USD STUDY ABROAD Direct Programs
|Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany is one of the oldest universites in Germany and offers an extensive course list in all subjects (German). Take in an opera at the German National Theatre in Weimar, gaze down upon wreathes of mist from the window of the fairytale throne room at Neuschwanstein Castle, or mount the ruined turrets of the Gräfenstein Fortress above the valley of Merzalben.
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 the historic and the modern in Berlin, the cathedral in Cologne, and the historic towns in Bavaria.
Friedrich Schiller University is one of the ten oldest universities in Germany and 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.
While in Jena, 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.
Information for international students: Jena PDF/ Website
Course Catalog (German)
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.
Explore our interactive budget calculator for this program:
- Jena, Germany Semester Budget Estimator
- Jena, Germany Academic Year Budget Estimator
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.
Spring Semester Early April to late July
Academic Year Late September to late July
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