Panorama Jena in summer

Beginning of studies for international students

Information for international students before and after arrival
Panorama Jena in summer
Image: B. Salheiser/Uni Jena
Most frequently asked, urgent questions Expand entry

Is my enrolment completed with the application for enrolment?

No, please read "Preparing your enrolment" in the chapter Enrolment. To start and complete your enrolment, follow steps 1-5 in the same chapter.

Can I enroll/study online (outside Germany)?

No, see Enrolment, step 1 and point 2 below.

What should I do if my visa is granted late?

In case you cannot make it to Jena in time for the  Enrolment, please email to incoming@uni-jena.de

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 Before Arrival, point 2 below.

How do I get a mentor?

See Before Arrival, point 4 below.

Do I have to go into quarantine?

See our Covid website.

Does the 3-G principle apply at the university?

Currently, 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.

When should I transfer my semester contribution?

Play make the transfer only after arrival and not from outside Germany. See Enrolment, step 3.

Can I enroll without a permanent address?

Yes, the University accepts a temporary address for enrollment and does not need the official registration certificate. 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 (or at the next appointment available). See Living, step 1. If you are in quarantine for 10-14 days after arrival, still book your appointment for immediately after quarantine and provide written proof of quarantine.

How do I get a semester ticket?

After completing your enrolment, you will get your thoska which includes the semester ticket (valid from 1 April 2023); until then please buy local transport tickets, e.g. the VMT weekly ticket. 

Where can I print documents?

If you (or friends) have got a thoska with credit on it, you may use the copy machines on campus or in the Computer Centre. Otherwise, take a USB drive (or send an email) to any of the copy shops (at Krautgasse, Schlossgasse, Unter der Kirche). Coin-operated copiers are located on level 0 in the main library building (Bibliotheksplatz 2) and in the Law, Economics and Social Sciences sub-library (Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3). Maybe a friend has got a printer?

How can I pay at the canteen without my thoska?

See the information about the thoska in the enrolment chapter.

Where can I leave my bags after arrival?

Baggage lockers can be found at the Paradies station.

Before arrival

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The timeline/checklist [pdf, 94 kb] de will help you planning.

1. Send your documents to the University Expand entry

Please read carefully the instructions you received with your admission. Only when your application file is complete will we prepare your enrolment in the International Office (steps 1-5 below). Steps 3-4 (semester contribution payment, health insurance) should be made only after arrival, i.e. not for submitting the application for enrolment.

Degree-seeking students, DSH course participants

After receiving your admission letter, you must accept your offered place and submit documents for your student file in preparation of your personal enrolment. The procedure depends on the application portal:

OLAS portal: Complete the declaration of acceptance and send it together with the documents from the checklist by air/courier mail to the office that granted admission (undergraduate degree programmes: International Office; Master's degree programmes: Master Service Centre). Deadline: 28.02.2023.

Friedolin 2.0 portal: Complete the application for enrolment in the portal, print it, sign it and send it together with the documents (checklist on page 1-2) by air/courier post to the office that granted admission (undergraduate degree programmes: International Office; Master's degree programmes: Master Service Centre). The deadline is written on the application form.

Guest students

Check your e-mails regularly. If you still have to submit something, we will let you know.

2. Visa Expand entry
Visa necessary?

First, please check with the help of the Foreign Office portal if you need an entry visa if you want to study in Germany. Do not enter with a tourist/Schengen visa, because this is not valid for studying and cannot be changed into a student residence permit.

If you already have a residence title, e.g. for au pair or work, please clarify 5 months before the start of your studies with the responsible Foreigners' Registration Office whether you can continue your studies at the University of Jena directly afterwards or whether you have to leave Germany beforehand and apply for a visa from abroad.

Your passport should be valid at least 6 more months.

Visa application

Please use your admission letter to apply for a student visa as soon as you receive it. 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."

If you are required to provide a university contact person in the vium application, please use the contact data of the respective staff member.

Proof of financial ressources

Applying for a student visa or residence permit, students should be able to prove sufficient financial means of EUR10,332 (2022) for the first year in a blocked account. All foreign students may have to provide a proof of their financial circumstances from their home country in order to show how they intend to finance their stay in Germany. This proof must be submitted to the Immigration Office where required. This attestation should be issued and signed either by the scholarship provider (DAAD etc.), parents/guardians or private sponsor. You can also submit a bank statement confirming that you have sufficient funds on your bank account. You should set aside approx. EUR 850-950/month to cover rent, health insurance, food, books, and personal items.

Health insurance 

Applying for a student visa, you will have to show a health insurance for travel to Germany. You can freely choose this health insurance for the trip, but please also note the information provided by the German embassy.

For the enrolment other rules apply, see below. Some of the insurance providers mentioned there also offer travel insurances which are valid for visa applications.

Changing to the University of Jena from another German university or changing your study programme:

It may be that your current visa is valid for the studies at your old university only (see the green paper in addition to your visa card) or for your olf study programme. Complete your enrolment by 15 February/August and apply for your new residence permit right away.

Changing the University: In this case, you must apply for a new student visa after enrolling the the University of Jena. 

Change of study programme (e.g. from guest studies or DSH course to regular studies, or change of subject): In the case of such a change, it is not always possible to stay without leaving Germany and re-applying for a visa. Please inform your local Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde) about your plans before you make the change. Please note that changes from the DSH course to the Master's course or from the Master's course to the Bachelor's course will not be approved without detailed justification.

3. Accommodation/room search Expand entry

You do NOT have an automatic room reservation with your admission to studies. You must search for your accomodation yourself. Start searching at least three months before arriving. The housing situation in Jena is very difficult now! There are no dormitory places left.

Option 1: Apply for a room in the dormitory of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen

Apply for a furnished room in one of the  halls of residence in any case, even if you have not received your admission letter yet.  Apply by 15 January or 15 July. Make sure you remember to confirm your application and subsequent offer by e-mail, too. If you get an offer, please accept it, there will be no second offer, don't be picky. If finally you do not want to take the room, you can reject the offer before lectures start. 

Places are few and there is a high demand, therefore there is no guarantee you will be given a place in the halls of residence. Therefore, please also read the information regarding private rental offers:

Option 2: Private rooms, apartments, shared flats

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 start looking for accommodation in neighbouring cities (e.g. Weimar, Erfurt, Kahla, Gera, Apolda, Camburg, Stadtroda, Rudolstadt, Saalfeld) to where you can commute for free with your semester ticket.

Beware! There are fraudulent offers (DE) out there. You should not do the following:

  • Transfer money ("advance payment", "deposit") before you have seen the room and received a contract.
  • Transfer money abroad
  • Accept location sight unseen
  • Other tips (DE)

Workshops about room search

Please find the dates of the next workshops about the room search in the calendar (select Welcome Days in the filter). The InfoCafé team will give advice on how to search for a room.

4. Travelling to Jena, scheduling your arrival Expand entry
Scheduling your arrival

Please be aware of the various dates for

  • the German intensive course of the University Language Centre (see below),
  • the lecture period and the Orientation Days (see below) and
  • the enrolment (see below).
  • arriving in your dorm. If you are living in one of the halls of residence of theS tudierendenwerk, you should ask the responsible student dormitory residential tutor when you can move in to your room; ask your housing provider if your room is available earlier. Otherwise, please organize other accommodation (see "Accommodation" above).
  • a pre-course/German course you might be attending before the beginning of the semester (1.4./1.10.):
  • the information on entering Germany, quarantine, testing in the Covid situation. If, still, you miss important dates of the Orientation Days or face-to-face classes after the start of lectures because of the quarantine, inform the responsible contact persons/teachers and ask for alternatives.
  • different timetables may apply on public holidays and at weekends. Shops are closed on Sundays and public holidays (Good Friday, Easter Monday, and German Unity Day on 3 October).
Travelling to Jena
  1. Take a plane to airports with a good train connection to Jena: Leipzig, Munich, Frankfurt or Berlin
  2. Take a train or bus directly to Jena or via Erfurt/Weimar: DB Navigator, Flixbus
  3. In Jena, take a bus or tram:  JeNah, VMT . Taxis (+49 3641 458888) are expensive.
  4. Baggage lockers can be found at the Paradies station.
5. Mentoring programme: help with first steps Expand entry

As an international student, you can receive free help and support for your start in Jena from volunteer mentors (peer-students, buddies) of the International Office. The mentors  will help you after arrival with administrative procedures, the enrolment at the university and the registration at the city authorities, with everything you need to do to start your studies. Mentors are usually  available from late February until mid-April, subject to their own spare time capacities after lectures start.

If you would like a mentor, please register for the mentoring programme two-three weeks before your arrival. You may find further information regarding support. You will receive the contact details of your mentor approximately two weeks before your arrival in Jena.

6. Useful apps Expand entry

Have a look at what is going on in Jena:

Download important apps:

7. Covid situation Expand entry

Please find up to date information about entry to Germany, test obligations, hygienic regulations at the websites of:

8. Bring these items with you Expand entry
  • Passport or identity card
  • Vaccination records (if possible: Covid vaccination/recovery certificate)
  • Admission letter to study at the University of Jena
  • Erasmus students: Certificate of Arrival/Attendance (you will receive this from your home university)
  • Smartphone with SIM card and internet credit
  • Laptop
  • Clothes for all weather conditions
  • Credit card and at least EUR 1,000 in cash for the first 4-8 weeks.
9. Pre-arrival workshops (online) Expand entry

The International Office offers workshops before enrollment begins to prepare you for your start of studies. Here you can also ask questions. The following topics will be covered:

  • Dormitory application
  • Visa application
  • Financing your studies
  • Arrival organization
  • Mentoring programme
  • Enrolment
  • Orientation days
  • Welcome days
  • Information material
  • FAQ: all other questions you wish to ask.

You can find details about the workshops for degree-seeking students and DSH course participants on 26 January and 8 March 2023 in the calendar.

We do not offer a recording or pdf of these workshops, because you may find all information on this website here.

Guest (exchange) students please note the dates of their special workshops.

Enrolment/registration (international students)

If you want to print the information of this page, please first click on "Expand all entries". You may get a printed brochure at the InfoCafé or the display opposite room 17 UHG (Fürstengraben 1) .

The timeline/checklist [pdf, 94 kb] de will help you planning.

Preparing your enrolment Expand entry

Please read carefully the instructions you received with your admission.Only when your application file is complete will we prepare your enrolment in the International Office (steps 1-6 below). Steps 3-4 (semester contribution payment, health insurance) should be made only after step 1, not before arrival, i.e. not for submitting the application for enrolment.

Degree-seeking students, DSH course participants

After receiving your admission letter, you must accept your offered place and submit documents for your student file in preparation of your personal enrolment. The procedure depends on the application portal:

OLAS portal: Complete the declaration of acceptance and send it together with the documents from the checklist by air/courier mail to the office that granted admission (undergraduate degree programmes: International Office; Master's degree programmes: Master Service Centre). Deadline: 28.2.2023.

Friedolin 2.0 portal: Complete the application for enrolment in the portal, print it, sign it and send it together with the documents (checklist on page 1-2) by air/courier post to the office that granted admission (undergraduate degree programmes: International Office; Master's degree programmes: Master Service Centre). The deadline is written on the application form.

Guest students

Check your e-mails regularly. If you still have to submit something, we will let you know.

Step 1: Semester dates, planning your enrolment Expand entry
  • The summer semester begins on 1 April 2023, lectures start on 3 April 2023.
  • The Study Induction Days (STET) will take place in the week of 27-31 March 2023. If possible, complete your enrolment before the Study Induction Days in order not to miss the registration for the lectures. (See chapter 2, STET).
  • You should enrol before 28 March 2023 and no later than 31 March 2023.
  • DSH course participants will only start their enrolment after the announcement of the placement results on 30 March 2023 (prerequisite: passing the entrance test on 27 March 2023). Please note the special instructions you will receive at the entrance test.
  • Only after enrolment (= submission of the correct documents according to steps 2, 3, 5) you will receive your PIN for the registration at the University Computer Centre (step 6, Login) on the following day. You will need this login to register for courses in the Friedolin portal (= building your time table). (See chapter 2, STET).
  • Enrolment and commencement of studies from outside Germany is not possible. If you cannot obtain a visa or cannot enter Germany in time due to travel restrictions, please let us know: incoming@uni-jena.de and please reapply for the next year. We have no influence on the granting of visas. Please do not ask friends in Germany to enrol you: this is not allowed as it can cause great difficulties for your studies and visa application. Distance enrolment is not possible.
  • If you need to stay in quarantine after arrival and cannot pursue your enrolment as planned, write to: incoming@uni-jena.de.
Questions?

Please first read all the information in this website carefully.

If you don't find your answer here,

  • ask your mentor or
  • come to the InfoCafé at the International Centre (Johannisplatz 26), 27 March – 6 April 2023, Mo-Fr 13:00-15:00 or
  • write an email to us at incoming@uni-jena.de
  • use My Mobile Tutor: all about the University, the city, events, map, everyday life: https://mmt.ec2u.eu. 
Schedule for late comers:
enrolment steps enrolment steps Graphic: International Office
Step 2: Fill in the address form Expand entry

All new students have to submit their current postal address and contact data in Germany.

Fill in the form

  • pdf [pdf, 131 kb] or
  • in the centre of the Enrolment Guide brochure or
  • paper form (both on display opposite room 0.17, Fürstengraben 1).
Please note:
  • Write in the form what exactly (names, numbers) is written on your mailbox.
  • Make sure your name is on the mailbox.
  • We do NOT need your Meldebescheinigung (registration certificate) from the Bürgerservice.
Step 3: Pay the semester contribution Expand entry

All students of the University of Jena have to pay the semester fee. The semester contribution is not a tuition fee. The contribution includes the student union fee, the train ticket, the JeNah ticket, the culture ticket, the Thoska and the contribution for the student council.

Please pay only after you arrive in Germany. You have three options for payment:

OPTION A: Bank transfer

DO NOT transfer money from an account outside Germany, this will not be accepted.

You can use your own activated German bank account (or friends' if it takes too long to activate your account). Before transferring money, make sure that the bank gives you a German or English receipt of the transfer.

For the summer semester 2023 please transfer 265.60 EURO to this account:

  • Recipient: Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Bank: Deutsche Bundesbank
  • IBAN: DE09 8200 0000 0083 0015 03
  • SWIFT/BIC: MARKDEF1820
  • reason for payment: 231-NEU-799, first name last name
    (for example: 231-NEU-799, Max Mustermann). If you already know your matriculation number, please enter the matriculation number instead of the word NEU.

Document for enrolment:

  • You may immediately receive an order document ("order", "remittance received"), this is not yet a remittance document! Submit a document with booking date, so:
  • Bank statement/transaction printout: you will receive the bank statement/transaction printout 2 - 3 days after the transfer at the ATM.
  • Onlinebanking: whole computer screenshot of booked transactions with the above mentioned data and own account number and name in German or English.
OPTION B: Cash payment

You can make a cash payment at the Postbank Jena (Engelplatz) or Deutsche Bundesbank Erfurt to the account of the university. The fee is 15€.

For the summer semester 2023 please transfer (amount will be published in December) to this account:

  • Recipient: Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Bank: Deutsche Bundesbank
  • IBAN: DE09 8200 0000 0083 0015 03
  • SWIFT/BIC: MARKDEF1820
  • reason for payment: 231-NEU-799, first name last name
    (for example: 231-NEU-799, Max Mustermann). If you already know your matriculation number, please enter the matriculation number instead of the word NEU.

Document for enrolment: Submit the original receipt which must be electronically stamped.

OPTION C: Card payment

You may pay by MasterCard, Visa, Visa Electron, VPay or Maestro (no cash, no wifi) at the International Office, in B. Salheiser's office hours. Please bring your card, PIN, passport and a mask.

Document for enrolment: Submit a copy of the payment receipt.

Step 4: Register at your health insurance Expand entry

Your insurance must be valid for the entire duration of your stay at the University, i.e. from the first day of the semester (1 April/October) until the day of the de-registration.

Students of under 30 years of age

A German public health insurance is standard for students under the age of 30. In Jena, there are:

  • AOK: Ludwig-Weimar-Gasse 4, 07743 Jena (website, email)
  • BARMER: Holzmarkt 1, 07743 Jena (website, E-Mail)
  • TK: Steinweg 24; 07743 Jena (email)
  • DAK: Löbderstraße 7; 07743 Jena (website, email)
  • When registering with the health insurance company, please mention the "sender number" H0000923 of the University of Jena.
  • The health insurance company will register your status "M10.1" electronically with the university. You do not have to hand in any documents to the University.

However, if you have got a statutory EU health insurance (EHIC) or a private insurance (for example provided by your scholarship  such as DAAD), you must apply for exemption from the obligation to have a statutory German health insurance (or buy one). Contac a statutory the insurances (e.g. AOK, DAK or TK, see above). Submit to them a photocopy of the following items:

  • passport/id card,
  • admission letter,
  • European Halth Insurance card or substitute certificate or private health insurance contract,
  • your complete German address (you may use the form of step 2 above).
  • When registering with the health insurance company, please mention the "sender number" H0000923 of the University of Jena.
  • The health insurance company will register your status "M10.2" electronically with the university. You do not have to hand in any documents to the University.

Note: Please make sure that you have sufficient insurance coverage. The university does not cover any costs in case of illness.

Students over the age of 30, Participants in the DSH-Course or Study College, Guest Doctoral Candidates

... should also have a health insurance (and must show a proof when applying for a residence permit). You can only be voluntary members of the public health insurance system. The alternative is  a German private insurance such as Care Student, Educare24, Young Travel Profi (Hanse-Merkur/Advigon), Mawista Student, Vela optimal or Travel Secure Young (Würzburger). Make sure you choose the health plan which also covers rehabilitation, pregnancy and psychotherapy. Some also offer combinations with Travel, liability and accident insurances.

You do not have to hand in any documents to the University.

Step 5: Complete the enrolment: hand in documents Expand entry
IO letter box IO letter box Image: B. Salheiser

Submit the following documents as paper copies to the International Office until 28 March 2023, by 31 March 2023, 12:00 noon, at the latest.

  • the form with your current German address (see step 2 above)
  • proof of payment of semester fee (see step 3 above)

all in one envelope, addressed to:

International Office, SG International Students
Universität Jena
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena.

Submit your documents:

  • in the postbox of the International Office next to room 0.18, Fürstengraben 1 (see picture above) or
  • in the postbox in front of the University Main Building at Fürstengraben 1 (entrance at Schlossgasse; delivery takes one extra day) or
  • by regular mail
  • NOT by email.
Printing/copying without thoska:

You can print/copy your documents that you are supposed to hand in for enrollment with a USB stick (or by e-mail) in one of the copy stores e.g. Krautgasse, Schlossgasse, Unter der Kirche. Coin-operated copiers are located on level 0 in the main library building (Bibliotheksplatz 2) and in the Law, Economics and Social Sciences sub-library (Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3). But maybe neighbors/friends have a printer or thoska?

Step 6: Campus login, university email account Expand entry

You must register at the University Computer Centre; the use of your uni-jena.de email address is mandatory.

You receive the PIN for registration by email from the International Office after submitting your German postal address and/or payment proof (Step 2+3 above).

One day after receiving your student ID number and your PIN, register at https://portal.uni-jena.de/iam/login?dswid=6151 (select the language at the top right-hand corner).

After registration you

  • may change the password,
  • should activate your University’s mailbox as the University will send official messages only to this one. Of course, you can change the options accordingly so that the messages are forwarded to your private e-mail address.
  • use the University’s course and examination management portal Friedolin.
  • print student certificates from Friedolin.
  • use the WiFi on campus and in student dormitories (fees). Please find all information on how to install the required app at www.uni-jena.de/faq+WLAN.

Free Internet is available

  • after registration at https://www.meinjena.de/index#WLAN
  • in the computer room at the International Centre (“Haus auf der Mauer”, Am Johannisplatz 26, Jena).
  • in internet cafes all over the city.

Wifi hotspots are available in all main university facilities. You can only access them with private computers after registering in the University Computer Centre. In order to use the Internet in halls of residence (€10/month), you also need to register at the Centre first in order to be able to gain access from the Studierendenwerk.

7. Student ID card thoska, semester ticket Expand entry

Once you have submitted all of the documents that are required for enrolment purposes to the International Office (see above), we will process them, finalize your enrolment and order your student ID card thoska be produced.

A few days later we will inform you by email when you can come and get your thoska during our office hours.

Information about all thoska functions can be found here.

Your thoska contains a semester ticket; please find mor information about this here. Before receiving your thoska, please buy a ticket for the local transport VMT.

Eating in the canteen: As long as you do not have your own thoska, you can a) pay for food or drinks with EC (maestro)/Visa/Master Card at the guest price or b) ask other students if they can pay for you with their thoska (you will give the money back to them in cash).

8. Certificates of student status (regular; for the Immigration Office) Expand entry

You may print student certificates for the Immigration Office, your bank or other institutions from Friedolin.

For more information, see Living in Jena.

Please also note the following information:

Study Orientation (STET)

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1. Academic Calendar: Semester Dates Expand entry

The summer semester 2023 starts on 1 April 2023 and ends on 30 September 2023. The lecture period starts on 3 April 2023 and ends on 7 July 2023. Make sure to arrive before the Orientation Days. Information about the current situation and regarding teaching formats is available at the lecture programme.

The winter semester 2023/24 starts on 1 October 2023 and ends on 31 March 2024. The lecture period starts on 16 October 2023 and ends on 9 February 2024. Make sure to arrive before the Orientation Days. Information about the current situation and regarding teaching formats is available at the lecture programme.

Note the dates in the Academic Calendar [pdf, 41 kb] de.

2. Degree-seeking studies Expand entry

IMPORTANT! DO NOT MISS:

Study Orientation Days (STET) 27 - 31 March 2023

You should complete your enrolment and register at the University Computer Centre at least 1 day before, see above

The STET will offer central information about organizing your studies and subject-specific information about your study programme. You may find all this at: Orientation Days 

Very important: Friedolin introduction 27 and 29 March 2023, 13:00

For questions and advice, please contact your subject-specific academic advisor or Examinations Office. Their contact details can be found in the study programme description.

The International Office offers a subject-specific academic mentoring programme to ensure your study success

3. Guest studies Expand entry

Guest (exchange) students please note the information regarding ECTS and the portal Onleila, course and exam registration in the course information for guest students

4. Results of DSH exams and entrance tests Expand entry

The results of the DSH exam in February/March  2023 and the DSH course entrance test in March 2023 will be published in the German version of this website in due time.

5. Learn German or other languages (extracurricular) Expand entry

Learn/practice German - for study, job search, social interaction. Please note

  • the German courses offered by the Language Centre and
  • the registration (mandatory!, from 27 February until 27 March 2023) and
  • the placement test on 28 March 2023 online (mandatory!)
  • the enrolment for courses is possible only after taking the placement test (exception: students without any prior knowledge), takes places online on 31 March 2023. Participants will receive more information from the Language Centre by email on 29 March 2023.

The Campus Europa course combines German language course (B2-C1) with German and European studies.

There are also courses in many other languages at (almost) all levels, no placement test there. Use the time to discover the world this way and get into conversation with other students!

6. Tools for digital/hybrid studies Expand entry

For digital or hybrid studies, orgainzing your studies or examinations, or collaborating with other students, there are several tools.

Welcome on Campus

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1. InfoCafé and Welcome Days Expand entry

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 March - 30 April 2023. Join us at Welcome Days
  • Find all events of the Welcome Days at the calendar.
  • Visit the InfoCafé at the International Centre for advice, workshops, meeting nice people, having fun.
2. University Sports Expand entry

The UNISPORT offers a huge variety of sports classes and other sports possibilities to stay fit and healthy all year round. Save money by registering 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 Hochschulsport.hilfe@uni-jena.de

3. International campus - Intercultural trainings Expand entry

The University of Jena has an international campus: students and scientist from over 100 countries from all continents study and work here. Everyone can expect mutual consideration, openness and tolerance from everyone else.

Intercultural competence remains a key competence. No matter whether 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: The International Office of the University of Jena offers you a free virtual intercultural training, in cooperation with Pepito Consultings.

For all information about the next trainings (31.10. and 19.11.2022) and on how to register please see the  calendar

4. Healthy studying Expand entry

The Student Health Management offers workshops and advice.

The Unisport de offers manifold courses to stay fit physically.

Don't stay by yourself! - Here de are a few tips where to meet people and spend your free time nicely.

Psychological support is offered by the Studierendenwerk and the Mental Health First Aid.

Living in Jena: also important after arrival

If you want to print the information of this page, please first click on "Expand all entries". You may get a printed brochure at the InfoCafé or the display opposite room 17 UHG (Fürstengraben 1) .

1. City residents' registration office Expand entry

Within 14 days after entering the country (or at the next available date), you should register your residential address at the Citizens' Service Centre of your place of residence. To do this, you will need a housing provider certificate, which you will receive from your landlord.

In Jena, you must book an appointment online. If there are no appointments available within the deadline, please book the next available one.

Note: it is not necessary to hand in your registration certificate for enrolment.

2. Bank account Expand entry

For recurring payments like rent, health insurance, mobile phone/internet, broadcasting fee (see point 4 below) and much more you need an account.

If you have an account in the EU (SEPA procedure), you can use it.

Otherwise, open an account here at your place of residence in Germany (or activate your blocked account, which you had to open for the visa application). Some banks require a minimum term and/or a valid visa/residence permit.

When choosing, pay attention to the monthly fees and conditions, terms and cancellation periods, costs for all services associated with the account.

3. Immigration Office Expand entry
  • Non-EU citizens whose entry visa is shorter than the planned stay shall apply for a residence title for the purpose of studying at the latest 2 months before the expiry of the entry visa.
  • Non-EU citizens who were able to enter without a visa apply for a residence title for the purpose of studying no later than 6 weeks after entry.
  • You may print student certificates for the Immigration Office from Friedolin.
  • Registration at the Immigration Office is possible only 2-3 working days after registering your address at the City Resident's Registration Office.

If you live in Jena, please make an appointment at the Jena Immigration Office. When you book an appointment at the Immigration Office in Jena, you will receive an e-mail to verify your booking and then an appointment confirmation. If you do not live in Jena, ask your registration office (Bürgerservice/ Einwohnermeldeamt) where your Immigration Office is located.

Your appointment is very late? Don't worry! If you book an appointment at the Immigration Office in Jena, the appointment confirmation e-mail will state that you are considered provisionally registered, i.e. legally in Germany, until the appointment date. Please keep the appointment. However, please note that you should not leave Germany and you are not yet allowed to work until you receive your new residence title (re-entry is not possible). If you have not been able to apply for or obtain a residence title by the time you leave Germany, due to the appointment situation, show the appointment booking email (date of booking, date of appointment) when you leave the country.

4. Broadcasting licence fees Expand entry

Every household has to pay the broadcasting licence fee, known as the Rundfunkbeitrag (previously GEZ), even if there is no television, radio or Internet. The good news is that people living in a shared flat can divide the fee amongst the occupants. Watching television and listening to the radio are good ways to learn German. There are really great broadcasts. You can find more information on the licence fee here

Helpful videos

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.

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.

International Office – International Students
Universitätshauptgebäude (UHG), Room Room 0.17-0.19
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
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Please see the office hours of the individual persons (follow the link "More information" on the left).