Welcome to Ilmenau!
We are glad that you have decided to study at the TU Ilmenau!
On this page we provide you with important information for the preparation of your start of studies, your arrival in Ilmenau and the necessary administrative steps in the first weeks. We have summarized 5 basic topics for which you can find more detailed information than in the overview on this page by clicking on the headline.
If you have any questions or if something is unclear to you, we recommend our onboarding seminars. If you can't or don't want to participate, you can of course contact us directly.
We wish you a great start at TU Ilmenau!
You have questions about your arrival or the start of your studies? No problem, two times a week we offer our online Q&A-sessions, that you can join digitally via Webex and get your questions answered. They take place on Mondays at 10:00am (Meeting Link) and Thursdays at 3:00pm (Meeting Link).
Every second week there is also coffee2meet online via Webex. This is a special offer for all new students and especially those who are not (yet) in Ilmenau. Drop by Thursdays at 3:30 pm (Meeting Link) and get in touch with us and other students, exchange ideas and get to know each other. You can find the dates in our event calendar.
For more complicated questions or if you need personal advice, Stephan Fischer, Fabian de Planque and Andreas Weidner are available during their office hours on Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm and Thurdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Please register here for an appointment .
We wish you a great start at the TU Ilmenau!
Who? How? What? - Basic questions
How does the winter semester work, what are the important dates, what does my admission mean and how do I enrol? You can find the answers in the tabs below.
The TU Ilmenau plans to hold the winter semester 2021/22 mainly in attendance using the 3G principle (see below). This means that lectures, exercises and seminars will again be held on site. However, teachers are free to decide how they conduct their courses. Therefore, there may also be online teaching.
However, since this cannot be guaranteed, we advise you to come to Ilmenau.
If you have a conditional admission with language APC, (→ Your admission) you will have to travel to Ilmenau in any case, as the placement tests as well as the language courses will only be offered in presence.
For international students in Ilmenau there are three different types of admission: direct admission, direct admission with obligations and conditional admission. Depending on which type of admission you get, it differs how you can start your studies, for example whether you have to take pre-courses or additional subjects.
With a conditional admission you have to fulfil conditions before you can start your studies. A language requirement is considered to be fulfilled by presenting a recognised language certificate (C1 level) at the time of enrolment. You can choose where to take the language course or the exam to obtain the certificate. You do not necessarily have to take a course in Ilmenau. However, enrolment as an APC student (= pre-subject student) is only possible if you complete the language course in Ilmenau.
If you have to fulfill subject-related conditions (master suitability), master APC courses are available for this purpose. They take place on site in Ilmenau and are not offered online.
You can find further information at www.tu-ilmenau.de/apc
Please be aware, that you will need additional time to fulfil the conditions. In total you are allowed to take maximum 4 semesters for academic preparation.
Enrolment also differs depending on which admission you have received (see above).
For students with direct admission to a degree program: Send an e-mail to the ASC at email@example.com, stating that you wish to enroll. They will email you a list of all required documents. (See "Info Documents" for more information.) Once you have collected and completed these documents, return them to the ASC. After the ASC has received all the documents and you have paid the semester fee, you will receive your certificate of enrollment. If you pay promptly, this process will take approximately two weeks.
For students with conditional admission to the APC (Academic Preparation Courses): If you have to fulfil conditions before you are allowed to enrol in your subject studies, you can enrol online as an APC student in the status of academic preparation. The conditions you have to fulfil can be found on the second page of your admission letter. A distinction is made here between language APC and Master APC.
- In case of a language APC, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or inform yourself on the pages of the TU Ilmenau Service GmbH. Here you will get information about the courses and your study plan.
- For a Master APC, please contact the Central Institute for Education (ZIB) at email@example.com.
In both cases you have to sign a Learning Agreement. For your language course this is only possible after you have taken the placement test. You need the Learning Agreement to be able to enrol.
For incoming exchange/double students: Please contact our incoming coordinator Mr. Ludwig Merker via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important: Your enrollment can only be completed successfully if you have paid the semester fee.
The amount you have to pay is shown in the applicant portal. Please transfer the amount and adhere exactly to the specified information for the intended purpose. Otherwise it may happen that your payment cannot be matched. It is not possible to pay the semester fee in cash.
You will only have access to the courses once your enrolment has been completed.
Here we have compiled some important dates for you that you should not miss:
- Start of courses for the Master-APC: 11.10.2021 (more info for APC Master MT)
- Master introductory days: 03.10.2021 - 10.10.2021 (more info)
- Erstiwoche WS 2021/22: 03.10.2021 - 10.10.2021 (see Erstiwoche)
- Start of lectures: 11.10.2021
- registration for exams: 12.01.2022 - 19.01.2022
- Start of exams: 14.02.2022
More dates especially from we4you can be found in our event calendar
Before you set off to Ilmenau, you can already make some preparations from home. Below you will find some points including the explanations.
The sooner you start looking for an apartment, the better. The best time to start is as soon as you have been admitted. Basically, you have the option of living on campus or in the city.
Finding accommodation on campus is the easiest option. You have to contact the Studierendenwerk and apply online. Here you can find more information about the application and the available rooms in Ilmenau. (Don't forget to select "Ilmenau"!).
Important: If you have accepted an offer of accomodation from the Studierendenwerk, you have to pay the first rent by bank transfer before your arrival. The deposit (300€), on the other hand, must be brought in cash and paid on site in Ilmenau.
Besides the dormitories of the Studierendenwerk, there are dormitories of the CJD e.V. at the upper end of the campus. which are also furnished and quite cheap. You can get more information on the homepage of the CJD or by mail.
If you prefer to live in the city, there are many different options. Ilmenau has two large housing areas that are run by a municipal company and a cooperative. Apartments here are usually quite cheap but mostly unfurnished. You can find the two landlords here (IWG) and here (WBG). There are also two large real estate agencies (Marek Schramm Immobilien, Wolf + Fabig Immobilien) that rent out private apartments. Here, however, it is usually more expensive due to additional brokerage fees. You can also search online portals such as WG gesucht, e-bay Kleinanzeigen, immo-scout24 and Wohnungsbörse for apartments.
Note: For some years now, the city of Ilmenau is also including many smaller towns (Manebach, Langewiesen, ...) in the surrounding area (so called "Ortsteile"). When searching, check carefully whether your new apartment is really close to the campus ("Kernstadt") or in one of the surrounding towns. These are difficult to reach by bus or bicycle, especially in winter, and some of them do not offer good shopping facilities.
In Germany, it is obligatory for all students to have health insurance. Without the appropriate proof, you cannot enrol.
Which insurances you can or should take depends on your admission and your age. It also depends on whether you arrive at the beginning of your studies or later. From the moment you are matriculated, the insurance obligation comes into force. You are only exempt from compulsory insurance if you do not stay in Ilmenau for the entire duration of your studies.
You can find more information on our health-insurance-leaflet.
The earlier, the better! We recommend coming to Ilmenau at least two weeks before the first courses start. This will allow you to settle in and take care of the necessary formalities. As a participant of the language APC, please note that you have to be in Ilmenau in time for the language courses, as they are only offered in presence! The subject-specific preparatory courses (Master APC) can be completed online.
Before you start your journey, prepare all necessary documents in printed and digital form. The documents must cover all requirements for entry, residence registration in Ilmenau, registration at the university and application for a residence permit. You can download a detailed overview of which documents you need below in the section Information documents.
Due to the current situation, we recommend that you bring the items listed below in case you need to go into quarantine before you start your studies:
- Crockery + Cutlery
- Sleeping bag/bedding*
- personal hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, etc.)
- First aid kit
- Cash (also take into account the deposit for your apartment!)
- Adapter for power sockets, if necessary
- Ethernet ↔ USB adapter
- durable food (e.g. rice, instant noodles) for the first few days
- enough warm clothes
- Mouth and nose masks (FFP2, KN95 or N95 standard is best, see below).
*Note: You can buy bed linen, duvet and pillow at the Studierendenwerk when you move into one of the dormitories. Please inform the Studierendenwerk in advance about your arrival date and order the items.
To support you directly after your arrival in Ilmenau (and during the Corona-pandemic also online), we offer the we4you Buddy-program. Buddies are usually students who have been studying here for some time and have volunteered to help you get started. We will do our best to get a buddy for everyone who applies. The sooner you sign up, the better chance you have of making it work for you. The Buddy Program is of course free of charge.
Here you can find all information about the buddy program.
You can register online using the registration form.
Arrival and first steps
How do you get to Ilmenau and what do you do when you get here? You can find all the information below.
There are various ways to get to Ilmenau. You can find an overview here.
Most likely you will take the train to Ilmenau. This train is waiting at Erfurt main station on platform 7. Make sure that you are in one of the two cars with "Ilmenau" on the line display. After that you can sit relaxed for a while. Caution: There are several stops with "Ilmenau" in the name. Stay calm and don't get off the train too early, you will recognize the right stop by the additional English announcement.
You can buy tickets for the train either online or on the platform.
For many things you need internet, which may not work with your mobile phone SIM-Card in Germany or may be very expensive. Access to open and free WiFi is possible in many public places in Germany, e.g. at airports, train stations and tourist places and even in some trains. Many supermarkets now also offer free WiFi in their stores.
Some WiFi hotspots in Germany are operated by Telekom and you have to pay for them. However, you can usually surf for free for a short time. You can do this at Erfurt train station, for example.
In Ilmenau, you will find free WiFI at these places in addition to the WiFi at the university:
- Ice rink: directly opposite the Ilmenau train station (Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 34).
- City center: around the city hall (Am Markt)
- Kaufland (supermarket): in the supermarket opposite Ilmenau train station and the ice rink
The internet in the dormitories on campus is provided by a voluntary association, FeM e.V.. To get internet access you have to become a member of this association. To do so, you have to fill out the forms on this website and hand them in to the admin in your dorm. The fee for the internet access is 40 € per semester. When you register you have to pay an additional one-time fee of 25 €. Note: Please note that not all dorms are equipped with sufficient WiFi resources. You should therefore bring a LAN cable and an Ethernet adapter (if necessary).
Without an address in Germany you won't really get ahead. Therefore, you should sign your lease as soon as possible. If you live on campus, you can do this at the Studierendenwerk in Haus B, Max-Planck-Ring 9, 98693 Ilmenau. Please contact the dormitory administration beforehand (Ute Ludwig, +493677-691917).
If you do not live in an apartment of the Studierendenwerk, contact your landlord and make an appointment to sign the contract.
In both cases, make sure that you get the original contract and the so-called "Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung".
With this certificate you can officially register at the city of Ilmenau as a resident. To do this, you have to go to the Residents' registration office in the town hall. You can find out which other documents you need to bring with you in our overview (see "Information documents").
As soon as you are registered, you can leave your new address wherever it is needed (health insurance, matriculation, ...).
All students (except for short stays) from non-EU countries have to open a bank account at a European (EU) bank for payments, direct debits or salary transfers.
You can do this in Ilmenau at one of these bank branches, for example:
- Commerzbank (Schwanitzstraße 1)
- Postbank (Lindenstraße 2)
- Sparkasse Arnstadt-Ilmenau (Homburger Platz/An der Sparkasse 1-3)
- VR-Bank Südthüringen (Street of Peace 19)
If you should be rejected at a bank, we would like to apologize for it vicariously. Please try another bank branch.
Besides branch banks, online banks can also be a good option to open an account quickly. In case of problems, however, you have no personal contact on site. To open an account at an online bank you have to prove your identity, usually at a post office or by video call, for example via Postident online. Unfortunately, not all countries' passports are accepted here.
You can find out which documents you need to open an account in our overview (see Information documents).
Your visa is only valid for a limited period of time. It is therefore essential that you apply for a residence permit before your visa expires. Apply in time, about 8 weeks before your visa expires.
Follow the steps below:
- Ask for an appointment at the foreigners' authority (Ausländerbehörde) of the county by emailing them at email@example.com.
- You will receive an email from the foreigners' authority with links and a list of all the necessary documents for the extension and an appointment. You can also find an overview of the required documents in the info sheet on important documents (see "Information documents").
- You can get the application form for a residence permit online via the link in the e-mail from the foreigners' authority. Fill out the form and bring all necessary documents to the appointment. Changes in the procedure by Corona are possible, but will be communicated by the foreigners' authority.
Every person living in Germany has to pay the so-called Rundfunkbeitrag (broadcasting fee). This is a contribution to finance the public television and radio stations as well as their online offers.
You therefore have to register your apartment at www.rundfunkbeitrag.de.
Tip: In a shared flat you can share the contribution with your flatmates by registering with the contribution number of the WG.
You can find more information about when and how much you have to pay here.
Start of studies
After your arrival, it will soon be time for the lectures to start. For this you should be familiar with some processes and systems, which we explain here.
Every student of the TU Ilmenau receives a personal email account together with the university account.
As a rule, the e-mail address is composed of the following pattern:
If there are several first or last names, they are appended to each other with a hyphen.
You can access your mailbox via the portal webmail.tu-ilmenau.de. This is the so-called "Webmailer".
For most students this possibility to read and write e-mails should be sufficient.
Of course, you can also integrate your university e-mail address into an external mail program (also on your smartphone). You can find more detailed information here.
Important: Always use your university e-mail address for all university matters. Also, check your mailbox regularly (preferably daily), as this is where you will receive official and important information from the university, examination offices and lecturers!
1. information for normally enrolled students (both face-to-face and online courses)
The directory of all lectures, seminars, courses, etc.(Vorlesungsverzeichnis) is called"Opentimetable" in Ilmenau. All students enrolled in a normal course of study at the TU Ilmenau (i.e. not APC or exchange students) have to retrieve their timetable themselves.
- To create your timetable, open Opentimetable and you will see a menu bar on the left and a calendar on the right. On your smartphone, you will only see the menu.
- Click on the globe icon in the upper right corner and select English as language.
- Select "Student Set" in the drop-down menu "Select a timetabletype". Another drop-down menu"Select a department" appears. Select the faculty where your course of studies is located (see abbreviations for opentimetable).
- Now select your degree programme from the list using the checkbox. Then click on the green text/button at the bottom.
- On your smartphone you will see another page with display options. You do not have to make any settings here. Click on "Done".
- You will now see a calendar view and the respective events of your study program. With the view options you can change further details in the display or switch to a list view.
By default, the display is always for exactly one week. If you don't see any events, make sure that you are in a lecture week.
With the grey arrow buttons in the upper right corner you can jump between the weeks.
You will see all courses that are available for your study program, even from elective modules all options are shown. Of course you only have to participate in the courses you have actually chosen. Therefore, not all dates displayed are relevant for you. We therefore recommend that you compile your own timetable based on the opentimetable, for example using Excel or by hand.
2. information for APC students (Academic Preparation Courses).
Language APC: You can get information about your courses and your study plan from TU Ilmenau Service GmbH (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Master APC: Information about your courses and study plan can be obtained from the Central Institute for Education (ZIB) (email@example.com).
Further information can be found at: www.tu-ilmenau.de/apc.
3. information for exchange/double degree students
Please contact our incoming coordinator, Mr. Ludwig Merker via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about your courses.
What is Moodle?
At the TU Ilmenau Moodle is used in many courses to support face-to-face and online teaching. Moodle is a learning management system and provides digital course rooms. In these course rooms you can find working materials such as lecture slides and/or scripts, but also forums for exchanging learning content and interactive quizzes and tests can be taken. Very often lecturers require homework, assignments and similar results to be submittedvia Moodle for assessment.
Find Moodle and log in
You can access the learning platform at www.moodle2.tu-ilmenau.de. To log in , use the credentials of your university account. After successful login you will see your personal dashboard.
How do I find a Moodle course and enrol?
Normally your lecturer will tell you when he/she is using Moodle. They will usually show you the name of the course. To find thiscourse on Moodle, first log in.
On your dashboard you now click on the button "Zu allen Kursen". On the next page you can either enter the name of the course in the search field or search for it in the list. The list is sorted by faculties and institutes. (Abbreviations of the faculties).
When you have foundyour course, click on it. Now proceed as follows:
- Course without enrollment key You don't need a password to join the course. Click on the button "Enrol".
- Course with enrolment key Your lecturer will give you a password which you need to enrol in the course. Enter this password in the field provided and click on the button "Enrol". Note: If you have forgotten your password, ask your fellow students first if possible before you contact your lecturer.
You will now see the course room and can familiarize yourself with it. Furthermore the course now appears in the overview on your dashboard.
How do I structure my dashboard?
Your personal overview page can quickly become very confusing. That's why there are a few ways you can clean it up .
For example, you can use a dropdown menu to select which courses are displayed on the dashboard (favorites, only current courses, etc.). You can also change the sorting of the courses.
You can also choose the way the courses are displayed. For a better overview you can use the list view .
Where can I find further information?
On this page in the intranet you can find instructions and videos on various topics.
If you have questions about the content of a Moodle course, please contact your lecturer.
Cisco Webex is the video conferencing software used at TU Ilmenau for lectures, courses and much more. Every student can use this software to participate in virtual meetings or to organize meetings themselves.
Webex works either in your browser (Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari) or if you have downloaded the software to your PC, Mac or smartphone. We recommend downloading it as you will be able to use more features.
After the installation you have to login at Webex. Enter your university email address (email@example.com) in the text field. You will be redirected to another login page. Here you have to enter your university user ID (abxy1020) and the password of your university account. The window will close and you are automatically logged in to Webex.
In Webex there are two different ways to organize or participate in meetings.
- Your personal meeting room
Every student has his or her own personal meeting room.
You can open this meeting room in the software by clicking on "Start meeting".
You can join another personal meeting room by entering"firstname.lastname" of the respective person in the search field of Webex. This option is good for spontaneous meetings.
- An Organized Meeting Appointment
In addition to the meeting room, you can also createmeeting appointments.
To do this, you need to go to the TU Webex website and log in.
The rest of the process and what options are available here are described on the Webex Meeetings help page.
To joinan organized meeting appointment, simply click on the respective meeting link from the invitation.
In both cases, before joining a meeting, a preview window will appear where you can set your camera image and sound.
If everything is alright, click on the "Join Meeting" button and you're ready to go!
For detailed instructions, visit the official Webex Meeetings help page.
All students enrolled at the TU Ilmenau receive the so-called Thoska+ (abbreviation for Thüringer Hochschul- und Studierendenwerkskarte). It is either sent to you by letter or you can pick it up in person at the ASC during the Opening hours. The Thoska is not only your student ID, but also a chip card with many different functions:
- Student ID
- ticket for the semester ticket
- Payment card
- Library card
- Key card
Thoska as students' ID card
By showing your Thoska you can prove that you are a student at the TU Ilmenau both at the university and outside (swimming pool, museum, etc.). Therefore you have to validate your Thoska before each new semester. During validation, the date imprinted on the front of the card is renewed and the validity of the Thoska is extended. This is done at a specially designed terminal. You can find such terminals in the Humboldt Building, UniRZ, ASC and the university library. You can see how the validation works in this video. The validation only works if you have successfully re-registered for the new semester, i.e. if you have paid the semester fee.
Thoska as semester ticket
The Thoska also serves as a ticket for the semester ticket. With the ticket, which you paid together with the semester fee for the university, you can use the whole regional traffic of Thuringia, which is served by the German railway and the Südthüringenbahn/Erfurter Bahn. Instead of buying a ticket, you only have to show your Thoska at the ticket control . On the website of the student council you can find all important information about the semester ticket.
Important: The Thoska is not a ticket for the bus lines in Ilmenau!
Thoska as a payment card
On campus you can use the Thoska to pay at many places. For example, in the refectory and the library, but also at printers or the washing machines in the dormitories. For this you have to load money on your Thoska before the first payment. There are so-called "Aufwerter" in the Humboldt Building, the Röntgen Building, the University Library and the Mensa. You can use your bank card to transfer money to your Thoska. If you want to transfer cash to the Thoska, you can only do this in the Mensa (please note the opening hours!). As soon as you have transferred money to the Thoska, it is stored as a credit and you can use it to pay.
Thoska as library card
On the back of the Thoska there is a barcode and a number. This allows the university library and you to use the Thoska as a library card. The prerequisite is that you have registered at the university library. Online access to papers, journals and other library services is also possible without Thoska card. You can find all information about this on the website of the university library.
Thoska as key card
The Thoska can also be used as an electronic key for some rooms at the university, but also for barriers and access to the student houses of the Studierendenwerk. As a normal student, however, you will rarely use this function. And when you do, you will be made familiar with it.
Special features due to the pandemic
Unfortunately, the virus still has a firm grip on many matters and that's why there are some peculiarities. You can find everything important as well as information about vaccinations on our Corona info page.
Currently, entry restrictions and regulations due to the Corona pandemic continue to apply.
Wearing masks is compulsory on public transport, i.e. trains and buses, and also in stations, on platforms and at stops. Since the regulations vary throughout Germany, we recommend a mask with the KN95/N95 or FFP2 standards (see here). This way you are on the safe side, both legally and from a health point of view.
You must wear the mask correctly over your mouth and nose forthe entire journey.
Try to keep a sufficient distance to other passengers in the means of transport and do not stand in passageways, for example.
Only stores that offer goods for daily needs may be open without restrictions.
In other stores (fashion, electronics, hardware stores), to enter the 2G rule (see here) is required.
As with other activities, you must wear a mouth-nose mask when shopping. However, a surgical mask is sufficient, an FFP2 or (K)N95 mask is recommended but not compulsory.
In most shops it is compulsory to use a shopping trolley or basket. This is used to control how many people are in the store. Important: Every single person needs their own cart or basket! If there are no more carts or baskets available, wait outside the store until enough people have left. To use the trolley you need a plastic or money coin (usually 50ct / 1€ / 2€).
Keep to the general hygiene rules in the shop as well. Please only touch goods (especially food) that you want to buy. Pay with your bank card if possible.
There are now many different types of protective masks. The names sometimes differ from country to country.
A detailed overview of the most common mask types including pictures can be found on our Corona info page.
Help & Contact
At the TU Ilmenau there are various contact persons available to answer your questions. You can find out who you should contact with which question below.
Do you have questions about getting here or starting your studies that we haven't answered on this website?
No problem, twice a week we have our online Q&A-sessions where you can digitally join and get your questions out.
All times (UTC+02:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna
In the meeting room, personal contact persons from we4you are waiting for you and your questions :)
After your arrival in Ilmenau you are not alone. The we4you student service is there for you to answer all your questions about your stay. In addition, there is a large we4you community of advisors, tutors and buddies. You can find an overview of the we4you services here and on our team page.
Subscribe to the we4you info mailing list to regularly receive up-to-date and important information for international students. As a new student we also advise you to subscribe to our newcomer mailing list to receive information especially for newly arrived students.
It's perfectly normal to have some questions at the beginning. Depending on their nature, you will need to contact different people.
- Questions about enrolment:
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or look here: www.tu-ilmenau.de/en/study
- Questions aboutpreparation courses (APC):
Please direct your questions to email@example.com. More information: www.tu-ilmenau.de/apc
- Questions about arrival, stay, etc.:
Please contact the student service we4you. You can find all contact persons here.
- Questions about the organization of your studies:
Stephan Fischer is available for you here. He is a member of the international student advisory service .
Do not hesitate to ask us your questions. This is the only way we can help you!
Here you can find an overview of important documents which you can print out and which should make your start in Ilmenau easier: