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Discovery Studies

for groups of foreign pupils
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Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

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Groups of (future) graduates from German foreign schools or language schools can learn more about the University and the town of Jena by attending Discovery Studies held over several days. In addition to attending lectures and being guided around the facilities at the University, prospective students can also look forward to a German language course, Study Programme Speed Dating, individual course advice or a tour of the small city together with current students. You can also enjoy a typical meal at the Mensa and take a look inside a dormitory operated by the student services organization. Together with course advisors, international students embarking on higher subject-specific semesters also offer a vivid impression of their student life and are on hand to answer any questions in their mother tongue.

Current Discovery Studies

Pupils from Latin America Pupils from Latin America Image: Freepik | Screenshot: Britta Möbius | Collage: Sabine Müller

On 14 November 2020, our first purely virtual Discovery Studies started with 17 students from Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela). The participants will attend lectures, information events, regular German classes as well as Spanish and Portuguese classes. In addition, they will have meetings with Jena students and participate in cultural activities, such as a small concert or a visit to the theatre. On Sunday, 22 November 2020, the participants will bake biscuits together to conclude the programme.

If you would like to get to know the participants better, you should visit the Facebook page of the Café International on Wednesday, 18 November at 20:00—you will then be able to see a compilation of short videos of almost all participants: link


Taster course for students from PASCH schools Taster course for students from PASCH schools Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

Discovery Studies for Latin American pupils

Since 2017, the International Office of the University of Jena and the Goethe Institute in Buenos Aires have been jointly offering Discovery Studies for pupils of PASCH schoolsExternal link in Latin American countries twice a year.

The first group of participants shared its experiences and talked about what there is to discover and experience in Jena and its surroundings—and more!

Read and listen to what they experiencedExternal link (in German)

If you live in Central or South America and are interested in the programme, you may submit your application directly to the Goethe Institute:

Goethe Institute on Discovery Studies in JenaExternal link (in German)


Trial course Trial course Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

Discovery Studies in the framework of the BIDS programme

As in 2015 und 2018, the University of Jena will again receive funding in the framework of the DAAD’s BIDS programme from 2020-2022. The funds are provided by the Federal Foreign Office.

The BIDS programme—an initiative to support German schools abroad and partner schoolsExternal link (in German)

Thanks to this programme, the University of Jena can offer graduates of four PASCH schoolsExternal link in Serbia and Georgia a Discovery Studies programme of nine days twice a year.

In 2020, the University of Jena will welcome not only participants from two Georgian schools in Tbilissi and TelaviExternal link with whom the University maintains long-standing partnerships, but for the first time also a group of Serbian pupils from BelgradeExternal link and Sremski Karlovci.

Flyer BIDS Discovery Studies (in Georgian)pdf, 562 kb · de

Flyer BIDS Discovery Studies (in Serbian)pdf, 568 kb · de


Application Scholarship BIDS Application Scholarship BIDS Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

BIDS motivational scholarship

The University of Jena will award two one-year partial scholarships provided by the DAAD from funds of the Federal Foreign Office—in both 2020 and 2021. All former Discovery Studies participants who want to apply for undergraduate programmes at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena can simultaneously apply for a scholarship for their first university year. The application period runs from 1 May to 15 July. During the application period, you can find more information here:

BIDS scholarship

DAAD funding programmesExternal link (in German)

Discovery Studies
»I would like to thank you very much for everything you have done for us. I spent an unforgettable time here and gained a lot of experience. You are a great team!«

Pupil from Georgia, May 2018

If you would like to arrange Discovery Studies for foreign pupils and are looking for some tips or suggestions, please contact Ms Britta Möbius ( in the Team International Students of the International Office.