Students in the university

Beginning of your studies

Manage your studies well from the outset
Students in the university
Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

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. 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
Orientation Days

Studieneinführungstage der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität
Orientation Days
To answer all questions, we organize the Orientation Days at the University Jena. You will receive general and subject-specific information on the organization of your studies and you can make yourself familiar with offers and facilities of the University, and get insider knowledge from advanced fellow students in your subject.

Before your arrival in Jena

Enrolment Expand entry
  • 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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry

Winter semester 2022/23:

Semester period: 01.10.2022 - 31.03.2023
Lecture period: 17.10.2022 - 10.02.2023

Preparation courses and placement tests Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry
  • 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 Expand entry

If you still have questions or if problems regarding the start of your studies suddenly arise, please contact our advisory and consultation services.

After your arrival in Jena

Registration of residence Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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) Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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) Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry
Online organization of studies / timetable Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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

Service desk for students Expand entry

Some service facilities at the University Jena, such as the Student Service Centre, 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.

Hygiene concept of the University Expand entry

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, 405 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 Expand entry

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 Expand entry

The welcoming ceremony for the winter semester 2022/23 will take place on 28 October at 14:00 in the Volkshaus of the city of Jena.

more information de

Accept assistance: extended introductory phase in your first year of study (eSTEP) Expand entry

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 Expand entry

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
Office hours:
We offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person, via video chat or telephone. Appointments can be made by phone or via service desk.

Consultation hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 to 12:20, Tuesday 14:00 to 18:00 and on Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 16:00.
Video chat:
Videochat Zeiten
Monday to Friday 12.30 to 13:00
Videochat Passwort