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Frequently Asked Questions

Course Guidance and Information

Please send your questions to:
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Bernd Ploss

You can find information about the procedure under Application. There you will find an online application form. Please fill the form found there. Store the PDF-File on your computer and print it out. Please send us the signed printout together with certified copies of your documents as listed in the application file by post (not by email!).

All compulsory modules of the course are fully taught in English language. Included in the Master course are introductory modules "German as a foreign language". Nevertheless, a good command of German helps a lot in daily life. Furthermore, your career prospects will be dramatically increased.

Citizens from most countries outside the European Union need a Student Visa. Please contact the German Embassy or a German Consulate General in your country for the details and the processing time. You will need various documents and also a financial proof for your entire period of studies in Germany (usually based on expenses of about 861 Euro per month).

For some countries there are also "Study Applicant's Visa", but Tourist Visas may not be modified after arrival in Germany. Ask the German Embassy or Consulate in your country for the regulations before or directly after you send us your application.

There are students halls of residence (dormitories, Wohnanlagen) which are operated by the "Studentenwerk". The Studentenwerk is a non-profit organisation which provides various services to students. You can find information on the dormitories at the Studentenwerk website. The number of rooms is limited and often does not cover the demand. Foreign students receive a special consideration when the Studentenwerk receives the application for the winter semester before July 31st. Therefore, please apply for a room with the Studentenwerk immediately after you have applied for the course. Do not wait for the acceptance letter to reach you. The application for the room can be cancelled in case you should not get an acceptance. It may, however, be difficult and expensive when you arrive in Jena without having reserved a room. There are of course also private rooms and flats for rent in Jena. However, it would be very difficult to find and rent a private flat from abroad. If you like so, you can of course look for a private flat after you have become familiar with Jena. If you who have booked a room with the Studentenwerk, please do not forget to confirm it as indicated in the message from the Studentenwerk.

Students from abroad will usually arrive by airplane at Frankfurt airport. There is a railway connection from Frankfurt Airport to Jena every one to two hours. Travelling time is three to four hours. You will have to change the train, often in Weimar. The price for the ticket is about 65 Euro. You can just contact the ticket office at Frankfurt Airport and buy the train ticket there. A reservation in advance is not required. Information on the train schedule and the prices can be found at Start station is "Frankfurt(M)Flughafen", destination "Jena". Jena has two stations for long distance trains: "Jena West" and "Jena Paradies". At the railway station you can rent a taxi which brings you to your dormitory. There are also buses, but it may be a bit difficult to use them when you come to Jena for the first time. If you send us your precise arrival data some days in advance, we will try to arrange a student tutor who will pick you up at the railway station.

It is mandatory for a student to take up a German health insurance. The monthly fee is about 107 Euro. A foreign health insurance is not accepted. Therefore, it is sufficient for you to cover the trip to Germany and the first one or two weeks by a health insurance from your country. Our student tutors will help you to register with a German health insurance after your arrival.

Payments like semester fee, rental fees etc. can usually be performed only by bank transfer. Therefore you will have to open a bank account in Germany. There are banks which offer accounts free of charge to students. Our student tutors will help you opening a bank account after arrival.

We are sorry, but we do not possess funds for any of these. You may try to contact funding institutions of your country. Some countries provide funds to support studies abroad. There is also a data base for funds from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to be found at Usually there is not too much chance to find fundings for studies on the Master's level. Most grants are restricted for PhD or postdoctoral studies only.

The course starts once a year with the winter semester. Within the month of October enrolment and other administrative tasks will be taken care of. After finishing this introductory part, the lectures and lab courses will start. Important dates will be mentioned in the admission letter.

There is no tuition fee! We have had discussions if a service charge must be introduced from winter semester 2014/15, but that has been rejected. The course will remain free.
There is a semester fee (administrative fee) of currently 237,37 Euro (please refer to your admission letter for the exact amount). Among other benefits the semester fee fully covers local transportation by bus and trains. The semester fee must be paid before the enrolment. This can be done at a post office in cash when you are in Germany or by money transfer after you have opened an account with a bank in Germany (the student tutors will help you). Please do not bring a cheque drawn by a foreign bank or transfer money from your home country before arriving in Germany.

The costs of living are of course very much depending on the individual lifestyle. To be on the safe side we recommend to anticipate an amount of 861 Euro per month to cover all expenses (room, meals, health insurance, transport, etc.). The average amount of 861 Euro per month might consist of: Accommodation 325 Euro, medical insurance 107 Euro, food 320 Euro, monthly fraction of the semester fee 39 Euro, miscellaneous expenses 70 Euro.

Your application will be evaluated by the admission board. The board will look not only at your aggregate marks but also on the marks in some most important subjects, the quality and adequacy of your Bachelor's programme completed, research done in a field of relevance or work experience, content and persuasiveness of your motivation letter (and also the competion by the other applicants). It is therefore not possible to tell your chances in advance. The full application is needed before the evaluation can be performed.