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How are landscapes formed? How do we deal with natural hazards? And how is the soil affected by climate change? If you are interested in these questions, this is the programme for you!
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Key facts
Bachelor of Science
6 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 265,60
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Application & Deadlines

Content of the study programme

Have you always had an interest in towns, cities, countries and landscapes? Great! You’ve got a solid foundation. But there is more to the subject of ‘Geography’ than topographical knowledge. You need a flair for research! During your studies, you will focus on the surface of the earth, societies, spatial structures and their material and intellectual environments—in other words, you will examine both the physical and social world.

And what do you need? Various tools, of course! Geographers gain their knowledge mainly through maps, fieldwork and laboratory studies, as well as through social scientific methods. And they also use aerial and satellite images and geographic information systems, which enable the analysis and visualization of spatial data. These tools will allow you to examine current geographical issues, such as sustainability, resource management, globalization, and social and spatial change.

Your studies will introduce you to various branches of geography, such as natural sciences (Physical Geography and Soil Science), social sciences, economics and humanities (Human Geography), and technical and practical areas (Geoinformatics and Earth Observation). 

A student, Max, talks about his Geography degree at the University of Jena [in German].

Digital discovery tour with free app: Would you like to find out more about our degree in Geography with fun quiz questions and puzzles? Click here for our interactive discovery tour app [in German].


The bachelor's degree is the first professional qualification. The standard period of study is a total of six semesters, during which various forms of courses (e.g. seminars, lectures or practical courses) are offered for the individual modules.

If you take a single-subject bachelor’s programme in ‘Geography’, your field of study will comprise 180 credits (ECTS for short; 1 ECTS = 30 hours for attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations).

Your study programme will teach you all the basics and give you the opportunity to specialize in a specific branch of geography. You can choose from the following areas of specialization:

  • Physical Geography and Soil Science
  • Economy and Space and
  • Geoinformatics and Earth Observation

In the first two semesters, the foundations are laid for all three areas of specialization. You will then be able to focus on a specific field from the third semester onwards. The sixth semester is dedicated to practical training and research.

You can also supplement your studies with interdisciplinary modules, including foreign languages and courses offered for related study programmes, such as Geology, Ecology, Computer Science and Business Administration.

How might your study programme shape up?

1st semester
2nd semester
3rd semester
4th semester
5th semester
6th semester
Technical Foundations (30 ECTS): Required elective modules
(3 x 5 ECTS):
Required elective modules (40 ECTS each):
specialization opportunities in one of the geographic fields
Vocational internship for
9 weeks
(13 ECTS)
  • Physical Geography and Soil Science
  • Economic and Social Geography
  • Geographic Information Science and Earth Observation
  • Physical Geography and Soil Science
  • Economy and Space
  • Geographic Information Science and Earth Observation
  • Physical Geography and Soil Science
  • Economy and Space
  • Geographic Information Science and Earth Observation
Bachelor’s Thesis
(12 ECTS)
Basic Methods (30 ECTS): Compulsory modules
(5 ECTS):
Compulsory modules (at least 5 ECTS):
Scientific Work Earth History Applied Image Processing Module(s) in a geographical field other than the chosen area of specialization
Statistics Context area (max. 30 ECTS):
Cartography Geoinformation Systems Selection of interdisciplinary modules or other modules from the geographic department

Short form: ECTS = credit points (European Credit Transfer System)

More detailed information can be found in the module catalogue for the study programme [in German].External link

Why study in Jena?

Prof. Dr. Alexander Brenning Prof. Dr. Alexander Brenning Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)


As geographers, we are interested in the relationship between people and the environment. As a geoinformatics specialist, I give students the methods and tools they often need to kick-start their careers, and I find practical exercises really important.

Prof. Dr Alexander Brenning, Professor of Geoinformatics

Behind the scenes

Institute of Geography at Löbdergraben 32
Since 1992, our Institute of Geography has developed into one of the most important in the German-speaking world, representing the entire range of geographic disciplines with seven professorships. The institute is located at Löbdergraben 32 in Jena—right in the city centre.

What can you do after your studies?

Areas of employment for graduates

  • urban development and spatial planning
  • regional marketing and tourism
  • conservation of nature and landscapes
  • development of geographic software
  • institutions of higher education and research institutes 
  • child and adult education
  • engineering and planning offices
  • energy industry
  • transportation
  • logistics companies
  • economic development

Postgraduate master’s programmes at our University

What are the personal requirements?

  • the willingness to deal with complex systems in natural and social sciences, and the ability to critically examine issues
  • the willingness to read and learn
  • an interest in current processes, such as globalization, climate change, soil degradation, regional development and sustainability
  • an interest in the methods used in natural, social and computer science

Admission requirements

University entrance qualification

A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.

More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.

Language requirements

The study programme is taught in German. You must therefore have a very good command of German at the start of the study programme.


Subject-specific academic advisory service — PD Dr Jussi Baade
Examinations Office of the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Student Representative Committee Geography
Room 204
Löbdergraben 32
07743 Jena
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
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Student Service Centre
Opening hours:
Monday 10 - 12
Tuesday 13 - 15
Wednesday 10 - 12
Thursday 13 - 15
Friday 10 - 12

Updates / adjustments may occur at any time. Thank you for your understanding!

We currently provide advice and handle your concern solely also via phone and service desk.

You can reach us by phone
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 11:00
Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
07737 Jena
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