Students in the university

Beginning of your studies

Manage your studies well from the outset
Students in the university
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Welcome to Friedrich Schiller University Jena!

We are happy that you decided to study in Jena! A new and exciting time in life lies ahead of you! We have collected all the essential information and steps to take after your application to make sure you get off to a good start in Jena—even during the corona pandemic. You will find all the essential information on this page. Please also note the current information on the coronavirus for students.

International students find more dates and information here.

Quick start:
Before your arrival in Jena
Organizational things before the beginning of the semester
After your arrival in Jena
Let’s get started! Important information for the beginning of the semester
Video: Tour through the University Main Building [in German]
Guide for new students for the winter semester
Orientation Days

Studieneinführungstage der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität

Before your arrival in Jena

Enrolment Show content
  • Study programmes without admission restriction: If you submit your application for enrolment completely and in time, and if it is positively assessed, you are enrolled immediately. As a means of confirmation, you will receive the thoska card (short for Thüringer Hochschul- und Studierendenwerkskarte)—your student ID—in time, but usually not earlier than six weeks before the beginning of the semester by post.

  • Study programmes with admission restrictions: After applying for a study programme, you will receive a notification telling you whether you are admitted for the study programme or not. If you have received a positive answer, you confirm your place by enrolling at the University.
Financial matters Show content

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.

See here for more information on financing your studies.

Looking for a place to live Show content

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.

Organizational matters before the beginning of the semester

Semester dates and lecture period Show content

Winter semester 2021/22:

Semester period: 1 October 2021 bis 31 March 2022
Lecture period: 18. October 2021 bis 11. February 2022

Preparation courses and placement tests Show content

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.

Activate your student account / University login Show content

As a student, you get a University account including:

  • WiFi access via eduroam on the campus and in all institutes and faculties
  • a University email account (
  • access to your email inbox (
  • access to computer pools
  • access to your personal information in Friedolin
  • online library services

To create a user account, you first have to register. Only then can you make use of the IT services at the University.

Your login credentials consist of a username (a combination of letters and digits) and password. On the Service Portal, you need to accept the terms and conditions in order to be able to register. In addition, need to provide your name, including all first names, your date of birth, your matriculation number (six digits), and your PIN which you have received with your thoska card by mail.

Software for students Show content

Students can obtain the software they need (e.g. Microsoft Office 365) via software licenses from campus and state contracts from the university data center. You can either choose from the range of existing licenses or apply for special licenses. This IT service is available to you with your enrollment and the activation of your university account through self-registration.

Tools for online teaching Show content
  • The University of Jena offers you the possibility to sign in to the video conferencing tool Zoom using your University login credentials. Zoom is currently the preferred solution for interactive web conferences (e.g. for working groups, seminars and practical courses). The University Computer Centre has preconfigured the privacy settings in Zoom. See here for more information on the use of Zoom (in German).

  • In addition, the Writing Centre of the University Jena has published some tips for students on how to handle digital teaching well. Their tips can be found here (in German).

  • In order to support students of our University in participating in online lectures, the number of study spaces with internet access has been extended.

  • Do you urgently need a laptop or tablet for your studies? Then take a look at the Laptop Donation Campaign.
Make use of help offers: advice and service Show content

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.

After your arrival in Jena

Registration of residence Show content

After moving into your new apartment, you must register with the city within 14 days. Registration takes place at the registration office (Bürgerservice). You will need to bring your ID or passport and a certificate by your lessor confirming the tenancy. It is best to make an appointment online.

Get to know the city and the campus Show content

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.

Student ID (thoska card) Show content

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.

Learn more about the thoska

Check the e-mail inbox of the university regularly Show content

You can access your e-mail inbox at 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.

Participate in the Orientation Days (STET) Show content

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.

Programme of the Orientation Days

Dates and information for international students

Check out the offer of the University Sports Centre Show content

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)

Here we go! Everything important for the beginning of the semester

Current semester Show content

Winter semester 2021/22:

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. The lifting of the social distancing rule enables us to offer more face-to-face teaching in the winter semester than previously planned. However, there will be a maximum number of 125 participants. There will need to be a new room allocation process in order to make the necessary rooms ready. This means that you will only be able to draw up your timetable for the winter semester based on reliable days and times from 25 September 2021. Because room allocation can only be completed on 15 October 2021 and has to be carried out in the Friedolin live system, no reliable information on rooms is possible before 16 October 2021. Please take this into account in your planning.

There will continue to be online and hybrid courses, if these complement or enrich the teaching, or if the number of participants exceeds 125.

More information

Online organization of studies / timetable Show content

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

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.

Information and training videos

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.

Learning platform Moodle

The University of Jena also works with the learning platform Moodle ( 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.

First steps in Moodle

Course formats Show content

Different course formats:

  • Online: a course that takes place exclusively online and does not require on-site attendance.
  • Präsenz (on site): a course that is only held on site and not recorded
  • Online-Plus: a course that takes place partly online and partly on site, and that is not recorded
  • Hybrid: a course that is held on site for a limited number of participants, and that is streamed live and recorded.

You will find more information about the semester on our FAQ page on the coronavirus.

Usage of University facilities Show content

Here, you can look up which facilities you can already use without any restrictions.

Service desk for students Show content

Some service facilities at the University Jena, such as the university computer center, the Friedolin team or various examination offices, can be reached via a central service desk portal. Students can contact them directly there to make inquiries, clarify various issues or receive help on certain topics. This ticket system enables quick and easy communication.

Detecting chains of infection Show content

It is only possible to continue teaching in our lecture theatres and seminar rooms, visit facilities such as the library and maintain the shared use of student workstations with Internet access if we can consistently trace chains of contact so as to help stop infections.

Hygiene concept of the University Show content

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, 298 kb] de of Friedrich Schiller University Jena, you can see what you have to observe in the buildings and on the premises of the University.

Study spaces with internet access Show content

In order to support students of our University in participating in online lectures, the number of study spaces with internet access has been extended.

Welcoming ceremony for new students Show content

Every winter semester, we organize a usually welcoming ceremony for new students. The welcoming ceremony for the winter semester 2021/22 is expected to take place on 21 October 2021.

You can watch the recording of the welcome ceremony here. de

Accept assistance: extended introductory phase in your first year of study (eSTEP) Show content

Beyond the first few weeks of your studies, there are numerous events and support offers to help you arrive at the University, adapt to your studies and, ultimately, advance.

Examination procedures Show content

If you have specific questions concerning courses and examinations, please always turn to the lecturers or module coordinators.


The “Guide for New Students” provides further important information on the start of your studies at the University of Jena. It is available online in advance.

Central Student Advisory Service
University Main Building / SSZ
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-411111
Office hours:
We will offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person as well as by e-mail, video chat and telephone from 18 October 2021.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 12:20, Wednesday 14:00 to 16:00

Appointments can be made by e-mail or by phone.
Video chat:
Videochat Zeiten
Monday, tuesday und thursday from 13:00 to 14:00,
wednesday from 11:00 to 12:00
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