  • Westend
  • Near the river Main
Expect to pay around €300 to €350 a month for a room in a shared flat.

Weather and climate

Frankfurt has a temperate climate typical of Germany, with cold winters and warm summers. The main summer months are between June and August, where temperatures average around 19C. The coldest winter months are between January and March, when temperatures will struggle to get above freezing.

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