Why study at JGU?

The special features of Mainz University – 11 good reasons to study at JGU:


Wide range of subjects and courses

JGU offers a wide range of subjects and courses, including humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, media and economics, medicine, art, music, and sport – only technical subjects and engineering are not offered.
International courses in humanities and economics enable bi- or trinational qualifications to be obtained.

Diverse combinations of courses

The wide range of courses on offer means that a large number of combinations between subjects are possible, e.g., in the fields of the humanities and economics.

Top research

JGU carries out top research in natural sciences and medicine. The university has several graduate schools, schools of excellence, and DFG -supported research projects in all academic fields.

International flair

JGU is a university with about 37,000 students and an international flair due to the high proportion of foreign students from 130 countries.

Student exchange

JGU actively supports student exchanges. The university is in second place throughout Germany for the number of students spending one or two semesters abroad.

Academic contacts and collaborations

With a large number of international collaborations, JGU has a global network of academic contacts (approx. 400 collaborations).

Campus university

JGU is one of the few campus universities in Germany: The university buildings are not dotted around the city, but are – with just a few exceptions – located on one large site with a relaxed atmosphere. The JGU Botanic Garden is the perfect setting for relaxing and chatting in summer. A lively academic culture is encouraged on the campus. A wide variety of collaborations and events promote dialog with interested members of the public. The university also offers a wealth of leisure activities, ranging from the choir and orchestra of the Collegium musicum and the EuropaChor Academy to the general university sports courses, which cover 70 types of sport, through to theater groups and a diverse range of student initiatives.

In the heart of the Rhine-Main region

Mainz is located in the Rhine-Main district and is the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate region: a city with around 200,000 inhabitants. Its location in the Rhine-Main region means that transport links are excellent. There are two airports and an extensive public transport network: bus, tram, train. The Rhine-Main region is characterized by an extensive economic and industrial diversity and is home to a large number of international companies. Many media and broadcasting companies are headquartered here. The Rhine-Main economic region offers job opportunities for students to work alongside their studies, as well as apprenticeships.

Culture and nature

Mainz offers a wide range of cultural attractions, as well as nature and recreation areas such as Rheingau, Rheinhessen, and the Palatinate Forest. The climate is mild.

Open atmosphere

Anyone looking to meet new people won’t have a problem in Mainz and the surrounding area – the people in Rheinhessen and Rheingau are regarded as being extremely open and friendly.

Carnival, also known as the fifth season

Mainz is famous for its “carnival season”, which is celebrated from November 11 to the start of lent. A further attraction in Mainz is the “three W’s of Mainz”, i.e. “Weck” (bread rolls), “Worscht” (pork sausage) and “Woi” (wine), which can be enjoyed in the many restaurants, as well as at home.