First steps in studies

You have successfully enrolled. Now it's time to move on!

Since the first steps at a university and possibly in a new city can be a challenge, we want to support you. That's why we have compiled important information for you below, which is important for the start of your studies.

E-mail address and university account

With your enrollment you will receive your personal e-mail address at the TU Ilmenau (usually: We will stay in contact with you: We will inform you about all information relevant to your studies.

At the same time, a personal university account will be set up for you. This will give you access to the campus-wide WLAN, the Moodle learning platform and the digital exam administration. The activation of the university account is done online via

Study card "thoska

Students residing in Germany will receive the student ID card by mail. International students will receive the card after arrival in Ilmenau at the ASC. Please bring an identification document for identification.

Collegiates and students can use their card immediately after receiving it. You can find the functions of the thoska here.

Introductory week and first semester tutorial

Winter semester

The introductory week is aimed at all first-year students in the Bachelor's programs as well as those who are new to TU Ilmenau for the Master's program. It usually takes place in the first week of October and offers a varied program on all topics related to the start of studies: with introductory events on the respective degree programs, mathematics refresher courses and group meetings with the tutors. These students from higher semesters accompany all new students not only during the first days, but also during the entire first semester and are available for advice and support.

The cultural and recreational program during the introductory week is organised by the ErstiWochen-Organisation (EWO), a working group of the Student Council (StuRa) of the TU Ilmenau. The program of the "ErstiWoche" with all its highlights can be found online.


Introductory week Bachelor's programs

Introductoy week Master's programs

TU Ilmenau / Tom Goebel

Summer term

For newly enrolled Master's studentsintroductory days are also held at the end of March. You will receive the most important information about studying at the TU Ilmenau, get to know your tutors and get a short introduction to your study program.

Would you like to find out about our diverse campus life in advance? Drop by and discover clubs, initiatives, cultural and sports activities at the TU Ilmenau.

Registration at the University Library

The TU Ilmenau has its own university library. In addition to the online services such as the use of electronic journals, catalogue search and much more, there is the main library in the Leibniz Building.

In order to use all the services offered by the university library, you need a library card. There is a barcode on your student ID card, which you have to unlock when you visit the library for the first time by accepting the terms of use and after presenting your identity card/passport. The registration itself should be done online shortly before.

After that, your student card is also your library card. The number under the barcode is your user number. This number enables you to access your Online user account. Here you can renew borrowed books, see which books have to be returned, which books you have reserved and which books are ready to be picked up.

Other important information

Course Catalog

The course catalog is published for each semester before the start of the courses, structured by degree program and semester. You will learn how to find your way through the corresponding search system (Open Time Table) during the introductory week.

Interactive curriculae

The interactive study plans correspond to the study plans published in the respective version of the study regulations, supplemented by subject-related information on, among other things, teaching content and learning objectives, recommended prior knowledge and the lecturer responsible for the subject. The number of hours per week and semester for the respective subject is also indicated here.

Semester Key Points

The course of each semester is determined in advance by calendar key points. Here you will get an overview of the academic year at the TU Ilmenau: duration of the semester, start of lectures, examination period and lecture-free period. The key points should represent the boundary conditions for your individual semester planning. Further information

Study and examination regulations

The examination regulations regulate the contents, requirements, timing and procedures of the examinations. The study regulations regulate the course of study on the basis of the examination regulations. They specify which courses should be taken and in what time frame. The study and examination regulations can be found either with the information on the study programs or on the intranet.

You still have questions?

You have enrolled, still have questions or are looking for the dates of the introductory events or your tutor?

You have general questions about your studies, need advice for your work and learning at the university, want to change your subject or drop out of your studies? Would you like to return to your studies after a longer period of time or finish your studies soon and need support?

Then we are yourcontact persons.