If you plan to study at JGU as an exchange student, you find all necessary information here.
You can find all Information (including tutorials) about application and admission on the website of the Stabsstelle Zulassung International.
Courses of Study - Course Catalogue - Courses
The course catalogue is available online in JOGU-StINe (the "Studien-Informations-Netz der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz"). Please click "course catalogue" ("Vorlesungen") and choose the term you need. Then you find a list of all courses offered in the different departments (you do not have to create a login to see the courses).
To find out which faculty your department / subject is located in, please visit the list of Subjects. Click on your course / subject and a list titled "The most important facts at a glance" will open. You will find the faculty if you scroll down a little. Also, a list of Faculties of JGU is online.
Please note: The courses of the forthcoming term are often published online at a relatively late date. To get an idea of what we offer you can take a look at the courses of the previous term (always compare winter term to winter term and summer term to summer term).
Academic Calendar - Lecture Period - Exam Period
The academic year at JGU is officially split in two terms:
- the winter term lasts from October 01 to March 31
- the summer term from April 01 to September 30.
The lecture period takes place between mid-October and mid-February (winter) and between mid-April and mid-July (summer). For the exact dates, please visit Fristen und Termine.
There is no general exam period at our university. Exams take place at the end of the lecture period or afterwards. If you need more detailed information, please contact the department of your subject.
Semester fee - semester ticket
At JGU, there are no tuition fees. But all students - including exchange and ERASMUS students - have to pay the semester fee ("Semesterbeitrag"). The semester fee is a mandatory student services charge which entitles students to use the service institutions and benefits at JGU (e.g. student union canteen, sport facilities); thus fee payment is a necessary prerequisite for enrolment. The semester fee is about € 300 and includes a "Semesterticket".
The semester ticket ("Semesterticket") entitles you to ride all busses, streetcars and local trains (S-Bahn or Nahverkehrszug) in Mainz and Wiesbaden as well as the in the larger Rhein-Main area. The ticket is valid for the official term period (winter: October 01 to March 31; summer: April 01 to September 30), not just for the lecture period. So basically, the semester ticket obviates the need to buy a car.
German language proficiency
Exchange students do not have to pass a formal language examination in German in order to qualify for enrolment at JGU. We do, however, expect intermediate language proficiency in German equivalent to B1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR). This is also valid for ERASMUS students.
Students at the faculty of Medicine and Dentistry who want to spend their practical year in Mainz must prove German language proficiency equivalent to C1.
The Internationale Studien- und Sprachenkolleg (ISSK) offers German language courses for exchange students during the lecture period.
To attend the course, it is necessary to take part in an electronic placement test. This mandatory test takes place in the week before the lecture period starts (Mid-October, Miid-April). The application for the course will be on the same day as the placement test. Even students who consider themselves absolute beginners need to register on that day.
More Information is offered directly by the ISSK.
Courses taught in English
At JGU most of the courses are taught exclusively in German.
Only in a few subjects we offer courses taught in English. For further information about the course language of your subject, please contact your department or faculty.
Please note: If you arrive in Mainz without any German skills, you will have problems to follow the lectures, receive enough (ECTS-)credits and take exams at JGU.
Costs of studying in Mainz
Beside the first expenses on your arrival, you will need a certain sum every month (about € 700) for your everyday expenses during your stay in Mainz:
- ca. € 300 dormitory rent
- ca. € 70 health insurance (mandatory for students) and
- ca. € 330 for food, clothing and other expenditures.
(These are approximate figures; we cannot guarantee their correctness.)
Working in addition to Studying
Do NOT expect to be granted a work permit ("Arbeitserlaubnis") to cover the costs of your stay (exception: citizens of certain EU countries). As a rule of thumb, you will only get a work permit for 90 days per year. After your arrival, you should consult the local office of the "Bundesagentur für Arbeit" (employment office) for information about your work permit; but make sure that you can finance your stay in Mainz even without a paid job here!
Methods of Payment
The German currency is the EURO (€). You can generally pay with all common credit cards but frequently you can only pay for purchases over € 20 with a credit card. Please note that stores like grocery shops or supermarkets often do not accept credit cards.
In Germany, you cannot pay with cheques drawn on a foreign bank.
If you come from a country within the EURO (€) zone, you can transfer money from your home country without fees using IBAN and BIC.
Please do not transfer money from a non-European country / a country not using the EURO (€), neither for health insurance nor security nor rent nor for the social fee. You can make all payments after your arrival in Mainz, which will save yourself high transfer fees.