For international students of Friedrich Schiller University – first weeks as a student
Hello! It’s me again, Anna. I’ll give you some good advice for the start of your studies and life in Jena. Most important and not to be missed:
the Orientation Days. You’ll meet your fellow students there and some professors. Mainly, you will get all information about how your studies are organized and how to create your study plan. You have to create your time table yourself. You choose from the VORLESUNGSVERZEICHNIS (‘Schedule of classes’) Degree-seeking students can find all relevant information on the FRIEDOLIN – platform. Here you can choose your courses, register for them and for exams yourself. Please note your study regulations though. There are also recommended study plans. You will learn how to do all this during the Orientation Days. If you’re a guest student, you also use the FRIEDOLIN to select your courses, but you must register for them directly at your lecturers. Just send them an e-mail. The International Office offers special information sessions for guest students during the Orientation Days. Check the dates of the ONLEILA-FAQ session. Participants of the DSH course must take part in the entrance test first. See your admission letter. The International Office will provide your time table a few days later. If you want to learn German during your stay in Jena, you may do so at the University Language Centre. The courses are not expensive. Just don’t miss the placement tests for German courses during the Orientation Days. And if you prefer learning languages outside the classroom, look for a tandem partner with the help of the intro website. You will need the library, too.
You may go there even before
you have got your thoska. As soon as you get your thoska,
you may borrow books over the weekend. There are guided library tours during the Orientation Days. Studying in Germany may be different from that in other countries and from that you might be used to. But don’t panic:
everybody else is also new to it.
And there are people to help you. Ask your study programme advisor or your fellow students whether they can help you or if there are tutorials where you can revise lectures. Maybe you can start a group and study together. And you may also ask your professors for advice. Don’t be shy! For sure, studying means also having fun: parties, meeting people and relaxing. A good way of making new friends is to take part in the Welcome Days events. The International Office organizes this series of events every semester. Take a look at the flyer in your starter package and come along! There are many student groups in the International Centre. They offer events all year round and are happy to see you and if you contribute your own ideas. The University Sports Centre offers all kind of courses, individual training and team sports. Visit the Market of Opportunities to find out what happens all semester long, for example the big semester party. You’ll never walk alone! Have a good time studying in Jena!