Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is supposed to have once said: "A clever person finds the best education while travelling". This can be confirmed by many students who benefit from their experiences abroad – personally and academically. The most important supporter of stays abroad in Germany is the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - it supports students, teachers and researchers who want to study, work and research outside Germany and, of course, those who come to Germany from their home country.
Studying in Europe
With the ERASMUS+ funding programme, the DAAD supports students who want to gain experience abroad within Europe. "Europe" here means that students can study in all 28 EU member states as well as in Turkey, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR Macedonia and Serbia. In addition to these listed countries, there are also partnerships with so-called partner countries in which the funding programme also enables exchanges.
The basis for studying abroad with ERASMUS+ is a cooperation agreement that the Friedrich Schiller University has signed with its partner Universities abroad. Every year, around 250 students from the University of Jena study abroad in Europe that way. The subjects and faculties for which our University offers exchange places can be researched very easily on the pages of the International Office. A big advantage: Applicants compete "only" within the University of Jena for the desired study places. The chance that it will work out with the University and country of your choice is therefore relatively high.
The Friedrich Schiller University also offers attractive study places abroad for students who want to go further away - to Canada, Japan, the USA, Australia or China. Within the framework of bilateral exchange programmes, not only are the tuition fees of the respective partner University waived, but the quality of the study exchange is assured. Nevertheless, students can always apply to a University abroad that has not signed a cooperation agreement with the University of Jena.
In this way or the other way round, financing is an important aspect when planning a stay abroad and should therefore be considered at an early stage. It is not uncommon for the cost of living in the host country to be higher than in Germany, and then there are the travel expenses. The DAAD offers a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities – the one-year scholarship is just one of many ways to make your dream abroad come true.
"Given the large number of exchange programmes and funding opportunities, it is important to make an appointment with the International Office staff early on," advises Jana Blumenstein. In this way, we can find the best offer for your degree programme and provide the best possible support for your application.
Anyone interested in DAAD funding can take part in the virtual fair "studieren weltweit - ERLEBE ES!" (study worldwide - EXPERIENCE IT!), which will take place on 26 March from 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm. The fair is organised by the DAAD, participation is free of charge and only requires registration. The programme includes reports on students' experiences, individual counselling and lectures.
Not only do many students travel from Jena to the world every year, but many hundreds of internationals also come to Jena to study. And Friedrich Schiller University is also a destination for doctoral students from Universities all over the world. One of them is visiting scholar Sudhir Lima from Odisha, India.
Based on the ideas developed by his supervisor in India, Prof. Dr. Rupam Dinda and Prof. Winfried Plass from Jena, he does research at the Chair of Anorganic Chemistry II and is investigating homo- and heterometallic complexes exhibiting novel magnetic behavior incorporating O,N donor ligand in the laboratories of the Faculty of Chemical and Geosciences as part of his doctoral thesis. In the interview, he tells us how happy he is to be in Jena. "My lab in India had to close because of the pandemic and I could only do paperwork. I lost eight months. Here in Jena, I can finally do reactions again."
Many doctoral students and doctoral candidates come to Jena for temporary research stays. The DAAD supports these stays with short-term scholarships and one-year scholarships. However, there are also scholarships for the entire doctorate at a German University for up to four years. The University' Graduate Academy advises foreign researchers, doctoral students and postdocs from the very beginning – also on funding opportunities. "International exchange is very important for the University of Jena," explains Dr Schwarzkopf from the Graduate Academy. "Gaining understanding through the exchange of knowledge across borders is a basic requirement for innovative research."
Study worldwide - EXPERIENCE IT! (virtual fair)
When: 26 March from 1pm - 4.30pm