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 €750-900 per month for living costs. You can find a detailed breakdown of costs in the study guidepdf, 4 mb · de. International students should always be able to provide evidence of sufficient financial resources (2023: €11,208/year) to the Visa Office and Immigration Office. Having a student’s residence permit, you have to cover the cost of living yourself and should not 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.
Jobs: Working while studying
If you want or must work while studying, please make sure you stick to the rules of your study programme, i.e. do not work more hours per week than allowed. Studying should be your priority.
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. It is recommended to document all working hours in a list. Employers must be informed if you have more than one job. The limit does not apply for work as a student assistant (“studentische Hilfskraft”) or graduate assistant (“wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft”). Studying part-time or taking on a fee-based job (self-employment) is allowed only if the Immigration Office permits it.
- Please see the information about legal rules
- You may get advice and councelling at the Agentur für ArbeitExternal link or the ThaffExternal link.
There are various job opportunities in Jena. You should have at least good command of German if you want to have a choice among them. Jobs in which you do not need (much) German are rare, opten physically demanding, not very well paid and usually you have to commute to Erfurt/Gera for them.
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.
- General advice (tips and matters) [pdf, 203 kb] depdf, 165 kb · de
- University job boardExternal link
- Studierendenwerk’s job boardExternal link
- Jobs in JenaExternal link
- Welcome Centre Thuringia job databaseExternal link
- Tips on applyingExternal link
- Living and working in Thuringia: STAY projectExternal link
Get advice and more information about your job search at the Career PointExternal link!
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.
- DAAD scholarship databaseExternal link (only includes DAAD scholarships)
- Information for doctoral candidates
- BaföGExternal link (international students can only receive BaföG in exceptional cases)
- stipendiumplus.deExternal link
- sbb-stipendien.de/weiterbildungsstipendium.htmlExternal link
Guest students: please refer to our special advice on financingExternal link 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.External link
Borrowing money, privately or from a bank, is always associated with the risk that you have to ensure repayment and often also pay interest. So the repayment should not be in a phase when you cannot work alongside your studies/exams. Also avoid borrowing money again for the repayment.
For a bank loan or a loan from the Studierendenwerk (exception: short-term loan, see Emergency assistance below), you must provide the guarantee of a German citizen to ensure repayment. Only ask people whom you know well and trust. If you borrow money privately, you should have a written contract about the sum and the mode and time of repayment.
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 general informationpdf, 87 kb · de [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 loansExternal link or even free tokensExternal link for the canteen from the Studierendenwerk Thüringen.
Student grants from DAAD for the final phase of your studies
DAAD scholarships for integration of international students
Occasionally, the International Office awards student scholarships for particularly active students who help international students to integrate. Calls for applications are published in the calendar.
DAAD prize for special achievements by international students
You can find information on the application hereExternal link.