Dove of peace against a yellow-blue background.

Support for Ukraine

University of Jena on the war in Ukraine and the support of students and staff affected by the war
Dove of peace against a yellow-blue background.
Graphic: Liana Franke/Universität Jena

The invasion of Ukraine breaks with the values that form the foundation of enlightenment and science.

Prof. Dr Walter Rosenthal


This was said by the President of Friedrich Schiller University Jena in his statement on the Russian attack of 24 February 2022, in which the university management had expressed its solidarity with the people in Ukraine and the staff and students who come from Ukraine, as well as their families.

Aid programmes for Ukrainian partners

The university will continue its cooperation with its Ukrainian partners wherever possible. This applies to student exchanges as well as research projects and the use of virtual exchange formats and services. The University of Jena participates in national and international aid programmes for students and researchers who have to leave their country as a result of the Russian aggression.

  • Are you looking for help?

    Study counselling for refugees

    The International Office advises Ukrainians who have fled and are interested in studying at a university on study options, requirements and preparation for studies. For example, there is a guest student programme for refugees.

    Counselling for students

    If you have questions or problems in regard to your studies or stay at the University of Jena due to the war in Ukraine, please contact the International Office at They will advise you or put you in touch with the right contact person.

    Emergency fund for students

    The Society of Friends and Patrons of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena e. V. supports students of the University of Jena who are in financial need due to the war with an emergency fund. Financial support can be applied for at the International Office.

    Advice, support and funding programmes for researchers

    Information for refugee and vulnerable researchers from Ukraine (PhD students, postdocs and experienced researchers) is summarised on this  website.


    Psychological support

    The Psychosocial Counselling Service (PSB)External link of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen is available free of charge to all students at universities in Thuringia who feel the need to talk to a neutral person about themselves, their situation and their problems.

    The telephone counselling service is available around the clock, even on weekends. The calls are free of charge.

    • 0800 1110111
    • 0800 1110222

    You can find more psychological services hereExternal link (German only).

    Relief efforts in Jena and Thuringia

    The university sports department at the University of Jena also supports refugees by offering special sports programmes for both adults and children de.

  • You would like to help?

    Donations for the University Emergency Fund

    The Society of Friends and Patrons of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena e. V. uses its emergency fund to support students at the University of Jena who have experienced financial hardship as a result of the war.

    Commerzbank Jena
    IBAN: DE78 8204 0000 0253 9609 00
    Reference: Notfonds

    You will of course receive a donation receipt for all donations.

    Relief efforts in Jena and Thuringia

    The city of Jena has set up a central information page at link (German only), which collects important tips, contact points and information on the current situation in Ukraine. The page is continuously updated.

    An overview article on relief efforts in Jena and Thuringia can be found hereExternal link (German only).

    Offer accomodation

    Here you can provide practical help by offering overnight accommodationExternal link.

    If you have the opportunity and would like to offer accommodation to refugees, you can let the city Jena know by filling out a formExternal link. Among other things, the city asks how many people could be accommodated, whether separate living quarters are available for privacy and how long it would be possible to accommodate refugees. The information entered helps to filter which housing offers are really eligible.

    If you would like to provide accommodation specifically for researchers, you can report this to the Welcome Centre at

    Taking in Ukrainian war refugees in Jena

    Do you live in the city of Jena and have taken in war refugees from Ukraine in the past few days or are you planning to take in war refugees? Please contact the city of Jena at Here you will be offered advice and further support will be coordinated.

    Mentoring for refugee students and researchers

    Are you a member of the university and would like to support Ukrainian refugee students or researchers?


    The mentoring programme of the International Office puts students in touch with each other who are looking for support at the beginning of the semester or during their studies.


    The Welcome Point ( and the Graduate Academy ( provide contact to refugee researchers who need support.

The Imre Kertész Kolleg has compiled a list of information sources: "The War Against Ukraine. Information and Analyses from the Region"External link

Free language guide

The publishing house Reise Know-How makes its title "Kauderwelsch" Ukrainian Language Guide (German only) available free of charge to all refugees and helpers. The publisher would like to contribute to better understanding. It is available here as a PDFpdf, 3 mb · de document.