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Germany: University of Mainz

The Washington College in Germany Progam is a Tuition Only Exchange Program based at Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz (JGUM).

JGUM was founded in 1477 and is located near Frankfurt in the central region of Germany. Because of its prime location, JGUM offers easy access to airline routes, rail links, and motorways to other parts of the country, such as Cologne, Dusseldorf, and Bonn.

The city of Mainz, with a population of 190,000 is the capital of Rheinland-Pfalz. JGUM has 30,000 students with 10% of the student body being international students. The city offers many spectacular tourist sites including museums, monuments, churches, and theatres. Kastel, a suburb of Mainz, is located east of the Rhine River. The area is reminiscent of all things Roman. The region is also well known for its major television station, and most widely read newspaper publication in the country.

More information can be obtained on the world wide web at: www.uni-mainz.de/english/welcome_eng.html


Classes will be taught by JGUM faculty members. The exchange student advising is done by the Academic Institute for Foreign Studies at JGUM.


All well qualified rising sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for the exchange program with JGUM. This program is open to students in all majors. Students should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Solid German language skills (ability to succeed in 300 level German courses at W.C.).
  • Strong academic record.
  • Evidence of good character, maturity, and motivation.
  • Ability and willingness to adapt to a foreign environment.

The cost of international travel between the United States and Germany, local transportation while in Germany, housing costs, meals, book costs, student government fees, extracurricular activities, health insurance, expenses while at JGUM is not in session, and personal expenses are the responsibility of the student applicant unless other arrangements have been made.

Students should make an appointment to speak to the Director of Student Financial Aid to discuss the financial aspects of the program they plan to attend.

Living Arrangements

JGUM’s Academic Institute for Foreign Studies will assist in helping students find suitable accommodations.


Students will be able to take courses in the following disciplines: Arts, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, Education, English, History, Humanities, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy, Environmental Science, Physics, Political Science, International Studies, Sociology, and Psychology

Approximate Semester Dates:

One academic year (mid-October to late July)