Studying and researching internationally

The Abbe School of Photonics has developed numerous international academic partnerships and benefits from a dense network with contacts to leaders and decision-makers in photonics all over the world. As a student at the Abbe School of Photonics, you have different opportunities to plan a semester abroad, still staying perfectly in line with your study plan and without loosing time. However, immersing oneself in everyday life in a foreign country and a foreign-language university greatly widens one's horizons and can open up 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 universities 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 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. 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 study course. This exchange program is open for Jena's Master's degree students of Physics or Photonics.

The training program in Delft is fully conducted in English. The exchange places are designed for up to two semesters. Outstanding academic teaching skills at the Delft location exist in particular in quantum optics.

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Further, there is the opportunity to write a 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 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 "Advanded 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 participate in the Delft exchange program, it is essential to contact Prof. Herbert Gross, who will advice on the choice of suitable study modules and the resulting career options.


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 for Jena's Master's degree students of Physics or Photonics from the 2nd semester onwards.

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The training program in Bordeaux is available in either English or French. The exchange places are each designed for one semester. The academic location Bordeaux offers outstanding teaching skills, particularly in laser physics and spectroscopy, as well as numerous other study specializations. Further, it is possible to do laboratory work 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 progam, it is essential to contact Prof. Christian Spielmann, who will advice you on the choice of suitable study modules and the resulting options.


Up to one-year 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 exchange program is open for Jena's Master's degree students of Physics or Photonics. The exchange is in particular aimed at the international, English-taught M.Sc. Photononics and NanoOptics program with a strong overlap to the topics taught in Jena, e.g., in the local M.Sc. Photonics course program:

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To participate in the Politecnico exchange progam, it is essential to contact Jun. Prof. Giancarlo Soavi, who knows the local structures by heart and will advice 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 for Jena's Master's degree students of Physics or Photonics. The exchange is in particular aimed at the first, international, English-taught semester of the local M.Sc. Engineering program with a strong focus on optics and photonics topics, but including also, 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 progam, it is essential to contact Prof. Thomas Pertsch, who will advice particularly students enrolled in the M.Sc. Photonics course in Jena on the opportunities and implications of the international photonics semester in Paris-Saclay.


Up to one-year 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 still running an Erasmus+-based exchange with the Institue of Photonics at the University of Eastern Finland. This exchange program is open for Jena's Master's degree students of Physics or Photonics. The exchange is in particular aimed at the Finish, English-taught Master's degree programm in Photonics and with a strong overlap to the topics taught in Jena, e.g., in the local M.Sc. Photonics course program:

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

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