In Jena, the average cost of living is just under 700 euros per month. There are many possibilities to finance your studies, e.g. scholarships, the BAföG student loan, part-time jobs, study loans, and education funds.
Where do you want to live—in a shared apartment, in your own flat, or rather in a dormitory? Browse through apartment advertisements. The earlier you start, the better, because the demand is usually quite high at the beginning of the semester.
For new students, the student services organization Studierendenwerk Thüringen is the most important point of contact. Here, affordable living spaces throughout Jena are available for are rent. The Studierendenwerk maintains almost 30 student residences all over Jena.
Our students start their studies with different levels of prior knowledge. That is why in a number of subjects there are courses to prepare students for their studies before the semester starts.
In the preparation courses, gaps in knowledge from students’ high school education will be remedied and existing knowledge refreshed. In addition, these courses provide an opportunity for new students to get to know the university and their new fellow students.
In a number of subjects involving languages, compulsory placement tests also take place before the semester starts.
You may have to register for both types of activity. If you have any questions, please contact the respective academic advisor. You can find the contact details in our course database.
If you still have questions or if problems regarding the start of your studies suddenly arise, please contact our advisory and consultation services—currently best done by telephone or email.
Jena is a wonderful, active student city, surrounded by picturesque limestone rocks, which are perfect for hiking and climbing. In addition, the city located at the river Saale offers many recreational activities. Exploring the city is worthwhile!
You can also explore the University Main Building, the Main Library Building, or Jena’s beautiful landscape online with 360° tours, or go on a virtual discovery tour with an app.
The thoska is a multifunctional chip card, which serves as your student ID and confirms that you are a student at the University of Jena. You can use it as library, copy and printing card. It also serves as an electronic wallet for paying your meals in canteens and cafeterias. You receive it by post together with your starter package.
You can access your e-mail inbox at https://webmail.uni-jena.de. With your user name and password from your student account you can log in. Before the start of the semester, we will inform you regularly by e-mail about important information and dates for the upcoming semester.
We organize Orientation Days to make sure all new students quickly find their feet. You can get essential information about the organization of your studies, pick up some insider tips from experienced students enrolled on your study programme—and ideally meet fellow students.
More than 350 instructors usually offer 80 different kinds of sports and disciplines in more than 700 courses per week. Everybody will find something to their liking—no matter if you prefer well-known sports or if you want to try something new.
See here for the programme of the University Sports Centre de (in German only)
Semester period: 1 April 2021 ‒ 30 September 2021
Lecture period: 12 April 2021 ‒ 16 July 2021
The current rules will maintain and we will continue with mainly online teaching until the end of the 2021 summer semester (16 July). This means that face-to-face teaching will continue to be kept to a minimum. You can find more information about the semester on our FAQ page on the coronavirus.
Semester period: 1 October 2021 bis 31 March 2022
Lecture period: 18. October 2021 bis 11. February 2022
The Executive Board announcing the 2021/22 winter semester as a hybrid semester. Therefore all lectures are asked to plan their course in attendance or with attendance components to the same extent as in the summer semester and after considering the didactic necessity.
The Executive Board is thus continuing the previous Strategy of allowing as much face-to-face teaching as possible. In spite of the rising numbers of people who have been vaccinated, bringing us a ray of hope in the pandemic, we cannot assume that we will be able to return to “normality” this autumn. We expect that social distancing rules will be maintained, so that we will only have limited room capacity.
Students of the University of Jena organize their studies themselves via the online course management system Friedolin. The Faculty of Medicine is an exception to this; here, the system in use is DOSIS. Students of Pharmacy are asked to refer to fsr-pharmazie.uni-jena.de.
In Friedolin, you will find module descriptions, recommended study plans as well as the course catalogue for all bachelor’s, master’s, and teacher training study programmes. Enrolled students can organize their timetables via the ‘apply for modules’ / ‘schedule of classes’ menu, register for examinations, and view their grades.
To help you find your way around Friedolin, we offer online information and training sessions.
In addition, there is a help centre in Friedolin where you can find an FAQ section submit an online inquiry.
The University of Jena also works with the learning platform Moodle (moodle.uni-jena.de). It supports studying, but also work in research projects and at chairs and other organizational units. The system is suitable for supplementing classroom teaching, for blended learning, for distance learning courses, as a knowledge store and as a communication and cooperation platform.
You can find more information about the semester on our FAQ page on the coronavirus.
Here, you can look up which facilities you can already use without any restrictions or which ones are still partly closed.
For all members of the University wearing a mouth and nose cover in the buildings and on the premises of the University is mandatory:
In the hygiene and infection prevention plan [pdf, 6 mb] de of Friedrich Schiller University Jena, you can see what you have to observe in the buildings and on the premises of the University.
Every winter semester, we organize a usually welcoming ceremony for new students.
The “Guide for New Students” provides further important information on the start of your studies at the University of Jena. It is available online [pdf, 16 mb] de in advance.