One university, 46 degree programs and almost 4,890 students - with 1,679 internationals, around 100 nations study in Ilmenau. A colorful campus where many cultures come together. But how do students experience this cultural diversity? We asked six students.
Marius Engler, 23, Berlin
Regenerative Energy Technology, 2nd semester Master
I live on campus in a 3-person shared flat with an international from Russia, but the biggest culture shock was of course my Bavarian roommate. Living in a shared flat with different cultures is interesting - you always have different conversations, different perspectives and gather new impressions virtually every day. But I also come together with many cultures during sports in my volleyball classes, where I've also been able to learn some proverbs in other languages. It also makes communication easier: if you make a little joke and everyone laughs - perfect! I think the cultural diversity on campus is great because you don't fall back into monotony in the first place. It's always colorful, you get new impulses and never stop learning. We also have many associations, such as we4you or ISWI e.V., which organize many events with and for internationals, which I think is great.