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.
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.
- General advice (tips and legal matters) [pdf, 203 kb] de
- University job board
- Studierendenwerk’s job board
- Jobs in Jena
- Welcome Centre Thuringia job database
- Tips on applying
- Living and working in Thuringia: STAY project
Get advice and more information at the Career Point!
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 database (only includes DAAD scholarships)
- Information for doctoral candidates
- BaföG (international students can only receive BaföG in exceptional cases)
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.
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
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.
- Student grants from DAAD for the final phase of your studies
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
- DAAD scholarships for integration of international students
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
You can find information on the application here.