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Questions regarding the organization of studies

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1. Will the lecture period be adjusted due to the pandemic? Expand entry

The semester and lecture period are currently unchanged: https://www.uni-jena.de/en/Semestertermine.

2. Which rules apply to on-site events? Expand entry

The summer semester will take place in attendance as planned.

Courses can be held face-to-face without distancing. With the exception of the Faculty of Medicine, there are no longer any mandatory upper limits for participants.

Mask obligation

As of Monday, 9 May 2022, masks are no longer mandatory at Friedrich Schiller University. However, it is still strongly recommended to wear a qualified mouth-nose protection (medical/FFP2 mask) inside the university – especially in larger groups and if the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

A video on how to best wear and handle FFP2 masks can be found here (German only).

Contact tracking

Contact tracking via QRoniton will be suspended from 20 March until further notice. We strongly recommend you use the federal government's Corona-Warn-App. If this is used by everyone, it is a very effective tool for breaking chains of infection at an early stage.

Furthermore, the framework hygiene plan [pdf, 405 kb] de (German only) of the university must be observed.

3. Which rules apply to events for students of human medicine and dentistry? Expand entry

Other regulations may apply for students of human medicine and dentistry. Please note the information on the website of the University Hospital (German only).

4. What should pregnant students keep in mind? Expand entry

Please report an existing pregnancy to the Student Service Centre (SSZ) as early as possible. This is the only way the university can take comprehensive protective measures for you and the (unborn) child. In times of a pandemic, there are some special considerations to be taken into account here. For example, pregnant persons should only wear an FFP2 mask for a maximum of 30 minutes a day, according to the Thuringian State Office for Consumer Protection (German only).

The SSZ provides comprehensive information and advice.

5. What testing options are available? Expand entry

Test centre on campus

A public test centre is open on campus (Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, first floor, in front of SR 120) between 7.30 am and 4.30 pm from Monday to Friday and between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. In case of a positive rapid test result, a PCR test can be done directly on site. 

Further testing possibilities

All testing opportunities in Jena can be found on the city's website.

6. Where can I get vaccinated against COVID-19? Expand entry

There are several options to get vaccinated in Jena:

Vaccination in a vaccination center

Online booking at: www.impfen-thueringen.de 
Telephone booking: 03643 - 49 50 49 0 (Mon, Tue, Thu 8 am - 5 pm, Wed, Fri 8 am - 12 pm)

Vaccination in a general practitioner's office

Appointments are made directly through the practices. There are regular vaccination campaigns in some Jena practices – further information can be found on the city's website.

Booking vaccination appointments via online portal

Since mid-July, doctors and vaccination centers in Thuringia have been able to report leftover vaccine on the new Internet portal www.impfrettung.de. Those willing to be vaccinated can register there and book a vaccination appointment on the same day.

Vaccination campaigns

The city of Jena as well as the state of Thuringia regularly organise special campaigns on Corona vaccination as well. Please check the pages of the City of Jena and the State of Thuringia (German only) for current dates.

Vaccination offers as part of the vaccination campaign of the state of Thuringia can be found here (German only).

7. How long do digital teaching formats have to be available online? Expand entry

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

8. Corona disadvantage compensation for students (standard period of study, leave of absence, long-term tuition fees) Expand entry

To ensure that students do not suffer any disadvantages in their studies as a result of the Corona pandemic, the Executive Board and Senate have adopted the Corona-Rahmensatzung [pdf, 598 kb] de (Corona Framework Statutes, German only). The regulations laid down in it are initially valid until September 2022.

Standard period of study

With the “Thüringer Gesetz zur Abmilderung der Folgen der Corona-Pandemie im Hochschulbereich” (Thuringia Act to Mitigate the Consequences of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Higher Education), passed in the state parliament March 2021, students enrolled in a degree programme in the 2020/21 winter semester or in the 2021 summer semester and not on leave of absence have been granted an individual standard period of study that deviates from the standard period of study (according to examination regulations) and is extended by one semester for each of the two semesters.

In February 2022, this individual standard period of study was extended by the winter semester 2021/22 – for all students who were enrolled at a Thuringian higher education institution in that semester and were not on leave of absence.

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 (German only).

Applications can be submitted using the official forms or online at www.bafoeg-thueringen.de (German only) or, to meet the deadline, without a form (but in writing) to the Studierendenwerk Thüringen, Amt für Ausbildungsförderung (Thuringian student services organisation, student finance office). Further information can be found on the website of the Studierendenwerk (German only).

If you have any queries, please get in touch with the relevant contact person (German only).

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, 308 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, the summer semester 2021 and the winter semester 2021/22 have been waived.

More information can be found here.

9. Re-entering Germany / re-registration / travelling during the lecture-free period Expand entry

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.

Currently, no country is classified as a virus variant area. The following applies in general: For those returning from a virus variant area abroad there is an obligation to register. Before arriving in Germany, travellers must register at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de and carry proof of registration with them on entry.

The following rules apply for those entering or returning from a virus variant area:

  • for vaccinated persons: travellers must carry proof of their online registration and of a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR test max. 48 h). Travellers are also obliged to enter a fourteen-day quarantine immediately after entry. The quarantine can be released by providing proof of a complete vaccination with a vaccine classified as effective by the RKI.
  • for those who are not vaccinated: travellers must carry proof of their online registration and of a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR test max. 48 h). Travellers are also obliged to enter a fourteen-day quarantine immediately after entry.

If the affected virus variant area is no longer listed as such in Germany while still in quarantine, the quarantine obligation ends.

You can find an overview of the entry regulations here. Please visit the website of the Robert Koch Institute or the Federal Foreign Office and the city of Jena for up-to-date information on further regulations and exceptions.

If you show symptoms of illness, you must call the hotline +49 3641 49 3333 in addition to calling your general practitioner or the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung). The designation of risk areas can be found at: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html (German).

10. Where can I find tips and advice on how to deal well with digital teaching? Expand entry

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.

In order to be prepared for digital teaching, all digital tools that students can find helpful for their studies are listed here de (German only). The list is intended to help students both in learning and in organizing their studies.

Further information on teaching DIGITAL de

11. I am facing problems in my studies. Who can I turn to? Expand entry

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 studium@uni-jena.de.

Advisory services at the Friedrich Schiller University de

12. Use of the video conferencing tool Zoom as a student Expand entry

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 (German only)

13. Lending of webcams for students Expand entry

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

14. Notes on de-registration Expand entry

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, 453 kb] de to the following address Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Jena
    Postfach
    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, 453 kb] de
Further information on de-registration can be found here.

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