Pupils discover our range of study programmes

Prepare your choice of study well

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Pupils discover our range of study programmes
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Services for prospective students

Have you finished school? Or are your final examinations not too far away? Choosing a study programme might be the next item on your to-do list. As that is no easy task, we will be happy to guide you through the study orientation process and help you find information and make a decision.

Entrance of the Thuringian University and State Library
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The team at our Central Student Advisory Service offer several orientation workshops a year for prospective students from the 11th grade onwards. The workshops have now been moved to Zoom. The online seminars will make you aware of your skills, interests and visions for the future.
University Information Days: Online and directly on campus
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Do you want to get a better impression of the university and Jena as a place to study? You can get more information at the University Information Days.
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Explore different fields of study, take a (virtual) walk through the main university building or get a sneak peek at online courses. We are also offering special seminars for groups.
Student Philipp beim Chatten mit einer Studieninteressierten
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How does it feel to study in Jena? And how is everyday life at the university? Our students will answer all your questions and share their own experiences. Ask away!
A student advisor in a consultation via Zoom
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You can ask our student advisors any questions you might have about studying in person or via Zoom video chat. There are several open group consultation hours and we offer personal counselling every day.
Discover the campus and Jena online
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How does it look in the main university building or in the library? What does the Saale city actually offer me? And what exactly can I study at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena? Let's go on a journey of discovery - with various 360 degree tours or online adventure tours with app. Have fun!

Seven questions for a successful start to your studies

1. Who am I and what do I want?

My interests:

  • What am I interested in? What problems would I like to solve in the world? How do I spend my free time? What kind of books or magazines do I read? What kind of films do I watch? What do I look up on the Internet? What are my favourite subjects at school?

My skills:

  • What am I good at? What are my natural abilities? Where am I successful?

My values and goals:

  • Where do I see myself in 10 or 20 years? What values, professional objectives and personal goals are important in my life? How much do I want to earn? What is important to me in life?

My knowledge and gaps in my knowledge:

  • What would be my dream job? What do I know about possible study and career paths and current opportunities on the job market? How do I envisage my dream job?

Helpful worksheets:

Values and Motivationpdf, 777 kb · de

Professional Mappdf, 314 kb · de

2. What and where do I want to study?

When choosing a field of study, it might be useful to work from the general to the specific. If you are not yet completely sure, you might like to get a feel for various study programmes in different fields of study. There are useful tools, such as the Higher Education CompassExternal link and studienwahl.deExternal link.

Where you study is also important! Some study programmes are only offered at a few institutions, and even standard courses (e.g. mathematics, psychology and business administration) have different focuses from university to university. And every city naturally has its own flair and qualities.

Studying in Jena

If you are sure you want to study in Jena, you can filter our study options by groups of subjects or faculties – you might even find subjects you have never heard of.

3. What should you know about studying?
Types of degree
  • Bachelor’s: A bachelor’s degree is usually the first part of a tiered course at an institution of higher education. The standard length of most bachelor’s degrees is six semesters.

  • Master’s: A master’s programme usually lasts two to four semesters and complements an undergraduate degree (most commonly a bachelor’s degree). The aim is usually to deepen your academic knowledge gained during the previous course.

  • State examination: A state examination opens up access to certain professions that are regulated by the German government (e.g. doctors, pharmacists, lawyers) or to civil service itself (e.g. judges, public prosecutors). The final examinations are monitored by a German state authority (examinations office).

  • Teacher training (‘Regelschule’ or ‘Gymnasium’): A teacher training programme at our university comprises a combination of two subjects and educational science. Prospective students have to prepare for their future career by undertaking a work placement (320 hours) before their studies or by the fourth semester at the latest. Students graduate from teacher training programmes with a ‘first state examination’.

  • Doctorate: A doctorate is awarded on the basis of specialized, independent and original academic achievements.
Admission requirements

The most important requirement for starting a degree programme is a university entrance qualification. For subjects with admission restrictions, you should also take note of the minimum required grades (‘numerus clausus’). Other admission requirements may include pre-study internships, aptitude tests and specific foreign language requirements. More information can be found in the study optionsExternal link.

More information on admission requirements for international students and prospective students is provided by the International Office.

Of course, other aspects are also important:

4. Where can I get reliable information?
Overview portals
5. How can I compare my expectations against reality?

Self-assessments and skills tests

Once you have narrowed down your choice of study programmes and you know where your skills and interests lie, you will have to check whether both fit together. You might find self-assessments helpful. These are free online tests that will help you reflect on your decisions.

6. How can I make a good decision?
7. What do I have to consider when starting my studies?

Before I came to Jena, I asked myself ...

... what the local study conditions would be like,
... how I could finance my studies,
... if I would quickly make connections,
... what the on-site support would be like,
... and if I would find an apartment or a room.

Before you start studying, you have to contend with certain fears and wonder what it will really be like at your place of study. In these videos, you can find out how our students look back on the time before and at the beginning of their studies.

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
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