International University Week 2015

The next International University Week (IUW) in Jena has been cinducted from April 20 – 24, 2015 (reports, evaluation, program and abstracts see below).



Program –> see here: IUW 2015 Jena program (version April 9, 2015)

Abstracts of workshops –> see here: IUW Jena 2015 – Abstracts

(Picture: Participants of the IUW Jena 2015)

Evaluation and Feedback: During the IUW Jena 2015 altogether 110 participants – 41 international and 45 students of Jena, 12 international as well as 12 lecturers of Jena – have taken part in an interesting program including several social‐cultural and group activities, field visits and excursions. The evaluation has shown that nearly everybody was very pleased with the organization, the academic content as well as the social cultural program. Below we documents the individual feedbacks of international lecturers who have participated within the IUW Jena 2015 -> see Feedback-IUW2015

Report IUW Jena 2015_english


The School of Social Work and Social Science, Ernst-Abbe-University, would like to encourage individuals, students as well as lectures from European university Schools of Social Work & Social science and related institutions and academies to participate.

Beside an interesting academic program the IUW Jena 2015 will include several social-cultural and group activities, field visits and excursions, a welcome reception and a welcome party on Monday evening and a farewell party on Thursday evening. Most important is the friend-to-friends exchange philosophy.  Please, spread the world via mailing list, newsletters, internetsite, post etc.

Lecturers of our university partners are invited to contribute to the program and to (co)host a workshop or give a presentation. The main topic of the IUW allows a wide variety of different topics (ranging from methods in social work, communication techniques, fields of professional practice, issues of social policy and other interesting topics of social work and social sciences). We kindly ask the International Coordinators (esp. of our Erasmus partners) to make sure that they (rsp. their lecturers/colleagues) send a note regarding the name of the lecturer/teacher and the topic of the workshop. We then would need a short abstract until Dec. 15th, 2014). Lecturers can either offer an own workshop or in case of interest we will match visiting lectures from our international partners with our colleagues to conduct joint sessions/team teaching. The congress language is English.

Programm stucture






Morning session

(9 -12am)

Arrival (if you want to arrive Sunday, please contact your host with regard to individual arrangements)


Excursion to Weimar


Breakfast and Evaluation


Afternoon Session(1-4 pm) Grand Opening Plenary session
World Cafe
Workshops Excursion ongoing Workshops and field visits
free time free time  free time

free time

Evening Activities

Welcome Party incl. Buffet

Small group activities of hosts and guests (supper, e.g. barbeque, …)

Small group activities (supper, e.g. barbeque, …)

Farewell Party incl. Buffet


Social cultural program: Besides the excursion on Wednesday and field trips (mainly on Thursday) there will be at least the two broadly well-known welcome (Monday) and fare-well parties (Thursday) with terrific buffets, life music (by skavida) and compe-dance. And last but not least, our students hosts are just great!

Accommodation: The International Week in organised within a friends-visiting-friends approach, that means participating students from abroad are hosted by fellow students of Jena (reasonable, clean and safe accommodation!). All student participants of the IUW in Jena will receive an email/contact address of their host in order to make individual arrangements (e.g. time of arrival, necessity of sleeping bag etc.). Due to organisational restraints we are going for a maximum of 50 student participants from abroad.

The congress fee is 110€ per person. Bed & breakfast for students, welcome and farewell dinner, supper for students guests by their hosts (Tuesday and Wednesday) as well as excursions are included (accommodation in youth hostel on extra costs). For all lecturers (and other non students participants) we will arrange reasonable accommodation in a hotel on extra costs (single room with shower etc. ca. 65€ p.p./p.n. incl. breakfast and supper). Lunch is available at unusually low price (hot meal: 1,50 – 3€) at the students cafeteria and therefore not included (it would be more expensive if ordered in advance by us). Congress fee, travel and hotel expenses must be covered by the participants or the sending university.

Student registration starts at December, 1st 2014. We offer our Erasmus partner universities 5 student places until Dec, 15th 2014. After that date we will give free places to other applicants and partners who want to send more students. Registration deadline is January 31th, 2015.

Effective March. 10, 2015: We got extra students hosts, therefore we have 3 extra places for international students left!

We will confirm regular registrations within two weeks via email. Following confirmation the participation fee (€ 110.-) has to be paid for the whole student group rsp. the lecturers within 10 days. All delegations of our partner universities will get the name and contact details of a tutor guide (“buddy”) with regard to open questions.

Please use the registration form: Jena Registration Form IUW 2015

Travel information: Jena is located in the German state Thueringia which is famous for its beautiful landscape and natural setting (esp. the Thuringian Forest) as well as its history. It is the (temporarily) home of Goethe, Schiller, Nietzsche, Hegel, Schopenhauer and others of the “noble classic”. With around 100,000 inhabitants Jena is the largest town in the central Saale valley about 25 km east of Weimar and 50km of the capital Erfurt. Jena lies on the East-West A4 highway running between Frankfurt and Dresden, and is close to the North-South A9 highway running between Berlin and Munich. The next airports are Erfurt and Leipzig/Halle (50 rsp. 90km from Jena). Cause of the Jena valley there are two main railway stations, in North-South direction travellers arrive downtown at “Bahnhof Paradies”, in West-East direction you arrive “uptown” at “Bahnhof Jena-West” (see map on our internet site Although the University Campus of the EA-UAS is in a walking distance from the stations it is recommended to use the bus (line 10 and 13; busstop Fachhochschule) or a taxi. If we know the date and time of arrival of the group of the participants at least one week in advance we will ask the host to pick up their guests at the train station.

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