International Summer School
“German Engineering and Language” – July 01 to July 28, 2018
Technische Universität Darmstadt is pleased to announce that nomination is now open for the International Summer School 2018: German Engineering and Language.
The main objective of the Summer School is to introduce students to German Engineering and to enable them to gain experiences in diverse research fields of engineering.
The Summer School 2018 German Engineering and Language is supported by
CARLO & KARIN GIERSCH STIFTUNG
The four-week International Summer School Programme consists of three components:
1. Engineering Courses and Workshops
These courses are designed to introduce German Engineering through the use of workshops and group projects surrounding themes of: Automotive Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Mechatronic and Production Technology.
1.1 Excursions to German companies (such as)
- Mercedes-Benz – German automobile manufacturer
- Continental AG – German automotive manufacturing company
- EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites)
- Donges Steeltec – Steel construction company
2. Intensive German Language Courses
This course is designed to teach the basics of German speaking, writing and listening skills, as well as to introduce vocabulary based on the topics covered. Topics are supplemented by texts and accompanied by various controlled speaking and writing exercises, as well as a number of open discussions. This course serves as a first introduction to the German language.
The Intensive German Language Course takes place during the morning sessions.
3. Intercultural Competence Training: Studying and Working in Germany
This seminar will train non-German people who live, study and work in Germany, especially in the Rhine-Main area, in intercultural competence skills. In addition to factual background information, this course will introduce students to practical techniques, skills and knowledge to help them successfully arrange themselves within an intercultural working and learning environment in Germany.
3.1 Social Programme
Students will be able to experience different parts of the Darmstadt area as well as the Rhein-Main area of Germany by attending specially made programmes organised by our staff. This may also include evening activities and weekend leisure excursions.
Hear what our students have to say about the Summer School Programme from 2017: Testimonials…
My name is Matt and I am from the United States of America. My home state is New Hampshire and I study Civil Engineering and German at the University of Rhode Island. The summer School program at TU Darmstadt has been a positive experience and I am glad that I took the opportunity to see what the school is like.
I enjoyed that we were able to visit a variety of different engineering companies throughout the four weeks. I was surprised by how many interesting companies there are in Darmstadt and I think we were fortunate to be close to all of these incredible places. Along with learning about engineering, we were able to learn German in small classes. I appreciated that we were able to take German classes that were at our skill level whether we were beginners or at an intermediate level. We were able to use our German at our own comfort level throughout the city.
It has been a unique experience attending the Summer School and being surrounded by the German culture. I am glad that I spent these four weeks in this program and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in engineering and wants to learn more about TU Darmstadt or the German culture.
My name is Tang Jian, I come from Tsinghua university, Beijing, China. I study construction management. I think the Summer School I took this year really gave me a meaningful experience. We took German classes, we visited companies and we learned some engineer lessons too.
What most impressed me was our battery design activity, which we did in a group with some of my other classmates. We worked out a plan of fail-safe battery design. We learned the German way of product design, how precise they are and how many things need to be considered during the procedure. Besides the Summer School classes, I also had a lot of travels in some other places in Germany like Munich, Neuschwanstein, and a weekend in Paris.
I went there to see the city, the architecture and the people. They surrounding cultures here are very different from the people in my home country and also different from my expectation. The four weeks here made me think a lot, practice a lot, and see a lot new things. I felt like this was my best summer vacation ever!
My name is Jonathan and I'm from Fort Myers, Florida, in the United States and I'm studying Aerospace Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I think the Summer School program was great, as were the tutors. Most of the company excursions were interesting and a lot of the engineering seminars and classes were pretty cool as well.
One of the engineering classes had us do testing with cars and we got to test features of a BMW i3 and a Mercedes S500. Those of us with driver's licenses could drive the i3 and I was one of them. I thought it was an awesome experience. Another thing I got to do at TU Darmstadt personally was to visit Dart Racing, the FSAE team for TU-Darmstadt.
I am part of the FSAE team at my university so visiting them was a valuable experience. The timing was interesting because they were, at the time, preparing for one of the largest races in Europe. What I'll be taking back home with me are some concepts within German Engineering to incorporate into my future work and the phenomenal experiences I've had here.
Hello! My name is Manuel and I am an Industrial Engineer student from Spain. I am currently studying at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. I decided to join the TU Darmstadt Summer School Program because it gave me the possibility to learn the German language.
German classes were really interesting, fun and at the same time useful; as I have improved my German level a lot throughout the course. At the same time, I know some of the most important companies like Opel, Merck and Lufthansa are based in Germany and wanted to know more about how they work. This program has also given me the opportunity to meet a lot of people from different cultures and different backgrounds.
Application, Acceptance and Deadlines
- An informal nomination by the international office of our partner university via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org-…
- Students will then need to fill in the application form and send it by the latest May 31, 2018 to: email@example.com-… including the following items:
- CV (short)
- Copy of passport
- Transcript of records (unofficial)
- Motivation letter (max. 1 page)
- If formal admission requirements are fulfilled, the International Office at TU Darmstadt will send the following documents:
- Letter of Acceptance
- Letter of Agreement
- The students must then sign and return the Letter of Agreement to: Summer@pvw.tu-…
- The students will then receive an official Confirmation of Stay.
Please Note: Students who will need to apply for a visa prior to their entry into Germany will need this letter to complete their visa application. It is advised to start this process as soon as possible. The visa may take a few months to process.
- Finally, the students will pay the Programme Fee via bank transfer.
Please consider additional costs due to bank charges and change in currency rates.
Bank transfer details:
Bank Name: Sparkasse Darmstadt
International Bank Account Number (IBAN): DE 03 508 501 500 000 730 599
Bank Identifier Code (BIC): HELADEF1DAS
Important Reference: 130 40 115
Payment: 29th of June
Arrival: 1st of July
Please keep in mind: Nomination by the home university does not guarantee a placement.
Costs and Budget
This programme is especially designed for undergraduate students from our partner universities.
Total Fee: € 2,200
It is possible to obtain a discount for nominated students from our partner universities ONLY. Please contact us directly for inquiry. However, travelling and living expenses will need to be covered by the participants.
The above total fee covers:
- language courses, course materials, workshops, engineering courses, intercultural practice, company visits, social activities and excursions
- public transportation ticket, insurances and student services
- accommodation (excl. breakfast): two-person room, kitchenette
You will need a sizable amount of money for your living expenses. Make sure you have enough money available (e.g. you will spend about min. €5-10 for each meal outside). Please note that meals are not included in the program fee.
Your financial basis has to be secure before you embark on your journey to Germany. Ensure that you have enough money with you as well as easy access to your bank account at home.
Note: you will need cash to pay for transportation from Frankfurt Main Airport (Fraport) to the hotel in Darmstadt and back to the Frankfurt Main Airport (AirLiner shuttle bus, train or taxi) for your departure. Airport pick-up will be arranged by our staff to help assist you back to Darmstadt.
Arrival day: Sunday, July 1, 2018
Course start dates: July 2 – 27, 2018
Departure day: Saturday, July 28, 2018
Please Note: If you decide to arrive before the programme arrival day, you will have to set up your own transportation and accommodation until the start of the programme. If you arrive after the programme arrival day, assistance from the airport will also not be provided.
A good arrival time into Frankfurt Airport is between 9 am to 8 pm (German local time).
Arrivals during that time will have the comfort of not having to wait for their room to be ready (the rooms are typically ready from11 am onward) and to get some rest before the summer school starts the following Monday.
Students will complete tasks/assignments, work in groups, give a presentation and write a final exam. At the end of the summer school they will receive a final grade and ECTS credit points for the successful completion of the programme.
Students can earn 8 ECTS worth of academic credit for the entire summer school programme. To make sure the credits will be accepted we kindly advise you to get in touch with your home University faculty in advance.
- Engineering courses and workshops -> 50 Hours/ 4 Weeks -> 2 ECTS*
- Intensive German language course -> 100 Hours/ 4 Weeks -> 4ECTS*
- Intercultural competence training -> 50 Hours/ 4 Weeks -> 2 ECTS*
1 ECTS = approx. 25-30 hours of academic work
The applicant must
- be currently enrolled and remain enrolled throughout the programme in a university.
- have a profound interest in engineering topics
- Language: The programme language is taught in English. German language skills are not necessary for acceptance. Communication throughout the programme is also in English.
Organising Your Stay
Frequently Asked Questions
Please schedule your arrival for Sunday before the programme start date. A good arrival time in Frankfurt is 9 am to 8 pm (German local time). Everyone arriving at that time will be able to go directly to the accommodation (you can enter your room from 11 am onward) and to get some rest before the summer school starts on Monday. There are no activities planned on the arrival and departure date.
As a Summer School participant you will be picked up by one of our friendly tutors and accompanied back to your hotel in Darmstadt.
This only applies for the arrival day (July 1st)!
Please send us your:
- arrival dates
- flight ticket with flight number
- current picture
- phone number
to organise everything accordingly.
IMPORANT NOTICE: The size of Frankfurt am Main Airport can be overwhelming.
Meeting point at the airport: MEETING POINT in TERMINAL 1: ARRIVAL HALL B (Arrivals = Level 1)
To make sure you do not search/miss the tutor, please keep in mind to walk to the MEETING POINT in TERMINAL 1: ARRIVAL HALL B after your arrival.
You will stay at
ACHAT Comfort Hotel Darmstadt/Griesheim
Tel.: +49 6155 – 882 900
Fax.: +49 6155 – 882 999
Yes, please check our website for further information.
Yes, during the weekends students can join our social programme or explore Germany and Europe on their own.
Yes: +49 171 5517049 or + 49 6151 16-24060.
Yes, students from non-partner universities are welcome to join the summerschool at TU Darmstadt, too.
Students from partner universities: Please let yourself be nominated for your stay at TU Darmstadt.
Students from non-partner universities: Please apply without nomination in advance.
Yes, you are very welcome to arrive earlier. However, you can not arrive later than three days after the official start.
If you arrive later or earlier, you will not be picked up from the airport by one of our staff.
Later: Please organise appropriate transportation from the airport to the train station Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof, for example with the AirLiner. One of our friendly tutors will be happy to pick you up there.
Earlier: Please note that we cannot offer accommodation before the official arrival day. Therefore you need to book an accommodation on your own.