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thoska – a Multifunction Smart Card for Students


Frequently Asked Questions


Which functions does the card perform?

·         Student ID

·         Library card (after you registered at the main library ThULB)

·         Copy card (list of photocopiers that work with the thoska)

·         Meal card in dining halls and catering outlets (list of outlets where you can pay with your thoska instead of paying cash)

·         Validating your student ID after you have reregistered

·         Semester ticket

·         Printing account in the data centre/multimedia service centre

·         Access to certain facilities and rooms in particular cases


Who is entitled to obtain a thoska?

Everyone who registers at the University of Jena for the first time will obtain the thoska (student ID).

Which actions should I take to prevent damage from my card?

Information on how to keep your thoska safely can be found here.

How much does the thoska cost?

If you register at the University of Jena for the first time, a fee of €20 is charged for production of a new card together with the tuition fees.


If your card is lost, damaged or older than three years, a fee of €10 is charged for production of a replacement card.


The amounts mentioned refer to art. 9 of the Fees Regulation from 25 June 2007 and to the Announcement 2012-10 of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.)

Do I receive a confirmation of enrolment with my thoska?

No, the thoska itself does not work as a confirmation of enrolment. When the thoska is sent to you, you also receive an identification number together with a PIN that you use to register at the University's data centre. The very same data are used to log into Friedolin (https:\\, where you can print a confirmation of enrolment and other documents. More information can be found here.

Where can I travel with my semester ticket?

The semester ticket is valid:


·         On all buses and trams in Jena.

·         On all trains in Thuringia operated by Deutsche Bahn, Erfurter Bahn and Süd-Thüringen Bahn in the second class.

·         The thoska may from now on also be used as a VMT ticket. More information can be found here.


Do I need a new thoska each semester? How do I validate my smart card?

Student ID front side with photograph


Back side


No, once you received the thoska after registration, you will keep it for the length of your study in Jena. On the lower part of the card, you will find the validation stripe where changeable data is kept. If these data (e.g. transfer to another course, temporary withdrawal, reregistration) change, the imprint on your card needs to be updated.


In most cases, a validation will be necessary when you reregister for a new semester and want to expand the period of validity of your smart card.


Once the tuition fees have been transferred, you will be reregistered for the new semester at the University of Jena. If you want to revalidate the thoska, you have to use one of the validation machines. Your card will then be imprinted with course information and a new expiry date.


Please note that it might take a while until your bank has transferred the amount to Friedrich Schiller University Jena, so usually you can validate your card two weeks after bank transfer.

A list of places with validation machines can be found here.


What happens with my thoska when I leave Friedrich Schiller University Jena?

You can keep the thoska after you left university, but it will lose its functions if you are not registered any more.

Please note, though, that you should spend your card balance entirely before leaving, as you will not get a refund.

In case you deregister before the official end of the semester - i.e. before 31 March or 30 September - make sure to complete the Deregistration Form which you get in the thoska Office. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the thoska Office at the Student Service Centre.

thoska Office contact details and opening hours

Mrs Krull, telephone 03641 9 31150

Mrs Hirte, telephone 03641 9 31151


If you want to speak to them in person, you can go to the thoska Office at the Student Service Centre which is next to the Cafeteria in the University's Main Building (campus plan.)

Their room E068 can be found right behind the waiting hall.


Opening hours from 17 March to 10 April 2015

 Mondays  10:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
 Tuesdays  10:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00
 Wednesdays  10:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
 Thursdays  10:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
 Fridays  10:00-12:00


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