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Intercultural Campus Life

Meeting people and discovering Jena & its region
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Image: B. Salheiser

The International Office offers students many opportunities to get to know each other better and to network. It also offers workshops where international students can obtain information on various aspects of life in Jena and Germany.

The Studierendenwerk Thüringen also offers many intercultural events. So join us!

There is much to discover in Jena and its region. We give you some ideas what to do in your spare time.

Engagement calendar
The calendar of events for internationally oriented students contains events of the International Office, student groups, the Central Student Advisory Service and the Career Point.

Café international of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen

Logo of the Café International Jena Logo of the Café International Jena Graphic: Studierendenwerk Thüringen

Another Café? Yes – this one is located in Jena, Weimar and Erfurt, at each university.

The Studierendenwerk Thüringen and students organize intercultural events in Jena, Erfurt and Weimar. Famous are the Intercultural Evenings when students present their home countries and cultures.

Learn more

If you want to take part or present your country and culture to others, contact the International Scouts of the Studierendenwerk.

Meeting people and finding new friends

The Fachschaftsrat (FSR), the student representative body in each institute or faculty organizes meet & greet events for new students, semester parties, regulars' tables and much more. You may find their contact information on the institute or faculty website.

There is a variety of intercultural groups at the University and in Jena, such as the International Room and Erasmus Student Network in the International Centre. They organize parties, excursions and trips, visits to the theatre and to museums, international nights, the international concert, as well as language courses and regular get-togethers. In clubs, theatre groups, choirs, new members are welcome everywhere at any time. If you are looking for hiking company, have a look at

Just come along! How? Find the contact information of student groups and a list of activities  here.

Discovering Jena and its region together

students in front of the Hanfried statue students in front of the Hanfried statue Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

You want to get a City tour of Jena for free? Well, we have created a City Rallye on Actionbound! Just click here and try it out! You will get the chance to get to know the City and its history!
Also available in German and French!

A boring weekend lies ahead of you? Then make use of our tips:

It is worth exploring the Jena region and Thuringia. Many places are accesible with your thoska (or by bike). Here are our favourites:

  • Weimar (Schiller House, Goethe House, Bauhaus Museum, Ilm Park)
  • Erfurt (medieavel centre, cathedral, Old Synagoge, Krämerbrücke, museums, shops)
  • Gera (Dix Museum, Schulenburg Villa, Hofwiesen Park)
  • Rudolstadt (Heidecksburg Castle, Schiller House)
  • Dornburg Castles (great view over the Saale valley)
  • Naumburg (Unesco world heritage cathedral, Nietzsche House)
  • ... and much more in Thüringen.


materials for workshops materials for workshops Image: B. Salheiser

In workshops/e-workshops*, the International Office provides information about important aspects of student life in Germany and Jena:

  • accommodation search
  • applying for a residence permit
  • organizing your studies
  • studying healthily/German health system
  • intercultural training

The next workshops will be offered as part of the Welcome Days. and can be found in the calendar.

*Please note the e-learning information.

Further information

Please do not miss out on the workshops and events offered by the Career Point and the information on Studying Abroad.

Please be aware when taking part in digital events

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena processes personal data in connection with the implementation of telephone conferences, online meetings, video conferences using the service provider "Zoom". Before you join the video chat, please read our data protection notice [pdf, 340 kb] de.

Please use a name when taking part. Please switch off your microphone and camera when entering the virtual room. In the interest of optimal communication and a friendly atmosphere, please pay attention to the common rules (e.g. muting, requesting to speak after raising your hand). Thank you.

Financial support for intercultural events

The International Office helps students and groups with the financing and organization of intercultural, inclusive and informative cultural events. Please take note of the advice [pdf 112KB] and the application [pdf, 577 kb] de [doc 131KB].

For questions please contact Dr Britta Salheiser, Team International Students of the International Office.