Frankfurt: Studying in 'Mainhattan'
Many people simply can't imagine that there's any life beyond the impressive skyscrapers that have come to define the city's image. But Europe's major financial centre has much more to offer than just currency flow: It's an international and multicultural metropolis that presents endless possibilities for open-minded young people.
Frankfurt at a glance
Frankfurt Skyline, Photo: DAAD/Ebert
Whichever way you look at it, the city is a linchpin. The volume of traffic around Frankfurt is the heaviest in Germany and both the airport and train station are among the busiest in the world. Add the autobahns to that, and you've got a city that seems to move at a million miles per hour. Adding cosmopolitan flavor to this high-speed city are its multilingual inhabitants - in fact, every third person you see on the street holds a non-German passport.
Beyond the glass and steel, the posh clubs and sushi bars, Frankfurt offers a quality of life often overlooked. Over the last decade, the city has been refurbishing the banks of the Main, and today this seven km stretch of green is a haven for joggers and walkers. And it isn't the only bit of nature you can enjoy: the city boasts some 8,000 hectares of greenery and forestry.
Goethe University, Photo: DAAD/Hofmann
University of Applied Sciences
The University of Applied Sciences offers a wide range of subjects including architecture, engineering, and social work. More than 10,000 students from over 100 nations benefit from the institution's practical approach to learning, and its academics who have a wealth of industry experience. Thanks to the college's strong business links, a wide variety of professional opportunities are available to students. Several international programs are offered.
This international art academy was established in 1817 when the Frankfurt merchant Johann Friedrich Staedel set up his Kunstinstitut. Today, the academy is a truly international institution, with approximately 40% of the student body coming from abroad. As well as the art school, the Städelschule includes the renowned Portikus exhibition space and a museum. The Städelschule also benefits from a healthy student-professor ratio (150:10).
University of Music and Performing Arts
The University of Music and Performing Arts is a unique institution. About 900 students work with an impressive 400 professors and lecturers. In this lively but intimate atmosphere, students focus on music, theater and dance. The university profits from and cooperates with a large number of theaters, opera houses and museums in the Frankfurt area.
Recreation in Frankfurt
The "Römer", Frankfurt's city hall, Photo: PIA Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Foto Bernd Wittelsbach
Frankfurt is Germany's jazz capital, largely thanks to Der Jazzkeller. Established in the 1950s, the bar has hosted big name performers like Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. The city also has a top-notch soccer team, the Eintracht. The club - maddeningly inconsistent but always fun to watch - plays in Germany's top division, the Bundesliga. The club plays in the impressive Commerzbank Arena.