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Questions relevant to students beginning their studies

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1. Semester dates and lecture period Show content

The semester and lecture period are currently unchanged, unchanged:

2. Beginning of your studies Show content

At the beginning of your studies, you probably have many questions: Where can I live? Is there any timetable? How do I find out when and where my courses take place? Who can I turn to if I have any questions?

3. Do I have to wear a face-covering at the university? Show content

All University members and guests are obliged to wear a suitable mouth and nose covering (surgical mask or FFP2 mask) inside the buildings and on the premises of Friedrich Schiller University:

  • A suitable nose and mouth covering (surgical mask, FFP2/3 mask) must be worn until further notice whenever the minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people cannot be maintained. The previous 10-square-metre rule thus no longer applies. People must continue to wear a nose and mouth covering in all public areas inside university properties.
  • in laboratories, FFP2 masks are mandatory if the distance is less than 2 m); 
  • also in lecture halls, seminar rooms.

The University will also be making surgical masks available for collection by its employees and students who need to attend on-site teaching. These masks will be distributed from Tuesday, 6 April, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. in the dining hall Philosophenweg the Studierendenwerk (Philosophenweg 20). Students must show their Thoska card. The distribution will continue on a daily basis (on working days) as long as there are enough masks.

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

For the winter semester, the 1.5-metre social distancing rule has been lifted for courses or examinations carried out at the university. However, we must all continue to wear a nose and mouth covering throughout the university. Contact tracing with QRoniton will also continue.

In addition, all students must still have been vaccinated or tested or have recovered from COVID-19 in order to have access to on-site courses and examinations of the University of Jena. In German this is referred to as the “3-G Principle”, for “geimpft/genesen/getestet”.

3-G verification

The security service that already operates at the University of Jena will carry out random 3-G checks to verify the vaccinated/tested/recovered status of people on campus (see letter from the Head of Administration and Finance of 26 August 2021: In practical courses and seminars with manageable numbers of around 20 students, lecturers are free to carry out 3-G checks themselves. If you do not have documentation to prove your status, you will not be permitted to attend the course or seminar. To take part in a study or field trip, you must provide the leader of the trip with proof of vaccination/test/recovery in advance.

Switch to more on-site teaching

The lifting of the social distancing rule enables us to offer more face-to-face teaching in the 2021/2022 winter semester than previously planned. However, there will be a maximum number of 125 participants. There will need to be a new room allocation process in order to make the necessary rooms ready. This means that you will only be able to draw up your timetable for the winter semester based on reliable days and times from 25 September 2021. Because room allocation can only be completed on 15 October 2021 and has to be carried out in the Friedolin live system, no reliable information on rooms is possible before 16 October 2021. Please take this into account in your planning.

There will continue to be online and hybrid courses, if these complement or enrich the teaching, or if the number of participants exceeds 125.

Manual ventilation is mandatory in rooms without mechanical ventilation. As a basic rule for office rooms: ventilate hourly over the entire window area for 3 minutes (in winter) or 10 minutes (in summer); meeting and seminar rooms, as well as lecture halls without mechanical ventilation should be ventilated every 20 minutes. In addition, ventilation should be provided for 15 minutes after each course (but at least every 90 minutes).

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

How to prove your status

Vaccinated: You must have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines published on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute ( and at least 14 days must have passed since the second vaccination. Proof of vaccination can be provided as an electronic document (e.g., Corona-Warn-App, CovPass-App) or in paper form (COVID certificate of the EU or vaccination certificate).

Recovered: People who have recovered from COVID-19 and have not been vaccinated must be able to show a positive PCR test that was carried out at least 28 days and at most six months previously.

Tested: A daily rapid antigen test (lateral flow test) or a PCR test is considered proof of having been tested. The test must have been carried out at most 24 hours previously (rapid antigen test) or 48 hours previously (PCR test). Self-tests carried out on site under observation are only accepted during a transitional period until 3 September 2021. Exceptions are self-tests carried out under observation as part of face-to-face practical training, labs and excursions.

You can find the locations and opening times of test centres in Jena on

How to arrange vaccination before the start of the semester

Vaccination appointments are available at short notice, for example, on the Thuringian Vaccination Portal (Impfportal Thüringen) on (in German) or at general practitioners. In addition, there are numerous vaccination campaigns specifically for students. You can find information about these on

5. Detecting chains of infection Show content

It is only possible to visit facilities such as the library and maintain the shared use of student workstations with Internet access if we can consistently trace chains of contact so as to help stop infections. To this end, the University of Jena is using QR codes, which are scanned with a smartphone to record a person’s presence in a room. 

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.

You can reach us by phone
Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 11:00
Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
07737 Jena
Central Student Advisory Service
University Main Building / SSZ
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-411111
Opening hours:
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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