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Published: 29 May 2020, 14:00

Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal, Präsident der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena Prof. Dr Walter Rosenthal, President of the Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena Image: Anne Günther/FSU

Dear students, employees, and members of the University community,

Since the start of the semester, we have been experiencing what is probably the most extraordinary semester ever at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. It started in lockdown, which had the goal to prevent further COVID-19 infections among students and employees of the university and in the city. With great discipline we have all contributed to keep the number of sick people in Jena low.

Despite the fact that first facilities are re-opening under strict conditionshis, we ask you to learn and to work from home whenever possible and, in your personal behaviour, take into account that great efforts are still needed to contain the corona virus. Compliance with the rules of hygiene, especially frequent hand washing, keeping a distance of 1.5 metres and wearing a mouth and nose protector even in the buildings of the university are requirements of the city of Jena, which serve our protection.

Keep checking this information site, the following FAQs, and the University blog regularly, which are updated daily and always take into account new city, state and federal regulations as quickly as possible.

It will be an exceptional semester – let us all contribute to making it a semester full of understanding and respect for each other. Only together can we meet the challenges of this time.

I thank you for your cooperation and wish you a lot of strength and health.

Yours sincerely,
Walter Rosenthal

President of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Head of the Crisis Unit

(02 May 2020)


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The lecture period of the summer semester runs from 4 May to 17 July. The semester will be held online. Exceptions can be made, provided that the sanitary measures laid down in the University's hygiene regulations [pdf 267KB] are observed.

The winter semester 2020/21 runs from October 1 to March 31, 2021, with the lecture period beginning on November 2, 2020 and ending on February 12, 2021.

Please also visit our blog for the newest developments.


1. Where can I find information on the current coronavirus situation in Jena? Show content

In case of questions regarding the current situation in Jena, the number of cases, general rulings, as well as advisory and information services provided by the City of Jena, please visit

For up-to-date information on the situation at the University, please see this overview of FAQs and visit our blog.

2. How does the summer semester at the university proceed? Show content

General information on the summer semester 2020 can be found in the Joint Declaration of Thuringian Higher Education Institutions [PDF 478KB, in German only].

Staff with on-site tasks will occasionally return to the University. It should be noted that all hygiene rules must be observed. Working from home is preferable wherever possible.

The lecture period of the summer semester runs from 4 May to 17 July. The semester will be held as an online semester. In exceptional cases, examinations and internships can take place, provided that the relevant health and hygiene provisions are observed. The compatibility of rooms in University buildings with the current pandemic-related regulations is currently being checked; and safety regulations are being issued. Lecturers and examiners are kindly asked to contact Lecture Hall Management in the Division for Construction and Facility Management to discuss the relevant protective and hygiene measures:

  • Examinations already announced for the 2019/2020 winter semester, which cannot be replaced by digital formats, can be held on-site, provided that the hygiene rules are observed. In case of further examinations, students must be notified about exam dates at least 14 days prior to the examinations.
  • Practical courses (e.g. practical laboratory courses, excursions, internships within the framework of final theses, etc.), which cannot be replaced by digital formats, can take place in compliance with the health protection regulations in force.
  • Examinations of the summer semester, which cannot be held digitally, can be held on-site, provided that the hygiene rules are observed. In the event that the current contact restrictions are maintained, you alternative formats of examinations for the entire summer semester should be prepared as a precaution.
  • Due to the closure of the ThULB (since 17 March) and the inaccessibility of laboratories, the deadlines for submission of final and term papers were extended by ten weeks. All students are entitled to this extension. Since the extension is not necessary in all subjects for the reasons mentioned above, differentiated follow-up regulations are currently being developed together with the faculties.

Students who write bachelor's or master's theses in experimental subjects should continue to work from home wherever possible. The supervisors should check whether the topic can possibly be adapted to place greater emphasis on data evaluation or literature research, for example. If this is not possible or only possible to a limited extent, students may be granted access to the laboratories of the working groups for the time of their laboratory work in the course of their bachelor’s and master's theses. It must be noted that in addition to hygiene rules valid at the time, the general safe laboratory practices must also be observed.

The university has called for the donation of used laptops and tablets. Students who need a device for the online semester can contact by e-mail. More information about the campaign can be found here.

If documents for application or admission cannot be submitted in time due to the pandemic, they can be handed in later. The sports aptitude testde will presumably take place on 10 September.

All documents related to a semester abroad can be submitted digitally. For the recognition of coursework completed abroad, please contact the person responsible in the respective study programme and the relevant examination office. Stays abroad during the winter semester are planned and prepared as usual. Most partner universities have extended the nomination and application deadlines.

For further information please visit the University’s blog.

3. Can I access the University buildings at the moment? Show content

The University’s research and administration buildings are currently only open to members of staff and external service providers (construction and assembly companies, suppliers, and cleaning staff). This also applies to the Main University Building, except if you want to top up and/or validate your thoska. The Main University Building can be accessed via the Schloßgasse entrance from Monday to Friday, 7:00 to 22:00.

In line with the regulations of the City of Jena, the museums, collections, and exhibitions of the University are closed or strongly restricted. Currently open are the Phyletisches Museum, the Mineralogical Collection, Schiller's Garden House and the Botanical Garden. A visiting tour is only possible in compliance with the health protection rules of the university's hygiene regulations.

The canteens and cafeterias operated by the student services organization Studierendenwerk Thüringen are closed. The Mensa Ernst-Abbe-Platz, however, will be open from 4 May onwards between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for university employees and students who are taking an examination. For all other students, there will be an off-site sale. From 25 May onwards, the Studierendenwerk Thüringen offers an off-site sale in the library cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Payment is only possible with thoska.

4. Can I use the ThULB at the moment? Show content

The Thuringian University and State Library (ThULB) is preparing for a gradual opening of its sub-libraries. Compliance with safety and hygiene regulations is a top priority. The sub-library for Arts and Humanities will be open with access to reading areas and individual workplaces from 25 May onwards. Workplaces can be booked via the Carrel booking system. The Law, Economics and Social Sciences sub-library is expected to reopen on 2 June. The sub-libraries for Natural Sciences and Medicine will also reopen soon.

In sub-libraries whose reading areas have not yet reopened, media can be pre-ordered online via the COVID-19 ordering service and can be picked up on site. Digital offers are available as usual.

Detailed information is available on the ThULB homepage (German only).

5. Do I have to wear mouth and nose protection at the University? Show content

Yes. The City of Jena has made it compulsory to wear mouth and nose protection—also indoors if more than one person is in a room. This also applies to staff, students, and lecturers inside University facilities. Rooms with more than 20 square metres per person where a minimum distance of 1.5 metres is guaranteed are exempt from that rule.

Besides self-made mouth and nose protection, you can also use scarves, bandanas, kerchiefs, Buffs, and cut-up bed sheets or other high-density cotton fabrics (washable at 90 degrees). If you do not want to sew a mask yourself, you can order one from the Bürgerstiftung Jena by telephone (+49 3641 639 29 20) or via email (

6. Will there be university sports courses in the summer semester? Show content

With the opening of the lecture period, university sport has also started into the summer semester and offers a varied digital programme with live courses. Further information is available at www.hochschulsport.uni-jena.dede. The digital programme is free of charge until further notice.

A reduced analogue sports programmede will start on 2 June. Of course, all courses are in accordance with the applicable distance and hygiene rules! A large part of the courses will thus be held in the open air. The programme runs until 19 July.

7. Who are the members of the University's Crisis Unit and what are its tasks? Show content

The Crisis Unit consists of the President (head) and the Head of Administration (deputy head), as well as nine members of the University Administration. The Extended Crisis Unit has six more members. Here, you can find the organization chart of the unit and its task forces [pdf 117KB] [PDF 75KB].

The tasks of the Crisis Unit are to

  • analyse the situation
  • declare and suspend a crisis situation
  • ensure safety during the crisis situation
  • impose and reverse suspensions, closures, and shut-down of operations
  • release members of staff from their work or assign certain tasks or telework to them
  • maintain internal and external communication
  • keep in contact with public authorities and other interfaces
  • record its activities and measures taken

FAQs for ...

students Show content

Exams, courses, office hours - questions and answers about studying in times of the coronavirus can be found on the FAQ page for students provided by the Student Service Center.

teachers Show content

The Office of the Vice-President for Learning and Teaching provides information for teachers on this FAQ page: from the short-term switch to digital teaching and learning formats to the implications of the postponed start of the semester for teaching assignments.

staff Show content

Information and FAQs for all employees of the university, in particular on home office, employment contracts and business trips, are provided by the Human Resources Department on its homepage.

international students and guests Show content

Information for internationally mobile students, staff and scientists is provided by the International Bureau on its coronavirus page.

doctoral candidates and postdocs Show content

Regulations on academic procedures, the funding period for doctoral scholarships, information on the workshops of qualification programme -
questions and answers on these and other topics can be found on the FAQ page for doctoral students and postdocs.

Video interview

University President Prof Dr Walter Rosenthal and Vice President for Learning and Teaching Prof Dr Iris Winkler answer questions about the summer semester 2020 (24 April 2020).

University President Prof Dr Walter Rosenthal and Vice President for Learning and Teaching Prof Dr Iris Winkler answer questions about the summer semester 2020. The coronavirus is currently being contained in Jena. The city of Jena wants to protect all of us with consistent hygiene rules. For this reason, mouth-and-nose protection is mandatory indoors at the university as well – including in the studio.
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