Friedrich Schiller University
Founded in 1558, the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena is one of the oldest universities in Germany and still very popular. The University of Jena, where famous writers, poets and philosophers such as Goethe, Schiller, Hegel or Fichte taught, represents a great tradition of intellectual history. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the University in the town of Jena in the former German state of Thuringia became a modern research facility and the most comprehensive university in the state, reflecting its great tradition but with a decidedly modern orientation. It is particularly focused on the fields of biology/ecology, biotechnology, humanities and, of course, optics and photonics – with the world-famous Carl-Zeiss group as its headquarters.
The university has one of the best institutes in the world for optics, with extensive facilities and research developed in collaboration with the private sector. The city, which receives more than 250 new patents on optics technologies every year, is said to be one of the 7 most important technology centers of the future, according to a 2017 assessment in Germany.
Unlike some other universities, Friedrich Schiller University places great value on personal contact; almost everyone knows each other and works one-to-one with the teachers. I think this is another reason why the duration of education in Jena is much lower than the average with 10.3 semesters. Because it is not a traditional campus university and the faculties are scattered all over the city, you get to know almost every part of the city over time. For some students, this can get boring after a certain point. But you definitely don’t need a car – at most a good pair of walking shoes or a comfortable bicycle saddle.
The university ranks high in the international rankings (CWTS Leiden Ranking 334th) (URAP 272nd). These results are not very good for Germany, but they are still quite good compared to other countries (see University Rating Agencies and Their Importance).
When I research universities, I pay a lot of attention to the comments of foreign students, especially from my environment or the internet. Let me remind you that I have not received a single negative comment about the University of Jena or the city. Almost everyone says that this city and the university are amazing and that you will feel happy.
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APPLICATION TO JENA UNIVERSITY
The University of Jena accepts applications for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees via its application portal. In addition to your university entrance qualification (HZB), you must submit the following language certificates for the Bachelor’s degree programs.
DSH : German language test for university entrance (level 2)
TestDaF : (Level 4 in at least four areas)
Goethe Certificate C2
telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule : Certificate of passing the exam
If you already have a C1 certificate and are enrolled in a C2 course, your application will be processed (C1 is not sufficient for admission to Medicine and Dentistry programs, one of the above certificates is required), but you will need to take an exam or present one of the above certificates before enrollment. You can apply to the preparatory school if you can prove your knowledge of German with the following B1 level certificates.
Goethe certificate B1
ÖSD certificate B1
telc Deutsch B1
TestDaF level 3333
English master’s courses usually require evidence of English at level B2, as well as minimum score requirements in some subjects. You need to check the details of the programs. Check the programs and application requirements at the link below.
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