Studying and researching internationally

The Abbe School of Photonics has developed numerous international academic partnerships and benefits from a dense network of contacts to leaders and decision-makers in photonics all over the world. As a student at the Abbe School of Photonics, you will have several opportunities to plan a semester abroad while staying perfectly in line with your study plan and without losing time. Immersing oneself in the everyday-life of a foreign country and a foreign-language university greatly widens one's horizon and can present completely new career opportunities. You will experience that, with the education you receive in Jena, you are well prepared to be successful at any other university of the world.


Scholarships from the Erasmus+ program

The European ERASMUS+ program enables our best students to study or to perform an internship abroad and receive a living-cost-supporting ERASMUS+ scholarship. You will have the opportunity to expand your professional, social and cultural skills at approximately 250 partner universities in 27 countries.You may reserve an Erasmus+ study slot in all member states of the European Union and be supported by an Erasmus+ scholarship. Moreover, there are many more opportunities to study outside the EU. Organizational and professional support in preparing for your studies abroad and supervision on-site are provided by our Faculty of Physics and Astronomy and the host university abroad, respectively.

Participating in the ERASMUS+ program requires the student to apply for an ERASMUS+ scholarship well in advance. Participation is open to all students enrolled at our Faculty (BSc and MSc; Physics, Photonics, Material Scientists...). Thus, the application procedure as announced by the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy must be followed in detail. Please also note this important deadline: you need to submit your application until January 15 to get a study slot abroad at the same year.

For more information on the opportunities of the Erasmus+ program, please contact Prof. Malte Kaluza as the responsible Erasmus coordinator for Physics and Photonics.

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Studying "Advanced Optical Imaging" in Jena and at the TU Delft, The Netherlands

Based on a special Erasmus+ program, ASP currently offers a bilateral exchange agreement with the Technical University (TU) in Delft for the local M.Sc. Applied Physics course. This exchange program is open to Jena's Master's degree students of Physics or Photonics.

The training program in Delft is conducted entirely in English. The exchange is designed for up to two semesters. Delft is particularly notable for its outstanding academic teaching in quantum optics.

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Further, you will have the opportunity to write your Master's thesis in one of the Delft working groups. Internships or Master's theses in Dutch research institutes or industrial companies are also possible in agreement with the Delft course supervisors. There are no additional tuition fees. Students of the M.Sc. Photonics will receive the degree M.Sc. Photonics from Jena after successfully completing the 1st and 2nd semester in Jena and the 3rd and 4th semester in Delft. In addition, successful graduates of the exchange program are awarded an additional certificate jointly signed by both universities, certifying an outstanding qualification in the field of "Advanced Optical Imaging". These advanced graduates, thus, qualify in a special way for bilaterally coordinated doctoral topics at both locations and with significant involvement of industrial partners such as ZEISS and ASML.

To get more information about the Delft exchange program, please contact Dr. Christian Helgert. For more detailed advice concerning study opportunities and your course choices at the Physics department of the TU Delft please contact Yvonne van Aalst, our study coordinator on the Dutch side.


Advanced photonics studies in Jena and at the University of Bordeaux, France

Based on a special Erasmus+ program, ASP currently offers a bilateral exchange agreement with the French University of Bordeaux for the local M.Sc. Light Sciences and Technologies program, most of which is taught in English. This exchange program is open to Jena's Master's degree students of Physics or Photonics from the 2nd semester onwards.

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Exchange places in Bordeaux are designed for one semester and the training program is available in either English or French. As an academic location, Bordeaux offers outstanding teaching skills, particularly in laser physics and spectroscopy, as well as numerous other specializations. It is possible to do laboratory placements, as well as a Master's thesis in whole or in part during a study stay in Bordeaux. There are no additional tuition fees.

To participate in the Bordeaux exchange program, it is essential to contact Prof. Christian Spielmann, who will advise you on the choice of suitable study modules and the resulting options.


Studying photonics at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy

ASP is currently running an Erasmus+-based exchange with the Department of Physics at the Politecnico di Milano. This program offers an exchange of up to one year and is open to Jena's Master's degree students of Physics or Photonics. The exchange is particularly aimed at the international, English-taught M.Sc. Photonics and NanoOptics program with a strong overlap with topics taught in Jena, e.g., in the local M.Sc. Photonics course program:

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To participate in the Politecnico exchange program, it is essential to contact Jun. Prof. Giancarlo Soavi, who knows the local structures by heart and will advise you individually on the choice of suitable study modules and the resulting study and research options.


International semester of photonics in Paris-Saclay, France

ASP is currently running an Erasmus+-based exchange with the Institut d'Optique at the University of Paris-Saclay. This exchange program is open to Jena's Master's degree students of Physics or Photonics. The exchange is particularly aimed at the first international, English-taught semester of the local M.Sc. Engineering program with a strong focus on optics and photonics, but also includes, e.g., financial management. This Master program is performed under the umbrella of the prestigious French Institut d'Optique, headquartered at the campus in Paris-Saclay (cities of Palaiseau and Orsay), but is also co-located at the southwestern campus in Bordeaux and at the southeastern campus in Saint-Etienne:

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To participate in the Paris-Saclay exchange program, please contact Prof. Thomas Pertsch, who will particularly advise students enrolled in the M.Sc. Photonics course in Jena on the opportunities and implications of the international photonics semester in Paris-Saclay.


Studying photonics in Joensuu at the University of Eastern Finland

As long-term partners and with the background of a joint EU joint Master program in Photonics, ASP is running an Erasmus+-based exchange with the Institute of Photonics at the University of Eastern Finland. This exchange program is open to Jena's Master's degree students of Physics or Photonics and is offered for up to one year. The exchange is particularly aimed at the English-taught Master's degree program in Photonics in Joensuu/Finland, since it overlaps strongly with the topics taught in Jena, e.g., in the M.Sc. Photonics program:

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To participate in the Joensuu exchange program, please contact Prof. Malte Kaluza, who will advise you on the choice of suitable study modules and the resulting options. Our contact person at Joensuu is Prof. Jyrki Saarinen.

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