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USD Direct in Jena, Germany
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Jena is a medieval German city located in the state of Thuringia in central Germany. The city boasts a rich history of more than 900 years, including becoming the home of idealist philosophy in the 18th century. Famous philosophers such as Georg Hegel and poets such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe were associated with the university located in Jena, which was established in 1558.
Access to the rest of Germany, including Leipzig, Munich, and Berlin, as well as Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, is easily accomplished from the local train station. Germany has much to offer students, including the mix of historic and modern in Berlin, the cathedral in Cologne, and the historic towns in Bavaria.
This program is offered for a semester or academic year basis; there are no summer programs available. Spring Semester starts early April and ends late July; academic year starts late September and ends late July. Course Catalog
USD students have the option of living on campus in single dormitory rooms or shared flats with access to kitchen facilities and common living spaces. USD students live with local German students and other international students. Students also have access to student cafeterias which offer inexpensive meals six days a week; the university does not offer meal plans.
Jena University is a USD Direct program, which means students will continue to pay USD tuition and fees. Students will continue to receive any federal financial aid (with the exception of federal work/study) and most USD scholarships (Coyote Commitment, Mickelson, Presidential-Alumni, SD Opportunity, and Ullyot).
Students will pay for housing upon arrival in Germany.
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In order to qualify for this program, students must have two years of college-level German. Students must complete the Study Abroad application before being nominated to Jena University. Students will work in conjunction with overseas staff to coordinate their arrival in Germany, course registration, and housing.