Welcome Point - Teaching and research in Jena

Service and information for international visiting scientists and scholars, and their host institutions
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Welcome to Friedrich Schiller University Jena!

The Universitys Welcome Point supports international visiting scientists and scholars, and their families in planning their journey to and arrival in Jena, and during their entire stay at our university.




No office hours:

We currently do not hold office hours, but we are available by phone or e-mail.

Personal appointments are currently only possible by prior arrangement and only in urgent cases.

Coronavirus / Covid-19 - Information for international visiting scientists and scholars

General information Show content

In some parts of Germany there is a restriction on contact in public places; in Thuringia and Jena these are currently recommendations.   See the detailled regulations of the City of Jena. In Jena, it is currently mandatory to wear a mouth and nose mask in doctor's surgeries/clinics, on public transport, in shops, and offices. A mask must be worn in public transport and shops everywhere in Germany. In restaurants, at public events, and in facilities with public access in closed rooms, the contact details are recorded.

Please check regularly the information - also about hygienic rules - of

Keep each other safe by social distancing.

Entering Germany Show content
  • Please note the information of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Foreign Office, and the City of Jena.
  • Entry from certain countries on the "positive list" agreed by the EU member states is currently possible without restrictions.
  • Entry from other countries is possible if proof of an important reason can be provided. A research stay can be accepted as a reason, as long as an employment contract or a hosting agreement (Aufnahmevereinbarung)  between the university and the researcher can be provided as proof by the researcher. 
  • Persons that arrive from a risk area or have spent time in a risk area within 14 days before entering Germany or have been in contact with an infected person,
    • must register at the health office of their place of residence (Jena: online form) immediately
    • must make a covid-19 test. or bring a test result with them that is not older than 48 hours. To get a test, contact a general practitioner or call 1166117 or +49 3641 492222.
    • must stay in quarantine in the apartment immediately after entering Jena and stay there until they receive a negative test result or the test result they brought with is accepted. Persons living in the household who have not been in the risk area are not subject to quarantine. Nevertheless, an attempt should be made to limit contact with these persons.
    • should be able to document their journey to Jena (tickets, travel plan with times and used means of travel).
    • are asked to inform us:
  • In case of showing Covid-19 symptoms: register and call and telephone +49 3641 493333, also call your general practitioner in Germany (alternatively, the hotline 116117) and please inform us:
  • Please report to your landlord when you return/enter from a risk area (see above), if you have to go into quarantine, or are ill.
  • New residents must register with the Residents' Registration Office within 14 days. If you are in quarantine during this period, book your registration date for immediately afterwards. Keep the appointment confirmation and your dated travel documents as a proof.
  • Please install the Corona warning app for Germany
I am feeling unwell. What should I do? Show content

In case of illness—especially when displaying flu-like symptoms like cough, pain when breathing, and fever—we ask you to refrain from coming to the University and immediately call a doctor to clarify the further procedure.

Emergency service for patients with statutory health insurance: 116 117

Fever clinic Jena: +49 3641 49 33 33

People suffering from symptoms must not enter public spaces as defined by the city of Jena.

Who can I turn to if I need help or if I have questions regarding this topic? Show content

All guests and visitors of the University can turn to the University’s Welcome Point for international scientists and scholars. We will try to answer all of your questions and to support you to the best of our ability. Contact:

Our tutoring service is still at your disposal. For this situation, we have established an online consultation in order to answer your questions and put you in contact with a ‘shopping buddy’. If you are interested in the tutoring service, please contact

Visiting doctoral candidates can continue to turn to the Graduate Academy with all of their questions.

How can I work from home? Show content

As a member of the University of Jena, you can access all digital resources of the Thuringian State and University Library (ThULB) with your thoska card. Although the library is closed, they continue to provide information via telephone, email and chat.

If you have not yet received your login for accessing the University’s mobile internet services from the University Computer Centre, please contact

Information for scholarship holders funding from DAAD Show content

Status: 14th May 2020

The following regulations apply to scholarship holders who receive funding from DAAD for a period of study, research visit or practical experience in Germany, or who are due to be funded in the coming days and weeks. Different rules may apply to individual scholarship programmes. You will receive separate information in this case.


If you are unable to return to your home country as a result of the current situation and
your scholarship ends on 31 May, for example, and you are unable to secure funding in
Germany, please contact your DAAD section immediately. Under certain conditions, the DAAD can, in such emergency situations, continue to pay the scholarship on a monthly basis until it is possible for you to leave Germany (see application form [doc-Datei]). Your insurance coverage, which includes benefits in the event of a pandemic, also remains in place.


International doctoral candidates please contact the Graduate Academy, which offer an extensive range of services.

If you have an employment contract at the University, please contact the Division for Human Resources.

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