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about studying psychology in Jena

This FAQ presents an overview of typical questions that the consultation office receives from students. Most of the relevant information for all degrees can be found within their respective degree regulations. We advise you to read them carefully and use them to answer your questions. Should further questions arise, we are happy to help. The current addresses for individual consultations can be found here.

Questions before taking up your studies and how to apply for a B. Sc. and M. Sc. degree

You can get comprehensive information on our Psychology degrees at the University of Jena (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science) during the University's Open Day.

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I want to apply for Psychology (undergraduate studies, Bachelor of Science). What requirements do I have to meet and how do I proceed?

The Studierenden-Service-Zentrum (Service Center for Students; SSZ) offers information on the application process for the B. Sc. degree. Admission requirements for the degree in Psychology (B. Sc.) are to be found in the degree regulations. In order to be admitted to this degree, you will have to meet the following requirements (see also §2 of the degree regulations):

§ 2 Studienvoraussetzungen

(1) Notwendige Voraussetzung für die Zulassung zum Studium ist die allgemeine (oder fachgebundene) Hochschulreife oder ein von der zuständigen staatlichen Stelle als gleichwertig anerkanntes Zeugnis.
(2) Ein besonders guter Kenntnisstand ist erwünscht in Mathematik, Biologie, Deutsch und in Englisch.

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I want to apply for Psychology (postgraduate studies, Master of Science). What requirements do I have to meet and how do I proceed?

  • Information on how to apply for the M. Sc. degree in psychology can be found on the website of the Master-Service-Zentrums (Service Center for Postgraduates).
  • Admission requirements for the M. Sc. degree can be found in the degree regulations.
  • You can only start your M. Sc. during the winter term. Deadline for applications is May 31 of the year you plan to start your studies. Eligible students have to meet the following requirements (see also §4 of the degree regulations for the M. Sc. degree in psychology):

    § 4 Zulassungsvoraussetzungen

    (1) Zum Masterstudiengang Psychologie kann zugelassen werden, wer einen ersten Hochschulabschluss in einem mindestens dreijährigen Studiengangs im Fach Psychologie mit dem Abschluss Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) oder einem vergleichbaren berufsqualifizierenden Abschluss nachweisen kann sowie die besondere Eignung gemäß Abs. 2 erfüllt.

    (2) Für die Zulassung zum Studium ist die eine besondere, qualitative Eignung nachzuweisen:

    a) Grundvoraussetzungen sind sehr gute Psychologiekenntnisse, die durch die in einem fachlich einschlägigen vorangegangenen Studium erbrachten Prüfungsleistungen nachzuweisen sind. Inhaltlich sollen die Psychologiekenntnisse den von der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie entwickelten Standards für B.Sc.-Psychologie-Studiengänge entsprechen. Bei Abschlüssen, die außerhalb des Geltungsbereichs des Grundgesetzes erbracht wurden, erfolgt eine Gleichwertigkeitsprüfung unter Beachtung von äquivalenzvereinbarungen sowie Absprachen im Rahmen von Hochschulpartnerschaften. Diese sind nachzuweisen durch:
    a. Prüfungsleistung in Methodenlehre oder Statistik,
    b. Prüfungsleistung in psychologischer Diagnostik,
    c. Prüfungsleistungen in zumindest vier der Grundlagenfächer Allgemeine Psychologie, Biologische Psychologie, Entwicklungspsychologie, Sozialpsychologie und/oder Differentielle und Persönlichkeitspsychologie,
    d. Prüfungsleistungen in zwei Anwendungsfächern (z.B. Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, Klinische Psychologie, Pädagogische Psychologie)

    b) Ausländische Studienbewerber/innen müssen vor der Immatrikulation die "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber" - Stufe DSH 2 - ablegen und bestehen.

    c) Bei Schwerpunkten die ganz oder überwiegend in Englisch unterrichtet werden, kann auf die deutsche Sprachprüfung verzichtet werden. StudienbewerberInnen für diese Schwerpunkte müssen vor der Immatrikulation einen Nachweis guter Sprachkenntnisse in Englisch erbringen. Dieser Nachweis kann entweder über
    a. die für die Hochschulzugangsberechtigung relevanten Schulleistungen, oder
    b. den Nachweis von Kenntnissen nach Level C1 gemäß Europäischem Referenzrahmen (Common European Framework of Reference) mittels eines international anerkannten Zertifikates, oder
    c. den Nachweis eines erfolgreich abgelegten Toefl-Tests mit einer Mindestergebnis von 560 Punkten erfolgen.

    d) über die Anerkennung alternativer Sprachnachweise entscheidet jeweils die Auswahlkommission

  • You will have to hand in the following documents (see also §5 of the degree regulations for the M. Sc. degree in psychology):

    § 5 Zulassungsantrag

    Dem Zulassungsantrag sind - bei Zeugnissen und Nachweisen in beglaubigter Kopie folgende Unterlagen beizufügen:
    a) Nachweis des ersten berufsqualifizierenden Hochschulabschlusses gemäß § 4 Abs. 1 oder des zum Zeitpunkt der Bewerbung erfolgreichen Erwerbs von mindestens 135 benoteten Leistungspunkten. Im letzteren Fall erfolgt eine Zulassung vorbehaltlich des Nachweises des erfolgreichen Hochschulabschlusses bei Immatrikulation;
    b) Nachweis der Sprachkenntnisse gemäß § 4 Abs. 2 Buchstabe b und c;
    c) eine Erklärung, für welchen Schwerpunkt gemäß § 2 Abs. 1 die Zulassung zum Masterstudiengang Psychologie beantragt wird, wobei Mehrfachnennungen unter der Angabe einer Präferenzreihung zulässig sind.

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What is the Numerus Clausus (NC) for psychology in Jena?

The NC which has been applied over the last years is published on the website of the Studierenden-Service-Zentrum.

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Which areas of Psychology can I study/focus on during my Master's degree?

We offer three different focuses in which you can obtain an M. Sc. in Psychology:

  • The Focus of Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (Schwerpunkt Kognitive Psychologie und kognitive Neurowissenschaften) helps you further your knowledge and methodological skills in the innovative and interdisciplinary field of cognitive neurosciences. As this focus is mainly research-oriented, it does not only provide experiment-based approaches but also gives you insight into the modern methods of neuroscience. At the same time, new fields of application such as ergonomics are incorporated. Most of the classes will be taught in English.
  • Focus of Dynamics of Human Behaviour within Groups and Organizations (Schwerpunkt Dynamik menschlichen Verhaltens in Gruppen und Organisationen): This focus takes a look at how we experience our world, and how we act as a part of it since we are involved in social, institutional and organizational environments. You will acquire knowledge and expertise on the different interactions within and between different groups of people, organizations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.
  • Focus of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Health (Schwerpunkt Klinische Psychologie, Psychotherapie und Gesundheit): This focus offers you a sound scientific basis to deal with a wide range of problems you might encounter in the line of clinical psychological work (counselling, therapy, rehabilitation, prevention). Paradigms, methods and results from bio-psycho-social research will be discussed in regard to their relevance for practical application in different fields.

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What are the Studieneinführungstage (STET)? What should I expect?

Before you start studying at the University of Jena, you can take part in the Studieneinführungstage (STET), a number of days meant for orientation around campus. They usually take place one week before the semester starts. The STET last for three days. Not only will you get information on the programme you are in, but you will also get help when it comes to choosing your timetable. The STET will also provide you with a lot of other, more general information that you might find useful at the start of your life as a student at the University of Jena. In addition, you will get the chance to meet many of your fellow students as well as students from higher semesters. The STET are organised by student/peer mentors. They will be the ones who will take care of you during the STET and who will also organise your STET schedule. Dates and schedules of the STET can be found on the website of the Fachschaft Psychologie via this link.

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I have been admitted to the programme through the succession procedure (Nachrückverfahren). [This means that during the initial round of the admission procedure you did not get accepted. However, at a later date you got admitted to the programme because at a later stage of the admission procedure (i.e. during the succession procedure/Nachrückverfahren), additional openings became available.] What do I need to consider? Who can I contact?

Even after the STET you can always contact your peer mentors if you have any questions, especially when it comes to questions concerning the start of your new studies. Additionally, the University of Jena offers individual, face-to-face consultations in organisational matters. email

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Can I take all the courses of the Master's degree in English?

Right now it is not possible to offer all courses of the Master's degree in English.



General questions

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I want to take a semester off. What do I have to keep in mind?

You can only take a semester off given certain circumstances. The degree regulations inform you about when you can apply for a semester off.

§ 3 Regelstudienzeit

(4) Folgende Zeiten werden, wenn eine Beurlaubung seitens des zuständigen Dezernats der Universität nicht erfolgt ist, anteilig nicht auf die Regelstudienzeit angerechnet:

  • Zeiten des Mutterschutzes und der Gewährung von Elternzeit,
  • Zeiten des Wehrdienstes und des Zivildienstes,
  • Zeiten eines Auslandsstudiums bis zu zwei Semestern,
  • Zeiten, während deren der Studierende wegen längerer, durch ärztliches Attest nachgewiesener schwerer Krankheit am Studium gehindert war,
  • Zeiten, während deren der Studierende als gewähltes Mitglied in gesetzlich vorgeschriebenen Gremien oder satzungsmäßigen Organen der Universität tätig war.
Insbesondere ist es also nicht möglich, sich für ein Praktikum beurlauben zu lassen, da die Praktikumszeit bereits Teil der Regelstudienzeit ist. Darüberhinausgehende längere Praktika sind nicht Teil des Studiums und rechtfertigen keine Beurlaubung.

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I don't get along with Friedolin. Who can I contact about it?

There is no-one to contact directly at the Department of Psychology in case Friedolin does not work correctly. If problems or questions arise in the course of signing up for a specific seminar (or getting accepted to one), you should contact the person responsible for the seminar.

While signing up for courses, please make sure to read the instructions and feedback given to you by Friedolin very carefully. This way you can avoid further problems when it comes to signing up for exams later on in the semester.

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I would like to have an exam count as a free attempt. What do I have to keep in mind?

How and when to apply for free attempts can be seen in the degree regulations, § 16. Generally speaking, the following applies:

  • You can use four (4) free attempts during your bachelor's studies, and two (2) during your master's programme.
  • Effective from the date the grades have been announced, you have to hand in your form at the examination office within 15 business days (in case of failed exams) or 5 business days (if you want to improve your grade after having already passed an exam).
  • You must not apply for a free attempt for resit exams.
  • You cannot apply for a free attempt if you take an exam at a later date than is specified in the module catalogue.

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I possess a certificate of a public health officer (Amtsarzt). What happens now?

The current regulations applying to such certificates can be found on the website of the examination office zu entnehemen.



Specific questions regarding the B. Sc.

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What classes can I take as an obligatory non-psychological minor during my B. Sc. studies?

You can find all classes that have been accepted in the past in this list. In general you can always choose classes from other departments as well. In order for these to be accepted, you need to make sure the chairman of the examination committee recognises these classes. Therefore you need to hand in a written application before starting said classes. Please keep in mind that:

  • your class needs to provide you with a mark and 10 ECTS credits
  • your class needs to be associated with the field of psychology, but not overlap with classes you take in psychology itself
  • any agreements about your marks or exams need to be between you and the respective member of the teaching staff of the department concerned
  • further information can be obtained by contacting the person responsible for the course or the module.

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How do I sign up for exams in my obligatory non-psychological minor?

A lot of classes are already part of Friedolin's exam procedure so you can sign up directly via Friedolin. If that is not the case, you can sign up directly at the examination office by supplying the necessary information for the exam protocol.

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Where do I find further information on the mandatory internship of my bachelor's programme?

The study and exam regulations are the base of our requirements for the mandatory internship. Further information is provided by the examination office. This includes:

  • length of the internship
  • supervision requirements at your internship institution
  • who signs responsible for internships at our sub-departments, and where their responsibilities lie
  • criteria for your written report on your internship
  • important pointers to make sure your internship is approved:
    • You only have to hand in a formal application for your chosen internship institution if no-one has completed an internship there before and said internship has not been formally accepted by the chairman of the examination committee. You can find a list of pre-approved institutions on the website of our examination office.
    • In general, research internships are not accepted as mandatory internships during B. Sc. studies.
    • Your formal application should be handed in before you actually start your internship. This is because your chosen internship might still get rejected by the chairman of the examination committee.
    • You should address these applications to the examination office of our department.

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What is the internship colloquium (Praktikumskolloquium)?

The Praktikumskolloquium is a class which is meant to promote an exchange of information and feedback between students who want to do an internship. It is meant to provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and make new contacts. Further information and upcoming dates can be found in the module catalogue and the current lecture timetable (Vorlesungsverzeichnis).

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How do I sign up for the Bachelorpropädeutikum (preparatory bachelor course)? How do I get accepted?

The formal sign-up procedure involves Friedolin. However, we advise you to contact possible thesis supervisors in person before you sign up. This way you can already narrow down a list of possible topics. You will then sign up for the Bachelorpropädeutikum at the respective sub-department. Students interested in writing their B. Sc. thesis will then get accepted individually by the sub-departments. You might have to state your reasons why you want to write your bachelor thesis at that particular sub-department before you get accepted. Usually, all students assign themselves to the different sub-departments in a way that works for all sub-departments and advisors involved. This is why you will not have to sign up for all the Bachelorpropädeutika that the sub-departments offer. You do not have to write your bachelor thesis with the same department at which you completed your Bachelorpropädeutikum. However, we advise against such a change. There are only a few reasons that could justify such a decision.

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Are the modules I will have to complete first before I can successfully sign up for other modules?

Requirements for each module can be found in the module catalogue. Most of our modules do not have admission requirements. This way you can choose modules in a flexible manner, depending on supply and demand.

However, the following modules are exceptions to that:

Module

Requirement

Modul B-PSY-202 Methodenlehre II

Modul B-PSY-201 Methodenlehre I

B-PSY-206 Einführung in die Testtheorie und Testkonstruktion

Modul B-PSY-201 Methodenlehre I und
Modul B-PSY-202 Methodenlehre II

B-PSY-208 Psychologische Evaluation

Modul B-PSY-201 Methodenlehre I

B-PSY-204 Empirische Forschungsseminar

B-PSY-203 Empirisches Forschungsmethoden

Requirements of modules for the B. A. degree ought to be discussed with the person responsible for the respective module(s).



Specific questions regarding the M. Sc.

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Does a master's degree (M. Sc.) in Jena enable me to get accepted to the postgraduate education for Psychological Psychotherapists, no matter the main focus of my master's programme?

Our different master programmes are designed to meet the current requirements of the postgraduate education for psychotherapists. Each of our three programmes gives you the opportunity to gain the necessary number of credits in Clinical Psychology. However, we cannot give you any further information on your chances of getting accepted to specific training institutes due to changes in occupational interests and the specific nature of selection criteria within different institutes.

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Can I switch my focus of interest during my master's programme?

On rare occasions you can change your programme. In order for this to apply, there have to be vacancies in your desired programme and you have to fulfil the criteria specified for your desired focus. Please see the section of "Questions before taking up your studies and how to apply for a B. Sc. and M. Sc. degree". for further information. If an applicant has applied for a certain programme and has not been accepted to that one but another one instead, the applicant may switch from one focus to another within the first semester. However, this can only happen if the applicant is enrolled in one of the other two programmes at that point, and if there are vacancies in their desired programme.

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Where do I find further information on the mandatory internship of my master's programme?

  • The degree and exam regulations are the base of our requirements for the mandatory internship.
  • Further information is provided by the examination office. This includes:
    • length of the internship
    • supervision requirements at your internship institution
    • who signs responsible for internships at our sub-departments, and where their responsibilities lie
    • criteria for your written report on your internship
    • Research internships can be accepted as mandatory internships during M. Sc. studies. You need to hand in a formal application (including your reasons for choosing this particular internship) addressed to the chairman of the examination committee.
    • Internships you completed after getting your Bachelor's degree, yet before starting your Master's degree, can only make up half of your mandatory internship time during your master's programme (i.e. 6 weeks).
  • important pointers to make sure your internship is approved:
    • You only have to hand in a formal application for your chosen internship institution if no-one has completed an internship there before you and said internship has not been formally accepted by the chairman of the examination committee. You can find a list of pre-approved institutions at the website of our examination office.
    • Your formal application should be handed in before you actually start your internship. This is because your chosen internship might still get rejected by the chairman of the examination committee.



Questions regarding a change of university or the placement into an advanced semester

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I am enrolled in a Psychology programme (B. Sc.) at another university and want to apply at the University of Jena. How do I proceed?

If you want to apply for a placement into an advanced semester, you can apply directly at the Studierenden-Service-Zentrum of the University of JenaThis document tells you about our requirements and the documents you need to attach. The placement itself will be conducted by the chairman of the examination committee of the Institute of Psychology once you have applied. Once you have been accepted, the recognition of certain qualifications from your home university will be in the hands of the representatives of the relevant sub-departments. If you apply for a lower semester, it will not have any negative implications for you.

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I am a student at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, or I study psychology (B. A.) at another university. I now want to apply for the Bachelor of Science programme in Psychology in Jena. How do I proceed?

If you want to apply for a placement into an advanced semester, you can apply directly at the Studierenden-Service-Zentrum of the University of Jena. This document tells you about our requirements and the documents you need to attach. The placement itself will be conducted by the chairman of the examination committee of the Department of Psychology once you have applied. There will be no preliminary placement. Once you have been accepted, the recognition of certain qualifications from your home university will be in the hands of the representatives of the relevant sub-departments. There will be no prior notifications. If you apply for a lower semester, it will not have any negative implications for you.



Specific questions regarding the B. A.

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I am enrolled in the Psychology minor (B. A.) and have a question. Who can I ask?

You can find an FAQ for the minor subject here. More general information can be found here.



Questions concerning the expiring Diploma degree programme

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I am still enrolled in the Diploma degree. How long can I get this degree at the Institute of Psychology?

In general, there are no temporal restrictions for graduating with a Diploma degree at our department as long as you are already enrolled in the Diploma degree (according to both old and new Diploma exam regulations (alte und neue Prüfungsordnung)). Deadlines for passing examinations are specified in the new exam regulations (neue Prüfungsordnung, § 15):

§ 15 Fristen für die Ablegung von Prüfungen

Studienbegeleitende Fachprüfungen der Diplom-Vorprüfung, die nicht bis zum Beginn der Lehrveranstaltungen des 7. Semesters, und studienbegleitende Fachprüfungen der Diplomprüfung, die nicht bis zum Ende des 14. Semesters abgelegt wurden, gelten als erstmals abgelegt und als nicht bestanden, es sei denn, der Kandidat hat das Versäumnis nicht zu vertreten.