The winter semester always starts on October 1st. Courses usually start mid October. The exact dates can be found on the central website with all Semester Dates. The application period for the winter semester starts relatively late, usually June of the same year, and the exact deadlines can be found on the central Application Deadlines website for each study program at TU Darmstadt. Note that in Cognitive Science you can apply for higher semesters (2nd semester and higher) for the summer semester as well. Depending on when you look at the webpage it will show you the application periods for the winter or the summer semester and, hence, while you may be looking for information to apply for the next winter semester, the site may only have information for the preceding summer semester because that’s the current application period.
You can view the formal requirements for international students here, for German students here.
The courses for the Bachelor’s program are offered in German and require a proof of language skills from international students as described here (under “Language Requirements”)
English skills are also important but not officially required. Some courses may be in English and a lot of the literature is, too.
The entry requirements can be found here (under “General Information” → “Admission”).
Note that the program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in cognitive science. Other degrees are not automatically excluded but admission requires competencies of at least 80 CP of the reference program (B.Sc. Cognitive Science at TU Darmstadt), i.e. in the areas of basic computer science (at least 30 CP), foundations of cognitive science (psychology, movement science, cognitive science, neuroscience, or related disciplines) (at least 30 CP) and advanced courses in cognitive science: linguistics, philosophy, sports science, psychology (at least 20 CP).
The program is taught in English, so a proof of proficiency in English at C1 level or equivalent is required. Details can be viewed here (“Language Requirements”).
German skills are not required but beneficial as some elective courses are taught in German.
Compentencies in computer science are required (30 CP). The Master’s program builds on the our Bachelor’s program which acts as a reference program and contains several computer science courses as can be seen here (opens in new tab).
You can check out the website of the student council, as well as our stand at the university fair Hobit.
The programs at TU Darmstadt have a strong focus on computational cognitive science with a close connection to computer science and artificial intelligence. Only relatively few classes are offered in philosophy, linguistics, or neurobiology.
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