Welcome at University of Jena

Beginning of studying

Information for first-year students: Student introduction days, preliminary courses, contact persons
Welcome at University of Jena
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)


We are glad to welcome you as a new student in our faculty! To make it easier for you to start your studies, we have compiled some information for you.

Important dates for the winter semester 2024/25

  • Semester period: 1 Oct 2024 until 31 March 2025
  • Lecture period:  14 Oct 2024 until 7 Feb 2025
  • Orientation Days: 1 Oct 2024 until 11 Oct 2024

Orientation Days

Subject-specific programme

From information events to pub evenings: students and teaching staff organise a varied programme for first-year students every year and look forward to seeing you!

We will publish all dates and programmes soon!

Please also note the dates of the preliminary courses and the internship introduction (applies to students starting in the winter semester).

Central programme of the university

In addition to the official welcome by the university management , you can expect Friedolin question and answer sessions and an open counselling service from the Central Student Advisory Service.

Central events and training sessions on starting your studiesWe dealso recommend that you take part in the workshops on the induction period: Here you can reflect on your start and course of studies under professional guidance, exchange ideas with other students and practise study-related methods and learning techniques.

Workshops for the induction period de

Note: Please also check your e-mail account @uni-jena.de regularly to receive the latest information on the introductory days and your degree programme.

Preliminary courses

For some study programmes we offer preliminary courses in mathematics and chemistry. Here you can refresh your school knowledge, prepare yourself for your studies - and, of course, make initial contacts. As a rule, the preliminary courses are optional, but are recommended. In addition, the compulsory practical instruction for chemistry students (B.Sc., teaching profession) takes place during the preliminary chemistry course.

We publish detailed information on the individual preliminary courses on this page in good time before the respective new dates.

The preliminary courses take place at the beginning of the winter semester, before the general lecture period.

Dates for students of Chemistry

  • Preliminary course in mathematics: Dates will be announced in time.
  • Preliminary course in chemistry: Dates will be announced in time.

Compulsory practical instruction for chemistry students:

  • B.Sc. Chemistry: Dates will be announced in time.
  • Chemistry Teacher Training:  Dates will be announced in time.

Dates for students of Geosciences and Biogeosciences

Dates will be announced in time.

Successful start to studies: What else you should know

  • What is the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences (CGF), which institutes and buildings are there and what does this have to do with my studies?
  • Who are the important contact persons for questions about exams or problems during my studies at the faculty?
  • What deadlines do I have to observe during the semester?
  • And can I also participate in the committees as a student?

You can find answers to these and other questions about starting your studies in our information brochure for first-semester studentspdf, 3 mb · de. We have also provided links to some other helpful university pages.


Office for Student Affairs and Examinations

Office hours:
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