Admission, Enrolment & Co

Doing a doctorate shouldn't involve additional red tape (bureaucratic burdens) for you. Still there are a few administrative formalities that you have to deal with. We would like to help you so that the steps to take don't seem like a "jungle" to cross. On the following pages, you will find information that will help to guide you. In case you are still having problems or are feeling lost, please visit the Welcome and Service Desk.

Reaching the supervision agreement

In order to be accepted as a doctoral candidate, you need to reach a written supervision agreement with your supervisor. Click here for information on how to draw up such an agreement and which aspects to consider.

Registration with doc-in

Doc-in is the online registration system for doctoral candidates at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. It accompanies you throughout your doctorate. For more information, click here.

Applying for the admission as a doctoral candidate

To become a doctoral candidate at FSU, you need the admission by one of the ten FSU Jena faculties. In this step, your faculty checks whether you fulfill the requirements for a doctorate. For more information, click here.

Enrolment (optional)

During the period of your doctorate, you can enroll as a doctoral candidate. This entitles you to the "semester ticket" for public transport services, discount in the student canteens, and the student services organisation's insurance service. For more information, also on exmatriculation, leave of absence and re-enrolment, click here.

Upon enrolment, you will be handed out the Thoska card. Information on the Thuringian "campus card" Thoska is available here.

Doctoral examination regulation

The regulations on the doctoral examinations lay down the binding requirements and course of your doctorate. Click here for your faculty's doctoral examination regulations.


The Thuringian university card, or Thoska, is a multifunction campus card, which allows you to identify yourself as a doctoral candidate of FSU, use the library, photocopy or scan documents, and pay cashless in the canteens and cafeterias. Click here for more information.

User account for the University Computer Centre

All members of the University can make use of a URZ account. It offers a range of advantages, such as access to scientific databases or acquiring software licenses. Click here for more information.

Updating the status as a doctoral candidate

By operation of the new Hochschulstatistikgesetz (higher education statistics act) from 2 March 2016, all higher education institutions are obliged to gather further data of their doctoral candidates. The data survey at FSU Jena is conducted via the update of the status as a doctoral candidate within the internet portal doc-in. For more information, please click here.