Arrival and Start in Mainz

Here we want to give you important information about the arrival at JGU Mainz and about the processes you need to do in your first days in Mainz.

You will also find detailed information on our information platform JoGuGATE to which every nominated / admitted exchange student gets automatically a login (before, a login is not possible).


Mainz is located in the Rhine-Main district and is the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate region. Its location in this area means that transport links are excellent. Therefore, finding directions to JGU is quite easy and you may travel to Mainz and the university by plane, train or bus.

You can familiarize yourself with the university grounds via the campus map.

Please plan your arrival shortly before the InfoDays. They always take place at the beginning of October (winter term) and at the beginning of April (summer term).

For exact dates of the lecture period, please see "Fristen und Termine".

Before you travel, please make sure that your day of arrival is not on a weekend or a holiday (summer term: Good Friday ["Karfreitag"], Easter ["Ostersonntag" und "Ostermontag"]; winter term: German Unification Day on October 3 ["Tag der deutschen Einheit"]). You cannot move into the dormitories on these days, and you will not be able to buy anything since most stores are closed on Sundays and on holidays.

If you arrive in Mainz on a weekend or before your lease begins, you can spend a couple of nights relatively cheaply in the Youth Hostel Mainz (Jugendherberge Mainz). We do, however, strongly recommend to book a room there prior to your arrival in Mainz either by phone or e-mail.

Initial Financial Needs

Make sure that you have enough money on your arrival in Mainz, either in cash, traveller’s cheques, or an ATM card valid in Germany.

Please note that you will only be able to withdraw a limited sum of cash from an ATM each day using credit cards or other accepted bank cards, and that you may have to pay a high fee for each withdrawal.

Usually, rent and health insurance can only be paid through bank transfer and not in cash. So it is advisable to open a bank account in Germany.

You will require about € 1.600 in cash for your first days in Mainz because you will have certain necessary expenses for living and enrolment:

  • Students’ dormitory: first monthly rent and a deposit (two months’ rent). You will get your deposit back if you leave your room in good shape.
  • Enrolment: Semester fee ("Semesterbeitrag", about € 300 each term). For more information, please see your Letter of acceptance.
  • Health insurance: often you are required to pay the fees for an entire term, i.e. for six months.
  • other expenditures in the first few days (for example for food and items of daily use).

Introductory Courses

Every student who starts studying at our university will need some time to get situated here. Therefore, the JGU offers a number of orientation programs and introductory courses at the beginning of each term.

1. InfoDays

The most important introductory event for exchange students will be the Student Exchange Info Days. During the InfoDays, you will get enroled and we will help you with all necessary administration processes.

2. Introductury events ("Einführungsveranstaltungen") for all new students

The week prior to the beginning of classes is the so-called "Introduction Week" ("Einführungswoche") for all new students at JGU.

Virtually all institutes will hold orientation events in their departments ("Fachbezogene Einführungsveranstaltungen"). Additionally, there are some general introduction events giving information about central instutitions and facilities at JGU ("Fächerübergreifende Einführungsveranstaltungen").

Contact persons

At JGU the central administration and the departments are organized separately. Therefore, we have a large number of different offices which can help you with your questions or give you information and advice.

We have listed some of the contacts for you:

  1. Studierenden Service Center and Infodesk (general students administration and infodesk of the International Office)
  2. Counseling Offices in the departments at JGU:
    Studienfachberater (advisors in the departments)
    Studienbüros (students’ offices / information about the administration of courses and exams)
    Fachschaften (students' representative committees)
    Vertrauensdozent/innen (counselors, especially for international students)
  3. List of further general contacts for information and advice
  4. More general information about student life in Mainz.