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Nominations and applications

Requirements for guest students (short-term studies and research visits)
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Who can apply? Show content
  • Students (BA, MA) from the partner universities abroad
  • Students (BA, MA) from the Erasmus partner universities
  • Holders of scholarships awarded by DAAD, KAAD, Fulbright, Coimbra, and TASSEP
  • Foreign doctoral candidates (must be enrolled as doctoral candidates at their home university)
  • As a general rule, applicants must have been enrolled for at least three semesters at their home university or they must have already graduated.
  • Applicants must stay registered as bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral students at their home university during their exchange studies.

If you do not fall into any of these categories, you can find the right contact for you in this guide [pdf 298KB].

Type/objective of your study visit Show content
  1. Attending subject-related courses: guest students should complete a Learning Agreement (“Before the Mobility”) for 30 ECTS credits before their arrival. Please read the information on ECTS and the studies open to guest students. The study visit and individual academic achievements can only be confirmed on guest students’ Transcript of Records if they regularly attend courses throughout the semester and successfully complete the required tasks.
  2. Guest students (Bachelor, Master) on research visits in a faculty at the University Jena:  once guest students have been nominated by their home university, a Supervision Agreement [pdf 341KB] must be submitted. Exchange students are expected to regularly visit their research centre, actively collaborate on their project, and regularly contact their research supervisor. These are requirements for the confirmation of the exchange study and issuance of a Transcript of Records. Host institutes should observe our guidelines.
  3. Research visits (PhD) in a faculty at the University Jena:  turn to the Graduate Academy and sign a Supervision Agreement. Doctoral candidates are expected to regularly visit their research centre, actively collaborate on their project, and regularly contact their research supervisors. Host institutes should refer to our guidelines [pdf 181KB].
Duration of your study visit Show content

Guest students will only be accepted and enrolled if they intend to stay at the University Jena for 3 full months and a maximum of 12 months. A study visit may be extended by 6 months upon formal request in exceptional cases. Research students may be enrolled across several semesters (see information below on semester tickets and costs).

Language skills Show content

Students must demonstrate a sufficient level of German proficiency at their home university before being nominated. The University Jena does not request the submission of a German examination certificate. Your command of German should at least meet B2 standards (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), so that you can follow the usual courses, complete your exercises, and communicate with teaching staff, supervisors, and other students. Some courses are held in English, for which a minimum level of B2–C1 English is required.

The Language Centre at the University Jena offers German courses to further your learning.

Nomination by your home university Show content

Bachelor’s/master’s students: applicants are nominated by their home university. The following information on the nominee is sent to the International Office at the University Jena (please use our nomination list [xls] [xlsx 18KB]):

  • name, place, country of home university
  • Erasmus code of home university (if applicable)
  • family name/s
  • first name/s
  • gender
  • date, place, country of birth
  • nationality
  • e-mail address
  • time frame of planned study visit
  • degree pursued at home university
  • field of study at home university
  • field of study pursued [pdf 205KB] at FSU Jena
  • for research visits: a Supervision Agreement [pdf 341KB] must be submitted upon nomination
  • home coordinator's name and e-mail address

Home universities must send their nominations to

  • in May–June for winter semesters (1 October–31 March) or full academic year
  • in November–December for summer semesters (1 April–30 September).

Visiting doctoral candidates: Please turn to the Graduate Academy.

Application for guest studies Show content

Once students have been nominated, they receive an invitation to use the application portal from the International Office.

Bachelor’s/master’s students must send their application

  • by 15 July for winter semesters (1 October–31 March) or the full academic year
  • by 15 January for summer semesters (1 April–30 September)

via email to: AND via airmail to:

Internationales Büro
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena

Once visiting doctoral candidates have received their invitation to use the application portal, they should immediately apply and send their application documents to the above address.

Semester ticket and other costs Show content

There are no tuition fees at the University Jena. Exchange students pay the usual semester fee for their semester ticket and must prove they have a German or European health insurance that is accepted by the University.For more details, please read the application guide [pdf 3MB].

Guest students enrolled across several semesters at the University Jena pay a full semester fee if their stay lasts 3 to 6 months. If their stay lasts over 6 and up to 12 months, they pay two full semester fees. The usual fees are charged for extra-curricular activities (e.g. language and sports courses).

Please read our information on costs and financing your study visit.

Accommodation Show content

We urgently recommend that you apply for a room in a hall of residence/student dormitory. The deadlines are:

  • for the winter semester: until 15 July
  • for the summer semester: until 15 January

When applying, please provide the exact period in which you want to stay in Jena. Please refer to our information about dates, semester and exam periods.

Please also refer to our further information on living in Jena

FAQ Show content

Information on visa, health insurance, costs, services, andmuch more...


If you have any questions on nominations, applications, and the admission of international guest students, please get in touch with Mr Mathias Kirchner, Team International Students at the International Office.

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