House of Finance
Campus Westend
Goethe University
Frankfurt am Main

The ILF is located in the House of Finance at Campus Westend of Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.

Our students have the use of the most modern equipment and facilities and state of the art technology during their studies. In addition, our students benefit from the increased contact and network opportunities available due to the presence of researchers and experts working in the field of law and finance at the House of Finance.

The House of Finance amalgamates the university's interdisciplinary research on finance, monetary economics, and corporate and financial law under one roof. About 150 researchers with special interests in various aspects of finance coming from eight academic research and training units working together under one roof. The concentration of experts and leading academics at one location enhances the direct and unlimited exchange of information and ideas not only among themselves but also fortifies networking and collaboration with the community and at the international level.

Our students have access to all databases and the internet via numerous notebook cable sockets and wireless LAN  which is available in the House of Finance. 

ILF students can use the library facilities every day around the clock. ILF students are full members of the University community and are eligible to use all facilities (including sport facilities) available to students of the University.

We work towards establishing a leading European center for education and research in the field of finance.

Information Center / Library

The ILF library, also located in the House of Finance, is based on the extensive law collection of the former Institute of Foreign and International Business Law (AIW) and contains more than 30,000 volumes, including about 100 international periodicals. We subscribe to the Jurisdata, LexisNexis and WestLaw databases. In addition, we have electronic access to legal, economic and finance journals via the City and University Library (Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek).

We are in close proximity to the main collections of the City and University Library, along with the various libraries of the University’s Department of Law and the Department of Business and Economics. The Deutsche Bibliothek, the national library and national bibliographic information center for the Federal Republic of Germany, is also located in Frankfurt. The library resources of the Deutsche Bundesbank are also accessible to students.

Frankfurt am Main

Since the Middle Ages, Frankfurt am Main has been a major trade and finance center at the crossroads of Europe’s trade routes. Today, as the leading financial marketplace in continental Europe, Frankfurt is the seat of the European Central Bank and international banks such as Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank and Commerzbank. Thus, Frankfurt is at the center of European monetary policy and the European Monetary Union. Major public banking institutions, including Deutsche Bundesbank and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, one of the EU's leading public credit institutions, are based in Frankfurt, as is the world’s fourth-largest stock exchange, Deutsche Börse AG. Deutsche Börse also houses the world’s largest and most modern, all-electronic derivatives exchange, Eurex.

The region benefits from outstanding telecommunication and transportation infrastructure. Frankfurt Airport is the leading airport in continental Europe and offers excellent connections within Europe and overseas. Frankfurt's dense transportation network ensures a seamless connection to all road and rail links.

Frankfurt is an international meeting point. It is home to the oldest trade fair in the world, the world-renowned Frankfurt Book Fair. It also offers many cultural attractions, among them two operas, concert halls, theaters, and a great variety of museums and art galleries. Situated on one of Europe’s great rivers, the Main, Frankfurt is a vibrant city with many recreational facilities which cater to the city’s international population.

Another good reason to come to Frankfurt City! Frankfurt City was listed No. 12 by the New York Times in 52 Places to Go in 2014

Frankfurt’s Surroundings

Frankfurt with its 700,000 inhabitants and the surrounding Rhine-Main region boast a rich cultural heritage. Nearby are the beautiful Taunus Hills, with ample opportunity for hiking, riding and walking. The famed Rheingau along the romantic Rhine river is home to some of Europe’s finest wineries. The Rheingau area is very close to Frankfurt and accessible by public transportation. The river Rhine, with its famous castles, is the embodiment of German Romanticism and has inspired generations of poets and painters with its wild beauty and its legends and myths, the most famous of which is the Nibelungen Epic and the legend of Loreley. Still today, one can admire the famous cliff upon which the maiden Loreley is said to rest and lure sailors entranced by her beauty to their deaths.