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USD Direct in Jena, Germany
Jena, Germany (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Dormitory Minimum GPA: 3.0
Term: Academic Year, Spring City: Jena
Country: Germany USD Scholarships: Coyote Commitment, Mickelson Scholarship, Presidential-Alumni Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity, Ullyot Scholarship
Language Prerequiste: Advanced, Intermediate Course Area: Agriculture, Arabic Language & Culture, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Economics, Education, Fine Art & Studio, Geography, Geology, German Language & Culture, History, Information Technology, International Relations, International Studies, Law & Legal Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics & Statistics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Social Sciences, Sport & Exercise Science
Language of Instruction: German
Program Description:

Jena, Germany

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.

Friedrich Schiller University of Jena

As one of the ten oldest universities in Germany, Jena offers coursework in all academic disciplines, including Biology, Chemistry, Folklore and Culture Studies, German as a Foreign Language, and Philosophy. All courses are taught in German and USD students study alongside other international students and local German students. The university has over 20,000 students and boasts 6 Nobel Prize winners.

Universities in Germany approach academics in a very different way than in the United States. Students may not receive a syllabus and, if they do, it will not contain the same amount of detail provided in USD syllabi. Students are expected to pursue more independent study outside of the classroom while still continuing preparation for final exams. This course layout allows students the opportunity to pursue personal academic interests within the context of the course without having the additional reading and writing assignments typically found within the American higher educational system. Students’ grades will typically be only based on a final exam.

Student Life

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.
While at Jena University, USD students will have access to the full range of student organizations, the student wellness center, and other student-oriented services. Students will receive a local student ID, which will allow them access to the International Poetry Reading, the multi-media center, and yoga classes.


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.

Application Process

In order to qualify for this program, students must have two years of college-level German. Students must complete the Global Learning 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.

This program is offered on a semester or academic year basis; there are no summer programs available. Students wishing to go only for the fall semester should consult with Global Learning as soon as possible.

This program is currently not accepting applications.