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Digital 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. Despite the current restrictions, you can still get to know the University of Jena through our digital services.

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Try out studies online
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 online seminars for groups and individuals.

Seven questions for a successful start to your studies

1. Who am I and what do I want? Show content

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 Motivation [PDF 719KB; in German] [pdf 719KB]

Professional Map [PDF 751KB; in German] [pdf 751KB]

2. What and where do I want to study? Show content

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 Compass and

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? Show content
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 options.

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? Show content
Overview portals
5. How can I compare my expectations against reality? Show content

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? Show content

As there are different kinds of decisions, there are also different ways of making a decision. Some require analytical and rational thinking, while others are about trusting your intuition and going with your gut feeling.

7. What do I have to consider when starting my studies? Show content

If you decide to undertake a study programme at the University of Jena and everything goes well with your application, admission and enrolment, your first semester will begin on 1 October or 1 April. 

We look forward to meeting you and hearing your ideas!

Discover the University of Jena: Online discovery tours with free app

App Actionbound Image: Sophie Bartholome (Universität Jena)

Our digital scavenger hunt and the free Actionbound app are nice ways to discover the city of Jena, the university campus and our range of study options via your smartphone or tablet in the comfort of your own home or on the go.

We have put together three quiz and puzzle bounds for you.

Click here to take our virtual discovery tours!


Central Student Advisory Service
University Main Building / SSZ
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
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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