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Beginning of studies for international students

Information for international students on the beginning of their studies before and after arrival
Placard of the IO welcomes in 27 languages
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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 enrolment for the summer semester 2020 for regular study programmes takes place between 30 March and 9 April 2020. Enrolment ends on 9 April 2020, 14:30. No enrolment is possible after that. See below for details.

Guest students arriving outside this period  should come to Mr Kirchner's office hours (Team International Students).

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
  • Summer semester 2020: enrolment takes place between 30 March and 9 April 2020. Enrolment rooms and opening hours online in March.
  • All students are advised to enrol by 1 April, so they do not miss the Study Orientation Days (1 - 3 April).
  • Erasmus+ students should enrol by 1 April.
  • Enrolment ends on 9 April 2020, 14:30. No enrolment is possible after that.
  • The time and place of enrolment for the DSH course will be published in the assessment test.
  • Submission of enrolment documents: submit to the letter box outside room 0.18 (Fürstengraben 1).
  • Brief and personalized online Enrolment-Guide within information regarding enrolment
  • General Enrolment Guide (PDF) for new students online in March
  • Semester schedule and lecture periods (online in March, please note any special dates for guest studies and DSH exam on the admission)
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.

  • Welcome Days from 30 march to 30 April 2020 online in March
  • InfoCafé at the International Centre from 30 March until 9 April 2020 (12:00 - 16:00)
  • Market of international opportunities (details online in March)
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 choose from the following dates (online in late March):

  • 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 not accepted [pdf 30KB] 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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