Please see the information on nomination and application for guest studies. Please note the application deadlines.
EU citizens do not need a visa. They do NOT have to register with the Immigration Office but must register their German address at the local city registration office. EU countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. Equally treated are citizens of Island, Liechtenstein, Norway, United Kingdom (GB), and Switzerland.
A student residence permit is needed by all others, i.e. citizens of Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, USA. They may enter Germany without a visa (as if they were tourists), but need to register with the local Immigration Office within 90 days after arriving in the EU and apply for a student residence permit, because they are not tourists but students.
An entrance visa and student residence permit is needed by all citizens of all other countries. After receiving an admission letter from the university, they need to apply for a student visa at the German embassy in their country of residence. On NO ACCOUNT should they enter Germany on a Tourist or Schengen Visa, because it cannot be changed into a student visa here. After arrival, they have to apply for an extension of their student visa (unless it is already valid for the entire length of their intended stay).
All non-EU citizens: After the enrolment, yet not later than two months before the expiry date of your entry visa, you should make an appointment to apply for a residence permit for your studies. You can receive more information from the Jena Immigration Office. If you live in Jena, make your appojntment here. If your entry visa is valid for the full length of your planned stay, you do not have to make an appointment.
When you apply for your visa, you will have to provide a proof of sufficient financial means (see COSTS below) and a valid health/travel insurance. You can choose this travel insurance freely. Please note that, regarding (your) health insurance, other rules may apply to the enrolment (see below).
Special registration process for guest students who:
The student services organization Studierendenwerk Thüringen offers students rooms in halls of residence. Please note the deadlines for applications (15 January and 15 July).
However, there is no guarantee that you may get a room there. Thus, you should start looking for a room/flat during the application process and not just in Jena, but also in nearby cities (e.g. Weimar or Erfurt). Discover the various ways [pdf 383KB] you can find a flat in Jena. You can find contact details for private rooms and short-term accommodation in this overview [pdf 95KB].
Your insurance must be valid for the entire duration of your stay at the University. German public health insurance (e.g. AOK, Barmer, DAK, TK etc.) is standard for students under the age of 30. However, we also recognize the statutory EU health insurance ((EHIC, also see the information on living in Jena below). If a scholarship provider (e.g. DAAD) has taken out an insurance policy for you, please ask the international office whether we recognize it. Students under the age of 30 can only be voluntary members of the public health insurance system; in their case, we also accept German private insurance (only Educare24, HanseMerkur, Mawista or Würzburger).
If you need to apply for a German visa, please note the information about health/travel insurance of the German embassy in your country.
In addition, we recommend you to purchase a liability insurance to cover any damage you might cause unintentionally (e.g. fire damage, water damage, other damage of private property.
There are no tuition fees. The only things subject to a fee are sports and language courses that you may voluntarily take alongside your studies. You pay a semester fee every semester, which especially includes your semester ticket. You should budget around €700/month for rent, food, health insurance, study materials, and personal things. Bring at least €700 cash for your first month and a credit card or EC debit card. Applying for a student visa or residence permit, students should be able to prove sufficient financial means of €10,236/year (2020).
The airports in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Dresden, and Leipzig are not far away from Jena. From there you can take the train or coach. Jena has a large network of buses and trams, and taxis operate at night.
The University does not offer a shuttle service or collection.
Yes. The University Jena offers all new international students a free mentoring service for the time after their arrival. The International Office also offers students a subject-related mentoring programme throughout their studies. However, you will have to register before you arrivede.
You can re-sit the exam a second time. You have to quickly apply for re-sits at the Examinations Office. However, it might be better to change subjects. Please go to the Central Academic Advisory Service or consult a subject-specific academic advisor in your faculty. The International Office can offer you advice on questions concerning foreign students right of residence.
Guest students cannot take a leave of absence. Please come to the International Office for advice.
Our writing guidancede is available to everyone free of charge. Feel free to ask your fellow German students whether you can study together.
Ask your landlord to confirm your move in writing (Vermieterbescheinigung). Once you have moved house, you must register your new address within 14 days at the following places: the registration office at your place of residence (Einwohnermeldeamt/Bürgerservice), the International Office, your bank, and your health insurance provider. You do not have to inform the Immigration Office.
If you move away from Jena to another place in Germany (e.g. for an internship or after graduation), you must register your new address at the registration office there.
If you are going to leave Germany for some time (e.g. to study abroad or take a semester off), you must declare this to the registration office (one week before your departure). You will only have to notify the Immigration Office if your residence permit is set to expire during your stay abroad or you are going to be abroad for over 6 months; you will then need a re-entry certificate. You should contact the Immigration Office at least 3 weeks before your departure.
If you are going to leave Germany for good, you must de-register at your citys registration office around one week before your departure.
You usually have to look for internships yourself. Here you can find some databases with internship offers. You can also find internships in Jena here>>. Make the most of the information and application tips offered by the German Employment Agency, the Careers Centre, and the Career & Welcome Pointde.
Jobs are advertised on forums, at the German Employment Agency, and on the INFOtake by the Studierendenwerk Thüringen. However, it is hard to find a job in Jena. A good command of German is an advantage. EU citizens do not require a work permit; everyone else may only work for a maximum of 120 days a year without a work permit (8 hours a day); student assistant jobs are not included in the 120 days. Your stay in Germany is for study purposes; you are therefore limited to the number of days you can work. You can find more information on finding a job in the Living in Jena section.
If non-EU citizens with a temporary residence permit apply for financial support (social welfare, housing benefits) from the German state, this may pose a risk to their visa (proof of financing).
Please read the information on financing your studies.
Speak to other students. Do not be scared! Approach them yourself. Feel free to ask your fellow German students whether they would like to go for a coffee or another drink with you. Take part in the intercultural events offered by the International Room (Int.Ro) and its groups, the International Centre, and the student mentors at halls of residence. The Universitys sports centre is another good platform. You can quickly find contacts and news on upcoming events on the Universitys Facebook page.
Fill out your termination of enrolment application, get the required signatures on the second page, and hand in the form at the Student Service Centre (University Main Building). If possible, you should do this on the last day of your stay in Jena. You will then receive a document to confirm the termination of your enrolment. Your thoska card will remain valid until you terminate your enrolment.
ATTENTION! If you hold a residence permit for your studies, this will automatically become invalid on the day you terminate your enrolment.
We hope that you liked Jena. If you want to return, refer to the information about the application.
If the accident should happen at the university or on your way from your flat to the university, please report it to the student services organization Studierendenwerk immediately: Social Matters department. The costs will be covered by the insurance partially. If you cause any damage to third parties’ property (e.g. fire damage, water damage, carelessness), you should report this to your own insurance provider.
Every household has to pay the broadcasting licence fee, known as the Rundfunkbeitrag (previously GEZ), even if there is no television, radio or Internet. The good news is that people living in a shared flat can divide the fee amongst the occupants. Watching television and listening to the radio are good ways to learn German. There are really great broadcasters and even Campusradio and CampusTV. You can find more information on the licence fee here.
The hotline 116117 helps in emergencies. Its Webseite allows to resaerch local doctors and filter their language competencies (Weitere Suchkriterien --> Fremdsprachenkenntnisse).
If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), emergency and basic medical treatment will be covered. You should ask your health insurance provider at home about cost coverage or reimbursement before undergoing other treatment. Before treatment, you will have to fill in a patient’s declaration form [pdf 304KB], which is available in many languages.
Please take advantage of the free legal advice service for students.
Here you can find an overview [pdf 61KB] of the religious communities in Jena.