Frankfurt School is a leading private business school based in Frankfurt am Main, with over 86 regional education centres spread across Germany and several joint ventures abroad – a business school with a difference.
All courses offered by Frankfurt School have three aspects in common: high standards, diversity and practice orientation. High standards, because we expect more of our students. Diversity, because all our courses reflect the rich panoply of perspectives that the field of financial studies has to offer. Practice-orientation, because at Frankfurt School, research and teaching never take place in a vacuum, but must always be related to current applications.
As the name already implies, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is proud to be located in Frankfurt am Main. It is the most international city in Germany, the largest financial centre on the continent, the historical city of coronations, the city of Goethe and the home of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
There are also all kinds of students initiatives.
Frankfurt School welcomes every year guest students from all over the world for one or two exchange semester(s). Hear about their unforgettable experiences!
Our Frankfurt School international students give you an insight into their student life in Germany.
FS Buddy is an international student initiative. Current students are matched with incoming exchange students to help make their time in Frankfurt and transition into Frankfurt School the best experience possible. FS Buddy is a fantastic way to make a new friend from across the globe and learn about different cultures.
Life as a student in Frankfurt am Main
Introducing Frankfurt am Main: a city full of potential for people from all backgrounds and tastes. Whether you are here as a senior executive, with a young family, an ambitious MBA student or as a freshman in your Bachelor degree, Frankfurt has something to offer you. Frankfurt is Germany's most international city, with the lowest unemployment rate and one of the youngest average ages. Its nightlife is vibrant and exciting while the suburbs offer a peaceful and safe environment for young families.
Frankfurt is a breath of fresh air for finance and business professionals boasting an impressive skyline, it is home to the new European Central Bank headquarters and Germany’s largest stock exchange, ‘Deutsche Börse’. Frankfurt also hosts some of the world’s most famous trade shows, attracting thousands of business travellers each year.
The city provides plenty of opportunities for socialising after work and on the weekends. Taking a walk along Museum Mile, visiting parks, going for bike rides, relaxing on the river Main, going to festivals, visiting the English theatre, or browsing one of the many markets, are just a few of the many things to do in Frankfurt.
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Academic requirements Students should have studied for at least two years in a business or economics related programme to enrol in our Bachelor programme.
To enrol in one of our Master programmes, students need to have finished their undergraduate studies and should have studied for at least one semester at graduate level.
- TOEFL IBT 90, IELTS 7.0, Cambridge C1 or equivalent If the study programme at the home university is taught completely in English, a confirmation from the study advisory is also accepted.
- Students only need to provide proof of a B2 German proficiency level if they want to enrol in German-taught modules.
We are also happy to welcome Free Mover students at Frankfurt School. Please contact the International Office to learn more about our requirements, the tuition fee structure and the application procedures.
Module selection is done via the FS Online Campus before the start of the semester. Students will be invited via email for the course selection period. Add/drop is possible before the start of classes.
Most of the modules from the 6th and 7th semester of the Bachelor programme are eligible for exchange students. They are mainly taught in English. The module catalogue is available at the International Office before the start of the selection period (July/December). If students wish to take German-taught modules, they might consider choosing modules from the first four semesters of the bachelor programme.
Master Exchange students should choose courses from one of the following programmes: Master in Management, Master of Finance, Master in Applied Data Sciences or from the Electives (subject to availability, no guarantees can be given). The module catalogue is available at the International Office before the start of the selection period (July/November). Please note that the Master programmes are completely taught in English.
Every module at Frankfurt School is worth 6 ECTS. Exchange students can take a workload of up to five modules (30 ECTS) per semester (including a German language course if selected). The minimum workload is one module.
German language courses
Frankfurt School offers optional German language classes during the semester to all international students. Students receive 6 ECTS for successful participation. If a student wishes to sign up, a language test will be sent out before the beginning of the semester. Based on the results and availability, students will be placed in the level of German that meets their language proficiency. Frankfurt School also offers a one month intensive German language class in August, before the start of the winter semester (please inquire for exact dates and fees beforehand).
If you have been admitted to Frankfurt School, please start preparing for your stay in Germany. The following information will help you with the preparation.
Please note that you will need to provide sufficient funds when applying for the visa. We recommend opening a blocked account (Sperrkonto) while still in your home country or get a so-called Verpflichtungserklärung from the responsible German embassy in your home country. A blocked account is a German bank account in which you have to deposit a specific amount of money and block this sum with the Federal Republic of Germany as beneficiary.
We recommend opening your Blocked Account through our partner Fintiba. Fintiba is officially approved by the German Federal Foreign Office. The whole account opening process is done online – you do not have to print or sign any forms. As the account opening is processed fully online, it will normally only take 2-4 working days to open the blocked account. You can find detailed instructions and FAQs here.
All students must have health insurance which will cover doctor´s visits, prescriptions, treatment, etc. The insurance premium is around 80,00 Euro per month. Your insurance company will give you an insurance certificate which you must present at enrollment. Without this certificate you will not be able to enroll.
Members of the EU and of the EFTA can become exempt from compulsory health insurance upon presentation of an E 111 form and/or an EHIC. These forms can be obtained from the health insurance authorities in your home country.
Most students from non-EU countries have a travel health insurance with short validity when they arrive in Germany. They must immediately apply to become a member of the compulsory health insurance fund or a private health insurance company. Students aged over 30 years cannot apply for the compulsory health insurance fund and must purchase private insurance.
We strongly recommend that you arrange liability insurance. Liability insurance is designed to offer specific protection against third party claims. Payment is then not typically made to the insured but rather to someone suffering loss who is not a party to the insurance contract. In general, damage caused intentionally and contractual liabilities are not covered under liability insurance policies. Our experience has shown that liability insurance has proven very useful whenever one of our students was involved in some kind of damage-causing accident (e.g. hitting a car with your bike). Usually, it is possible to arrange liability insurance in your home country. Be sure, however, that your liability insurance is also valid in foreign countries, especially in Germany.
Transport / Arrival
Frankfurt has a good public transport network and it is very easy to reach Frankfurt School. From the airport, please go to the regional railway station (Regionalbahnhof) for S-Bahn, regional and local trains at Terminal 1, Level 1. Trains arrive at and depart from platforms 1 to 3.
Frankfurt School offers a semester ticket (valid 6 months) for about 215 Euro per semester. This ticket will be printed on your student ID card and allows you to travel in a wide radius around Frankfurt and neighbour cities such as Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Mainz etc.
as of May 2016
For any question on the visa topic, please contact Hanna Mattia.
The entry requirements into the Federal Republic of Germany are different according to your country of origin. Please enquire as soon as possible as to whether you require a visa or not.
Members of the EU and of the EFTA (European Free Trade Association i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) do not need an entrance visa/student visa. However, after enrolling, you must register at the local registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt), just as every other student living in Frankfurt must do. EU and EFTA citizens will neither have to register at the foreign registration office nor will they need a so-called residence permit.
Citizens of the following countries also do not need an entrance visa/student visa, but will have to register at the aliens’ office (Ausländeramt) and apply for the residence permit after their enrollment in Germany.
Please note: When it comes to visa matters, it is your nationality and not the university you come from that determines what the appropriate procedure is. Example: If you study in a European country and have a residence permit for this country but your nationality is neither European nor are you from one of the seven countries listed above, you need to apply for a student visa in Germany. If this is the case please contact the German Embassy in your country of origin or the German Embassy in your country of studies.
Students from other countries have to make arrangements for obtaining a visa while still in their home country. Make sure you enquire whether you need an entrance visa/student visa well in advance. In this case, entrance with only a tourist visa is not allowed. Future students from most countries will need an entrance visa. Further information can be found here.
Make sure you apply for the entrance/student visa as soon as possible at the responsible German diplomatic agency (embassy/consulate). An entrance/student visa is required for students from these countries in order to be able to enroll. An entrance visa will be converted into a residence permit for study purposes following enrollment. The conversion of a tourist visa into a residence permit for study purposes after entry into Germany is not possible.