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WELCOME TO ILMENAU
Ilmenau is a cosy, familiar town. The Technical University of Ilmenau has a very good reputation and attracts students from all over Germany and around the world.
Long ago, copper and silver mining were two of Ilmenau’s chief industries. Today, you’ll find numerous buildings and monuments dating back to its earlier history. One example is the Mining Chapel built in the 17th century. No one knows exactly what its original function was, which makes it all the more interesting to visit this beautiful relic of the past.
You should definitely take a look at the Ziegenbrunnen (Goat Fountain). The most famous poem about Ilmenau is engraved on the base of the fountain. Once you’ve read it, you’ll likely never forget it! “In Ilmenau, da ist der Himmel blau, da tanzt der Ziegenbock mit seiner Frau.” (In Ilmenau, the sky is blue, where the billy goat dances with his wife). Fittingly, the bronze sculpture atop the fountain depicts two goats dancing together.
Ilmenau hosts the “International Student Week” every two years. Students from various countries participate in discussions based on specific topics, such as “responsibility”.
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LIVING IN ILMENAU
Ilmenau is a affordable city for students in Germany. The university can help you find a flat or room in town. If you’re an international student coming to Ilmenau for the first time, you will find extra information about the buddy programme “We 4 You” in your notification package. A student from the TU Ilmenau will support you both before and after you arrive. They will explain what you have to take care of, accompany you to the various municipal authorities and show you around campus.
The majority of student life takes place on campus. There are numerous student groups which hold events on a regular basis. There are also large clubs on campus which offer something for everyone.
The Thuringian Forest offers a diverse array of opportunities for recreational activity. There are countless around Ilmenau which highlight different themes. On the “Nature Trail”, you can learn about the distinctive geographical features of the Thuringian Forest, and if you take the trail “From Bach to Goethe”, you can enjoy breath-taking views of the landscape.
If you ever feel a desire for more variety and want to see something new, it’s only an hour away to Erfurt with public transportation.
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