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Programmes with restricted admission (DoSV application)

Information for international applicants
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Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

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

Deutsche Bewerber/innen oder Bildungsinländer/innen informieren sich bitte im Studienangebot de.

Which study prgrammes does this concern?

The dialogue-oriented service procedure (DoSV) is used to process applications for the following degree programmes with admission restrictions at Friedrich Schiller University Jena:

Bachelor of Science

  • Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Psychology

Bachelor of Arts

  • Educational Science (major subject)
  • Communication Science (major and minor subject)
  • Psychology (minor subject)
  • Business and Languages

Teacher training for German secondary school Regelschule

  • Biology

Admission requirements

Please check whether you already hold the university entrance qualification required to study in Germany. You can use the DAADExternal link or anabinExternal link databases to check whether your foreign educational qualifications are recognized in Germany.

If you do not hold an equivalent university entrance qualification yet, 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 in Nordhausen by applying at the International Office of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

Language requirements

If you are eligible for direct admission to university, you have to prove that your German language corresponds to level DSH-2 (German Language Test for Admission to Higher Education)pdf, 61 kb · de. You cannot start your studies at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena if you have only passed the DSH-1 exam. The following certificates accredited by the German Rectors Conference will be 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 (at least grade "satisfactory")
  • 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. 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 equivalent to level B1 CEFR.

Technical requirements

Paper applications are no longer accepted. You have to apply via our online portal. 

Save your login and password. This enables you to use the online platform later without having to re-register.

Required documents

  1. Scan all documents mentioned below and save them as a multilateral PDF file under specific names.
  2. Have all documents at hand when filling in the online application, because you will need to insert data from them.
  • University entrance qualification:
    • a certified copy of your original school leaving certificate and university entrance examination (if taken) with a sworn translation (into German or English)
    • a certified copy of your assessment test certificate (if you have completed a Studienkolleg course in Germany)
  • Prior degree programmes:
    • a certified copy of your original degree certificate or times of study with a sworn translation (into German or English)
    • a certified copy of the original transcript of records for your degree with a sworn translation (into German or English)
  • Knowledge of the German language:
    • a certified copy of evidence of your German language proficiency (see our information on language requirements)
  • if you are applying to start your studies in a higher semester: the placement decision issued by the Examinations Office at the University of Jena
  • a CV (in tabular format)
  • Chinese, Indian and Vietnamese applicants: the original the certificate issued by the Akademische Prüfstelle as proof of your academic achievements

Please note
If you are under the age of 18 years, you are required to submit a parental consent form.pdf, 727 kb · de

Definition: certified copy

In Germany, all public bodies bearing an official seal can officially certify documents. This includes municipal administrations, district, offices and minor administrative authorities (e.g. local mayors, town administration, local registration offices, etc.); it also includes courts and notaries. The culture department of the embassy of the country that issues a certificate can also provide official certifications.

Outside Germany, the following authorities are authorized to issue official certifications: the Diplomatic Missions of the Federal Republic of Germany and the authorities and notaries authorized to issue official certifications in the respective countries. The original stamp and signature of the certifying person must be provided.

Definition: sworn translation

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

Application process, portal, and period

  • Application period (for the winter semester only): 1 May to 15 July
  1. Complete the online application and upload all required documents. Please see the manual for applicantspdf, 1 mb · de.
  2. You will be able to check the status of your application in the portal by entering your username and password.
  3. Please regularly check your emails for new messages regarding your application.
  4. The University will notify you about your admission or rejection by post around mid-August.
  5. If your application is rejected, you may still take part in the lotteryExternal link (URL).
  6. If you receive a letter of admission, it will include further instructions.

Here, you can find the application portal for undergraduate programmes with admission restrictions (DoSV application).External link

Further important steps

Please see the information about the following topics

  • what to do after receiving an admission letter
  • housing / room search (apply by 15.1./15.7.)
  • visa application
  • enrolment

 Please find all details at start studying.

Have you got any more questions?

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


You can find information on master’s degrees in our database of degree programmes de.

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.