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Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena
Jena, Germany (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Jena
The International Studies and Diplomacy Program and M.A. in International Relations Program at URI has selected The Friedrich Schiller University Jena as its approved study abroad exchange program institution for a number of reasons, from the selection of International Relations and economic courses available, impressive faculty & scholars, broad range of language course offerings, unrestricted access to courses at Jena, excellent student assistance and academic support services, active student life and its international campus.
 
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at URI in conjunction with the ISD program proudly co-sponsors the University of Jena exchange program for its German Language Major. URI students interested in German language, political science, economics, and/or history have the opportunity to advance their studies at URI with a semester or academic year at Jena. It's courses are multidisciplinary with an excellent cultural and academic background which enables students to both understand the most important issues in today’s world as well as achieve success within a range of careers.

*The Jena exchange program is limited to four semester spaces per academic year. Priority will be given to ISD students and MA International Relations students*

LOCATION

“Outstanding support, high-quality education, and a very beautiful city with very nice and hospitable people” was the conclusion made by one of Jena’s students in the International Student Barometer 2016. The Friedrich Schiller University Jena (founded in 1558) offers the best study conditions: practical, excellent teaching based on cutting-edge research in over 200 study programs in 10 faculties. With 17,600 students, it is the largest university in Thuringia, located at the heart of Germany and Europe. Over 2,600 foreign students from 114 countries are already profiting from the low cost of living. Jena is a medium-sized, true university city with lots of high-tech companies and start-ups. Many young people and families live happy and healthy here: students make up one fifth of the local population. There is a major cultural scene, sports activities, and an international community. Come to Jena and experience it for yourself!

ACADEMICS


1. INTERNATIONAL STUDIES & DIPLOMACY (ISD) PROGRAM OPTION

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Academic progress within the International Studies & Diplomacy Program
  • 3 credits or more in German Language at 300 level
  • 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • ​1 letter of recommendation from Kristin Johnson, Director of the ISD program
Academics:
Track 1: ISD students with a lower level of German will take primarily German Language courses offered by the Language Center during the Semester. Courses are offered from the A2 level all the way through the C2 level.  English language courses will not be an option, except under specific circumstances such as for ABM students who need it to graduate who are enrolling in graduate level courses and already can meet proficiency benchmarks. Any exception will require the permission of the ISD Director.

 ♦ Compulsory Courses: TBA
                    
 ♦ Elective courses:

Track 2: ISD students with a relatively high level of German with the equivalent of the B2 language level can direct enroll and take any course offered at the university (A list of courses / Vorlesungsverzeichnis are available on the Friedolin Studentenverwaltung website). Normally students in their second semester at Jena are able to take advantage of these courses.  Additionally, students can enroll up to two courses taught in English at the undergraduate level. Students are encouraged to continue improving their German language skills by taking upper-level German Language courses offered by the Language Center during the Semester.

 ♦ Compulsory Courses:
                    
 ♦ Elective courses:


2. M.A. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS PROGRAM OPTION


Eligibility Requirements:
Academic progress within the MA in International Relations Program

3 credits or more in German Language at 300 level
2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
​1 letter of recommendation from Kristin Johnson, Director of the ISD program

Academics:

Track 1: Graduate students in the International Relations Program with a lower level of German will take primarily German Language courses offered by the Language Center during the Semester. Courses are offered from the A2 level all the way through the C2 level. Additionally, students can enroll in courses taught in English at the Master's level (A list of courses / Vorlesungsverzeichnis are available on the Friedolin Studentenverwaltung website).

 ♦ Compulsory Courses: TBA
                    
 ♦ Elective courses:

Track 2: Graduate students in the International Relations Program with a relatively high level of German with the equivalent of the B2 language level can direct enroll and take courses offered in German at the Master's level (A list of courses / Vorlesungsverzeichnis are available on the Friedolin Studentenverwaltung website). Additionally, students can enroll in courses taught in English at the Master's level. Students are encouraged to continue improving their German language skills by taking upper-level German Language courses offered by the Language Center during the Semester.

 ♦ Compulsory Courses: TBA
                    
 ♦ Elective courses:

 

3. GERMAN LANGUAGE MAJOR OPTION

Eligibility Requirements:

2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
3 credits or more in German Language at 300 level
​2 letters of recommendation (1 letter required from the German Section Head)

Academics
URI students with a good level of German language skills can enroll for one semester or a full academic year within the International German Program. Both options (semester or academic year) are structured to provide substantial insight into German culture and language acquisition. 

Track 1: German Majors with a lower level of German will take primarily German Language courses offered by the Language Center during the Semester. Courses are offered from the A2 level all the way through the C2 level. Additionally, students can enroll in ONE course taught in English at the undergraduate level. Students with little to no German my request permission to take a higher number of courses in English.

 ♦ Compulsory Courses:
                    
 ♦ Elective courses:

Track 2: German Majors with a relatively high level of German with the equivalent of the B2 language level can direct enroll and take any course offered at the university (A list of courses / Vorlesungsverzeichnis are available on the Friedolin Studentenverwaltung website). Normally students in their second semester at Jena are able to take advantage of these courses.  Students are encouraged to continue improving their German language skills by taking upper-level German Language courses offered by the Language Center during the Semester. In general, courses should be  in German unless it is a graduate level course and the student has a high level of proficiency.

 ♦ Compulsory Courses: TBA
                    
 ♦ Elective courses:



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ACCOMMODATIONS


On-Campus accommodations:
On-campus housing is run by Studierendenwerk Thüringen. There are 3 single apartments or mixed-sex shared flats with 2–8 single rooms. Rent  can vary from € 180–350/month. International Students are highly encouraged to select a "package plan," which includes a furnished single room or in a single apartment  in one of the student residences, a set of bed linens (comforter, pillow and bed sheets), Meal tickets valid at the Studierendenwerks cafeterias and dining halls (refectories) in the amount of 280 €, Support and counselling, Semester Ticket and internet access among other things.

Dorm tutors are also available to help ease the process of settling in to a new city and promote social interaction and cultural togetherness on campus.

Housing Application Deadline: Apply by 15 July / 15 January
Note: In order to process the service package, an application for a place of residence must be submitted in addition to the agreement

Off-Campus accommodations: If you missed the application deadline, and/or there are no rooms available in a university hall of residence you will need to secure your own housing. 

Meal Options: The University of Jena does not offer any meal plans, and students largely cater for themselves. In addition to being able to cook in their apartments, students (food and equipment can be bought from nearby supermarkets) can buy warm meals in two big dining halls (Mensas) and several smaller cafeterias. There are always three meal choices for € 1.50 – 3.50. 

PROGRAM COST


Estimated Cost of Attendance Per Semester: $16,600
Note: Please view the budget sheet for itemized cost details.

APPLICATION PROCESS


Step 1: Apply by URI's Application Deadline and complete the Pre-Decision Phase of the Application in URI Abroad. Once your application is complete and your eligibility is verified your application can be considered. If selected, OIE will send your nomination to the University of Jena. You will then receive an email from the International Office at the University of Jena outlining the next step of filling out the Exchange Partner Program Application.

Step 2: Fill out the Exchange Partner Program Application

Step 3: Complete the Post-Decision Phase of the URI Abroad Application

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


University of Jena Academic Calendar

Program Timeline:
Semester Duration URI Application Deadline Jena Application Deadline
Fall (Winter Semester & Academic Year) Oct. 1 - March 31 Oct. 1 July 15
Spring (Summer Semester) April 1 - Sept. 30 March 1 January 15

Support & Activities:
International Student Study Guide.pdf
Student Mentoring Program - Mentors are matched with students to help guide them through all things at Uni Jena.
Orientation Week
Welcome Days (a five week series of events, help to introduce new students to the university and region, to other students and student life
Beginning Studies Info
Advising services about visa, career etc.
Intercultural Trainings
International Cafe & cultural workshops, film nights, concerts, excursions, visits. Student groups organize various events throughout the year.
Sports Center -The Sports Centre at the FSU offers a gym, swimming pool and several sports grounds as well as many courses, ranging from American Football to Yoga. Fee and accident insurance cost 15 € per semester. Registration for courses starts ca. 1-2 weeks before lectures commence.

Helpful Links:
Uni Jena Official Facebook Page
Uni Jena YouTube Page
Uni Jena Instagram Page
Uni Jena Twitter
Jena App (see where free internet is and more!)
Learn more about the University of Jena
Learn more about the City of Jena
Learn more about the International Studies and Diplomacy Program at URI
Learn more about the M.A. in International Relations at URI

Health, Safety & Security Considerations


U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Information for Germany
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Information for Germany
Coronavirus / COVID-19 at the University of Jena

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