Starting your studies

Arrive – Adapt – Advance
Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

Extended introductory phase in your first year of study

The start of your studies marks the beginning of a new phase in your life that will bring about lots of changes. Our aim is to offer you the best possible support during this important transition period in your first year of study. We will teach you study methods and let you reflect on the start of your studies. Our workshops provide a platform for us to interact with you and answer your questions in an intimate setting.

Our workshops

Tutor-led workshops on “arriving” Show content

Reflection workshops: “Arrive” (with student tutors)
– in November
and May this year –

  • How have I got here?
  • What should I know about the organization of my study programme?
  • Exam registration and preparation
  • Learning methods
  • Any other questions

The tutor for your course will be announced in the Study Programme Database de.


The following event is aimed at first-semester students enrolled on the courses:

  • Art History and Film Studies
  • German as a Foreign Language / German as a Second Language / German as a Foreign Language – Teacher Training
  • Intercultural Business Communication
  • Cultural Anthropology / Cultural History
Workshops on “adapting” Show content

– in January and May –

After your first few months at university, it is time to take stock:

  • What is going well? What is not going too well?
  • Where am I going with my studies?
  • Do I have any problems or questions? Who can help me?
  • Is my study programme right for me?
  • How should I deal with any doubts?

We can answer all these questions together.

If you would still like to speak to someone, you can make an appointment with the Central Academic Advisory Service (Tel.: +49 3641 9‑411111 ; email:

Workshops: “Advance” Show content

– in May and November –

Expanded focus on relevant issues in the middle phase of study programmes:

  • Studying in the pandemic
  • Stay abroad
  • Internships
  • Thinking about future professions
  • Changing courses

The number of participants is limited to 12 people. Registration is necessary.


Library tours and courses Show content

The Thuringian State and University Library (ThULB) offers introductory courses at its libraries.

Courses for study methods and techniques Show content

Student tutors

You will probably have many questions, especially in the first months of your course. That's why our trained and approachable student tutors will be available for you from October to December (starting in the winter semester) and from April to June (starting in the summer semester) to guide you through this introductory period and answer any questions you might have.

The tutor for your course will be announced in the Study Programme Database de.

Central Student Advisory Service
University Main Building / SSZ
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-411111
Office hours:
We will offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person as well as by e-mail, video chat and telephone from 18 October 2021.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 12:20, Wednesday 14:00 to 16:00

Appointments can be made by e-mail or by phone.
Video chat:
Videochat Zeiten
Monday, tuesday und thursday from 13:00 to 14:00,
wednesday from 11:00 to 12:00
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