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UVA Exchange: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Jena, Germany (Exchange Program) (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Spring Semester,
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 01-OCT-2018
10-OCT-2018 08-APR-2019 12-JUL-2019
NOTE: Confirm dates with the host university. Dates will be available in the admissions documents from the host university. If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15th.
Year 2019-2020 15-MAR-2019 25-MAR-2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: Confirm dates with the host university. Dates will be available in the admissions documents from the host university. If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 30.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3
Language Requirement:
2000 level
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Apartment, University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, German
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment at foreign institution
Tuition Payments Made To:
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Kathleen McLaren-Hawking
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Accounting, African-American & African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Architectural History, Art - Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Communications, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Czech, Economics, Education, English Language and Literature, Environmental Sciences, French, Geography, Geology, German, Global Studies, Greek, History, History of Science and Technology, Information Technology, Italian, Latin, Latin American Studies, Law, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Mathematics & Statistics, Media Studies, Medieval Studies, Music, Nonprofit Management, Other Languages & Literatures, Philosophy, Physics, Polish, Political Science, Portuguese, Psychology, Public Policy and Administration, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Urban and Environmental Planning, Women, Gender & Sexuality
Program Description:
Panoramic view Friedrich-Schil

UVA Exchange
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena


"A Student's Paradise" – that is one of the mottos of the city of Jena which hosts the 450 year old University and its University of Applied Science offspring. It is a student's paradise because the university IS the city, it spreads out all over town, and crowds of students – ¼ of the 100,000 population ­- bring the streets to life. Paradise park, and the high-speed-train station named after it, has made Jena famous all over Germany. But Jena has long been known for other things as well: the invention of the modern microscope and the chemical periodic system, one of the world's first planetariums and the modern optics, Enlightenment Philosophy taught by Hegel and Fichte, Classical and Romantic German Literature – after all, the two greatest German poets, Goethe and Schiller, met in Jena. Friedrich Schiller taught Philosophy here, giving the university its name.

Exchange students profit from the excellent academic opportunities of the university. For students with lower-level German skills, they may take what's called "ATS-courses" in the German as a Foreign Language Department designed especially for international students. Exchange students can also take regular German-taught courses from all other programs except Medicine and Pharmacy. Subjects range from natural sciences to political science to psychology to American studies and philosophy.

International students will find themselves well-cared for, being given a personal student tutor who welcomes and guides them throughout their stay. The FSU online portal JENA INTERCAMPUS prepares students step-by-step for their stay in Jena. Student associations like ERASMUS ALUMNI invite students to their famous parties and weekend trips to Berlin, Munich or Dresden. Additionally, exchange students can participate in sports, which is predominant in student life at Jena. The Sports Centre offers a wide range of courses from American football to yoga, even trips to ski resorts in the Alps or sailing courses on the Baltic Sea.

Location Iconlocation

Jena provides the unique combination of a beautiful setting, strong cultural and philosophical traditions, high-tech industry, and above all, a modern university. With around 100,000 inhabitants, Jena is the largest town in the central Saale valley. Situated in Thuringian, the "Green Heart of Germany," it is famous for its beautiful landscape and natural setting. Limestone slopes on both banks of the river Saale are responsible for a mild climate. Even grapes are planted on the slopes of the mountains, and there are a large variety of wild orchids in the surrounding area. The Thuringian Forest provides ample opportunity for walking and hiking in warmer weather as well as a variety of winter sports.

Friedrich-Schiller Bikes Friedrich-Schiller Canal

Courses IconAcademics

Year: early October - late July
Spring Semester: early April - late July

Semester Dates
Due to the fall semester calendar, fall-semester only study is not possible. Students may study for the year or for the spring semester.

Instructions for searching for English-taught Courses
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Accommodation and MealsAccommodations & Meals

Exchange students may elect to live in student residence dorms or shared apartments with German students. Student residence halls are operated by Studentenwerk, a national student housing company, and students may apply for a room during the exchange application process. Apartment availability is limited and students are responsible for securing the accommodation on their own.Students eat cheaply in the university dining halls and cafeterias. The student ID card also serves as a semester ticket for the Jena transportation system and the regional trains in the State of Thuringia. The German train system and the not-to-far-away airports in Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt provide ample opportunities of exploring the whole of Europe.

International Student Homepage

2017-2018 International Student Information

Friedrich-Schiller Mountain

Cost IconCost

Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.

UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.

Expenses IconExpected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees
  • Host institution Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • CISI insurance
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses

Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a residence permit to participate in this program. All students should consult the German Missions website for information about visa and other entry requirements.  International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.