Information for incoming International Students

welcome to the School of Social Work at the Errnst Abbe University of Applied Sciences in Jena. We hope the following information is helpful and we would be happy to see you in Jena.


Jena is located in the state Thuringia , one of the former East German states, in the valley of the river Saale, close to the lovely Thuringia Forest. The city has a long tradition in the field of higher education and as a center of industry. The alma mater Jenensis, the University of Jena was one of the first European Universities. In Jena Goethe, Schiller, Schopenhauer and other of Europe finest intellectual braines have lived and worked. The Zeiss companies founded in Jena have gained a world wide recognition. Today, Jena has about 70.000 inhabitants and is home of about 30.000 students.

The Jena University of Applied Sciences (JUAS) in Jena

The University of Applied Sciences Jena was founded on October 1st,1991 as one of the first universities of its kind in the former Eastern part of Germany. Following a rather modest start with 300 students and 13 professors, the JUAS Jena employs 144 professors teaching more than 4.900 students (about 180 from more than 30 countries) today. Students have a choice of more than 30 BA and MA courses of studies, like Optometry, Business Administration, Biotechnology and Medical Engineering, Business, Environmental, Industrial, Electrical and Mechanical, Precision Engineering and, of course, Social Work Studies as well as Nursery (distance learning program). Further general information about the university, its profile, structure, faculties and courses see:
The Faculty of Social work offers for full-time students both, a BA as well as MA in Social Work and, for a part-time students a BA- and MA program in Nursing/Health Management.


The new University campus has been built at the Carl-Zeiss-Promenade Jena (see sitemap at: ).
The campus comprises modern seminar rooms and lectures halls, well-equipped laboratories, an attractive library, and many more. After its completion it will be one of the most modern universities in Germany. You can get to the Campus of the JUAS via the motorway exit Jena-Göschwitz passing Jena-Winzerla, the industrial estate South (Süd) to the Carl-Zeiss-Promenade. From the city centre you can reach the campus with the bus number 10, 13 or 40 , the stop is directly called: FACHOCHSCHULE. You can find train connections under .

Central Facilities of the JUAS

The library of the JUAS Jena is equipped with 290,000 books. More than 800 journals and magazines can be used in the reading hall. The library at the campus has several reading rooms and also offers the possibility of CD-ROM search, internet research and database access.

Students can have good and reasonably priced meals at the refectories and the cafeterias of the students‘ union at the campus and other places in town. The meals are also suitable for vegetarians and people who do not eat any pork. Prices range from Euro 1.50 onwards for a complete meal.

The JUAS offer several sports activities such as badminton, basketball, aerobics, fitness, indoor soccer, Judo, Karate, table tennis, volleyball. Exact times are announced at the beginning of each semester.

Studying at the School of Social Work in Jena

The program in Jena offers an integrated study of social work and social education. The program used to lead to a German University Diploma and compromises eight semesters altogether. With regard to the so-called Bologna process of the EU, since winter semester 2007 new students will be enrolled in the BA-program which lasts 3,5 years (210 credits) and includes 20 weeks of practice placement (= 4th semester) which are supplemented by a number of short block internships during the study program. Further, since 2005 the School of Social Work offers a Master Program (1,5 years – 90 credits) in social work which focuses on leadership and social scientific/empirical research competences, leaving (also international) students room for individual specializations.

The aim of the BA-degree is to provide the students with the necessary basic academic and professional competence as social workers. The program is very interdisciplinary which in addition to core areas of Social Work and Educational Science includes subjects like Sociology, Psychology, Law and Administration, Social Policy, Social Medicine, Cultural Communication and Conflict Management. Professional methods like supervision and mediation are integrated in the program which also offers the opportunity for supervised practical training as well as scientific work and application-related research.

The study program is divided into the so called basic or preliminary modules and the main study courses. The basic courses take three semesters and should teach all fundamental subjects necessary for the main study course. The basic courses are followed by the practice placement in the fourth semester. In semester 5 -7 students can choose from a variety of courses, including compulsory courses and optional courses (see: BA-program). Students can specialize according to their individual inclinations and career planning in fields like:

  • Child, Youth and Family Work
  • Health Care/Rehabilitation
  • Education and Aesthetics/Cultural Social Work
  • Social work with target groups
  • Criminal Justice Social Work
  • Community based Social Work

The major courses are completed by the BA-thesis.

The MA curriculum focusses on Leadership and research in Social Work (see: MA-program). Again at the end of the course program students hand in a MA-thesis.

Within the Erasmus exchange program incoming students can choose whatever course is suitable based on their knowledge and level of study and which is accepted by the Erasmus coordinator of the home university and the Erasmus coordinator of our department within the learning agreement. With regard to limitations of the courses we give incomming students priority.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. Usually first year students are enrolled in the winter semester which starts in the first week in October, however international students are invited either to start in the winter or summer semester. The summer semester usually begins in Mid March. Minor changes in semester dates could occur due to holidays or unpredictable circumstances. In the first week of the semesters there is usually a general introduction program offered to get to know the EAH. You can obtain all relevant information for the following semesters under the homepage of the EAH Jena.

Further, the School of Social work offers it’s own tutorial week for new students rsp. a practice placement reflection course for 2nd-4th year students.


Students from abroad have to meet certain entrance requirements. Basic requirement is a certificate of secondary education qualifying students for studies at universities in their countries. Direct admission is only possible if the entrance qualification for a university abroad matches the German entrance standard. Special entrance regulations apply to students from foreign partner universities especially within the European Erasmus program rsp. our Socrates University Network (1998). Usually students from our European partners visit our faculty for one semester which may be followed by an internship (total maximum of 2 semester). Because of the agreements within the network the requirements are much more simple. Basic requirement is an official recognition as a Soctrates/Erasmus student of one of our partner universities. Erasmus students do not need an official German language certificate, however we recommend at least basic knowledge of the German language (B2).

If you are a non-EU student, please contact the German embassy of your country whether a visa is required or not. You can also find information under at „Die Deutsche Vertretung im Ausland“. In Germany you will have to register with the resident’s registration office and the International residents‘ office. You will have to provide the following documents:

  • resident’s registration office passport
  • proof of accommodation
  • the International residents‘ office passport and two photographs
  • student’s ID
  • health insurance
  • copy of registration form from resident’s registration office
  • proof of funding your period of studying


Students who are accepted within the Erasmus program of our European University partners only have to pay a semester fee of about € 150 per semester which includes free public transport in Jena, membership of the students union (Stura) etc. All other international students have to pay an additional administration fee of € 50.

German as a Foreign Language

All of our course programs (BA as well as MA) are taught in German. Therefore, and also if you are looking for a practice placement (internship) you need to speak German. Even Erasmus students do not need an official German language certificate, we recommend at least basic knowledge of the German language.

Except of Erasmus students all other international students admitted directly in the course program need to show a German language proficiency (German language certificate DSH scores 2 or 3 rsp. TestDaf scores 4 or 5).

All foreign students who are accepted as incoming students (whether Erasmus or other) can follow special German language courses at the EAH, however these courses are just for support but do not officially prepare for the German language examination DSH- or TestDaF-e. For further information please follow

Without knowledge of German language and if you fulfill all other formal criteria there is a possibility of getting a conditional admission. The condition is that you learn German language either in your country, or in Germany. You need to reach C1 level (1200 hrs) of German proficiency in order to take DSH Prüfung or Test DaF.
Prior to admittance to the EAH we do not offer language courses at our institution, but there are a few that you can choose in Jena. One is at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena ( and one is at the Institute for International Communication:
For further information you may also follow

For further information please contact:

University of Applied Sciences – Office for International Affairs (Erasmus students)
Mrs. Angelika Förster
Phone: +49 (0) 3641/205-135
Fax: +49 (0) 3641/205-136


University of Applied Sciences – International Office (all other international students)
Mr. Robert Schäf
Phone: +49 (0) 3641/205-167
Fax: +49 (0) 3641/205-136

Practical Information about student life in Jena
The students’ union (Studentenwerk) provides accommodation for students. With regard to housing we guarantee support, however we need your applications (with the letter of acceptance in the exchange program of your university) several months in advance. Professors, staff and our students will spread the mouth regarding a place in student house etc. Further, you can apply for a place in a hall of residence at the students’ union ( Arrival has to be arranged individually because the warden in the halls is not always on duty. Some halls also have student wardens ( ). If you arrive at the weekend or late at night you would have to book a hotel for one night ( ). Private accommodation can be found under and “Wohnungsmarkt im Internet”.

If you have taken out a health insurance in your country please provide proof of it with an authorized translation. You also can take out health insurance in Germany for about 55 € per month.

The School of Social work will offer students tutors in order to support our foreign students finding accommodation, necessary information an so forth.

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