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Undergraduate study programmes without admission restrictions

Information for international applicants
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The following information applies only to applicants of foreign nationality and without German Abitur.

Deutsche Bewerber/innen oder Bildungsinländer/innen informieren sich bitte hierde.

Important information for all prospective students

Admission requirements Show content

Please check first whether you already hold the university entrance qualification to study in Germany. You can use the DAAD or anabin databases to check whether your foreign educational qualifications are recognized in Germany.

If you do not yet hold an equivalent university entrance qualification, you will have to take the assessment test (FSP) at the preparatory college (Studienkolleg) before starting your degree programme. You can take a one-year preparation course at the Thuringian Studienkolleg Nordhausen by applying at the International Office of the University Jena.

Applicants with German citizenship or a German university entrance qualification (Abitur) can find more information on the general student information sitesde.

Language requirements Show content

If you are eligible for a direct admission to university, you will still have to sit and pass the German Language Test for Admission to Higher Education [pdf 61KB] (DSH-2) before you finally start your degree programme. You cannot start your studies at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena if you have only passed the DSH-1 exam! Only DSH exams that have been accredited by the German Rectors Conference will be recognized for enrolment onto a degree programme at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

The following are also recognized as equivalents:

  • Goethe Certificate C2 (GDS)
  • German Language Diploma Level II of the KMK (DSD II)
  • TestDaF, at least TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination
  • telc Certificate C1 German for Higher Education
  • German exam as part of the assessment test at a Studienkolleg

Applicants who still have to take the DSH-2 exam can request conditional admission onto a degree programme. Anyone wishing to do so must provide proof of participation in German courses, where the exam taken is at post-intermediate level (C1). This conditional admission will only become effective if the DSH-2 certificate (or an equivalent certificate) is submitted by the enrolment date. ATTENTION: if you would like to apply to study medicine, dentistry or pharmacy, you will have to submit evidence of your German proficiency within the deadline for applications.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena offers a preparatory language course for the DSH exam. To attend the course, your German level must be at least on level B1.

Required documents Show content

We recommend that you get all the documents listed below ready before starting your (online) application, so that you can quickly enter the information. All certificates (in their original language with a German or English translation) must be saved as a PDF and uploaded during the application process. You should get these PDFs ready before starting your online application:

  • an officially certified copy of your original school leaving certificate and university entrance examination (if taken) with a translation (in German or English)
  • an officially certified copy of your original degree certificate or times of study with a translation (in German or English)
  • an officially certified copy of the original transcript of records for your degree with a translation (in German or English)
  • an officially certified copy of your assessment test certificate (if you have completed a Studienkolleg course in Germany)
  • Chinese and Vietnamese applicants: evidence of the certificate issued by the Akademische Prüfstelle to approve your academic achievements (original)
  • Moroccan applicants: evidence of your Baccalauréat de l´Enseignement Secondaire with a grade of at least assez bien (if you are applying for a place at the Studienkolleg)
  • an officially certified copy of evidence to prove your current German proficiency (see our notes on language requirements)
  • Placement decision issued by the Examinations Office at the University Jena if you are applying to start your studies in a higher semester (medicine/dentistry/pharmacy: read the subject-specific information below)
  • CV in tabular form
  • Copy of your passport.

Definition: official Certification

In Germany, all public bodies bearing an official seal can officially certify documents. This includes municipal administrations, districts, and minor administrative authorities (e.g. local mayors, town administration, local registration offices etc.); it also includes courts and notaries. Official certifications can also be provided by the culture department of the embassy of the country that issues a certificate. The following authorities are authorized to issue official certifications outside Germany: the Diplomatic Missions of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the authorities and notaries authorized to issue official certifications in their respective countries. The original stamp and signature of the certifying person must be provided.

Definition: sworn translation

Certificates must always be done by an official body, e.g. the issuing institution or a sworn translator. Attestations made by non-certified translators will not be accepted.

Technical requirements Show content

Applications for all study programmes can only be submitted online. You must use an actual computer no smartphone or tablet. Your computer must be connected to a working printer. You should use an up-to-date version of your browser with JavaScript activated. Pop-ups must be enabled. We do our best to guarantee the functionality of the online application portal on as many browsers as possible. However, we cannot fully test all combinations of browsers and operating systems. Therefore, we recommend that you use a browser that is as up-to-date as possible (including for security reasons). Your application can be saved as a PDF.

Get the documents required for your application (see above) ready beforehand, so that you can quickly enter the information. All documents must be saved as a PDF and uploaded during the application process. You should get these PDFs ready before starting your online application.

The online platform will guide you step-by-step through the application process.

Make sure to correctly enter your personal details (name as it appears in your passport first letters capitalized and other letters in small print, e.g. John Smith). Please provide your current email and postal address in the portal as in the example:

John Smith
c/o Jane Brown (if your own name does not appear on the letterbox)
Friedensstr. 12 // 102
07748 Jena

How and when to apply: unrestricted undergraduate programmes Show content

You can apply via our online portal. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Once you have completed your application for admission, you will have to print and sign your application form (PDF). If you experience technical issues when printing, please re-enter your data! Your application will then be recorded again (with a new, higher applicant number).

Please send your application for admission without documents and copies of certificates to the following address:

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


Your application will only be processed and/or included in the admission and selection process if it is received by the University by post within the deadline.

  • Application period for the summer semester: 15.10. – 15.01.
  • Application period for the winter semester: 01.05. – 15.07.

You will be able to check the current status of your application in the portal by entering your user name (your e-mail address) and password. Make sure you regularly read your e-mails with current information regarding your application.

Here you can find the application platform for undergraduate programmes without admission restrictions.


You can find information on master’s degrees in the general list of study programmesde.

If you would like to do a doctorate, please request information from the Graduate Academy.

If you are coming to Jena for a short-term study visit, please read the information for exchange students.


Do you still have questions? Please get in touch with Ms Cornelia Dwars, Team International Students at the International Office.

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