Students next to the letters Jena on the Abbe Campus.

Best conditions for students at the University of Jena

Top positions for Friedrich Schiller University in the new CHE university ranking
Students next to the letters Jena on the Abbe Campus.
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Published: | By: Axel Burchardt
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The Friedrich Schiller University Jena has once again achieved excellent results in the university ranking of the CHE Centre for Higher Education (CHE). This is confirmed by the study guide published on 2 May by the CHE and the weekly magazine "Die Zeit". The result is based on the assessment of over 120,000 students who were asked about the study conditions at their institutions of higher education in this most comprehensive comparison in the German-speaking area.

New subjects ranked this year were Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Geo- and Biogeosciences, Mathematics/Business Mathematics, Computer Science/Bioinformatics, Pharmacy, Political Science, Sociology, Sports Science, Medicine and Dentistry - all subjects that are part of the more than 200 degree programmes offered at Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

Excellent support throughout student life

"One could name numerous positive factors for each of the currently ranked subjects that have led to this year's success. However, it is primarily based on the well-functioning interplay of excellent research, the best study conditions in Jena and the high level of commitment of our teaching staff in all faculties," says Prof Dr Karina Weichold, Vice President for Studies and Teaching at the University of Jena. "In both the undergraduate and postgraduate (subject) areas, we are able to contribute to successful study programmes through research-oriented teaching and with a view to the requirements in practice, right up to the personal dream job," continues the Vice President. "In addition to the specialist support services that were positively highlighted in the ranking, prospective and current students benefit from our study orientation services, a close-knit counselling network and a study success monitoring system. On the one hand, the results of the CHE ranking testify to the importance and success of these measures. On the other hand, they also point the way for the continuous improvement of study programmes and teaching. Only if we continue to develop will students continue to judge us so positively in the future," emphasises Prof. Weichold.

Outstanding study conditions

Across all subjects - but especially in the STEM subjects - the ranking clearly shows that the University of Jena offers excellent study conditions compared to other institutions of higher education. Continuous support from the beginning to the end of the degree programme leads to successful study progression. This is another reason why students at Friedrich Schiller University often complete their studies in a "reasonable time", as the student evaluations prove.

The complete CHE ranking has been published in the ZEIT Study Guide 2024/25 and on HeyStudiumExternal link. In addition to facts in the areas of study, teaching and research, the ranking includes student assessments of the study conditions at their university, which are presented using a 5-star scale.


Get to know the University of Jena in person at the Student Information Day on 25 May
Anyone who wants to gain an impression of the excellent study conditions and the extensive range of courses on offer at the University of Jena will have the opportunity to do so on 25 May: At the Study Information Day 2024, you can find out all about the university and the student city of Jena. Talks with students and teaching staff will help anyone interested to form their own judgement that studying in Jena is worthwhile.


Karina Weichold, apl. Prof. Dr
Vizepräsidentin für Studium und Lehre
Prof. Dr. Karina Weichold
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