Abbe School of Photonics

Dear students and applicants,

we believe that our Abbe School of Photonics in Jena is one of the best places in the world to study research-oriented, hands-on optics and photonics in high-end, research-grade laboratories - and we will stick to this promise. Our school has taken effective countermeasures against the restrictions opposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have switched to blended learning and built capacities to hold all lectures and seminars online. Students can follow these courses and perform self-studies, regardless of their location. However, we also want to give students access to our photonics labs and train them on-campus, as soon as this is individually possible.

On November 2, 2020, the new M.Sc. Photonics semester will start on-campus for those who are in Jena, and online for everybody else. However, on-campus teaching is our preferred solution on the long run, and also the exams cannot be delivered online, but only on-campus.Thus, M.Sc. Photonics credits can only be earned if you arrive on campus, sooner or later. Considering ongoing travel restrictions and potential visa issues, it is strongly suggested that new students aim for December 15, 2020 as is the latest date of their arrival in Jena. This will enable for a full success of your M.Sc. Photonics studies in the winter term 2020. We hope to welcome the best and most enthusiastic Photonics students in Jena by then.

Our PhD studies are practically no longer affected by the pandemic, all PhD students in Jena are by now continuing with their PhD studies on-campus and particularly in the labs. You can apply to our PhD program at any time!


The Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) provides education programs with multidisciplinary coverage of optical and photonics technology field topics, ranging from current scientific aspects to engineering, with product applications possible in major economic sectors such as information and communication technologies, medicine and health, manufacturing and energy consumption. Enrolled students are trained for technical industry positions or scientific research positions in academia.

The Master's degree and doctoral programs are based upon the profound experience in optics education distinguishing the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (FSU Jena). The university has identified optics and photonics as one of its key profile fields in education and research. ASP's education programs are embedded in a modern research environment belonging to the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP). This interfaculty center of the FSU Jena maintains strong bonds with local research institutions such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering, the Institute of Photonic Technology, the Helmholtz Institute Jena and a number of prominent industrial partners.

The ASP program is part of a full-scale education program under the auspices of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at the FSU Jena with special focus on optics and photonics. Students enrolled in a Master of Science in Photonics are offered a distinguished education track starting at the Bachelor level, continuing in the Master's degree program and culminating in a coordinated doctoral program (equivalent to the Ph.D.). For Master of Science in Photonics applicants, very attractive, full-scale scholarships are available. Likewise, students who are enrolled in a Master of Science in Physics can specialize in optics and photonics by choosing among all the elective modules offered by ASP.



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Abbe School of Photonics
Abbe Center of Photonics
Albert-Einstein-Str. 6
07745 Jena, Germany
Phone +49 3641-9-47963
Fax     +49 3641-9-47962

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