Jena ProgramEach year, up to five Concordia students study courses in their field(s)of interest at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena, Germany. A city of 100,000, Jena is located on the edge of the Thüringer Forest in the Saale Valley. It is situated on main train lines to all parts of Germany and is within easy traveling distance to Berlin, Poland and the Czech Republic. Jena offers a unique opportunity to learn first-hand the changes occurring in eastern Germany, to experience German customs and holidays, and to make German friends.
The Jena Program runs according to the academic calendar in Jena, with students arriving approximately two to three weeks before classes start for an orientation program and to become acquainted with the environs. The winter semester begins around Oct. 15 and ends about Feb. 15. The summer semester starts in early April and concludes in early July.
You stay in student dormitories. Every attempt is made to place you together with native Germans.
Credit for Courses
You should be familiar with your academic needs before leaving for Jena and take courses that will help you graduate on time. It is expected that you attend four regular courses each semester and acquire benotete Scheine (graded credit slips) for each course. For all courses, you should save all syllabi, notes, tests and papers in case of questions about grades or course transference. All grades will be entered by Concordia’s Registrar’s Office once you have submitted grades to the program director after the end of the second semester.
The other requirement is extracurricular involvement, either with other students (choir, orchestra, sports) or with the community (church work, social service, etc.) and to write a report on it at the end of the year. You are expected to maintain regular contact with Concordia’s German department through mail or e-mail.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Jonathan Clark