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1. Will the lecture period in the summer semester also be adjusted due to the pandemic? Show content

The semester and lecture period are currently unchanged:

2. How should teaching take place in the summer semester 2021? Show content

The city of Jena has extended the current General Ruling for protection against the coronavirus to 30 April 2021. The existing regulations for reducing contacts therefore remain in force for the University. This also affects the 2021 summer semester, which will have to start largely online on 12 April.

For you, this specifically means that face-to-face teaching will only be provided for courses with practical components, i.e., practical courses in the laboratory and using equipment, practical sports exercises, medically indicated supervision and any excursions and field trips. The marking of the course format in Friedolin remains unchanged for the time being. If you are unsure about the format of your course, please contact the lecturer or the person responsible for the module after you have been allocated a place in Friedolin.

In order to minimise the risk of infection for students and teaching staff, the hygiene rules ( [pdf, 6 mb] de) and the Infection Prevention Plan ( [pdf, 3 mb] de), Level 2, must be strictly complied with. Students attending on-site teaching must register with the digital contact person recording system QRoniton by means of the QR code of the relevant room at the start of each lecture.

There is also the obligation to wear a suitable mouth and nose covering (surgical masks or FFP2 masks) in buildings and elsewhere on the site of Friedrich Schiller University. The University is making surgical masks available and these will be distributed from 6 April in the “vegeTable” cafeteria of the Studierendenwerk (Ernst-Abbe-Platz 5) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students must show their Thoska card to obtain a mask.

All the current rules and measures will remain in force until at least 16 May 2021. The situation will be reviewed at the beginning of May and it will be assessed whether a switch to hybrid teaching is possible.

Schedule of classes

3. Do the examinations in the summer semester also have to be converted to digital formats? Show content

For the planning of room allocation for face-to- face examinations (especially written examinations) in the summer semester 2021, centralized planning is again necessary due to the continuing pandemic-related limited room and seating capacity. The deans of studies are currently inquiring about the room requirements in order to set reliable examination dates at the beginning of the lecture period of the summer semester.

4. Which rules apply to on-site events? Show content

The following rules apply to on-site events:  

Room occupancy is based on the specifications of Lecture Hall Management in the Division for Construction and Facility Management on the possible occupancy density under pandemic conditions (application for rooms via

The lecturers or organizers of the event are to inform the participants in advance about the applicable distance and hygiene rules [pdf, 6 mb] de and ensure that they are observed.

Participants are to declare in writing that they are free of corona symptoms and risk contacts and that they will adhere to the distance and hygiene rules.

Attendance lists with contact details (Gemran only)  deare to be kept to facilitate contact tracing in case of an infection. At the end of the event, the lists are to be given to Lecture Hall Management in the Division for Construction and Facility Management for safekeeping.

The offering of drinks and open meals in the form of buffets or similar is prohibited.

5. How long do digital teaching formats have to be available online? Show content

Online lectures and digitized teaching material must be available throughout the lecture period or at least until the examination date.

6. Corona disadvantage compensation for students (standard period of study, leave of absence, long-term tuition fees) Show content

Standard period of study

The Thuringian state parliament decided that up to two semesters should be offset against the individual standard period of study. The publication of the law, which is necessary for the formal entry into force, is expected by the end of March 2021.

The University Jena will prepare evidence that allows you to count the pandemic semesters against your individual standard period of study. At the same time, the increase in the deadlines for taking module exams and final theses is being prepared via the Corona framework statutes, so that in future the application regulation for pandemic semesters will no longer apply, this will be done automatically and an application will no longer be required. Please inform yourself regularly in the FAQ / in the blog and on the website of your examination office about further developments and additional information on the deadlines. We will add as soon as more information is available.

On Friday, 12 March 2021, the Thuringian state parliament decided that the standard period of study for students who were or are enrolled in the winter semester 2020/2021 and the summer semester 2021, will be extended by up to two semesters. Students who were or are on leave of absence in the winter semester 2020/2021 or in the summer semester 2021 will not receive an extension of the standard period of study for that semester.

How does this regulation affect BAföG?

The Thuringian Student Services Organization has updated all information about BAföG on its website due to the extension of the standard period of study. You can find out more here. In addition, all students at the University Jena were informed of the new regulations by email on 1 April 2021.

Leave of absence

Section 17 of the matriculation reagulations [pdf, 359 kb] de (German only) also allows for a leave of absence due to verifiable pandemic-related reasons (e.g. childcare, care of close relatives, voluntary work, etc.). Important for student volunteers: The university supports your commitment. In principle, you can take a leave of absence from your studies under the category "pandemic-related special reason". In order to take a leave of absence, the Division 1 only needs the written agreement that has been made with the organisation, including details of the period, scope and type of activity. Simply submit the proof with the corresponding application [pdf, 139 kb] de to the Student Service Centre. If you are not sure which documents might be necessary, simply contact the Student Service Centre.

Please note that, as a rule, you are not permitted to take any course work or examinations during a leave of absence. Exceptions should be discussed in advance with Division 1, Student Service Centre.

Long-term tuition fees

Long-term tuition fees for the winter semester 2020/2021 and the summer semester 2021 will be waived. This means that those who have already paid long-term tuition fees for the coming summer semester will get their money back.

7. Re-entering Germany / re-registration / travelling during the lecture-free period Show content

If you plan to leave Germany/your place of residence during a lecture break, please note the then valid information on existing quarantine rules and testing obligations when (re-)entering Germany/your place of residence from risk areas. We strongly recommend that you ensure that you return early enough to be able to meet attendance requirements in your presence events/examinations, if applicable. Otherwise, please check and plan your participation in online events from a quarantine early and together with your lecturers. Please avoid meetings with larger groups during the holidays, reduce your contacts to a necessary minimum and consistently follow the general distance and hygiene rules.

Tenants of the Studierendenwerk should inform their responsible administrator if they have to go into quarantine. Students in private accommodation should discuss this with their landlords, neighbors or flatmates.

All information:

8. The Writing Centre’s best practices for dealing with digital teaching Show content

Digital teaching also presents students with major challenges. They have to organize their work more closely for their studies and, guided by the lecturers, develop the content to a greater extent themselves, mostly in written form. The writing center de is available to students as a point of contact for any questions that arise from this situation.

Further information on teaching DIGITAL de

9. I am facing problems in my studies. Who can I turn to? Show content

This crisis affects all parts of the university. The challenges are complex, but we can meet them with creative and flexible solutions. This also means that faculties, institutes and individual lecturers can find individual solutions. The Executive Board of the University provides a framework to ensure that you are not disadvantaged if you cannot complete all assessed and non-assessed coursework due to Corona. If you should encounter difficulties that cannot be solved by the people who teach, examine or supervise you or by your student advisory service or examination committee, please contact

Advisory services at the Friedrich Schiller University de
Tips and support offers de

10. Use of the video conferencing tool Zoom as a student Show content

As of now, the University offers you the possibility to sign in to the video conferencing tool Zoom using your University login credentials. Zoom is currently the preferred solution for interactive web conferences (e.g. for working groups, seminars and practical courses). The University Computer Centre has preconfigured the privacy settings in Zoom.

More information on the use of Zoom

11. Lending of webcams for students Show content

Students can borrow a webcam for digital exams or web meetings for consultations, for use in the pools or with their own devices.

12. Notes on de-registration Show content

To deregister from the University of Jena as a library user, it is mandatory to de-register. You can do this:

  • Carry out this in person at the central lending desk in the main library building.
  • Apply by e-mail: Send an e-mail with the following information using the e-mail form: surname, first name, e-mail address, library user number, matriculation number or date of birth. It is not necessary to enclose the de-registration application. You will receive a de-registration confirmation by email, which you can forward to the Student Service Centre with your other de-registration documents.
  • Apply in writing: Send the completed de-registration application [pdf, 163 kb] de to the following address Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Jena
    07737 Jena

    Please enclose an informal letter with your letter stating whether the application with confirmation of deregistration should be forwarded directly to the Student Service Centre of the University Jena or sent back to you (in this case, please enclose a stamped envelope).

De-registration application [pdf, 163 kb] de
Further information on de-registration can be found here.

Student Service Centre
University Main Building, Room E065
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-411111
+49 3641 9-411112
Opening hours:
The service counter and the thoska Office in the Student Service Centre (SSZ) are closed until further notice.

We currently provide advice and handle your concern solely via phone, email and mail.

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Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
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Central Student Advisory Service
University Main Building / SSZ
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-411111
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The Central Student Advisory Service does not offer personal services at the moment.

Consultations can also take place via phone.

Please send us an email and we will call you back (German phone numbers only).
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