Schnupperstudium Hörsaal

Discovery studies

Programmes for foreign pupils and student groups, summer schools.
Schnupperstudium lecture hall
Image: Christoph Worsch

Pupils are the students of tomorrow. At the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, too, an increasing number of students come from abroad. In order to give prospective international students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Jena, of the University, campus life, and of the German language, the International Office puts on a varied programme for groups of foreign pupils several times a year. In addition, summer and winter schools covering a range of different subjects are held each year providing a continuing education for students, academics, and prospective students from all over the world.

Schnupperschüler/innen auf dem Unicampus Jena

Discovery Days for groups of pupils

Groups of future graduates from German foreign schools or language schools can learn more about the University and the city of Jena by attending Discovery Days held over several days; in addition to attending lectures and being guided around the facilities at the University, prospective students can also look forward to laboratory experiments, German language courses, individual course advice or even a tour of the city together with current students. You can of course enjoy a typical meal at the Mensa. Together with course advisors, international students embarking on higher subject-specific semesters also offer a vivid impression of their courses and are on hand to answer any questions in their mother tongue.

International student groups coming to Jena

Information for guests

Do you want to visit the University of Jena as a group from abroad? We then kindly ask you or your supervisor to contact a faculty or an institute first which you would like to visit. You should then plan the visit programme together with this unit.

If you need a financial support for the visit, you may apply for funding at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

You will have to apply for visa and organize your travel and accommodation yourself.

Information for host units

Are you planning a programme for an international group of students from abroad? On prior request, the International Office can give a presentation of the University’s study options (in German or in English). Please contact the International Office at least 1 month beforehand.

If you want to present the city of Jena to your guests, you can contact the local tourist office which offers city tours for a fee. Alternatively, you can offer a city tour on your own. Do not hesitate to contact the International Office to receive an information sheet.

Do you need an official letter of invitation for your guests? Here is a template [docx 173KB].


If you would like to arrange Discovery Days for foreign pupils and are looking for some tips or suggestions, please contact Ms Britta Möbius ( in the Team International Students of the International Office.

Summer schools

The following summer schools are open for students and researchers of the University Jena, as well as for guests. They take place every year, the information is updated regularly.

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