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 induction period for first-year students

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 and 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, tours and courses

  • Workshops

    Reflection workshops

    • How have I started my studies?
    • Learning methods
    • Other questions
    Learn more
  • Library tours and courses

    The Thuringian University and State Library (ThULB) offers the following courses in the SERVICES section of its website: link:

    • General introduction to using the library
    • Courses for specific subjects
    • Bibliographic referencing
  • Courses for study methods and techniques
    • As part of the ‘Studier:bar’ workshop series de, various events are held each semester – some are for specific subjects, while others are relevant to all faculties. The following topics are covered in the workshops: ‘Good organizational skills and time management’, ‘Learning to learn’, ‘Academic work’, ‘Stronger together: using student learning networks’, and ‘Coping with examinations’.
    • Thanks to the ‘Data Literacy Jena’ (DaLiJe) de certificate programme, students from all subjects have the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to deal with data – from basic concepts to subject-specific methods. You can start the certificate programme whenever you like during your studies. 
  • Hände halten sich fest
    Image: Hannah Busing
    Mentoring programme Are you neurodivergent and would like to study? Or do you have a disability and/or a chronic or mental illness? Are you looking for support to make a better start to your studies? Would you like to talk to other students to hear about their experiences and get lots of useful tips? That’s exactly what the Diversity Office’s mentoring programme offers by pairing you up with experienced students during the first months of your degree programme.
Central Student Advisory Service

Office hours:
We offer consultations in person, by telephone, and via Zoom. You can make an appointment by calling us on +49 3641 9-411111 (Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to 11:00) or outside these office hours on +49 3641 9-411200. You can also use our remote help desk.

Consultation hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (9:00 to 12:20), Tuesdays (14:00 to 18:00), and Wednesdays and Thursdays (14:00 to 16:00).

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