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Nominations and applications

Requirements for guest students (short-term studies and research visits)
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Doctoral students who want to spend a research visit at a faculty of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena please turn to the Graduate Academy and sign a “Contract for visiting scientists/scholars”. You will be expected to regularly visit your research centre, actively collaborate on your project, and regularly contact your research supervisors. 

Host institutes should refer to our guidelines [pdf 181KB].

Who can apply?

  • Students (BA, MA) from the Erasmus partner universities
  • Students (BA, MA) from other partner universities abroad
  • Holders of scholarships awarded by DAAD, KAAD, Fulbright, Coimbra, and TASSEP
  • As a general rule, applicants must have been enrolled at their home university for at least three semesters 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 point of contact in this guide [pdf 298KB].

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Guest studies at the University Jena

Type/objective of your study visit
  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 your Transcript of Records if you regularly attend courses throughout the semester and successfully complete the required tasks.
  2. Guest students (Bachelor, Master) on research visits at a faculty of the University of Jena: Once you have been nominated by your home university, a Supervision Agreement [pdf 341KB]must be submitted. The research visit can only be confirmed and a Transcript of Records can only be issued if you regularly visit your research centre, actively collaborate on your project, and regularly contact your research supervisor. Host institutes should observe our guidelines [pdf 181KB].
Duration of your study visit

Guest students will be enrolled if they intend to stay at the University of Jena for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 full months. In exceptional cases, a study visit may be extended by 6 months upon formal request.

Semester ticket and other costs

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

If you are enrolled as a guest student and your stay at the University extends into another semester, you will have to pay one full semester fee for a stay lasting 3 to 6 months, and two full semester fees for a stay lasting over 6 and up to 12 months. 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.

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Language skills

All study programmes of the first academic cycle (Bachelor/State Examination) and many master’s programmes are taught in German only. Therefore, you should acquire a sufficient level of German proficiency and demonstrate it to your home university before being nominated. The University of Jena does not request a German examination certificate, but 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. A few courses are held in English, for which a minimum level of B2 to C1 is required.

You can visit a German course at the Language Centre of the University to further develop your German skills.

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Nomination by the home university

Applicants are nominated by their home university, which will send

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

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Application for guest studies

Once nominated by your home university, you will receive an invitation from the International Office to use the application portal.

Nominated students must send their application

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

via email to incoming@uni-jena.de AND via airmail to

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

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Accommodation

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

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

When applying, please provide the exact duration of your stay in Jena. Please refer to our information about dates, semester and exam periods.

Please also see our further information on living in Jena.

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Any more questions?

You can find more information on visa, health insurance, costs, services, and many other details in our FAQ.

Information

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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