First-year students now have the opportunity to receive support for their start in academic life. The one-time grant of 500€ is for first-year students from low-income families and can be applied for at the Studierendenwerk Thüringen (stw).
Prerequisite for the grant is, among other things, a first-time admission to a presence study at a Thuringian state or state-recognized university. The start-up aid can be used, for example, for PC hardware and software, study materials and literature, language courses, the semester fee or other items required for the start of studies.
Please note that the financial neediness must be proven by an application for educational support according to the BAföG or, in the case of foreign first-year students who are not entitled to BAföG, by a self-disclosure of their income and financial circumstances. The relevant provisions of the BAföG serve as a guideline for the examination of need.
The following application deadlines must be observed:
- March 15 of each year for the upcoming summer semester.
- September 15 of a year for the upcoming winter semester
If you have lost your part-time job due to the Corona pandemic, for example, or have found yourself in a financial emergency due to other pandemic-related reasons, then you could apply for bridging assistance from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The bridging allowance supports those domestic and foreign students who demonstrably find themselves in a financial emergency due to the Corona pandemic, who are in immediate need of assistance, and who are unable to overcome their individual, pandemic-related emergency by taking advantage of other assistance.
Important: The application must be submitted to Studierendenwerk on a monthly basis, always under the condition that you can prove that you are in a financial emergency due to the pandemic.
The Studierendenwerk Thüringen can offer needy studentswho have got into an emergency situation through no fault of their own, by awarding social benefits quickly and unbureaucratically. The benefits are earmarked and are directly related to studies. They range from food allowances to short-term loans.
Further federal support options
In addition to the BAföG and the bridging assistance, the federal government offers other possibilities of financial support. In the form of scholarships, e.g. through the Deutschlandstipendium or the Aufstiegsstipendium, as well as through educational loan programmes.
What are the current rules of conduct in University buildings?
In all buildings of the TU Ilmenau it is requested to wear a mouth-nose-covering. The obligation to wear a mouth-nose covering also applies in lecture halls,seminar rooms etc. after reaching the seat (also for examiners and students during examinations) and regardless of whether the minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons can be maintained. Please also make sure that you wear qualified mouth-nose covering (medical face mask, FFP2, etc.) especially in closed rooms in situations where closer or longer contact with other persons is unavoidable.
To ensure a minimum distance in the seminar rooms, tables and chairs have been rearranged accordingly and seats have been marked. Please adhere to this seating arrangement and do not move tables or chairs. In the lecture halls, a seating plan has been drawn up using green dots - please only use the seats marked with a green dot.
Further, there are numerous hand sanitizing facilities available in all buildings - these should be used when entering buildings and rooms.
Proper behavior in lecture halls and seminar rooms helps to ensure as many face-to-face meetings as possible and to minimize the risk of infection.
What do you have to look out for in the university library?
Also in the university library of the TU Ilmenau there are Corona-related regulations that you must adhere to. In addition to the usual hygiene rules, you are only allowed to enter the library with a mouth-nose covering. When entering the library you have to sign in at the terminal with your thoska. As soon as you leave the library, you have to sign out again in the same way.
Furthermore you have to wear a mouth-nose-protection to keep the risk of infection at a minimum.
You can find further information about the hygiene measures of the university library hereand can be obtained from the staff by telephone or on site.
Under what conditions can you eat in the canteen?
The Studierendenwerk Thüringen offers all members of the TU Ilmenau the possibility to use the refectory as well as the cafeteria. Strict rules also apply there to keep the risk of infection as low as possible.
Before entering the building, one must register with the digital contact registration system. In addition, a medical mouth-to-nose cover must be put on and worn at all times while walking in the building. Only when you sit down in your seat can you remove the mouth-nose cover to eat. Already in the foyer you have to choose your meal and use the corresponding staircase. This way, the entrance to the serving area can be controlled and too many people can be prevented. In addition, the waiting areas have been clearly marked and ask to keep a safe distance.
In order to guarantee a smooth process, the instructions of the staff must be followed.
IMPORTANT: No cash payment is possible, you can only pay with your Thoska. This can be recharged in the foyer of the cafeteria.