The City of Jena

Marktplatz bei Nacht© JenaFotografx | Fotografie & Medien Frank Liebold
Campus am Tag© Friedrich-Schiller-Universität 

Welcome to the city of light Jena, a city where science, leisure and culture are combined. With almost 108,000 inhabitants, it is the second largest city in Thuringia. Jena can look back on more than 1,100 years of an eventful city history. During this period, the city on the Saale hosted important personalities such as Goethe, Schiller, Schott, Abbe and Zeiss, whose traces can still be explored in the city today. The Botanical Garden and Schiller's Garden House, for example, invite visitors to relax and linger, but also to further their education. The Friedrich Schiller University, founded in 1558, and the Ernst Abbe University, founded in 1991, are inseparably linked to the city's history and image. More than 21,000 students currently study at these two universities.

But Jena also has a lot to offer in terms of leisure activities. The Saale valley can be discovered by canoe or rubber dinghy on the Saale, and the surrounding mountains invite you to go hiking and mountain biking. mountain biking. For a wonderful view of the city from above, paragliding from the Jenzig offers a perfect possibility. For all who prefer to keep their feet on the ground but still want to see Jena from above, the JenTower, which is affectionately called "cookie roll" by locals, is worth a visit. At a height of 128 m, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city. 

The restaurants and pubs in the Wagnergasse, on the market or in many other places in the city invite you to feast and linger, especially in the evenings. Whether German, Italian, Japanese or Ethiopian cuisine; there is something for everyone!

Jena has many more sights and beautiful places to discover: e.g. the Zeiss-Planetarium, the Paradiespark or the Seven Wonders of Jena, the IMAGINATA, the German Optical Museum or the Theaterhaus. Visit the city at "Paradies"; we are looking forward to your stay!

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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3 Campus© Jan-Peter Kaspers, FSU

Light, Life, Liberty - these three words form the basic pattern of the interdisciplinary research profile of today's Friedrich Schiller University Jena and summarize its main research areas. In the field of "Light": these studies include optics and photonics as well as innovative materials, technologies and energy storage. The second area, "Life", includes microbiology, infection and sepsis research, as well as biodiversity and biotechnology. as well as biodiversity and bio-geo-interactions and aging research. The last area "Liberty" brings together the research fields of Social Change and Enlightenment, Romanticism and Contemporary History.

This professional diversity developed over more than 450 years of university history. The foundation of the High School in Jena by Johann Friedrich I first took place in 1548. This school did not attain the status of a university until 1558, which is why that year is considered the founding date of the university. In the following four and a half centuries, great personalities wandered through the buildings of the university. Among the most famous are Schiller, who took up a professorship as a historian at the university and later gave the university its name, and Goethe, at whose behest the libraries were expanded, the botanical garden was enlarged, the university observatory was built and the mineralogical collection was established.

Today, the Friedrich Schiller University is the only comprehensive university in Thuringia and offers over 200 courses of study. Around 18,000 students study at its ten faculties (as of winter semester 2020/21) students. Of these, over 14% are international students. What is special about Jena and the university: the city is the university and the university is the city. Over the years the university has steadily grown and expanded in terms of buildings, as evidenced by the innumerable signs on the buildings throughout the city that testify to this when walking through Jena.

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