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Financing your studies

Jobs, scholarships, and other advice for international students
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Please note the information about financing opportunities during the Corona situation.

Students that are in a situation of financial emergency because of the war in Ukraine, please see the special information below.

Students at risk, for example from Afghanistan, please note our information about the Hilde Domin Programme (DAAD).

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 €800-950 per month for living costs. You can find a detailed breakdown of costs in the study guide [pdf, 4 mb] de. International students should always be able to provide evidence of sufficient financial resources (2022: €10,332/year), including to the 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 Expand entry

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.

Get advice and more information at the Career Point!

Scholarships Expand entry

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.

Loans Expand entry

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 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.

Emergency assistance Expand entry

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 information [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 tokens for the canteen from the Studierendenwerk Thüringen.

Student grants from DAAD for the final phase of your studies Expand entry

For the last semester, international students without a German higher education entrance qualification Abitur who are aiming for a degree at the University of 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 general information. [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

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DAAD scholarships for integration of international students Expand entry

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.

DAAD prize for special achievements by international students Expand entry

You can find information on the application here.

Emergency grant for students because of the war in Ukraine

If you are a student of the University of Jena and in a situation of financial emergency due to the war in Ukraine, e.g. support from your home country has been cut off, you may apply for an emergency grant [doc, 177 kb] de.

Ukrainian degree-seeking students (aiming at a degree in Jena) and holding a residence permit according to §24 Aufenthaltsgesetz may apply for the German student scholarship BaföG.

Please note that the money may not be used to support anyone other than yourself. Ukrainians who are refugees and whom you might be taking care of (thank you for your efforts!) should please contact the local authorities (Immigration Office, municipal offices), as they are entitled to financial support as refugees. See e.g. https://rathaus.jena.de/de/aufnahme-ukrainischer-kriegsfluechtlinge 

Students at Risk: Hilde Domin Programme (DAAD)

Prospective international students and students who are in a situation of personal vulnerability can apply for the Students at Risk Hilde Domin Scholarship Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The application for the programme requires a nomination by the future university. The University of Jena nominates candidates who can prove their suitability for one of the degree programmes at the University of Jena and can credibly demonstrate their personal risk situation. Interested persons should therefore follow these steps:

Request an assessment of academic suitability

Please send an e-mail to incoming@uni-jena.de with your documents in German or English:

  1. passport
  2. University entrance qualification with a German or English translation if the original is in another language,
  3. proof of studies (transcript, diploma) with German or English translation if the original is in another language,
  4. name of the desired study programme
  5. proof of German/English language abilities according to the desired study programme,
  6. reasons for the personal risk


We will inform you about the result and whether we will nominate you for the Hilde Domin Programme at the DAAD.

Application to the DAAD

If you receive an invitation from the DAAD as a nominee, you can apply for the scholarship.

Application for admission to a study programme

You can only take up your studies if you apply for a place on the study programme within the regular deadlines for the actual start of your studies (Application for Admission). Please refer to the information on the individual degree programmes.


Please also note the dates and deadlines of the DAAD with plenty of time to spare.

Information

If you have any questions or need advice, please contact Dr Britta Salheiser, Team International Students of the International Office.