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Nominations and applications

Requirements for guest students (short-term studies and research visits)
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Image: Britta Salheiser (Universität Jena)

Doctoral students who want to spend a research visit at a faculty of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena please turn to the Graduate Academy

Host institutes should refer to our guidelinespdf, 300 kb · de and sign an agreement for other guestsdocx, 90 kb · de with their guest.

Who can apply?

  • Students (BA, MA) from the Erasmus+ partner universities
  • Students (BA, MA) and doctoral candidates from Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility 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 two semesters (Bachelor)/one semester (Master)
  • 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 our guidelines.pdf, 300 kb · de

Guest studies at the University Jena

Type/objective of your study visit

Select your study programme. You may apply for one, two, or three subjects which should fit to your studies at home. Choose your modules/courses from these. Study programmes for guest students in the academic year 2023/24pdf, 32 kb · de

  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 on research visits at a faculty of the University of Jena: During the application process a Supervision Agreement pdf, 359 kb · demust 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.

Duration of your study visit

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

Semester ticket and other costs

There are no tuition fees at the University of Jena. Every student pays the usual semester fee for the semester ticket and must prove a German or European health insurance that is accepted by the University.

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.

Language skills

All modules at Bachelor's level and some modules at Master's level are taught in German. 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.

Nomination by the home university

Applicants are nominated by their home university, on basis of the partnership agreement. The home university is asked to send

  • a nomination listxlsx, 38 kb · de
  • to the International Office of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena: or via an EWP platform
  • in May – June for winter semesters (1 October to 31 March) or the full academic year
  • in October – November for summer semesters (1 April to 30 September).

Application for guest studies

After the nomination, the International Office Jena invites students to the application portal. This usually happens at the end of May/November. Participation in the online application workshop is strongly recommended (date to be announced).

Nominated students must apply online

  • 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)

Applicants for the subject English Studies/American Studies must have their academic qualificatiuon checked by the Jena faculty by 15.1. or 15.7. Further information herepdf, 483 kb · de.

For the subject Medicine, applicants must draw up a Learning Agreement with the Jena faculty by 15.1. or 15.7. Further information herepdf, 143 kb · de

For a research project (any study cycle) a supervision agreementpdf, 359 kb · de must be completed and uploaded in the application portal. 


You can check the status of your application and notifications in the application portal. You can also download the letter of admission or exclusion there.


We urgently recommend that you apply for a room in a hall of residence/student dormitoryExternal link 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.

Any more questions?

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


If you have any questions on nominations, applications, and the admission of international guest students, please send an email to Ms Sylvia Canario Acosta at