Jena in autumn

Beginning of studies for international students

Information for international students on the beginning of their studies before and after arrival
Jena in autumn
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Information on the beginning of studies for international students

Welcome to Jena! Please take note of the following information helping you prepare for your stay in Jena, your search for accommodation, arrival and enrolment, our mentoring programme, and the ultimate beginning of your studies. Our Welcome Days at the start of each semester, where you are able to meet other students and learn more about Jena and the University at a number of events held, are a real highlight.


Please note the regularly updated information about the general Covid situation and Covid-related information for international students, especially about entry to Germany, current testing and quarantine regulations.

Most frequently asked, urgent questions Show content

Can I enroll/study online (outside Germany)?

No, see point 4 below.

Can I enroll after 15 October 2021 because I will receive my visa later?

No, see point 4 below. This is a definite decision of the university, not changeable. We ask you to apply for the next semester please.

I don't have a room yet. What should I do?

Please search on the private market, in the cities near Jena. For more information, see point 3 below.

How do I get a mentor?

See point 3 below.

Do I have to go into quarantine?

See our Covid website.

Does the 3-G principle apply at the university?

Yes. For more on the winter semester, see this page.

Does my vaccination apply? How can I get vaccinated?

See our Covid website and the Covid information for international students.

Can/should I transfer my semester fee now?

Play make the transfer only after arrival and not from abroad. See Enrolment Guide below under point 4.

Can I enroll without a permanent address?

Yes, we accept a temporary address for enrollment, but for the registration at the Residents Registration Office/Citizens Service you will need a certificate (Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung) from your accommodation provider. Registration should be made within 14 days after moving in.

How do I get a semester ticket?

After starting you enrolment (see point 4 below) you will receive a temporary student ID (without semester ticket; please buy local transport tickets, e.g. the VMT weekly ticket). After completing your enrolment, you will get your thoska which includes the semester ticket.

1. Winter semester 2021/22 Show content

The lecture period in the winter semester 2021/22 will begin on 18 October 2021 and will end on 11 February 2022. Teaching will mainly be offered on site. Please read this information.

2. Summer semester 2022 Show content

The summer semester 2022 starts on 1 April. The lecture period starts on 11 April and ends on 15 July 2022. Make sure to arrive before the Orientation Days. More Information will be published in January 2022.

If you cannot obtain a visa or cannot arrive on time due to border control restrictions, please contact us We will then advise you on further steps.

Please note all the information below.

3. Preparations: visa, accommodation, travelling, mentors, Jena Show content

Searching for a flat/room:

  • Application for a room in a hall of residence
  • Hostels and hotels  [pdf, 110 kb] dein Jena and the surrounding area for the first days
  • Alternatively, search for your own room, apartment or a room in a shared flat (“Wohngemeinschaft” or “WG”) on the private market.
    • Please be aware that it is extremely difficult to find a private accommodation in Jena and that, if you are successful, it will probably be very expensive. We therefore recommend you to look for accommodation in other neighbouring cities (e.g. Weimar, Erfurt, Kahla, Gera, Apolda) to where you can commute for free with your thoska (semester ticket). See our Handbook [pdf 268KB]
    • Use the private room platform (Dt) or studenten-wohnen-jena (Dt/Eng)
    • you may register as an interested person at the Carl Zeiss eG Jena (Dt)

Visa, arrival, quarantine:

Please use your admission letter to apply for a student visa. It is not necessary to submit any certificates regarding the teaching format. If an embassy or border control still requires a special certificate for entering Germany in addition to your admission letter, please point to the website of the Ministry of the Interior , FAQ  Are apprentices, students, school pupils, au pairs, volunteers, trainees and participants in language courses and vocational training measures from outside of the European Union allowed to enter Germany?. There it is explicitely stated: "And it is again possible to enter Germany for the purpose of completing a university course of study or for individual semesters of study. Students are required to present an admission notice issued by the institution of higher education. Because institutions of higher education are offering both online and in-person instruction, it is not necessary to provide any separate documentation of the need to attend in person."

  • information on entering Germany, quarantine, testing in the Corona situation

Planning enrolment, study orientation; mentoring programme

Have a look at what is going on in Jena:

Download important apps:

4. Enrolment/Check-in, FAQ sessions and first steps Show content

The following information is subject to changes. These might be made on short notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  1. Start your enrolment for winter semester 2021/22
    • by a personal check-in after arrival,
    • via telephone: +49 3641 9419 301 or +49 3641 9419 302,
    • from 27 September - 15 October 2021, Mon-Fri 10:00 - 14:00. Please use both numbers and try later during the opening hours if the hotline is busy.
    • We recommend enrolling between 27 September and 1 October 2021 to ensure taking part in Orientation Days (see below) and registering for courses on time. After 15 October 2021, 14:00, no enrolment is possible. It is not possible to enrol or start your studies from abroad, even if courses are taught online.
  2. Further enrolment steps can be found in our personalized online Enrolment Guide or Enrolment Guide [pdf, 2 mb] de (pdf).
  3. Erasmus+ students must start enrolment before or on 1 October 2021 in order not to risk any reduction of their scholarship (please ask your home university for exceptions).
  4. DSH course participants please heed the instructions on enrolment given during the entrance test. They should not call the enrolment hotline.
  5. If you did not receive a visa or are unable to enter Germany due to travel restrictions, please inform and please reapply for the next year. We have no influence on visa issuance. Please do not ask friends in Germany to enroll you: this is not allowed because it can cause great difficulties for your studies and visa application. Distance enrollment is not possible.
  6. Questions about the enrolment? Please call our hotline:
5. Orientation Days and subject-specific information Show content

Degree programmes (BA, BSc, MA, MSc, LLM, state examination, Diplom):

Guest studies: please note the information regarding ECTS and the portal Onleila in the course information for guest students

6. Welcome Days Show content

The Welcome Days and many other events help you to get to know the University and city of Jena and make new friends quickly.

  • The next Welcome days will take place from 27 September - 31 October 2021. Join us at Welcome Days
  • Find all events of the Welcome Days at the calendar.
7. German language courses (extracurricular) Show content

Please see the courses offered by our Language Centre. Note the registration period (13 September - 12 October 2021).

8. Intercultural trainings Show content

Intercultural competence remains a key competence. If you are eagerly planning your next stay abroad or already studying today as an incoming student in Jena or taking care of foreign students as a mentor or simply intend to work in the international arena in future days or just want to enhance your intercultural competence out of pure curiosity, we offer you in cooperation with the International Office of the University of Jena a free virtual intercultural training.

For alle information on when the next trainings (October-November / April-May) take place and on how to register see the  calendar

9. University Sports Show content

The UNISPORT offers a huge variety of sports classes and other sports possibilities to stay fit and healthy all year round.

Registration for the UNISPORT Card

After your registration you can subscribe for any UNISPORT Card class you want. The subscription is possible 24 hours prior the beginning of the class.

Subscription for a single UNISPORT Card class

Any questions? Feel free to contact us

10. Results of the entry test for the DSH course in March 2022 Show content

Please find all results on the German website de.

If you cannot find your name in the list, please see the information for applicants  [pdf, 31 kb] denot accepted for the DSH course.

Helpful videos for new students

Preparing for Jena:  Anna explains what you should do as an international student before coming to Germany, while looking for accommodation or planning your journey, how you can register for the mentoring programme, and which websites are most useful.

Enrolment: Anna explains what steps you should take after your arrival in Jena. You will learn everything about enrolment, registration with local offices and authorities, about opening a bank account, and health insurance. Attention: enrolment takes place via telephone in September/October 2021.

To have the best study start possible, Anna shows you how to register with the University Computer Centre and the library, how to create your timetable, and how to sign up for German courses. She also gives you advice on how to meet other people quickly and suggests you some free time activities.

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