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Reasons for Jena

Excellent teaching and research in the green centre of Germany — Friedrich Schiller University Jena is a convincing choice.
Visitors on the meadow of the Botanical Gardens
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Outstanding support, high-quality education, and a very beautiful city with very nice and hospitable people

 

This was the conclusion made by one of Jena’s students in the International Student Barometer. The Friedrich Schiller University Jena (founded in 1558) offers the best study conditions: practical, excellent teaching based on cutting-edge research in over  200 study programmes [pdf, 269 kb] de. Jena is a medium-sized university city with lots of high-tech companies and start-ups. Many young people and families live here: students make up one fifth of the local population of 110,000. There is a major cultural scene, sports activities, and an international community. Come to Jena and experience it for yourself!

 All important information about studying in Jena can be found in our Study Guide. [pdf, 4 mb] de

 

7 good reasons for Jena

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The University of Jena offers over 200 study programmes in medicine, natureal sciences, humanities, social sciences, economics, law, mathematics, computer sciences and theology. State-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, and computer centres create optimum study conditions.

Any questions before starting your studies in Jena?

How is the support for international students? What can I do in my free time? There are a lot of questions international applicants ask themselves before starting their studies in Jena:

International students talk about their experiences in Jena

Xhoana Allmuca Expand entry
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1. What is your name and where are you from?

Xhoana Allmuca, Albania

2. Since when and which subject/s do you study at the University of Jena?

During my research, the name of the institute “Language and Culture” was quite appealing to me. On the website, I learned about the international students and the interdisciplinary nature of the faculty. For me, these are very important features of the study programme. Being a working student during the summer gave me the opportunity to meet many people from neighbouring countries and countries far away with similar or completely different cultural backgrounds, mentalities, and languages, so I wanted to continue working and studying with fellow international students. The fact that not only teaching, but also research plays an important role at Friedrich Schiller University is something I find very appealing.

3. Why did you choose the University of Jena?

The goal of this study programme is to improve non-native students’ competence in German, their second language, since acquiring skills in German forms a crucial basis for integration, a successful graduation, and participation in society. Goals, tasks, and learning contents focus on linguistic, communicative, and intercultural aspects. I do not only strive for teaching German as a foreign language to non-German pupils, but also to explore the most productive and effective methods for doing so.

4. What do you particularly like about the city?

The city radiates a very welcoming atmosphere and is open-minded towards people with all kinds of different nationalities. The students know each other and are very tolerant and open towards other cultures. Even if Jena is a rather small town, it has much to offer with respect to cultural activities and job opportunities. I have met so many nice people, especially international students. I had a lot of fun exploring their cultures. I am totally convinced that Jena offers perfect conditions for successful studies. I never faced problems with faculty administrations or higher-level officialdoms and always encountered helpful employees who were eager to help students. The university library ThULB is my favourite place for studying. It is mostly built of glass so that one gets the impression of still being outside. In Jena, there are many student sports clubs, for example the University Sports Centre with a broad offer of courses. I really enjoy playing volleyball with friends.

Rima Arustamyan Expand entry
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1. Name, age, country of origin:

Rima Arustamyan, 21, Armenia

2. In Jena since:

October 2020

3. Field of study:

MA English and American Studies

4. Why have you decided to study at the University of Jena?

Constructive and encouraging environment, great record of achievement and a lot of support for students, well organized module structures, quality education.

 

5. Which things do you like most about the city of Jena?

City of rich history with beautiful old buildings, greenery all around city, lots of students- youthful energy.

6. Do you have any tips for international prospective students?

Do not miss the city excursions and other planned activities before the start of the semester, if you need guidance and assistance, ask for a mentor, they are always friendly, kind, and helpful.

7. What do you do during your free time in Jena?

Hiking with friends, spending time in the city centre or in Paradiespark.

Maame Yaa Awuah Expand entry
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1. What is your name and where are you from?

I am Maame Yaa Awuah and I am from Ghana.

2. Since when and which subject/s do you study at the University of Jena?

I have been studying Medicine in Jena since 2017.

3. Why did you choose the University of Jena?

I had always wanted to study in a small city. Jena offers this possi-bility and a very good education at the same time. Other than that, the students in Jena are from very diverse backgrounds and the city is very open-minded towards international students.

4. What do you particularly like about the city?

The people.

5. Do you have any tips for international applicants?

The University has so much to offer for international students (the mentoring programme, tutoring for international students, and much more). I would recommend taking advantage of these offers. It makes it quicker and easier to settle in Jena.

6. What do you do in your free time in Jena?

I like to watch films or to meet friends.

Francesco Cavassa Expand entry
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1. What is your name and where are you from?

Francesco, I am from Italy, from Turin.

2. Since when and which subject/s do you study at the University of Jena?

Since 2015. My major subject was Cultural Anthropology / Cultural History and my minor subject was German as a Foreign and Second Language. At the moment, I am enrolled in the master’s programme German as a Foreign Language—German as a Second Language.

3. Why did you choose the University of Jena?

Because the University of Jena is a university that is renowned abroad and because my former German teacher recommended it.

4. What do you particularly like about the city?

Its modesty, its familiarity, and the reliability of public transport.

5. Do you have any tips for international applicants?

Don’t be shy about asking questions or don’t be shy in general (if possible).

6. What do you do in your free time in Jena?

I like to write songs, to cook, and to take a walk in Paradiespark.

7. How are the study conditions at the University of Jena?

Very good because of the low semester contribution, the thoska card, the broad offer of courses, and particularly because of the lecturers.

8. How are the support and supervision at the University?

Excellent, all one has to do is to take the courage and ask.

9. How is the support from the lecturers at the University?

From my own experience, it is very good; the majority of lecturers have always been helpful and reliable.

10. Would you choose the same subject(s) again? Why?

Yes, because I have enjoyed my studies so far. In addition, my lecturers have inspired me very much.

11. What is ‘international’ at the University of Jena?

The students, numerous offers of initiatives and organizations (e.g. AIESEC) and the partner institutions abroad to name but a few examples.

12. How do you finance your studies?

Partly as teacher for Italian, partly thanks to my parents.

13. How do you assess your career opportunities after your studies in Jena?

I think they are good within my area, also due to the University’s good reputation.

14. What are the advantages of studying in another country?

The possibility of meeting new people, of becoming more self-dependent, seeing new places, and finding one’s own way.

15. How did you make friends in Jena?

I took part in the Orientation Days for New Students and was not shy around people in seminars and lectures. Going to students parties also contributed to that.

16. What are the advantages of Jena compared to a big city like Berlin or Munich?

The possibility of going anywhere by foot and getting up later, respectively, as well as the quiet.

17. Why do you feel comfortable in Jena? What is your perception of safety here?

Because I have met people whose companionship I enjoy and who are important to me. I think the safety here is very high, but that is an individual feeling. I come from a big city and Jena is much safer in comparison.

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1. What is your name and where are you from?

I am Marcelo and I come from El Salvador.

2. Since when and which subject/s do you study at the University of Jena?

I have been living in Jena since October 2018. At that time, I attended a German course for two semesters. Since October 2019, I have been studying Philosophy and Religious Studies.

3. Why did you choose the University of Jena?

 Jena is a good option for studying Philosophy, since it has a long tradition in the University.

4. What do you particularly like about the city?

Thanks to the city being rather small, I can be at the University within ten minutes, and go to the park or hike up the hills from there.

5. Do you have any tips for international applicants?

The University always supports you in case of difficulties. Just ask the staff.

6. What do you do in your free time in Jena?

I go to the library and take many walks.

7. How are the study conditions at the University of Jena?

I really enjoy the fact that there are old and new buildings (like a journey through time) and that nature is close by. This atmosphere fosters my motivation for my studies. You can always breathe fresh air.

8. How are the support and supervision at the University?

The support is very well organized.

9. How is the support from the lecturers at the University?

The teachers will give you different answers to problems, but they help a great deal.

10. Would you choose the same subject(s) again? Why?

Yes, I would choose the same subjects again, because the philosophical tradition is what shapes the atmosphere here in Jena and because religious studies are an aspiring research field. Jena is the place where I found this connection.

11. What is ‘international’ at the University of Jena?

The focal areas and the subjects. Today, research is international.

12. How do you finance your studies?

My family supports me financially.

13. What are the advantages of studying in another country?

Exploring new horizons, it adds a new perspective to your life.

14. How did you make friends in Jena?

I made friends through shared interests.

15. What are the advantages of Jena compared to a big city like Berlin or Munich?

The proximity of nature.

Veronica Ekua Haizel Expand entry
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1. What is your name and where are you from?

Veronica Ekua Haizel, Ghana.

2. Since when and which subject/s do you study at the University of Jena?

Pharmacy, since 2018. Prior to that, I attended the preparatory college in Nordhausen.

3. Why did you choose the University of Jena?

A former student recommended it to me as a fine university.

4. What do you particularly like about the city?

Jena is a mixed, multicultural student city. Moreover, people here are open-minded and offer a warm welcome, no matter where you go.

5. Do you have any tips for international applicants?

Here in Jena, you get every support you need for your studies. Help is only a matter of asking. Don’t worry, you are in best hands here.

6. What do you do in your free time in Jena?

Meeting friends, going to the cinema, doing sports.

Vika Mirianashvili Expand entry
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1. What is your name and where are you from?

Vika Mirianashvili, Georgia

2. Since when and which subject/s do you study at the University of Jena?

November 2020, Communication Science and German as a Foreign and Second Language

 

3. Why did you choose the University of Jena?

Research-oriented university, interesting and diverse module content, successful conversion to digital teaching.

4. What do you particularly like about the city?

Inexpensive housing, short distances, many students in the city, good hiking opportunities.

5. Do you have any tips for international applicants?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The International Office is always happy to answer them.

6. What do you do in your free time in Jena?

Hiking, jogging, cycling, exploring Thuringia, cooking with friends in the hall of residence

7. How are the study conditions at the University of Jena?

Committed lecturers, diverse range of courses, good infrastructure

8. How are the support and supervision at the University?

There is a contact person for every subject.

9. How is the support from the lecturers at the University?

If you have any questions, you can either contact the administrative assistants or the professors themselves.

10. Would you choose the same subject(s) again? Why?

Definitely! It feels good to study something that corresponds exactly to my interests. It also makes studying a little easier for me.

11. What is ‘international’ at the University of Jena?

The DaF/DaZ programme, the International Office, the Haus auf der Mauer...

12. How do you finance your studies?

With the help of a BIDS scholarship and student assistant position at the University of Jena.

13. How do you assess your career opportunities after your studies in Jena?

Thanks to my studies, I can work in many different areas in Jena (marketing, journalism, PR...).

14. What are the advantages of studying in another country?

Meeting people from many different countries, personal growth, improving foreign language skills, discovering new places, broadening your own horizons...

15. How did you make friends in Jena?

Facebook and WhatsApp groups, work and study

16. What are the advantages of Jena compared to a big city like Berlin or Munich?

Inexpensive, short distances, familiy atmosphere

17. Why do you feel comfortable in Jena? What is your perception of safety here?

You are surrounded by many young students. Jena is a cosy and safe city.

Raul Fabián Pimiento Rodriguez Expand entry
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1. What is your name and which country are you from?

Fabián Pimiento, 28 years, Colombia.

2. Since when and which programme/s do you study at the University of Jena?

October 2020. M.A. Anglistik/Amerikanistik

3. Why have you decided to study at the University of Jena?

I read about different universities, and Uni Jena was the best option in my field of study.

4. Which things do you like most about the city of Jena?

It’s quiet and clean, I like that it is in a valley, the sunsets are beautiful, the river is great, and it is well connected to other cities.

5. Do you have any tips for international prospective students?

Make sure you do everything with time. Plan your activities once you arrive, especially the bureaucratic ones. And if you have doubts about your studies, don’t be afraid to ask other students or lecturers.

6. What do you do during your free time in Jena?

I really like riding my bike through Paradies Park along the river, hiking to Landgrafen or Napoleonstein, watch movies with friends, since I have my Thoska I also like visiting other towns in Thüringen, or just walk around the city.

7. What do you think about the study conditions at the University of Jena?

In corona times everything is different, and all my classes since I arrived here have been online.They are good, I have learned a lot. Also lecturers are doing the best with what they have, although I can’t wait to be on campus.

8. How would you judge the support and advisory services at the University of Jena?

Great and very helpful, especially when you are new in a country.

9. How would you judge the support by the teaching staff at our University?

I have found nothing but support from the lecturers, the education system here is very different to the Colombian one, and at first everything seems a little overwhelming. But they always answered my questions and advised me on the best things to do.

10. Would you decide for the same study programme/s again? Why?

I definitely would. It is what I enjoy studying and the program is excellent.

11. Which aspects at the University of Jena do you consider to be „international“?

Unfortunately because of Covid, I haven’t had the chance to experience the University at its fullest. So I don’t think I can answer that just yet.

12. How do you finance your studies?

Sperrkonto, student jobs

13. How do you estimate the career opportunities after graduating from the University of Jena?

I have no doubt that I will find a good job in the field that I want to. People recognize University of Jena and I consider I’m going in the right direction.

14. What are the advantages of studying in another country?

There are so many advantages of studying in another country, here are some of the most important for me: I get to be more independent, I’m learning a new language, I know a different culture, I can prepare myself in a better way (academically speaking), My title will be recognized in the whole European Union and the world probably, by studying here I know I would get a better job and a better quality of life, I get to meet people from all over the world, I learn in different ways, among others.

15. How did you make new friends?

I made new friends in the German classes, in activities planned by ESN Jena (before the lockdown), by texting some of my classmates etc.

16. What are the advantages of Jena towards big cities like Munich and Berlin?

I think I feel more at peace here, it’s not a loud city, and I’m not caught in the rush of big cities. Also Germany is very well connected, so if I feel like going to a big city for a day or two, I just take the train.

17. Do you feel comfortable in Jena? How would you judge the security?

I feel quite comfortable here, and security is excellent. Especially compared to big cities or my home country. It’s great to walk wherever I want no matter the time and not feeling unsafe or that something is going to happen just for having my phone in my hand.

Sandra Price Lück Expand entry
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1. What is your name and where are you from?

Sandra Magdalena Price Lück, Chile

2. Since when and which subject/s do you study at the University of Jena?

I have been studying in the B.Sc. programme Chemistry since the summer semester of 2020. Before that, I attended a DSH preparation course in the winter semester 2019/20.

3. Why did you choose the University of Jena?

The University is open-minded to international students.

4. What do you particularly like about Jena?

It is close to nature. That is ideal for student life.
The University is spread throughout the city, which is an advantage for many students.
You can meet many new people through the University.

5. Do you have any tips for international applicants?

It is important to have a good knowledge of German in order to make good progress in your studies. If you need support, you can contact the University.

6. What do you do in your free time in Jena?

I usually go for walks, meet my fellow students at Paradiespark, go bouldering and sometimes I go for coffee with my friends.

7. How are the study conditions at the University of Jena?

The University is very well organized and there is a pleasant learning atmosphere.

8. How are the support and supervision at the University?

The International Office is very helpful in answering all questions from international students.

9. How is the support from the lecturers at the University?

The lecturers put a lot of effort into preparing a good lecture and are always available for queries.

10. Would you choose the same subject(s) again? Why?

Yes, I would choose my subject again because my fellow students help each other and that made it easier for me to start my studies.

11. What is ‘international’ at the University of Jena?

Many people from other countries study at the University of Jena. Some members of the academic staff also come from different parts of the world. In my opinion, this leads to the multicultural image of the University, which is further enhanced by the open-mindedness of the teaching staff.

12. How do you finance your studies?

I receive a lot of support from my parents, but I was also able to finance my studies through my scholarship.

13. How do you assess your career opportunities after your studies in Jena?

I think that I will have many opportunities after my studies, not only at the university, but also in industry.

14. What are the advantages of studying in another country?

You can meet a lot of new people in other countries, but also get to know the culture of the country. I think that leads to an open-minded view of the world.

15. How did you make friends in Jena?

When I came to Germany, I met many new people from a wide variety of countries during my language course at the University, with whom I am still in touch. I also made many friends through my studies who share my interests.

16. What are the advantages of Jena compared to a big city like Berlin or Munich?

One advantage are the short distances to the University. Jena is also safer than larger cities.

17. Why do you feel comfortable in Jena?

I particularly like the small-town atmosphere which is perfect for studying. I also like the surroundings with the many green spaces where you can do sports or meet up with your friends.

Margareta Vania Stephanie Expand entry
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1. What is your name and which country are you from?

Margareta Vania Stephanie, 26 years old, Indonesia

2. Since when and which programme/s do you study at the University of Jena?

October 2018, I studied Photonics (Master of Science programme).

 

3. Why have you decided to study at the University of Jena?

I studied Physics for my bachelor degree and had interest in the field of Optics, starting when I did my bachelor thesis. I want to pursue my career in Optics, therefore I decided to take a master degree in Optics and/or Photonics, in order to study it more in depth. Not many countries/universities offer this degree, but glad that I found information about Abbe School of Photonics, which is part of the University of Jena. Another reason that I decided to come to Jena is that the city is surrounded by many optical companies. No wonder that the city itself is called as city of light.

4. Which things do you like most about the city of Jena?

There are many hiking places such as Fuchsturm, Napoleonstein, Jenzig, etc. It’s really beautiful to see Jena from above.

5. Do you have any tips for international prospective students?

The University of Jena offers a service for students, the so-called Career Point, where students can have career consulation and see job openings on their website. They also offer help to check and give suggestions for cover letter and CV. I have been there a few times and I get help a lot. I really recommend it.

In addition, be active, go outside and enjoy the nature. There are many open spaces in Jena and it’s really exciting to do some activities with friends besides study.

6. What do you do during your free time in Jena?

Cooking and have lunch/dinner together with my flatmates, hiking, barbecue with friends or playing sport in Paradies Park.

Get to know Jena — even before you arrive

Jena is a lively, natural student city with short distances and something for everyone. Join Viviane on a 360° tour of the university campus and get an insight into Jena's attractive city centre:

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Support in choosing the right study programme

Are you still unsure about choosing the right degree programme?  You can get support on our study orientation website.

What can you do after your studies?

As an industrial and start-up location, Jena is the ideal starting point for a career. The Career Point is the central point of contact at Friedrich Schiller University for all career-related questions. If you are interested in doing a doctorate after graduating, contact the Graduate Academy. Here, young researchers receive support, for example within the framework of doctoral and career advice.

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Contact

International Office - International Students
Universitätshauptgebäude (UHG), Room 0.17-0.19
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Opening hours:
For the office hours of the student advisors in the International Office, please go to ‘More information’ on the bottom left of the page.