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.

Quick start
Important Dates
Orientation Days
Preliminary courses
Gelungener Studienstart: Was man sonst noch wissen sollte

Important dates for the winter semester 2023/24

  • Semester period: 1 Oct 2023 until 31 March 2023
  • Lecture period: 16 Oct 2023 until 9 Feb 2023
  • Orientation Days: 2 Oct 2023 until 13 Oct 2023

Orientation Days

Subject-specific events

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

Study programme Programme of the orientation days
Biogeosciences (Bachelor, Master) Programme BiogeosciencesExternal link
Chemistry (Bachelor, Teacher training) Programme Chemistry as Download[pdf, 232 kb · de]
Chemical Biology M.Sc. 16 October 2023, 9:00-10:00
Introduction with Prof. Dr Georg Pohnert
Großer Besprechungsraum im IAAC, Humboldtstr. 8.
Chemistry-Energy-Environment M.Sc. 10 October 2023, 9:00-11:00
Introduction with Prof. Dr Andrea Balducci
Seminarraum 3, IAAC, Humboldtstr. 8.
Geography (Bachelor, Master, Teacher training) Programme Geography [de]
Geosciences (Bachelor, Master), Environmental and Georesources Management UGM M.Sc. Programme Geosciences and UGM[pdf, 233 kb · de]


Please also be sure to note the dates of the preliminary courses and the compulsory practical instruction for chemistry students.

Central programme

In addition to the official welcome ceremony you can expect, among other things, Friedolin question time, special information of the Central Student Advisory Service.

General events and training sessions at the beginning of your studiesWe also recommend that you take part in the workshops on the first phase of your studies: there you can reflect on your start and course of studies under professional guidance, exchange experiences with other students, and practice study-related methods and learning techniques.

Workshops in the introductory phase

Note: Please also check your email account @uni-jena.de regularly to receive up-to-date information about the Introduction Days and your study 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. Usually, 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: 2-6 October 2023, HS Helmholtzweg 4
  • Preliminary course in chemistry: 9-13 October 2023, Humboldtstr. 8

Compulsory practical instruction for chemistry students:

  • B.Sc. Chemistry: 9 October 2023, 8:00-10:00, HS IAAC, Humboldtstr. 8
  • Chemistry Teacher Training:  9 October 2023, 10:00-12:00, HS IAAC, Humboldtstr. 8

Dates for students of Geosciences and Biogeosciences

Current 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 students[pdf, 3 mb · de]. We have also provided links to some other helpful university pages.

Titelseite Erstsemesterbroschüre der Chemisch-Geowissenschaftlichen Fakultät
Collage: Claudia Hilbert; Christoph Worsch
Information for first year students about studying at the Facutly of Chemistry and Earth Sciences (in German and English)
Thumbnail of video Faculty Tour
Screenshot: Claudia Hilbert
In the video (in German) you can get to know the different areas of the faculty and get an insight into some buildings, lecture halls and laboratories.
Two female students in the lobby of the ThULB
Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)
Manage your studies well from the outset
International students during the Welcome Days
Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)
Information for international students before and after arrival
Digital pilots - Wordcloud
Image: Carolin Thiel/Universität Jena
The Digital Pilots are students who support and advise other students on digital learning and working.


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