This is the right place to be if you have read and followed all the information provided in the Planning section.
The application for a stay abroad at one of our partner universities is divided into two steps:
First step: In-house application at TU Darmstadt
The first application for a stay abroad is in your department. The students will be nominated by the departmental coordinator or the person responsible for the exchange programme.
Application deadline: The deadline for applying for an exchange programme is from the middle of October until the end of November, in some cases even until January. You can ask your departmental coordinator or the person responsible for the exchange programme for the exact dates.
Online application: Please fill in the corresponding forms online and print them. Without the printed version of the Online Application you cannot be nominated for an exchange programme.
Place of application: Please submit the printed Online Application to your departmental coordinator.
You will have to fill in your personal details in the online form and then send it. That’s how your application gets to the Unit for International Relations and Mobility.The print version (PDF) of the application will then appear; please complete it and submit it to your departmental coordinator.
Here you will find FAQs about the online application process.
Submit the following documents to your departmental coordinator before the deadline:
- printed and signed Online Application with photograph
- letter of motivation with a short description of your study project abroad
- evidence of academic achievements (overview of grades, intermediate diploma certificate)
- personal data sheet
Please note that in some cases you may be required to submit further documents (high school graduation diploma, language certificate). These requirements are usually listed on the website of your departmental coordinator.
For the Hesse–Wisconsin, Hesse–Massachusetts and Hesse–Queensland programmes, applicants need to fill in a priority list with three (for Hesse–Wisconsin four) universities. In the section “gewünschte Mobilität”, you can choose three (for Hesse–Wisconsin four) universities in the corresponding Hesse programme. Please note: there is a special application process for the Hesse programmes. Further information can be found here.
The departmental coordinators check the applicants’ aptitudes, prepare a nomination list of suitable candidates and send this list to the Unit for International Relations and Mobility. The candidates receive written confirmation and further information about the second application step by the Unit for International Relations and Mobility.
Second Step – The application at the partner university
Once you have been nominated and you have officially accepted your nomination, you will have to apply for a study place and, if necessary, for a place in student housing. On your partner university’s website, you will receive further information about the application and necessary documents for a study place.
IMPORTANT: This application step is more time-consuming than the first one. Please observe the application deadlines and requirements sent to you by email by the Unit for International Relations and Mobility.
Here you will find a list of typical documents which most universities require and which you can already take care of in advance:Valid copy of your passport, passport photographs, certificate of academic achievements in English, language certificate for the language of instruction at the host university.
Note: the nomination by your department is always with reservations. Your application is only concluded successfully when your partner university has accepted you as an exchange student.
The “Learning Agreement”: recognition of academic achievements of the partner university.
Prior to your stay abroad, you have to fill in the Learning Agreement in order for your academic achievements at the partner university to be recognised at TU Darmstadt.The Learning Agreement is an arrangement between the student and his/her department about the recognition of courses and lectures which the student wants to attend at the host university within the framework of the exchange programme. It also functions as a study plan which the student should adhere to. If the student finds out after his/her arrival at the host university that some of the lectures or courses are not being offered or cannot be attended, the student can correct the Learning Agreement.
For further information about the recognition of academic achievements, please ask your departmental coordinator.