Guide for new students - Summer 2024


2 Contents page STARTING YOUR STUDIES Welcome – Information on starting your studies Orientations Days for new students 3 thoska Thuringian student ID card 7 Friedolin Online course and examination management 11 Central contacts and support We are here to help 15 STUDENT LIFE The University at a glance: facts and figures History, faculties, fields of research 25 University structure Management, faculties, administration, bodies 33 Other University institutions Libraries, University Computer Centre, museums 39 Studying abroad Study programmes and internships abroad 43 Semester contribution and re-registration When, why and how much? 47 Living and studying Accomodation, finance, family, social advisory services 49 Away from the books From the University Sports and the media to the Uni Shop 53 Jena basics for newcomers The Seven Wonders, Johannistor, and our student song 55

3 Dear new students, We would like to warmly welcome you to Friedrich Schiller University Jena! This booklet has been compiled to provide you with all the important information and contact details you need to ensure your studies get off to a smooth start. In order to help you get your bearings in Jena, a range of orientation and introductory events are held before the lecture period begins. These usually include a welcome event, an introduction to the online course and examination management service Friedolin as well as several subject-specific events. You may find the latest information at: The lecture period begins on 02 April 2024. If you cannot take part in the introductory events, please contact your responsible academic advisory service before your courses begin in order to clarify any questions you may have. WELCOME ORIENTATION DAYS FOR NEW STUDENTS

4 ORIENTATION DAYS (STET) — GENERAL EVENTS 25 March 2024 9:00 Lecture theatre HS 1, Carl-Zeiß-Str. 3 Welcome ceremony and general introduction to your studies (University Management, Central Academic Advisory Service) Online at 25 March 2024 9:00 – 12:00 Foyer Aula, Main Building Information booths of the university and its partner institutions INTRODUCTION TO FRIEDLOLIN — THE UNIVERSITY’S ONLINE COURSE AND EXAMINATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Informative and instructional videos are available online: 25 March 2024 10:00 – 11:00 Lecture theatre SSZ, UHG Friedolin Q & A (German and English) Don't miss out! As a rule, you must register in Friedolin for all courses you wish to attend. Module catalogs and sample curricula serve as a guide. The lecturers or the lot will then decide on admission. If possible, please register for your courses before the first automatic course allocation (»Platzvergabe«) in Friedolin. This will take place on 26 March 2024.

5 ORIENTATION DAYS (STET) — SUBJECT-SPECIFIC EVENTS The majority of Orientation Days events are held by individual subjects. This allows you to gain a comprehensive overview of your programme’s subject-specific requirements. The schedule and content of these events can range widely. Some subjects will offer preparatory or refresher courses, others—especially those related to languages—will require previous language tests. Make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity to make new friends and familiarize yourself with your programme’s subject-specific requirements. For an overview of your subject’s events, please visit your faculty’s or institute’s website, or: ANY MORE QUESTIONS? We offer additional advice to help you settle into university life. Zoom consultations of the Central Academic Advisory Service 18 March 2024 9:00–14:00 25 March 2024 9:00–14:00 To take part, please follow this link:, Kenncode: STET Data protection information is available at More information for international first-year students and on our Welcome Days (open to all!) is available at:

6 EXTENDED INTRODUCTORY PHASE OF STUDIES There will be numerous events and offers of support beyond the start of your studies that will help you have a smooth start, become familiar with the new situation, and get ahead. For further information, please visit: OFFERS OF THE CENTRAL STUDENT ADVISORY SERVICE The Central Student Advisory Service offers a variety of courses and seminars—many of which take place online—some in cooperation with external instructors. In these seminars, you can acquire study-related methods and techniques. Due to the intensive support, the courses enable a considerable learning outcome. In the courses, the main attention is given to the individual experimenting, reflecting on the activities, and testing. For some courses, a fee is charged. For more information on the content, admission, dates, and course topics, please visit: COURSES OFFERED BY THE THURINGIAN STATE AND UNIVERSITY LIBRARY Courses offered by the Thuringian State and University Library on how to use the library, library tours, literature research, and more can be found at:

7 Thoska stands for Thüringer Hochschul- und Studierendenwerkskarte (Thuringian university and student services organization card) and is a multi-functional chip card. This card helps make administrative processes and payment procedures more efficient and customerfriendly. thoska is a joint project set up by the universities in Thuringia and the Student Services Organization Studierendenwerk Thüringen. The thoska card may be used at the state/ public universities in Thuringia. Containing a chip for a wireless data communication, you can use this card for cash-free payments in canteens and cafeterias. The thoska card is also your library card, your card for copiers, and a semester ticket for local public transport. Last but not least, it also serves as electronic identification for access purposes. As a new student, you will receive your thoska card as a student ID card after completing your registration. After re‐registering for a new semester, you can extend the validity of your student ID card at self-service terminals. Thoska Office If you have any questions regarding the thoska card, please contact the Thoska Office in the Student Service Centre in the University Main Building. For contact information and office hours of the Thoska Office, and for further important information on the thoska card, please visit: Caring for your thoska card You receive your thoska card in a transparent card case. Please keep it in this case to prevent any physical damages. The only exeptions may be when validating your card, adding money to your account, or when using a copier. Please protect your thoska card from dirt or scratches. Do not bend it as this can damage the integrated data chip. We therefore do not recommend you to keep your card in your back pockets or next to your coin pouch in your wallet. Please note that extreme temperature differences and strong magnetic fields can also damage the card. THOSKA THURINGIAN STUDENT ID CARD

8 Validation The thoska card contains a re-writeable validity field in the lower third of the card. After re‐ registering for a new semester, you can extend the validity of the chip card at a self-service terminal. The imprint on the validation strip has to be clearly readable at all times. Otherwise the thoska card may not be valid anymore which would render it useless as a ticket for a public transportation. If you encounter difficulties in validating your thoska card (e.g. problems with the validation strip), you may directly contact the Thoska Office. The locations of the self-service terminals are listed at: What does the thoska card cost? As a new student or when re-entering the University, you will be charged €20 for issuing your thoska card. Please note that you do not have to pay this individually as it is already included in the first semester fee. If you lose your thoska card or damage it, you will be charged €10 for issuing a new card. Student ID The thoska card is a simple way of identifying yourself within the University or in a canteen. It is also accepted as a student ID outside of Thuringia. Sometimes, it may be recognized abroad in combination with an International Student Identification Card (ISIC), which is available separately. You can also use the thoska card as your ID card when participating in the election of student representatives or for ballot votes for the student body. Library card The thoska card also serves as a user ID card for all academic libraries in Thuringia. By enrolling at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, you are automatically registered at the Thuringian State and University Library Jena (ThULB) and can use all library’s services. You need your thoska card to borrow media, to use copiers cashless and make payments or book your individual working place. If you want to register for other university libraries in Thuringia or for Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar you need to register in person with your thoska. For opening hours as well as for terms and conditions of the ThULB, please visit: Semester ticket for a local public transportation If you possess an e-ticket and it is validated on your thoska card, you can use the semester ticket as a travel card for buses and trams in Jena’s public transport network. This card does not include transporting a bicycle as this service requires an extra ticket. The semester ticket is also valid as a second-class travel card on the local trains of Deutsche Bahn in Thuringia, on the trains of Erfurter Bahn and of Süd-Thüringen-Bahn. On some routes, you can take a bicycle with you free of charge, while others require an extra ticket. For more information, please contact the above-mentioned transport companies.

9 The thoska card is also valid for a local public transport within the network of Verkehrsverbund Mittelthüringen (VMT), i.e. in many other cities and counties in the region, for example: Gera, Gotha, Weimar, Erfurt or Apolda. For further information on validity of your ticket, please visit: Electronic wallet The thoska card enables cashless payments in university libraries and in the facilities of the student services organization. You can transfer money to your electronic wallet of your thoska card at self-service terminals at top-up machines, e.g. in the entrance areas of the ThULB, in canteens, and cafeterias. You can top up your account using cash or your debit card. Here is a list of the top-up machines: In addition to conventional cashiers, some canteens also have thoska checkouts, where you can only pay using your thoska card. During peak times, these checkouts often have shorter waiting times than the cash checkouts. Please note that you cannot pay only a part of your meal with your thoska card. If your credit is not sufficient to cover the entire meal, you have to pay it completely in cash. When returning recyclable bottles, the deposit can be returned directly to your electronic thoska wallet. Copier function Copiers and printers, which can be operated using the thoska card, are available at several institutions in Jena. The locations of these devices are listed at: It is not possible to overdraw your electronic wallet. If your credit does not suffice to complete a print job, the order will be cancelled automatically and your card ejected. Please always remember to properly eject your thoska card from the device. If you forget to do this, your card will be blocked or an error code will be displayed when using one of the devices next time. In this case, please return to the device in question, insert your card again and eject it properly. If the problem persists or if you are unable to remember which device you used, please contact the Thoska Office. Printing function Laser and ink-jet printers are available at the Multimedia Centre. To use these, you have to transfer money on your printer account (Druckerkonto) which is part of your thoska card. For example, you can load your printer account using your electronic thoska wallet at the IT Service Centre.

10 Access credentials The thoska card also serves as a key for electronic access systems. The card may be programmed to enable access to electronically secured areas, for example: offices, labs, seminar rooms, working places in the ThULB, facilities of the University Sports Centre, and the car park of the Studierendenwerk. Access permissions are managed by the respective institutions and their facility managers. For more information, please contact your responsible academic advisory service or the Thoska Office. Have you lost your thoska card or found one? The Thoska Office can help If you lose your thoska card, please report the loss to the Thoska Office as quickly as possible. The Thoska Office can then block your lost card and prevent any misuse. The University does not accept any liability for damages caused by misuse. If you use your thoska card at the institutions other than Friedrich Schiller University Jena, for example at other Thuringian university libraries, you also ought to report your card as lost to those since the Thoska Office does not inform other institutions about your loss. If you lose your thoska card, the credit in your electronic wallet cannot be transferred to a new card. In case of loss, the money on your thoska card is lost, too. If you find your thoska card again, it can be re-activated, provided you have not applied for a new card in the meantime. The Thoska Office collects all cards which have been found and handed in within the University. The Thoska Office is able to issue a new thoska card or a temporary student ID card.

11 ›Friedolin‹ is your online platform for course and examination management. The name stands for ›Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Online‹. You can visit the platform at: On the home page, the latest news on Friedolin-related topics is displayed on the right, while the central column—apart from the login area—also contains useful links. In the left column, you can find a navigation menu. In the navigation menu (light blue background), you will find a lot of useful information available without logging in. This includes the schedule of classes, the module descriptions, a search function for staff members or rooms, and a specific section listing key dates (›Dates‹). In the latter section, you can find out when you can sign up for courses online and the information on registration periods for examinations. To sign up for classes and examinations in Friedolin, you have to register first. To do so, please visit the Service Portal of Friedrich Schiller University Jena where you can find your login credentials after your first registration: Your login credentials consist of a username (a combination of letters and digits) and password. On the Service Portal, you need to accept the terms and conditions in order to be able to register. In addition, need to provide your name, including all first names, your date of birth, your matriculation number (six digits), and your PIN which you have received with your thoska card by Your University login credentials allow you to access the University computer pools and your email inbox ( You can also access the University Wi-Fi network, online library services, and your personal information in Friedolin. FRIEDOLIN ONLINE COURSE AND EXAMINATION MANAGEMENT

12 If you wish to change your password, please go to the Service Portal or contact the IT Service Centre (see under Contacts). After logging in to Friedolin, the navigation menu contains additional options (light grey background). Being a part of your personal account, these options are not publicly accessible. The top menu point is ›Apply for modules/Cancel application‹. This function allows you to register for modules in your study programme. When you click on this field for the first time, a text is displayed informing you about the general procedure for registering as well as about deadlines. After that, you can select the modules listed for your study programme in the module catalogue, view all the information on them and apply for a place in the module. After logging in, this is also possible using the ›Course catalogue‹ function. We recommend you to use the ›Apply for modules/Cancel application‹ feature, as this section only lists the relevant modules for your study programme from the very start. Moreover, your lists are also taken into account in selecting modules. For example, if you only have to register for one of five possible modules, you can mark these modules with your priorities from 1 to 5. Friedolin takes into account the priorities entered when assigning places, providing there are free places available in the courses for which you have applied. Please only use the course catalogue if your study programme is not yet accessible under »Desired modules« or if you want to attend an elective courses, e.g. a language course or an Excel course. The ›Courses for students (languages, software, general academic skills)‹ section lists a range of interesting courses where you can acquire additional skills. Selected modules are automatically displayed in the ›My schedules‹ menu item, so that you can view the resultant/current weekly schedule online at any time, print it, and save it as a PDF file. This allows you to always have an overview of when you have to be where, with whom, and for what course—something which also helps you to avoid any possible clashes. The menu items ›My lectures‹ and ›My module descriptions‹ once again compile all information on your selected modules, and on the module catalogue for your study programme. This includes the menu item ›Apply for exams‹ which works in a similar way to ›Apply for modules/Cancel application‹. Please note that you have to register for courses and examinations on your own. Generally, registering for a course does not mean that you are registered for the examination automatically.

13 While places in courses are assigned before the beginning of semester, you can register for examinations in the first six weeks of the lecture period. You can also cancel your registration again at any time during this period. You will receive a confirmation of registration on your University email address. It is a good idea to print the confirmation as a proof of registration for your records. Please contact the responsible examinations office to find out if you can make use of an extended registration period for examinations in your study programme. In the same way as ›My lectures‹, also ›My exams‹ being a central information source with a focus on exams. Also the menu item ›Overview of grades‹ works in a similar way. This section pools all entered results of your examinations, displays the credit points achieved to date, and calculates your current average (›Overview of grades‹). Under ›Certificate of Student Status‹, you can print or save any certificates as a PDF file for all semesters to date, including the current one after being re‐registered. For instance, you may need to send one to your health insurance provider or your scholarship provider. We recommend you to save the certificates every semester so that you may print them at a later date, e.g. after completing your study programme. International students who have to extend their residence permit should print the ›Certificate of Student Status for the Immigration Office‹. For more information about the the penultimate menu item »Information on Re-Registration, please refer to next chapter (Central contacts and support). In the menu item ›Personal data‹, your address and telephone number currently saved by the University are listed. If you move house, you should inform the Student Service Centre (SSZ) of your new address as soon as possible. It is important that the SSZ has your postal address and telephone number so that it may contact you—irrespective of what your official primary residence is. Under ›Help centre‹, you may find frequently asked questions regarding Friedolin, an introduction to this portal, and short videos explaining its most important features. If you cannot find an answer to your question on any of these pages, you can also contact the Help Centre by clicking on the link in Friedolin. Every semester, introductory courses on Friedolin for students are organized. For exact dates, please refer to Orientation Days above. We strongly recommend to attend these events.

14 Respectful behaviour and protection against discrimination For a good social climate Respect and awareness to fight discrimination and harassment The University of Jena is committed to creating an environment free from discrimination for its students, staff, and guests. The university calls on its members and affiliates to act in a way that makes the University a place of study and work where every-day interactions are characterized by fairness, non-discrimination, and fundamental respect for everyone’s personality and dignity. This should also involve a commitment to address violations and seek appropriate solutions.

15 The University and the Studierendenwerk offer numerous contact partners and services for almost every conceivable question relating to your studies. Often, there are several service points available for the same field, for example, general and subject-specific service points. This chapter focuses on the central advisory services and informs you about additional service points at the end. SERVICE DESK FOR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES At the University of Jena, some units are already offering their advisory services via the central Service Desk Portal. These include the University Computer Centre, the Friedolin team or various examinations offices. Students, employees and external persons can directly submit their requests via the Portal in order to clarify questions or concerns or to receive assistance with certain topics. This ticketing system allows for easy, fast and modern communication between the University administration and the person seeking advice. STUDENT SERVICE CENTRE Your first central service point is the Student Service Centre (SSZ). The advisory services offered here are all free of charge; you may also ask for advice anonymously if required. If you are unable to visit the SSZ in person, you might phone or advise about your situation. The office hours vary depending on whether it is currently a lecture period or not. You can find the current office hours on the SSZ website. Studierenden-Service-Zentrum (Student Service Centre) Fürstengraben 1, University Main Building Phone: +49 3641 9-411111 CENTRAL CONTACTS AND SUPPORT WE ARE HERE TO HELP

16 The SSZ also answers any other questions you might have if you are at a loss to whom you should contact. At the beginning of their study period, students are often not familiar with the internal structures and subject-specific advisory services. Please do not hesitate to contact our SSZ team. You can ask your question at the information desk or on the telephone. In addition, the SSZ provides a range of information sheets and forms for the most frequent types of applications, and can advise you directly on filling them out. For this service, please speak to our team covering all study-related matters (›studienbezogene Angelegenheiten‹). For further information on the admissions process (e.g. entry rules, subject-specific requirements), please visit: Questions should relate to application-related matters, for example, which documents are required or how applications differ depending on your study programme of choice. It is irrelevant if you are applying for your first or second undergraduate study programme, or if you wish to continue your studies at advanced level, e.g. in a master’s programme. If you have questions related to a potential online application, please visit: If you have already sent off your application and are experiencing problems with your enrolment, there are advisers to help you. The same applies to the questions relating to your re‐registration. By re-registering, you are allowed to continue your studies in a higher semester, a process which goes hand in hand with transferring a semester fee. The SSZ not only accompanies you during administrative procedures that you have to complete at the start of or during your studies, it also supports you when planning your individual curriculum. This might relate to a leave of absence or a part-time study option. After you have submitted a de-registration form, the SSZ also takes care of your removal from the register of students. In this case, it is irrelevant whether you complete your studies after having received your degree or want/have to terminate your studies prematurely. The SSZ can also advise you on all matters relating to guest students and external students. Apart from that, they can provide you with information on extracurricular studies (›Studium Generale‹) and on distance learning.

17 To enable a smooth study stay at the University, chronically ill students or students with disabilities can contact the SSZ in all matters relating to their studies. Last but not least, the Thoska Office is also located at the SSZ. This office advise you on using your multi-functional student ID card or help you in case of loss (see chapter ›thoska‹). Thoska Office Fürstengraben 1, University Main Building Behind the SSZ waiting area Phone: +49 3641 9-4111-50/51 CENTRAL STUDENT ADVISORY SERVICE (ZSB) The Central Student Advisory Service is also housed within the SSZ. It supports you in individual questions you have regarding your study-related decisions. You may contact our advisors when, for example, you find it difficult to motivate yourself, organize your studies, or experience personal difficulties affecting your studies. The help desk is happy to provide information even without prior appointment. In case of a study-related query, a prior appointment is necessary, preferably arranged by telephone. Zentrale Studienberatung (Central Student Advisory Service) Fürstengraben 1, University Main Building Phone: +49 3641 9-411111 Over the past few years, the ZSB has also strengthened its career service regarding your career start and career orientation. The Career Service offers workshops on soft skills, manages a pool of job advertisements at the University and a database of links featuring interesting websites on labour law and on starting your career. MASTER SERVICE CENTRE In the University Main Building (third floor), you can visit the Master Service Centre (MSZ). The MSZ advises you on the range of master’s programmes available and on the relevant application and admissions processes. Master-Service-Zentrum (Master Service Centre) Fürstengraben 1 Phone: +49 3641 9-411555

18 INTERNATIONAL OFFICE All foreign students without a German Abitur qualification are also advised and supported by the International Office (IB). Equally, the IB advises all students on their options for studying or doing an internship abroad. You can find your advisors in the UHG, rooms 17–22, their office hours are listed online. If you have any questions regarding the recognition of the course work performed abroad, please contact the subject‐specific academic advisory service and/ or examinations office. Internationales Büro (International Office) Fürstengraben 1 / Phone: +49 3641 9-401500 CAREER POINT The Career Point serves as a central point of contact for all students and graduates of the University of Jena for questions on career entry. We would like to help students make the leap into the business world and support them in preparing their application documents, preparing for job interviews, and looking for jobs and internships in Thuringia. The Career Uni Jena app (free in Google Play and in the App Store) and the website career.uni-jena. de/en feature all events and a job portal with current and interregional job advertisements. Career Point Am Planetarium 8, 3rd floor Phone: +49 3641 9-401540 OMBUDSPERSONS The ombudspersons for international students can help you if you are unable to find the right person or institute at the University to help you with your inquiry. EXAMINATIONS OFFICES At the University, a range of examinations offices are responsible for the students. They take care of all matters relating to registering or cancelling registrations for examinations, all related formalities and deadlines as well as the recognition of your course work, and finding the correct level for you. It is important to find out which examinations office is responsible for your study programme. You can find an overview of all examinations offices at:

19 For office hours, contacts and deadlines, please refer to the websites of the respective examinations offices. For simple and general questions, you may contact your examinations office directly by telephone. In many cases, you may find answers to your questions by reading the study regulations and examination regulations relevant to your study programme. SUBJECT‐SPECIFIC ACADEMIC ADVISORY SERVICE If you have any questions about your study plan or module catalogue, your subject‐specific academic advisory service or student advisor in your subject can help. You can find the respective contact details by clicking on your study programme in the following link, and then scrolling (all the way down) to the ›Contacts‹ (Ansprechpartner) at the bottom. EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES OFFICE The Equal Opportunities Office is located in Zwätzengasse 3 between the MSZ and University Main Building. It is responsible for supporting women in the workplace and students with children, and also helps in cases of sexual harassment. Last but not least, it carries out advanced training on gender-specific topics. Equal Opportunities Office Zwätzengasse 3, room 1.01 and 1.02 Phone: +49 3641 9-400981 DIVERSITY OFFICE The University of Jena has several interest groups. The Diversity Office is one of them. We are committed to make sure that all members and affiliates of the University are able to pursue their work duties, scholarly activities, or studies on an equal basis, regardless of ethnic background, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability, age, chronic or mental illness, family responsibilities, or socioeconomic background. Our aim is to raise awareness of diversity-related issues and special needs, and to break down barriers and disadvantages in order to ensure equal opportunities and non-discriminatory coexistence. If you experience disadvantage or discrimination, please contact us. IT SERVICE CENTRE The IT Service Centre is your first service point regarding the University Computer Centre’s wide range of services for students. You may contact it if you need help setting up your access to the university network or if you have any questions about your university email account, e.g. if you have lost your password or forgotten it. Sometimes you can also buy

20 software for study purposes at discount rates or for free (here). You can find a list of all the services, including information on courses, the ›Upload service‹, and TV recordings for research purposes, under ›Services‹ (Dienste) menu item. IT-Servicezentrum (IT Service Centre) Ernst-Abbe-Platz 4, room 1209 Phone: +49 3641 9-404777 The IT Service Centre is also happy to help you in managing or setting up mailing lists. Use the following link to find upcoming dates for the notebook support (Notebooksprechstunde). This is the right place to come if you encounter problems with your private laptop, e.g. if you are unable to gain access to the university network. SUBJECT-SPECIFIC INFORMATION AT THE THULB You can obtain a general overview of the relevant information sources for your subject as well as the media and information available in ThULB on the ThULB subject information pages: Moreover, the ThULB experts can support you in specifically researching a certain topic, and advise you on questions and other matters. For contact details, please visit the following site (consultations are possible on prior appointment only: FEEDBACK CORNER Is there anything about your study programme or student status that you think we should know about? On this website, two forms are available: one for praise and criticism of teaching, and one for praise and criticism of administration. We kindly ask you to include your contact details should we have any questions. Surely, your personal data will be kept confidential and will never be passed on to the persons you might have critisized. The University also accepts your letters of praise/complaint. STUDIERENDENWERK THÜRINGEN In addition to the University’s services, Studierendenwerk Thüringen (StuWe) also offers a wide range of services and advice to students. As the operator of Jena’s canteens and university cafeterias, StuWe is the place to go if you have any questions about these services. You can also download an app so that you will not miss your favourite dish anymore.

21 The Studierendenwerk also informs you about its seasonal activities, opportunities for free children’s meals, and its various menu options. Anyone (who is) interested in the environmental and ethical principles of the canteens can find them on its website. You are also encouraged to express your praise or criticism. With its ›Campus Buffet‹ offerings, the Studierendenwerk also provides a catering service for events at the University—from Student Representative Committee meetings to study conferences. Another important area managed by the Studierendenwerk is housing. It operates 30 student dorms in Jena. They offer approx. 3,100 students a roof over their head. In Jena, the Department of Student Living (Studentisches Wohnen) is located on the first floor of the canteen in Philosophenweg. This is the place to come when you have questions about applying for a place in the housing programme or if you need information about specific dorms. It goes without saying that the Studierendenwerk also offers housing for families or impaired people. The Studierendenwerk also has a range of extra services for international students. All dorms have dorm tutors. They serve as your support on the ground, helping to get you settled in and offering support in almost all everyday issues. From questions regarding disposing of household waste to where you can buy the best cup of coffee, these committed students are always happy to help. At you can even download a student housing dictionary, which offers translations of words like Frühstücksbrettchen and Glühbirne in multiple languages for an easier communication. In addition to arranging housing in its own dorms, the Studierendenwerk also provides general support in helping students find their new home. It also supports students in finding vacant rooms in private households, for example by the project ›Wohnen für Hilfe‹. Last but not least, you can also contact the Department of Student Living (Studentisches Wohnen) should you have any questions regarding the TV license fee for public broadcasting service (GEZ or Rundfunkbeitrag) or registering your primary place of residence. Directly opposite the canteen, you can find INFOtake—a central information desk run by the Studierendenwerk. This is the place to come if you need help with applications or need information, e.g. relating to Studierendenwerk cultural support or financing your studies. Even though the Studierendenwerk itself does not provide any scholarships, it can still help you find answers to any financing questions you might have. At the INFOtake, you can ask for a part‐time job as a student assistant or get information on study finance schemes or student loans. In cases of hardship, you can apply for a direct financial support, i.e. a loan from the Studierendenwerk or coupons for paying their services. By paying your semester fee, the Studierendenwerk arranges a range of insurances on your behalf (e.g. accident insurance, private accident insurance, and a limited liability insurance). If you wish to submit a claim or

22 have any questions regarding these insurance policies, please contact the information desk. The Studierendenwerk also covers part of the costs for a hepatitis vaccination if students are about do an internship or study abroad in a country deemed dangerous. Similar to the University, the Studierendenwerk also offers advisory services: General Social Counselling (Allgemeine Sozialberatung – ASB) is available in the University family office JUniFamilie, directly next to the information desk at the Ernst-Abbe-Platz campus. This support centre provides advice on issues such as financing your studies through work, social benefits of the Studierendenwerk, benefits for pregnant women and students with children, and potential savings. It goes without saying that students with disabilities or international students can also ask any specific questions at the ASB. Family Office ›JUniFamilie‹ (Office for the Support of Families) Ernst-Abbe-Platz 5 Phone: +49 3641 9-401230 The Psychosocial Counselling (PSB) is located in KuBIS (Zentrum für Kultur, Beratung, Internationales und Soziales). At this service point, you can get advice during office hours or upon a prior appointment. The team also offers an online advisory service, including in English. No matter whether you are suffering from worries regarding your examinations, you are struggling with or having learning difficulties, someone can help you here. In serious cases, the PSB can also arrange mediation or psychotherapy. KuBIS Philosophenweg 5 Phone: +49 3641 94006-90, -93, -94, -95 The StuWe offers also a legal counselling. KuBIS Gasterstedt & Bechtel Sophienstraße 7 07743 Jena

23 Informative and entertaining, providing illustrative details, the magazine reports about current research findings at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, presents its people and their scientific visions. News reports, interviews, and photo galleries give you exciting insights into the world of science. The magazine LICHTGEDANKEN is meant for curious readers. The magazine LICHTGEDANKEN is published twice a year in German and in English. You can find the current issue of the magazine for free in the facilities of the University and canteens. Read the online version: LATEST RESEARCH NEWS! The Research Magazine ONLINE

24 STUDY ONE OF THE 74 MASTER’S PROGRAMMES +++ Master of Arts +++ Master of Science +++ Master of Business Administration +++ Master of Education +++ Anglistik/Amerikanistik Arabistik Archäologie der Ur- und Frühgeschichte Auslandsgermanistik Deutsch als Fremdsprache Deutsch als Zweitsprache Deutsche Klassik im europäischen Kontext Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft Chemie Geschichte und Politik des 20. Jahrhunderts Griechische und Lateinische Philologie Indogermanistik Interdisziplinäre Polen-Studien Interkulturelle Personalentwicklung und Kommunikationsmanagement Kaukasiologie/Kaukasusstudien Klassische Archäologie Kulturmanagement Kunstgeschichte und Filmwissenschaft Literatur Kunst Kultur Literarisches Übersetzen in Theore und Praxis Mittelalterstudien Musikwissenschaft Neuere Geschichte Nordamerikastudien Philosophie Romanische Kulturen in der modernen Welt Slawische Sprachen, Literaturen und Kulturen Sprachen und Kulturen des Alten Vorderen Orients Südosteuropastudien Volkskunde Kulturgeschichte Umwelt- und Georessourcenmanagement Chemie Energie Umwelt Chemische Biologie Chemistry of Materials Geographie Geoinformatik Geowissenschaften Biochemistry Biogeowissenschaften Bioinformatik Evolution Ecology and Systematics Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften Microbiology Molecular Life Sciences Ernährungswissenschaften Molecular Medicine Betriebswirtschaftslehre Betriebswirtschaftslehre für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler Economics Wirtschaftsinformatik Wirtschaftspädagogik Computational and Data Science Mathematik Wirtschaftsmathematik Christentum in Kultur Geschichte und Bildung Geschichte der Antike Angewandte Ethik und Konfliktmanagement Bildung Kultur Anthropologie Gesellschaftstheorie Politische Kommunikation Politikwissenschaft Soziologie Sport Governance Sportmanagement Sportwissenschaft:Performance and Health Psychologie Erziehungswissenschaft Sozialpädagogik Sozialmanagement Political Studies and Governance Medical Photonics Photonics Physik Informatik Werkstoffwissenschaft

25 + THE UNIVERSITY AT A GLANCE: FACTS AND FIGURES HISTORY, FACULTIES, FIELDS OF RESEARCH UNIVERSITY HISTORY The University of Jena was founded in 1558 by the Elector John Frederick of Saxony. The Elector (had) already awarded the institution the imperial privilege as a university in 1557, before the University opened a year later on 2 February 1558. A bronze statue of Elector John Frederick has stood in the city’s historical marketplace—not far from the University Main Building—ever since. Also known as ›Hanfried‹, which is a combination of his German names Johann and Friedrich, this statue is still a popular meeting place (today). The ›alma mater jenensis‹ is one of the oldest universities in Germany. The University of Jena was founded as a protestant university/higher education institution. It made a name for itself at an early stage due to the theological debates initiated by Martin Luther becoming a hub within the Reformation movement. From 1653, the mathematician and astronomer Erhard Weigel lectured in Jena. Among his students were the philosophers Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Samuel von Pufendorf. The University of Jena was one of Germany’s largest universities at the beginning of the eighteenth century boasting some 1,800 students. A certain Johann Wolfgang von Goethe then influenced the University like no other. With his policy-making and far-reaching contacts, he ensured that the years around 1800 are nowadays known as the University’s Classicist-Romanticist ›wonder years‹. Jena is still considered a centre of German Romanticism to this day. During Goethe’s time, the early-modern university had already substantially grown and differentiated itself within its four faculties (Law, Medicine, Philosophy and Theology). A list of the University staff and students from this era reads like a ›who’s who‹ of great thinkers from the period. For instance, Goethe attracted Friedrich Schiller, the University’s future eponym, to the Saale Valley as a professor of philosophy during this time. But these are only a couple of the household names that graced Jena during this era. The philosophers Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling all delivered lectures here. The same goes for the poet Johann Heinrich

26 Voß and the brothers August Wilhelm and Friedrich Schlegel. Authors such as Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg, known as Novalis, Friedrich Hölderlin, Clemens Brentano, and Ernst Moritz Arndt were all students in Jena — as was the ›inventor‹ of the kindergarten, the pedagogue Friedrich Fröbel. Regrettably, famous women such as Sophie Mereau and Caroline Schelling are often forgotten, despite leaving a substantial influence on Jena’s intellectual landscape. Several scientific greats should not be overlooked either, for instance Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, the inventor of the periodic law for the chemical elements, and Justus Christian Loder, the anatomist and later personal doctor of the Russian tsars. The German defeat at the Battle of Jena–Auerstedt on 14 October 1806 briefly put Jena under French influence. A resistance to this rule was quick to emerge, particularly among students. This development climaxed in the foundation of the first German student fraternity in 1815. The founding location, the Grüne Tanne pub, is the current headquarters of the Arminia auf dem Burgkeller fraternity, and it has started to open its doors to guests again over the last few years. The University has been a driving force behind the economic development of Jena, with the end of the nineteenth century seeing a notable boom. The world famous optics company Carl Zeiss Jena was founded by a Jena graduate at that time, as was the glass-making company Otto Schott. These two companies are still the major employers in the city to this day. In 1870, the economic symbiosis was completed by the physicist Ernst Abbe. Without his research (activities), Zeiss would have never produced high-quality microscopes and Schott would therefore have never had any reason to produce incredibly pure specialist glass. This vital contribution is commemorated by the University’s modern-day campus named ›Ernst-Abbe-Platz‹. In 1908, a new main building was erected on the foundations of the former City Castle of Jena to mark the 350th anniversary of the University. At the start of the twentieth century, the evolutionary biologist Ernst Haeckel also taught in Jena. Not far away from the eponymous city square, in his residence Villa Medusa, the Institute for the History of Medicine, Sciences and Technology Ernst-Haeckel-Haus is housed today. It is also worth noting that the logician and mathematician Gottlob Frege retired from years of teaching at the alma mater jenensis in 1917, having laid the groundwork for today’s computer technology with the development of formal language. In 1934, the University received its new full name which still applies today: Friedrich Schiller University Jena. In 1945, large parts of the old University building were destroyed during the Allied bombing raids. For ideological reasons, the University was rebranded as higher education institutions over the next few years. In this period, the Institute for Dialectic Materialism was founded, while there was was founded; the Institute for Marxism-Leninism was founded in 1960.

27 Several institutes and lecturers moved into the city’s research tower during this period. Although this building proved unfavourable from a logistical standpoint, the University was only able to relocate to the current campus, which was previously the city’s main Zeiss site, in 1996. This succession perfectly illustrates how the University and the local industry dovetail here. Bau 15, Germany’s first freestanding high rise, is also part of the modern-day campus. During the East German era, Jena was seen as a centre for dissidents, so it should not come as a surprise that the city saw its biggest demonstration to date on 4 November 1989. Almost 40,000 people took to the Platz der Kosmonauten—today’s Eichplatz—to protest against the communist dictatorship. FACULTIES AND FIELDS OF RESEARCH Today, the University is the largest university in the State of Thuringia and the only state University covering all disciplines. The University comprises ten faculties: • Faculty of Theology • Faculty of Law • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration • Faculty of Arts • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences • Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science • Faculty of Physics and Astronomy • Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences • Faculty of Biological Sciences • Faculty of Medicine Regarding their research activities, the faculties focus on these areas: LIGHT: optics and photonics, innovative materials; energy storage LIFE: microbiology and infection research; biodiversity and bio-geo-interaction; gerontology LIBERTY: social change; enlightenment; romanticism; Eastern Europe; contemporary history These form an infrastructure in which various institutes can collaborate promoting interdisciplinary research in the process. In addition to these research focuses and the cross-faculty structure, a range of additional research areas exist. These are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). As a result, there are two chemistry-based research programmes, one in geosciences, and one programme focusing on art history. The University also launched several DFG collaborative research centres, for instance in the following topics: ›Pathogenic fungi and their human host: Networks of interaction‹ and ›AquaDiva: Understanding the Links Between Surface and Subsurface Biogeosphere‹. The research support is rounded out by the DFG Research Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research.

28 THE UNIVERSITY IN NUMBERS Students can graduate in over 200 study programmes at the University of Jena, most of which offer a Bachelor/Masters qualification or conclude with a state examination. Apart from those, around 25 postgraduate courses are (also) available for graduates. In the last winter semester 2022/23, 17,539 students studied at the University. Among these, 3,420 were new students. Appr. 2,600 students came from abroad. In 2020 (as at 01.12.2020), the university (excluding the hospital) employed 3,571 full-time staff, 352 of whom held a professorship. Just under a third of these employees were nonscientific staff. There were 54 trainees. In 2021, 2,892 students gained their degree at the University. A total of 523 students received their doctorate, of which 215 were female and 112 international doctoral students. The University has university agreements with 225 universities in 57 countries. This does not just include the USA or France. If you wish, you could study at the Hebrew University in Israel, Oulu University in Finland or Chonnam National University in South Korea to name only a few. As part of the ERASMUS+ exchange programme, our students can study abroad at over 300 European partner institutions and at numerous global partner universities. In addition, the University is also a member of the Coimbra Group, an association of traditional European universities headquartered in Brussels. Other members include the Charles University in Prague as well as the universities in Iasi, Pavia, Poitiers, Salamanca and Turku. One notable domestic cooperation is the cooperation network Universitätsbund with the Universities in Halle (Saale) and Leipzig, which was founded in 1995.