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German Course & Cultural Programme

Before the start of every winter semester, we organise a two-week intensive German language course accompanied by a cultural programme. After a placement test at the beginning of the course, the participants are divided into groups of different levels. The course comprises 50 hours. The cultural programme will take place on selected afternoons after the German lessons.

Look back on the Cultural Programme 2023

Meeting point: Mensa Ernst Abbe Square, 4:00 pm

At the beginning of the language course weeks, we welcome all participants of the German course and cultural programme to the International Centre in the house on the wall. The International Centre is a meeting place for German and international students and is home to numerous international organisations and associations.

Meeting point: L'Osteria Jena (Leutragraben 1, 07743 Jena), 6:00 pm

From the International Centre it is only a few steps to the Italian restaurant L'Osteria, where all participants of the cultural programme are invited to a Welcome Dinner from 6:00 pm. Food and drinks are paid by the International Office.

Meeting point: Mensa Ernst Abbe Square, 3:00 pm

The "SaaleHorizontale" hiking trail, which was voted Germany's most beautiful hiking trail in 2023, leads through the hills around Jena. We hike along the SaaleHorizontale to one of the numerous vantage points from which you have a fantastic view of Jena. If the weather is dry, trainers and sportswear are sufficient for the hike. Don't forget something to drink and a snack for the road!

Meeting point: Mensa Ernst Abbe Square, 7:30 pm

The Zeiss Planetarium Jena is the longest-serving planetarium in the world, but at the same time has the most modern 360° projection technology on the market. The "Space Tour" combines well-known music hits with images from the depths of the universe.

Meeting point: Mensa Ernst Abbe Square, 12:00 noon

On Saturday, weather permitting, we will meet in the central Paradise Park for a picnic. Please bring something to eat and drink for the picnic. There is also a snack bar and a pay toilet near the picnic area.

Meeting point: Mensa Ernst Abbe Square, 3:30 pm

In the Plan B boulder hall you climb up boulders without a safety rope. Soft mats ensure that falling down is also fun and that you can't hurt yourself. During the training session, climbing techniques are taught and the first climbing tours are undertaken. Afterwards, everyone can continue climbing for as long as they like.

Important: Bring sports clothes and a towel. Climbing shoes can be borrowed from the bouldering hall. Food and drinks can either be brought along or bought in the boulder hall.

Meeting point: Mensa Ernst Abbe Square, 5:00 pm

We say goodbye to the cultural programme with a bowling evening at Jembo Park. Bowling shoes can be lent on site. Drinks are available in the pub at the bowling alley.