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The Friedrich Schiller University (University of Jena)

Early history

Elector John Frederick of Saxony first thought of a plan to establish a university at Jena upon Saale in 1547 while he was being held captive by emperor Charles V. The plan was put into motion by his three sons and, after having obtained a charter from Emperor Ferdinand I, the university was established on 2 February 1558. The university, jointly maintained by the Saxon Duchies who derived from partitioning of John Frederick's duchy, was thus named Ducal Pan-Saxon University (German: Herzoglich Sächsische Gesamtuniversität) or Salana (after the river Saale).

Prior to the 20th century, University enrollment peaked in the 18th century. The university's reputation peaked under the auspices of Duke Charles Augustus, Goethe's patron (1787–1806), when Gottlieb Fichte, G. W. F. Hegel, Friedrich Schelling, Friedrich von Schlegel, and Friedrich Schiller were on its teaching staff.


In the 20th century, the university was promoted through cooperation with Carl Zeiss (company) and also became thereby a mass university. In 1905 the university had 1,100 students and 112 university teachers, so this figure has since been almost twenty-fold. Friedrich-Schiller University is the only comprehensive university in Thuringia.

Since 1995, there is a university association with the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Leipzig. The aim is first to give the students the opportunity to visit with relatively few problems at the partner universities and events in order to broaden the range of subjects and topics.

Currently e. g. has joined a cooperation in teaching in the field of bioinformatics. In addition, the cooperation provides the university management the opportunity to share experiences with their regular meetings and initiate common projects.

Important Facts

Research with Strong Partners

Light-Life-Liberty: Friedrich Schiller University Jena pools its top research and culture of interdisciplinary study within these three profile lines. The strong third-party funding availability at the FSU Jena is based on an outstanding foundation of individual research and coordinated research projects and networks, supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the European Union (EU) and many others. Moreover, the University operates as a partner to non-university research centres, research-driven companies and well-known cultural institutions on both a regional and national basis.

Research-oriented Teaching and Practice-driven Study Programmes

With its ten faculties and Thuringia's only university hospital, Friedrich Schiller University covers a broad range of subjects within the academic spectrum. The University currently offers over 200-degree programmes which reflect the areas of focus in the University's research. The course offering encompasses multiple in-demand disciplines, international degree programmes as well as smaller niche subjects which can only be studied at a handful of locations in Germany. The degree programmes deliver on high-quality standards ("Akkreditierungssiegel" accreditation, course evaluations, "LehreLernen" programme), underline the links between fundamental academia and practice-driven application (Jena Model of Teacher Education, inclination-orientated medical studies) and ultimately conclude with internationally-recognised qualifications.

Strengthening the Next Generation of Academics

Promoting the development of young academics on an international level is one particular focus of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The highest quality standards in the qualification of young academics are implemented in Jena parallel to career development. The Graduate Academy (GA) with its "House for Young Researchers" is the central point where structural support programmes are pooled. Together with the faculties, the Graduate Academy develops strategies for offering the best possible backing for doctoral candidates and postdocs.

A University for Society

Friedrich Schiller University Jena is a place of liberal and critical reflection as well as openness to new ideas and diversity. As the centre of academic life in Thuringia, the FSU also promotes cultural discussion and the transfer of knowledge and experience within business and society. With its museums and numerous collections, the University maintains museum institutions which reflect more than 450 years of research and academic history. Children, school pupils, students, OAPs and other groups can experience these institutions via a wide range of learning and cultural teaching formats.

University of Open Communications

Pluralism, gender equality, international discussion, and responsibility for the community form the foundations for moulding an open and family-friendly University and surroundings in Jena. International students confirm that Jena offers the best conditions for studying and student life (Excellent International Student Satisfaction Award, International Office). Moreover, with its Dual Career Service, award-winning family concept and child care, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena attaches great importance to ensuring that study and family, as well as career and family, can be combined effectively.

The City and its University

In Jena, the city of light, everything is close-by. You can live in green surroundings and yet reach the heart of the city in minutes-or vice versa. That is the advantage of Jena's location. The boundaries here are somewhat fluid-both in an urban and intellectual sense. The distances in Jena are also short when it comes to maintaining contact between scientists, as well as liaising with city authorities and local businesses. As a result, initiating creative plans in research and teaching is always quick and straightforward here.

Ranking / Awards

The Friedrich Schiller University of Jena is ranked #366 in Best Global Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

Global Universities Rankings

  • #366 in Best Global Universities (tie)
  • #164 in Best Global Universities in Europe
  • #27 in Best Global Universities in Germany

Subject Rankings

  • #234 in Biology and Biochemistry
  • #313 in Chemistry (tie)
  • #256 in Clinical Medicine (tie)
  • #212 in Environment/Ecology
  • #273 in Materials Science (tie)
  • #159 in Microbiology
  • #261 in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • #315 in Neuroscience and Behavior (tie)
  • #201 in Oncology (tie)
  • #311 in Physics (tie)
  • #151 in Plant and Animal Science (tie)


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  • Fuerstengraben 1 07743 Jena
  • 9898989898

Programs Offered


MSc in Microbiology

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