Civil Engineering B.Sc.
Since mostly men work in the construction industry, women are in heavy demand.
What do you particularly enjoy about your studies?
Ravan: “New challenges, new knowledge that is acquired, and interests that are (re)discovered again and again”.
Judith: “The platitude of practical content such as excursions as well as field and practical laboratory courses. This means I spend a lot of time outdoors and I enjoy that!”
Julia: “The diversity. Some days are very business-heavy, while others seem to be a pure mechanical engineering degree. But that also allows you to design your studies to your own liking.”
Mechanical Engineering B.Sc.
From both fellow students and professors I often had to listen to statements like "You have to be smart for that", "Can you do that at all" or "Why don't you do something with a teaching degree instead”?
How does studying help you in your private life?
Helena: “During your studies, you are almost forced to develop yourself. You learn to be independent and how to deal with failure.”
Julia: “It broadens my horizons and helps me understand the world around me a little better. Things I never thought about are suddenly of great importance and become very interesting.”
Judith: “It gives me self-confidence and shows me that I can do something superbly and challenges me mentally.”
Business Administration/Industrial Engineering – specialising in Mechanical Engineering B.Sc.
A woman has to prove that she can do it, that she delivers just as much and is just as robust as a man is. Most of the time this does not stand out directly in lectures, but during practical training or in exercise groups it does.
Do you have to work more than men to achieve the same success?
Julia: “Regarding written exams, this is not an issue, but as a woman you have to prove yourself first. A woman has to prove that she can do it, that she delivers just as much and is just as robust as a man is. Most of the time this does not stand out directly in lectures, but during practical trainings or in exercise groups it does.”
Helena: "It depends. It often happens that you are underestimated as a woman. If that means that they expect more or perhaps even less of you cannot be said across the board.
Get a taste of STEM
You are not quite sure if studying STEM is an option for you? You can find all the information on the topic “Can I do STEM?” on the ZSB website.
At TU Darmstadt, there are also various opportunities for women to get a taste of the STEM field:
On Girls’Day, the girls' future day, schoolgirls can discover technical, craft, and IT areas at TU Darmstadt.
“Schüler:innen-Mentoring” (mentoring for pupils) is aimed at those interested in STEM studies starting from the age of 16. Here you can meet students from the degree programme of your choice and talk to them about studying and student life.
Do you notice sexism during your studies? If so, how does it look like?
Helena: “Definitely. Both from fellow students (ALWAYS boys) and professors. I often had to listen to statements like ”You have to be smart for that“, ”Can you do that at all“ or ”Why don't you do something with a teaching degree instead?”
Ravan: “Fortunately, not yet.”
Judith: "I have not noticed any of that in my subject area so far – fortunately. Even during our field placements and excursions, where you have to be physically active sometimes, I always felt like I was treated equally.