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Intercultural campus life

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

The International Office offers students many opportunities to network and to get to know each other better. We also offer workshops where international students can familiarize themselves with various aspects of living in Jena and Germany in general.

The Studierendenwerk Thüringen also offers many intercultural events. Feel free to join us!

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

Engagement calendar
Events calendar
This calendar is aimed at students who want to gain international experiences and contains events of the International Office, various student groups, the Central Student Advisory Service, and the Career Point.

International Centre

There is a variety of intercultural groups at the University and in Jena, such as the International RoomExternal link and Erasmus Student Network External linkin the International CentreExternal link. They organize parties, excursions and trips, visits to the theatre and to museums, international nights, concerts and movie nights, as well as language courses and regular get-togethers. 

You may use the facilities of the International CentreExternal link for free, booking rooms for your activities is easy.

International Centre with city map
Collage: Internationales Büro

Meeting people and finding new friends

Students in the canteen's garden
Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

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.

In clubs, theatre groups, choirs and the University Sports new members are welcome at any time. Please find the contact information of the various student groups and a list of activities  here. Just come along! 

You may also form your own informal study groups with peer students to do your homework or prepare for exams. If you are looking for space, use the International CentreExternal link rooms!

Café international of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen

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 moreExternal link

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

Discovering Jena and its region together

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 hereExternal link and try it out! You will get the chance to get to know the City and its history!
Also available in GermanExternal link and FrenchExternal link!

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:


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 PointExternal link 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 noticepdf, 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 offers to help students groups with the financing and organization of intercultural, inclusive and informative cultural events. Please take note of the adviceExternal link [pdf 112KB] and the applicationpdf, 482 kb · de [doc 131KB].

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