In Jena, there are no tuition fees (unless they have studied for a very long time in Germany already). However, you should be prepared to spend approximately €700-750 per month for living costs. You can find a detailed breakdown of costs in the study guide [pdf 5MB]. International students should always be able to provide evidence of sufficient financial resources (2020: €10,236/year), including to the Immigration Office. Having a student’s residence permit, you have to cover the cost of living yourself and cannot apply for any benefits from Germany (e.g. housing benefit for rent or social security).
Thus, before you apply for and begin a study programme, you should carefully consider how you will finance it. On this page, we provide information on various methods of financing and scholarships for international students.
There are a few job opportunities in Jena. However, you should have at least good command of German in order to work. When looking for a job, please observe the requirements of the German Immigration Law: non-EU citizens whose main reason for staying in Germany is studying can only work for 120 days (or 240 half-days) per year without a special work permit. This does not apply for work as a student assistant (“studentische Hilfskraft”) or graduate assistant (“wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft”). Accept a work offer only if you have an employment contract and your employer is also paying social security contributions for you. Those working illegally may be liable to prosecution.
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You usually have to apply one year in advance for a scholarship. Please read the application criteria thoroughly. Not all the scholarships listed on the following pages are available to international students.
Guest students: please refer to our special advice on financing or ask your home University. The Erasmus+ Worldwide programme at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena also provides scholarships for guest students from some of our partner universities. Learn more about it here.
In the event of an emergency (e.g. parental illness, unemployment), international students without a German higher education entrance qualification Abitur who are aiming for a degree at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena can request emergency assistance from the International Office at any time. Please observe the requirements in the application [pdf 63KB]. You may only submit applications after consultation with Dr Salheiser, Team International Students of the International Office for advice. The commission responsible for granting study allowances, chaired by the Vice-President for Learning and Teaching, will decide on the applications.
You can apply for short- and medium-term hardship loans or even free meal tickets for the canteen from the Studierendenwerk Thüringen.
For the last semester, international students without a German higher education entrance qualification Abitur who are aiming for a degree at the University Jena can request student grant for the final phase of their studies from the International Office. Applications can only be made in the last but one semester. The application deadlines are 28 February and 31 August of each year. Please take note of the information in the call for applications. [pdf 63KB] You may only submit applications after consultation with Dr Salheiser in the International Students department of the International Office for advice. The commission responsible for granting study allowances, chaired by the Vice-President for Learning and Teaching, will decide on the applications
Occasionally, the International Office awards student scholarships for particularly active students who help international students to integrate. At present, these are always awarded between April and May, and between December and January.
You can find information on the application here.