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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Courtney Pollack Advising Required: No
Language Pre-requisite: None Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: English Language Courses Offered: Yes
Housing: Dormitory Internship: No
Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?Frankfurt skyline

The Frankfurt School of Finance and Management features one of Germany's largest finance departments.  Its faculty work hand in hand with policy-makers and executives to offer tailor-made solutions to topical programs.  Located in Frankfurt, a global hub for commerce, culture, education, tourism and transportation, the new campus of the Frankfurt School has state of the art facilities that offer students an opportunity to expand their business experience inside and outside of the classroom.


The Frankfurt School of Finance and Management have five major departments:

  • Finance
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Legal Studies and Ethics
  • Accounting


  • Exchange spot preference is given to BLC majors and Business majors.
  • While it is possible to take all of your courses in English, there are also German language courses and business courses taught in German available to students while studying at the Frankfurt School.  It is recommended but not required that students have one semester of German before attending the program.
  • Must have completed sophomore year of college prior to attending program.
  • Students should have completed some business coursework at AU before study at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

A Frankfurt classroomCourses

Students earn a full semester of American University (AU) undergraduate credit while studying at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Students directly enroll at FS. For more information about what is means to directly enroll in a foreign university, please view our Direct Enrollment page.

The curriculum at FS is very structured. AU students can take 5 modules (30 ECTS- 15 AU credits) per semester.  Typically it is suggested that exchange students take the concentration courses (typically courses taken by FS students in their final semesters) though students are welcome to take the core courses as well which are sometimes offered in German.Frankfurt Cityscape

Course Equivalency

View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.

Student Life

As an exchange student with Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, you have full access to all of the university's student resources.  Although the students are mostly concentrating on the challenging academics presented by a top-tier business school there are many student initiatives that engage the student body in creative, professional, and athletic pursuits outside of the classroom.  FS offers various art courses (painting, sculpture, photography) on a non-credit basis.  They also have several  sports teams that compete in friendly matches against other business schools in Germany. Students interacting

Additionally, FS offers the FS Buddy program. FS Buddy is an international student initiative with the goal to welcome and     integrate international exchange students in the student life at Frankfurt School. Thus, FS Buddy connects international    exchange students with students of Frankfurt School at different events. By participating, students can therefore learn about various cultures from around the world in a direct exchange.

Check out this video for a snapshot of life in Frankfurt.

Housing and Meals

While FS cannot guarantee housing for all exchange students, it does its best to accommodate students in the dormitories as space is available.  It is imperative to apply on time if you would like to live in one of the university dormitories.  FS also offers some resources for students to help find them off-campus housing at the time of acceptance.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/26/2017
Varies by program TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/01/2018 07/01/2019
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/01/2018 12/23/2018
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Spring 2019 09/26/2018 ** Varies by program 01/23/2019 06/02/2019
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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