Freemover

Your university does not have an exchange agreement with JGU Mainz? But you would like to apply for a semester stay?

Then you might want to request a stay as a freemover student.

Here you can find all important information on how to send us your request.

The deadline for the winter semester 2024/25 has expired.
The period for requests for the SUMMER SEMESTER 2025 will be announced later.

 

You are a freemover if you would like to study at JGU as an exchange student but your home university doesn’t have a partnership with JGU.

Therefore, please check first/ again whether there is an official partnership between your home university and JGU that you may use. If you're unsure whether such a partnership exists, please ask the international office at your home university.

If you want to study as a freemover at JGU all three parties involved need to agree to your stay:

  • You 😊
  • the department of your subject at JGU and
  • your home university

We can give no guarantee that your request for a stay as a freemover will be accepted. The departments decide if they can offer you a place (capacity, academic and language requirements).


Subject

  • Admission at JGU is subject-related, so you can only be admitted if your subject at home matches the subject at JGU.
  • Please check which subjects are available at JGU and whether one of them matches the subject you are studying at your home university.

Exception:

  • MEDICINE:
    Please note that as a medical student you can only come to Mainz as a freemover to complete your PJ (practical year). In this case, you need at least C1 knowledge of German.

Transcript of Records (Home university)

  • The departmental coordinators use your transcript of records to check whether your study program is compatible with the program at JGU.

Courses

  • As an exchange student/ freemover, you should take at least 50% of your courses in the subject for which you have been accepted.
  • Gutenberg International School (GIS) offers special courses for all exchange students in English or in German at intermediate level. A list of all english-taught courses open to exchange students for all subjects can also be found at the GIS.

Language skills- general information

Please note:

  • Not all subjects at JGU offer courses taught in English.
  • Some subjects only offer courses in English language on an irregular basis.
  • You must upload a language certificate for German and English when you send us a freemover request (see below)

General conditions for all subjects:
In order to study successfully at JGU, i.e. to be able to understand the lessons and write exams, you ideally need German language skills at intermediate level B2, but at least B1 with a good final grade.
To be able to follow courses taught in English well, you ideally need English language skills at intermediate level B2, but at least B1 with a good final grade.

Overview of subjects WITHOUT (regular/ sufficient) English-taught courses

(German language skills at least B1 with a good degree, better B2 required)

African Philology
Egyptology

Archeology

General Linguistics

Biology (Bachelor)
Christian Archeology and Byzantine Arts
Educational Sciences
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Geography (Bachelor)
Geosciences
German Sciences
Ancient Philogy - Latin / Greek
Art History
Mathematics
Medicine (practical year)
Music
Philosophy
Physics (Bachelor)
Psychology
Romance Philology (French/ Italian/ Spanish/ Portuguese)
Slavic Studies/ East European Studies (Polish/ Russian)

Sports and Sport Sciences  (Bachelor)

Theater Studies

Dentistry (practical year)

 

Special language requirements for subjects

GERMAN:

  • at least B2 German (with proof)
  • with B1 language skills only limited course selection/ only courses offered specifically for exchange students possible

MEDICINE/ DENTISTRY

  • Please note that as a medical student you can only come to Mainz as a freemover to complete your PJ (practical year). In this case, you need at least C1 knowledge of German.

You have the following options for submitting a language certificate:

GERMAN

1. you have no knowledge of German?

No proof required

2. you have knowledge of German and already have proof?

Then you can find the list of accepted certificates for German lanuage skills here. Please upload your certificate in the form.

3. you have German language skills but no proof?

Then you need to take this free placement test and upload the result. Important note: In order to send a Freemover Request to JGU Mainz, you need to upload the personalized test result in the freemover form that you can receive by email after finishing the test. Unfortunately we cannot accept results without personalization.

ENGLISH

1. you have no knowledge of English?

No proof required

2. you have English language skills and already have proof?

Then you can find thelist of accepted certificates for English language skills here. Please upload the certificate in the form.

3. you have English language skills but no proof?

Then you need to take this free placement test and upload the result in the form.

For summer semester 2025

You would like to come to JGU as a freemover in the summer semester 2025?

That's great! 🙂

Just fill out the request form.
The form is currently not available. The exact period will be announced later.

You must upload the following documents in the form:
1. letter of motivation (in English OR German)
2. transcript of records
3. language certificate in German and/or English (see above)

 

For winter semester 2024-25

Send request (fill out form - currently not available )
The exact period will be announced later.
Acceptance/ rejection received from JGU until early November
Application period JGU and dormitories November 15, 2024 to January 15, 2025

 

 

Contact

Abteilung Internationales/ International Office

International Student Support
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU)
D 55099 Mainz (Germany)

New: Office: Building Forum Entrance 2, Room 00-215 (ground floor, corridor right)
Tel.: +49 6131 39-20695
New: email: international-students@uni-mainz.de

Office hours Thursdays 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

We will do our best to answer your request as soon as possible, but due to personnel reasons, it may take up to 2 weeks. We are only available by telephone to a limited extent. Thank you for your understanding.

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If you would like to apply for an exchange in the subject Translation / Interpretation, please directly contact the International Office at our campus in Germersheim:
Faculty 06: Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies (FTSK)

 

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