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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- The Friedrich Schiller University maintains three guest houses for international visitors to the University of Jena.
- Network for accommodation offers and housing search: www.unterkunft-ukraine.deExternal link.
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.
IBAN: DE78 8204 0000 0253 9609 00
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 www.jena.de/ukraineExternal 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).
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.