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.

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]External link
Guide for new studentsExternal link
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

  • Study programmes without admission restriction: If you submit your application for enrolmentExternal link completely and in time, and if it is positively assessed, you are enrolled immediately. As a means of confirmation, you will receive the thoska cardExternal link (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 enrollingExternal link at the University.
Financial matters

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

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 ThüringenExternal link 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
Preparation courses and placement tests

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
Software for students
Tools for online teaching
  • The University of Jena offers you the possibility to sign in to the video conferencing tool ZoomExternal link 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 ZoomExternal link (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 hereExternal link (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

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

After moving into your new apartment, you must register with the city within 14 days. Registration takes place at the registration office External link(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 onlineExternal link.

Get to know the city and the campus

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)

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

You can access your e-mail inbox at https://webmail.uni-jena.deExternal link. 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)

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

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

Online organization of studies / timetable

Students of the University of Jena organize their studies themselves via the online course management system Friedolin.External link The Faculty of Medicine is an exception to this; here, the system in use is DOSIS.External link Students of Pharmacy are asked to refer to fsr-pharmazie.uni-jena.deExternal link.

In Friedolin, you will find module descriptions, recommended study plansExternal link as well as the course catalogueExternal link 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 centreExternal link 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 (moodle.uni-jena.deExternal link). 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 MoodleExternal link


Details of your individual courses can be found in the course catalogExternal link.

Service desk for students
Study spaces with internet access
Welcoming ceremony for new students

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)
Examination procedures

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 onlineExternal link 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