Newcomb-Tulane Junior Year Abroad
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Nestled along the banks of the river Saale, Jena provides the unique combination of a beautiful setting, strong cultural and philosophical traditions, and a classical German university. With 100,000 inhabitants, Jena is the largest city in the central Saale valley.
Founded in 1558, the classical German university Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena has been Tulane's exchange partner in central Germany for nearly 20 years. Founded as a home for the new religious opinions of the sixteenth century, it has since been one of the most politically active universities in Germany. Some 20,000 students study at one of ten faculties at the university.
Situated in the German state of Thüringen, the “green heart of Germany,” Jena is famous for its beautiful natural surroundings. Limestone slopes flank the river Saale to create a mild climate in which wide varieties of orchids and wine grapes thrive. The Thüringerwald provides ample opportunity for warm-weather hiking and walking, as well as a variety of winter sports. A true university town, Jena pulses with a vibrant student life along the popular Wagnergasse, a romantic alley with many bars and cafés.
The cultural scene in Jena is rich and includes concerts of the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra with outstanding soloists; performances of the National Theater in Weimar, the Jenaer Theaterhaus, experimental theater and open-air concerts. One of the biggest events during the summer months is the series of programs called the "Kulturarena." Twice a year there is "Nightflight," a pubcrawl with films and live music in many of the bars and restaurants.
Students in Jena may also visit nearby sister cities of Erfurt (Thüringen's capital city), Eisenach (where Martin Luther translated the bible), Gotha, Weimar (home to Goethe), and Gera, which provide abundant cultural opportunities. Major German cities, such as Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich are easily reached by train, providing opportunities for longer excursions.
Program Dates: Academic Year (August-July) or Spring semester (January-July). Students attend the Goethe Institut in late August and early September and then travel to Jena to begin "Wintersemester" classes at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, which begin in October. Spring semester students attend the Goethe Institut in January and February and attend the "Sommersemester" courses that begin in March and end in late June. Exams take place in July. Because the German winter semester ends in late January, a fall semester only option is not available.
Eligibility: 3.0 CGPA; completion of two or three 300-level courses with a grade of B or higher; GERM 325 and/or 326 highly recommended).
Fields of Study: German language courses plus full university curriculum in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, law and theology, which include the following major areas: Biogeosciences, Geography, Material Sciences, Physics, Psychology; Ancient Studies, Arabic Studies, Art History, Christianity in Culture, History and Education, Communication Science, Education Science, English and American Studies, Folklore Studies and Cultural History, German as a Foreign and Second Language, German Studies, History, Indo-european Studies, Middle Eastern Studies/Ancient Middle Eastern Studies, Musicology (with Liszt School of Music Weimar), Philosophy, Political Science, Pre- and Early History, Romance Studies, Slavonic Studies, Sociology, Southeast European Studies, Sports Science; Caucasian Languages and Literatures, Computer Science (IT), Foundations of Christianity, German Literature, German Linguistics, Greek Philology, Intercultural Business Communication, Intercultural Music and Events Management ( with Liszt School of Music Weimar), Latin Philology, Latin Philology of Medieval and Modern Times, Linguistics, Religious Studies, Phonetics and Speech Training.
Students of Music may also take courses in nearby Weimar at the renowned Lizst School of Music.
Academic Program: To prepare students for enrollment in German classes, students enroll in a four-week intensive German language course at the Goethe Institut before the start of the semester. From the "Deutschkurs" offerings, students should select either the four-week "Campus Intensive und Studeinvorbereitung" from the "Goethe Campus" category in the city of her or his choice. This program provides students intensive preparation for study at German universities.
In late September, students travel to Jena to attend an orientation program that includes an introduction to the city and university, as well as additional language and culture preparation. In consultation with an adviser, students then select four to six appropriate courses from the semester offerings at the university. The International Office at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität arranges academic tutors for students upon request.
Tulane awards 500-level credit for coursework completed, including three credits for the pre-semester language program at the Goethe Institut.
Housing & MealsStudents live in student residence halls located throughout the city that are managed by the Studentenwerk. Residences are located within walking distance of university buildings. Since there is no meal plan, students prepare meals in their dorm kitchens or eat in the university cafeterias (Mensa) or in local cafes.
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena: www.uni-jena.de/international
Lizst School of Music: www.hfm-weimar.de/
Goethe Institut: www.goethe.de
Studentenwerk Thüringen: www.studentenwerk-thueringen.de
Program Costs : Students continue to pay Tulane tuition and the academic services fee for each semester abroad. This covers all academic costs, including tuition at the Goethe Institut and coursework completed at FSU Jena.
Students are responsible for their room and board during the Goethe course, as well as in Jena. Airfare, personal expenses and local travel are also the responsibility of the student.
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