With around 31,000 students from over 120 nations, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is one of the largest and most diverse universities in Germany. Founded as early as 1477, JGU today unites almost all academic disciplines under one roof, including the Mainz University Medical Centre, the Mainz Academy of Fine Arts, the Mainz School of Music, and the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies in Germersheim.

Spearheaded by president Georg Krausch, about 4,400 academics, among them 570 professors, teach and conduct research in over 100 institutes and clinics. With 75 fields of study and more than 270 degree courses, JGU offers an extraordinarily broad range of courses. This great diversity of subjects ensures interdisciplinary research and teaching as well as an innovative way of dealing with ideas and technologies – in the spirit of Johannes Gutenberg himself.

As the only German university of its size, nearly all of the institutions of JGU are located on one single campus near the city centre, which is also home to four partner institutes involved in top-level non-university research: the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, the Helmholtz Institute Mainz and the Institute of Molecular Biology. The campus of the University Medical Centre as well as two Mainz Leibniz Association institutions are located nearby. In addition to this, many local businesses also carry out research, making Mainz a uniquely dynamic research hub.

Located on the banks of the idyllic Rhine river, combining the flair of a rich historic background with a lively cultural landscape and having all the perks of a modern metropolitan area, Mainz holds a steady spot on the list of students‘ preferred German cities.


The youngest decathlon world champion ever, Niklas Kaul, is a student at JGU.

JGU is holder of the Guiness World RecordTM for the world’s largest magnetic ball accelerator.


JGU has created various offers for students and staff facing accessibility challenges - from basic orientation and technical aid to managing studies with a disability or chronic illness. For an overview, contact info and helpful links you can consult the website of our Office of Accessibility: https://accessible.uni-mainz.de. Furthermore, JGU is committed to diversity and equal opportunities. We strive to be accessible to everybody, regardless of age, gender, race, national origin, social and ethnic background, religion, sexual identity and orientation, physical abilities and individual life style. To learn more about JGU’s philosophy, you can visit https://www.diversity.uni-mainz.de.


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