"Studienstart – flexibel": TU Ilmenau offers its own study model

With a study model for the introductory phase of studies, comprehensive information and support offers and intensive personal support, the TU Ilmenau enables high school graduates to start their studies individually. With this the university would like to counter any uncertainties of first-year students in times of corona.


The study model "Studienstart – flexibel" is aimed at future students of the Bachelor's degree course in Automotive Engineering and the bachelor's and diploma programmes in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and gives students more time to acquire the basic knowledge they need to succeed in their studies. To this end, the modules and courses of the first and second semesters are stretched over four semesters. The regular courses of study are supplemented by additional subject-specific and interdisciplinary courses. Successful participation in "Studienstart – flexibel" extends the standard period of study by two semesters and thus also the applicable examination deadlines, free attempts and grade improvement attempts. Participation in the study model has no negative consequences for BaföG entitlements - students who successfully complete the study model retain their BaföG entitlements.

Portrait von Professorin Anja Geigenmüller, Vizepräsidentin für Studium und Lehre der TU IlmenauTU Ilmenau/ari
Professor Anja Geigenmüller, Vice President for Learning and Teaching

"An engineering degree is demanding. And on the way to the dream job, challenges often arise, especially in mathematics and other basic subjects. This is where the study model comes in," explains Professor Anja Geigenmüller, Vice President for
Learning and Teaching at TU Ilmenau. Prior knowledge from school is often very different: "Not all young people study directly after graduating from high school and still have the Abitur material ready at the beginning of their studies. With our proven and additional support services, we would therefore like to pick up the young people individually, make it easier for them to start their studies and awaken their curiosity for scientific work." He added that this also applies to anyone who may not have had optimal conditions at school due to the pandemic.

In order to strengthen their understanding of the subject all engineering students can in addition to the "Studienstart – flexibel", take part in additional practice-oriented courses from the first semester onwards in the project practicING and the student workshop UNIKAT and thus expand their studies with important interdisciplinary and research-related key competencies.

"At least as important as professional prerequisites for studying are mutual attentiveness and care within the university community," Prof. Geigenmüller is convinced. "That's why we will do everything we can to offer as much face-to-face teaching as possible in the winter semester 2021/22 under safe conditions, especially for our new students, and to link online content in a meaningful way where necessary. Our campus will once again be the central study location. In this way, we want to make it easier for first-semester students to arrive in the university environment and to establish contacts with other students despite the distance."

Getting to know the university and fellow students is also made possible by the introductory study week (ErstiWoche), accompanied by student tutors. And even beyond the first weeks of study, the university offers an extensive advisory network - whether it is about subject-related or personal questions. For study orientation, the TU Ilmenau also offers all prospective students extensive information in advance and an online "Fit fürs Studium-Check".

Prospective students will also receive more detailed information on the study model "Studienstart – flexibel" as well as on the application modalities at the virtual study information day of the TU Ilmenau on 26 June in a lecture at 12 o'clock: www.tu-ilmenau.de/studieninfotage. On this day they and their parents can also inform themselves in lectures and virtual campus tours about the entire range of studies offered by the university and ask all questions about studying and living in Ilmenau.

For all bachelor and diploma degree programmes, NC-free enrolment is possible without any problems until 15 October and registration for the study model "Studienstart – flexibel" until 24 September 2021 in the applicant portal apply.tu-ilmenau.de or under www.tu-ilmenau.de/studium/vor-dem-studium/studienstart/studienstart-flexibel is possible.

General questions about the study model "Studienstart – flexibel" can be answered by the TU Ilmenau student advisory service at studienstart-flexibel@tu-ilmenau.de.


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Prof. Anja Geigenmüller

Vice President for Learning and Teaching
+49 3677 69-5010