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Information on courses and credits for guest students

These information may help guest students of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and applicants interested in studying at the University as guest students. As an applicant/guest student, you may need these while searching for suitable courses and creating your study plan. In addition, guest students can also find information on the course and examination management. We hope that there is also the answer to your question. If not, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to help you.

Selecting courses

  • You will have to set up your course schedule on your own. To do so, please select your courses from the course catalogue.
  • In many courses, the language of instruction is German, whereas some of the courses are taught in English. You may find the latter by clicking 'Search for Lectures' in the course catalogue.
  • Primarily, you should select courses within your field of study. Upon consultation with your lecturers, you may be allowed to select topic-related courses from other fields of study, too.
  • We recommend you to attend courses corresponding to the degree pursued at your home university, e.g. Bachelors courses if you are enrolled in a Bachelors programme. Upon consultation with your lecturers, you may also attend courses with other difficulty levels, e.g. within Masters programmes.
  • If you do a research for your thesis or you want to carry out an individual research project, please note this information.

German courses

  • If you study German studies at your home university, you should enrol for German as a foreign language at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. In this case, you can then attend both the courses in the field of German as a foreign language ('ATS-Kurse') and those of German studies.
  • If you are enrolled for another field of study, you may participate in additional German language courses from the Language Centre.
  • Taking part in the placement test is compulsory for every student who wants to attend ATS courses and German language courses at the Language Centre. The dates will be announced before lecture period starts.


  • Each course has a fixed amount of credits that cannot be changed. For further information, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact your lecturers.
  • You will only be awarded credits if you complete the course successfully. In order to do so, you should participate in the selected courses regularly. You may have to perform additional work load during the semester and prepare a written work at the end of the course.
  • Please bear in mind that you should fulfil the requirements of your home university and of your scholarship programme. Students participating in the exchange programme ERASMUS+ should acquire 30 ECTS per semester.
  • Regardless your programme, you should complete at least two subject-specific courses or acquire at least 10 ECTS per semester. 

Course registration

  • Please register for your courses directly with your lecturers in the first course session. Additionally, you may also send them an e-mail in advance.
  • Please note that as a guest student you cannot register for courses via Friedolin.


  • After having registered for the courses with your lecturers, you should register the courses on the portal Onleila. The course registration is compulsory for every guest student. Only by doing so, we will be able to issue your Transcript of Records at the end of the semester.
  • Go to Onleila.


  • Details on course work and examinations will be announced at the beginning of each course.
  • Usually, you should register for examinations directly with your lecturer and not via Friedolin.
  • Exception: Students in the field of study Economics and Business Administration should register with the Departmental International Office ().
  • If you need further information on registering for examinations, please contact your lecturers.

Performance assessment

  • Course work and examinations are assessed according to the German grade system or with the following grades: 'passed' (bestanden) or 'failed' (nicht bestanden).

    German grade
     Verbal definition
     1.0 - 1.5
     very good (outstanding performance)
     1.6 - 2.5
     good (performance considerably above average performance)
     2.6 - 3.5
     satisfactory (performance meeting the average requirements for passing)
     3.6 - 4.0
     sufficient (performance that despite its shortcomings meets the basic requirements)
     4.1 - 5.0
     fail (performance that does not meet the basic requirements due to considerable shortcomings)

  • You will only be awarded ECTS if you have passed your examinations.
  • Regular and active attendance in courses is compulsory.

Documentation and Transcript of Records

  • After you have registered on Onleila, you will receive a Course Card ('Kurskarte'). On the Course Card, your lecturers should list your course work and respective results after you have completed the course. Please return the completed Course Card to the International Office at the end of the semester, i.e. before you leave Jena. The Course Card is the basis for your Transcript of Records.
  • You will receive your Transcript of Records from the International Office. A copy of it will be sent directly to your home university.

Important documents for ERASMUS+ students

  • Confirmation of Arrival/Confirmation of Departure/Confirmation of Stay:
    These forms are to be signed by the International Office. Please note that you have to be enrolled as a student during the whole period in which you are entitled to the scholarship.
  • Learning Agreement:
    Please send us a complete Learning Agreement Before the Mobility before your arrival in Jena. After your arrival, please update your study plan in the form Learning Agreement During the Mobility and submit the form to the International Office. As a student in the exchange programme ERASMUS+, you should acquire 30 ECTS per semester.
  • For more details on the relevant documents for this exchange programme, please visit this website.

Semester dates

  Winter semester 2017/18
Summer semester 2018

Winter semester 2018/19

 01.10.2017 - 31.03.2018
 01.04.2018 - 30.09.2018
 01.10.2018 - 31.03.2019
Orientation (lecture-free)
 01.10.2017 - 15.10.2017
 01.04.2018 - 08.04.2018
Lecture period
 16.10.2017 - 09.02.2018
 09.04.2018 - 13.07.2018
Lecture-free period
 10.02.2018 - 31.03.2018
 14.07.2018 - 30.09.2018
Examination period
at the end of the lecture period and during the lecture-free period



  • International Office
    If you need some help when organizing and managing your study period in Jena, you can contact the International Office:

    Stefanie Müller
    University Main Building, room 17
    Fürstengraben 1
    07743 Jena

    E-mail: mueller.stefanie (at)
    Phone: +49 (0) 3641 931149
    Fax: +49 (0) 3641 931147
    Office hours

  • ERASMUS/exchange coordinator
    If you have any specific questions regarding your study programme, please contact your subject-specific Erasmus/exchange coordinator.
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