ISWI 2017

Dear students,

We cordially invite you to apply for the 13th ‘International Student Week in Ilmenau – ISWI 2017‘ – Europe’s 2nd largest student conference of its kind, by the 11th of November 2016.

The conference will be held from the 12th to the 21st of May 2017 at the Technische Universität Ilmenau in Ilmenau, Germany, and is dedicated to the topic of ‘Global Justice’ with the motto “Global Justice – A Fair(y) Tale?”. The conference language will be English.

Once again, we expect around 400 students from all over the world to meet in Ilmenau, exchange their opinions, share ideas and gain new experiences during 10 days of group work, workshops, discussions, lectures and cultural events. For further information, simply visit our social media pages and our new website

If you are interested and will remain a student at that time, you can apply by the 11th of November 2016 by registering at There, simply choose a group you would like to join and submit a short essay about Global Justice and one about your chosen group topic. If accepted, you will receive an official invitation. During your stay, you will be provided with food and accommodation (through a host system), and all ISWI events will be free of charge. So you will only have to cover your visa and travel expenses.

For further information about the conference, and for questions and hints, please visit our website or contact us directly via

We look forward to your applications.

Yours sincerely,
the ISWI 2017 Organising Committee

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ” – Margaret Mead

ISWI’s events during freshmen week (ErstiWoche)

Get-to-know BBQ

Despite the weather forcast not looking very bright, we want to invite you for a Get-to-know BBQ on the lawn between houses H and I on October 3rd, starting from 5pm. Our friends of bi-Studentenclub will serve the BBQ while we offer you an international buffet with dishes from Japan, Russia, Spain, and Syria, among others. At the event, you can get to know your tutors and fellow students. If the weather allows we will also offer a stand where you can screenprint fabrics with beautiful motifs.

City Rally

Like every year, we will also be present at the ErstiWoche City Rally. We prepared a game for you, and you can get information on the numerous activities of ISWI e.V. On October 5th, you can find our stand in front of House E between 3pm and 7pm.

Kickelhahn hiking tour

On Friday, October 7th, we want to hike with you to the top of Kickelhahn, the highest mountain in Ilmenau’s surrounding area. Look forward to a wide view (which even inspired Goethe’s poetry), and some fun games which will help you to get to know your new fellow students better. We start at 3pm in front of Mensa.

Don’t miss …

… today’s hsf international – the international radio show. Our guest Karla will tell you more about Mexico. Right after the talk, Benno will present two fantastic bands from Latin America: La Vela Puerca from Uruguay and Buena Vista Social Club from Kuba. And last but not least: Gare, Tosin and Johan have a new episode of “Was ist los?” for you.

Tune in: 7-10 pm on 98,1 UKW or via stream on!

Get to know the Ilmenau refugees’ network

Flyer_Netzwerktreffen_engl_webAs you may know, we have a refugees’ network, where a group of volunteers helps refugees get started into their new day-to-day life.
If you are interested in working for and with refugees and would like to support us, you have the opportunity to get to know us and our projects a little better on the following two dates:


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Begegnungszentrum (Wetzlarer Platz 1)

Thursday, 28 April 2016
6 pm
Begegnungszentrum (Wetzlarer Platz 1)

Tuesday, 3 May 2016
7 pm
Mensa IV, Mensa Ehrenberg (Max-Planck-Ring 1)

If you can’t make it to either of these events you can always contact us at: