Students on the way to campus

Starting your studies

Arrive – Adapt – Advance
Students on the way to campus
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”

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”

– 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 Student Advisory Service (Tel.: +49 3641 9‑411111 ; Service DeskExternal link).

Workshops: “Advance”

– 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

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

Courses for study methods and techniques
Studentinnen im Gespräch
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
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.
Central Student Advisory Service
Office hours:
We offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person, via video chat or telephone. Appointments can be made by phone or via service desk.

Consultation hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 to 12:20, Tuesday 14:00 to 18:00 and on Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 16:00.
Video chat:
Videochat Zeiten
Monday to Friday 12.30 to 13:00
Videochat Passwort