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Student fills out a worksheet
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Key facts
state examination
Admission restriction
with Numerus Clausus (NC)
13 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 272,80
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Medical schoolExternal link
Application & Deadlines

Content and structure

The study programme Medicine serves to impart the basic medical and methodological knowledge and skills for the recognition, treatment and prevention of diseases. The training to become a doctor is carried out on a scientific basis and is both practice- and patient-oriented. The study programme leads to the completion of the state examination. Both the training and the practice of the medical profession are regulated by the Approbationsordnung für Ärzte (Licensing Regulations for Doctors, ÄAppO) and by the Bundesärzteordnung (Federal Medical Code, BÄO). The study programme is divided into two study sections (lasting two and three years) and a practical year (lasting one year). The first part of the course covers the basics of natural sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics), anatomy, biochemistry and physiology. The second study section includes training in the individual clinical areas. Afterwards, a practical activity of 12 months must be completed as a practical year. After successful completion of the study programme, the licence to practise medicine is granted upon application. It is valid throughout Germany. After the licence to practise medicine has been granted, almost all doctors go on to specialist training (four to six years), which is usually completed while working and leads to specialization in a particular field (e.g. internist, surgeon, paediatrician, psychiatrist).

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Changes in the award procedure since the winter semester 2020/21

Please note that the allocation procedures in the study programmes with nationwide admission restrictions for Friedrich Schiller University Jena have changed significantly since the winter semester 2020/21. You can find information on the allocation procedure here.pdf, 370 kb · de

Special characteristics in Jena

The special feature of JENOS, the JEnaer Neigungsorientiertes Medizinstudium (literal translation: ‘Jena inclination-oriented medical studies’), is the direct preparation for medical practice according to inclination. Thus, the University of Jena offers a modern and practice-oriented medical study with interdisciplinary teaching in the entire study programme of human medicine. In the second section of their studies, students have the unique opportunity to choose from an extensive range of options in the lines of clinic-oriented medicine, outpatient-oriented medicine and research-oriented medicine, in addition to a compact core course. These lines impart specific knowledge and skills to make it easier for students to start their careers. The manageable number of approx. 270 study places also ensures intensive training. Networking with the technology location of Jena offers you a variety of opportunities for involvement in science and research, for example in the Center for Sepsis Control & Care.


Doctors work primarily in practice facilities (private or non-private practice), in hospitals, with authorities or corporations as well as in research (universities and pharmaceutical industry).

Personal requirements

Since as a doctor you primarily deal with people, you should be sociable, have social intelligence and language skills. In addition, interdisciplinary open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity and good observation and judgement skills as well as methodical thinking are indispensable. Studying medicine requires a high level of motivation and considerable diligence. Memory (a lot of factual knowledge) is of great importance. In addition to a broad general education, in-depth knowledge of the natural sciences, especially biology and chemistry, is a prerequisite.

Admission requirements

  • University entrance qualification

    A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.

    More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.

  • language requirements

    At the moment of application, you have to prove your knowledge of the German language at level DSH-2 (German Language Test for Admission to Higher Educationpdf, 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
    • German exam as part of the assessment test at a Studienkolleg

    If you do not have sufficient knowledge of German yet, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena offers you a preparatory language course for the DSH exam. To attend the course, your German knowledge must be at least on level B1.


Subject-specific academic advisory service - Annett Studenik
Subject-specific academic advisory service - Prof Dr Aria Baniahmad

Institut für Humangenetik
Am Klinikum 1
07747 Jena

Subject-specific academic advisory service - Robert Brunner
Subject-specific academic advisory service - Christina Schenzel

Opening hours:
nach Vereinbarung

Practical year - Birgit Wüstefeld

Opening hours:
nach Vereinbarung

State examination office for academic health professions
Central Student Advisory Service

Office hours:
We offer consultations in person, by telephone, and via Zoom. You can make an appointment by calling us on +49 3641 9-411111 (Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to 11:00) or outside these office hours on +49 3641 9-411200. You can also use our remote help desk.

Consultation hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (9:00 to 12:20), Tuesdays (14:00 to 18:00), and Wednesdays and Thursdays (14:00 to 16:00).

Video chat: Zoom – Video chat Videochat ZeitenMondays to Fridays (12:30 to 13:00) Password ZSB2020 Data protection informationpdf, 183 kb

Student Service Centre

Opening hours:
Mondays (10:00 – 12:00)
Tuesdays (13:00 – 15:00)
Wednesdays (10:00 – 12:00)
Thursdays (13:00 – 15:00)
Fridays (10:00 – 12:00)

You can also use our remote help desk at
or send us your enquiries by post.

Telephone hours:
Mondays to Fridays
(9:00 – 11:00)

Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
07737 Jena

International Office - Stay abroad

University Main Building
Fürstengraben 1
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