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.

1. Summer semester 2021 Show content

The lecture period in the summer semester 2021 began on 12 April 2021 and will end on 16 July 2021. See the Academic Calendar in our Study Guide [pdf, 2 mb] de.

Teaching has basically been converted to digital formats (compare the information in the course catalogue). Classroom lectures are suspended until 26 July 2021. The only exceptions are practical exercises as well as examinations that must be conducted in person and for which compliance with the university's infection prevention concept [pdf, 3 mb] de [pdf, 2 mb] de has been proven through a case-by-case examination.

Make sure you arrive on time and start your enrolment before the Orientation Days. 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 also note all the information below.

2. 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. The semester will have as many face-to-face components as possible and will be delivered as digitally as necessary. Please note the type of instruction of your modules/courses in the lecture programme (updated in late August 2021). Please read also this information.

Make sure to arrive before the Orientation Days (see 5. below).

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:

Visa, arrival, enrolment, support:

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 Minsitry 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."

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.

  • The enrolment for winter semester 2021/22
    • must be started 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.
  • All information about further enrolment steps can be found in our brief and personalized online Enrolment Guide or Enrolment Guide [pdf, 1 mb] de (pdf).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Questions about the enrolment? Use our FAQ session:
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
7. German language courses (extracurricular) Show content

Please see the courses offered by our Language Centre.

8. Intercultural trainings Show content

Despite the Covid19-pandemic, 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 (FSU Jena) a free virtual intercultural training.


  • What is culture?
  • Perception and illusion
  • Handling of prejudices and stereotypes
  • Culture Shock
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Case Studies
  • … and of course your desires, concerns and interests

WHEN? (Time: 10:00 – 15:30; Lunch break: 12:00 – 13:30; each training is identical)

  • Dates will be published in October 2021


  • Please register by sending us an email giving your preferred date (and one alternative date) to:
  • Please choose the language you feel most comfortable with; the training is not a language course.
  • Requirements: internet, webcam, microphone, curiosity & interest
  • You will get a confirmation and the link to the conference room.
  • Have fun!
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 October 2021 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, 351 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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