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

After arriving in Ilmenau, new students can receive their thoska student ID card during the office hours of the Student Secretariat in 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.


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.

Induction week and first semester tutorial

Winter semester

The introductory week is aimed at all first-year students in the Bachelor's degree programs as well as those who are new to the TU Ilmenau for the Master's degree 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 in the first few days, but also during the entire first semester and are on hand with help and advice.

The cultural and leisure programme during the introductory week is organized by the ErstiWochen-Organisation (EWO), a working group of the Student Council (StuRa) of TU Ilmenau.

Here you can find a review of the First Year Week in October 2023:

Introduction week for Bachelor students

Introduction week for Master's students

TU Ilmenau / Tom Goebel

Registration at the University Library

The University Library  is located in the Leibniz Building. Here you will find books, journals, but also many different workstations and work areas, group workrooms and carrels (individual workrooms) and equipment for printing, scanning and copying. You should also take note of the numerous online offers of the university library. A large number of books and journals are already available in electronic form.

In order to be able to use all services of the university library, your thoska must be activated. The required  registration forms can be found on the homepage of the university library. You can already fill them out and send them off. The final activation will only take place after you have signed the form at the university library. Please submit all the documents required for the registration necessary documents for the registration.

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.