In its mission statement, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) commits itself to preparing its students to perceive tasks in an international context in the future through a systematic internationalization of learning and teaching at Mainz University. Studying at JGU trains young people to become enlightened global citizens, able to meet the challenges in an international competitive environment.
Through its global network of partnerships, JGU gives its student numerous opportunities for studying abroad. Mainz students can complete a portion of their study at a foreign university, integrated degree programs offer dual Bachelor's and Master's degrees, and international doctoral studies programs have been set up both as individual doctorates within the framework of a cotutelle and in international graduate schools and seminars for doctoral students that have been established in cooperation with renowned foreign universities.
JGU also offers its students various opportunities to gain work experience abroad. The main information platform for this aim is the fair "Praktika welt-offen" ("Internships in the World"), held in November every year on the JGU campus. Mainz University established two agencies to arrange and support foreign professional internships, i.e. the EU ServicePoint for EU countries and the PROMOS Office for overseas internships.
Each semester, JGU offers approximately 600 courses taught in foreign languages. These are taught both by members of the regular JGU teaching staff and by the many foreign visiting professors, whose visits are arranged by the Gutenberg Teaching Counci (GTC), the Poland Fellowship at JGU, ERASMUS, or other programs. The university’s Foreign Language Center promotes multilingualism through a wide range of foreign language courses for students from all faculties, as well as a course in German as a foreign language for foreign students and guests. The JGU Center for Intercultural Studies and the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies organize events to reflect on internationality and interculturality.
Teachers at JGU, in particular young scientists, have a range of opportunities to gain teaching experience abroad and to incorporate this into their courses at JGU. This is arranged and supported by the GTC, JGU's many international partnerships, and the ERASMUS program.
In recent years, JGU has achieved excellent rankings in terms of the internationalization of its teaching. In the last five years, it has always occupied one of the first three places in the ERASMUS student exchange program, and it is currently in fifth place in the ERASMUS teacher exchange program. JGU has also won several awards for its ERASMUS program management, most recently the DAAD ERASMUS quality label E-Quality 2011.
JGU is committed to further strengthen the internationalization of teaching and improve its quality. One example is the project "Mobility Behavior in Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programs" that will continue until 2013. The respective measures and activities of the faculties, the central institutions, and the administration are supervised by the JGU Center for Quality Assurance and Development.