schoolgirls with a doctoral cap

Discovery Studies for groups of foreign pupils

schoolgirls with a doctoral cap
Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Groups of (future) graduates from German foreign schools or language schools can learn more about the University and the town of Jena by attending Discovery Studies held over several days. In addition to attending lectures and being guided around the facilities at the University, prospective students can also look forward to a German language course, Study Programme Speed Dating, individual course advice or a tour of the small city together with current students. You can also enjoy a typical meal at the Mensa and take a look inside a dormitory operated by the student services organization. Together with course advisors, international students embarking on higher subject-specific semesters also offer a vivid impression of their student life and are on hand to answer any questions in their mother tongue.

Taster course for students from PASCH schools
Taster course for students from PASCH schools
Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

Discovery Studies for Latin American pupils

Since 2017, the International Office of the University of Jena and the Goethe Institute in Buenos Aires have been jointly offering Discovery Studies for pupils of PASCH schoolsExternal link in Latin American countries twice a year.

The first group of participants shared its experiences and talked about what there is to discover and experience in Jena and its surroundings—and more!

Read and listen to what they experiencedExternal link (in German)

If you live in Central or South America and are interested in the programme, you may submit your application directly to the Goethe Institute:

Goethe Institute on Discovery Studies in JenaExternal link (in German)


Trial course
Trial course
Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

Discovery Studies in the framework of the BIDS programme

As in 2015 und 2018, the University of Jena will again receive funding in the framework of the DAAD’s BIDS programme from 2020-2022. The funds are provided by the Federal Foreign Office.

The BIDS programme—an initiative to support German schools abroad and partner schoolsExternal link (in German)

Thanks to this programme, the University of Jena can offer graduates of four PASCH schoolsExternal link in Serbia and Georgia a Discovery Studies programme of nine days twice a year.

In 2020, the University of Jena will welcome not only participants from two Georgian schools in TbilissiExternal link and TelaviExternal link with whom the University maintains long-standing partnerships, but for the first time also a group of Serbian pupils from BelgradeExternal link and Sremski KarlovciExternal link.

Sandra M. Price Lück from Chile
BIDS motivational scholarship
»I love that intercultural flair in the city and the
short distances at the University.«

Scholarship holder Sandra M. Price Lück from Chile, November 2020

If you would like to arrange Discovery Studies for foreign pupils and are looking for some tips or suggestions, please contact us at