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Beginning of studies for international students

Information for international students on the beginning of their studies before and after arrival
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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 mentor 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.


The lecture period at the University of Jena will start on 4 May 2020. See below for details regarding the Coronavirus situation and enrolment.

Corona virus: information for new students Show content

We are sorry for all inconvenience caused by the Corona situation and its effects on the enrolment for summer semester 2020. We ask for your understanding.

Check our daily updated Corona information for international students and the general Corona information of the University of Jena.

  • No enrolment for new guest students from partner universities this semester. Please reapply for next semester after nomination from your home university.
  • There will be no DSH course and no DSH entrance test for new participants during summer semester 2020.
  • New degree-seeking students (Bachelor, Master, State Examination) please send your enrolment documents to us from now on until 15 May 2020 by post or email. We recommend that you arrive until 3 May 2020 (lectures start on 4 May).
  • If you travel to Germany, bring a valid health insurance with you. You may find information about this at
  • If you are participating in the Erasmus programme, please ask your home university whether a later arrival will affect your scholarship.
Preparing for your stay in Jena Show content

Searching for a flat/room:

Visa, arrival, enrolment, support:

Have a look at what is going on in Jena:

Enrolment and first information Show content
  • The summer semester starts on 4 May 2020.
  • Please arrive until 3 May 2020.
  • Enrolment is possible until 15 May 2020, by post only.
  • Submission of enrolment documents: submit to the letter box outside room 0.18 (Fürstengraben 1) or by post to International Office, University of Jena, Fürstengraben 1, 07743 Jena or by email to
  • Brief and personalized online Enrolment Guide within information regarding enrolment
  • Enrolment Guide [pdf 3MB] (pdf)
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 Enrolment-Guidede.

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.

  • There will be no Welcome Days in Summer 2020.
Intercultural trainings Show content

Supported by the International Office of University of Jena, Pepito Consultings provide you free Intercultural Trainings (in English and German). The training is suitable for any host culture, especially for guest students in Germany.

WHAT? We will sensitize you towards interaction with people from diverse cultural  backgrounds.

  • The training is very interactive - there will be role-plays and opportunities to try out various types of communication with people from all over the world.
  • Each training lasts 8 hours. There will be a lunch break.
  • Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance.

WHEN? Please register for the following English training:

  • no trainings now
  • more trainings in Germande available

HOW? Please register for the training by sending an email to

  • Please name two possible dates (1st and 2nd choice).
  • You will get a confirmation of your reservation.
Results of the entry test for the DSH course in April 2020 Show content

Please find all results on the German websitede.

If you cannot find your name in the list, please see the information for applicants [pdf 30KB]not 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.

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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