Key facts
state examination
13 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 265,60
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
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).

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.External link

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
Room 315 (Alte Chirurgie)
Bachstraße 18
07743 Jena
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 and the handling of your concerns in person, via video chat or telephone. Appointments can be made by phone or via service desk.

Consultation hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 to 12:20, Tuesday 14:00 to 18:00 and on Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 16:00.
Video chat:
Videochat Zeiten
Monday to Friday 12.30 to 13:00
Videochat Passwort
Student Service Centre
Opening hours:
Monday 10 - 12
Tuesday 13 - 15
Wednesday 10 - 12
Thursday 13 - 15
Friday 10 - 12

Updates / adjustments may occur at any time. Thank you for your understanding!

We currently provide advice and handle your concern solely also via phone and service desk.

You can reach us by phone
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 11:00
Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
07737 Jena
International Office - Stay abroad
University Main Building
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena