International Summer University

“German Engineering and Language”

2022 Programme Dates: June 6 – July 16

The International Summer University is a unique programme designed to provide insights into cutting-edge German engineering technology, to improve international language skills as well as to discover and learn more about the German culture. It combines engineering courses, company visits, intensive German language courses, cross-cultural competencies training for engineers and social and cultural activities.

This programme is part of

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The programme consists of three components:

  1. Engineering Courses and Workshops
    The various engineering courses offer students the opportunity to gain insights into Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering through a combination of lectures, interactive workshops and group presentations.

    • Excursions to German companies (such as):
      • Continental AG – German automotive manufacturing company
      • Merck KGaA – German research company in chemistry and pharmacy located in Darmstadt
      • Mercedes-Benz – German automobile manufacturer
      • EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites)
      • ETW (European Transonic Wind Tunnel)
  1. German Language Courses – STEM
    Students will gain German speaking, writing, reading and listening skills for every day communication through the lense of the academic world. This course is offered at a beginner's level for students with no previous knowledge as well as on intermediate and advanced levels for students that have taken German classes at home.
  1. Cross-Cultural Competencies Training for Engineers
    This seminar will train non-German students in intercultural skills to help them successfully navigate in an intercultural working and learning environment in Germany. It will also introduce students to practical techniques, skills and knowledge surrounding themes of living, studying and working in Germany.

    • Social and Cultural Programmes
    • We will take a city tour to Frankfurt, a nice weekend trip to Munich, and explore the history and best spots of Darmstadt. Many more exciting events will also be offered throughout the programme.

All Enginering courses as well as the Cross-Cultural Competencies Training for Engineers will be held in English.

Detailed descriptions of the courses contents can be found on our syllabus (opens in new tab). A preliminary weekly program can be found here (opens in new tab). For further information see our info sheet (opens in new tab).

Be sure to visit our Instagram Account to see what students were doing during our Summer programme the past years!

If you are a student of one of our partner universities (see our partner database):

1. Please apply at/consult your universities’ international office for the ISU at TU Darmstadt. Your international office will need to send an informal nomination to our .

Nomination Deadline: March 30, 2022

Please keep in mind: Nomination by the home university does not guarantee a placement in the programme. Also keep in mind: With a successful nomination you might qualify for a partial scholarship. Please consult with your university’s international office.

2. We will confirm a successful nomination via email. Make sure to check your emails regularly.
Your next steps will then be:

a. Register with TU Darmstadt via our Online Portal. Please also fill out this Application Form (opens in new tab) and upload it as your Motivation Letter in the 'Relevant Documents' Section on the application portal. Please do not forget to upload the additional following documents as attachments:

  • unofficial Transcript of Records
  • Copy of passport (found in step 1: Personal Information)

Once the application is completed you can download a summary of your application. Please send the PDF document to our .

b. Pay the Programme Fee

c. Receive a Letter of Acceptance for your visa application (if applicable)

If you are a student of a university not contained in our partner database, please follow the next steps to apply successfully:

1. Please contact us via to state your interest in our programme.

  • Please make sure to inform us about your home university
  • Tell us your course of study

2. After proving your eligibility to participate in our programme, we will forward information on how to apply.

3. When the formal admission requirements are fulfilled, we will review your application. If we can offer you a place in our programme, we will contact you. The next steps would then be:

  • Pay the programme fee
  • Receive a Letter of Acceptance (if applicable)

Application Deadline: March 30, 2022

Please Note: Students who will need to apply for a visa prior to their entry into Germany will need the Letter of Acceptance to complete their visa application. It is advised to start this process as soon as possible. The visa may take up to three months to process.

If you are a student from the University of Massachusetts system, the University of Wisconsin system, and participating universities in Queensland you will participate as exchange students and will not pay fees directly to TU Darmstadt. Please contact your study abroad advisor for more information on how and when to apply.

This programme is especially designed for undergraduate students from our partner universities.

Total Fee: € 2,500

The total fee covers:

  • language courses, course materials, workshops, engineering courses, intercultural practice, company visits, social activities and excursions
  • public transportation ticket, health insurance and student services
  • accommodation: shared twin room and kitchenette

It is only possible to obtain a partial scholarship for nominated students from our partner universities. Please consult with your university’s international office.

Travelling expenses, meals, other day-to-day expenses and individual travel will need to be covered by the participants.

Course duration: June 6 – July 16

  • Virtual Period: June 6 – June 18
  • On-site Period: June 19 – July 16

Arrival Day: Sunday, June 19

Departure Day: Saturday, July 16

Students will complete tasks/assignments, work in groups, give presentations and write final exams. At the end of the programme they will receive a grade for each completed course and ECTS credit points for the successful completion of the programme.

Students can earn 12 ECTS (6 US/Canadian credit points) worth of academic credit for the entire programme. To make sure the credits will be accepted by your home institution we kindly advise you to get in touch with your home University faculty in advance.

  • Engineering courses and workshops:
    • Mechanical Engineering: 150 Hours; 6 ECTS (3 US/Canadian credit points)
      or
    • Electrical Engineering : 150 Hours; 6 ECTS (3 US/Canadian credit points)
  • German and Culture (6 ECTS, 3 US/Canadian credit points):
    • Intensive German language course: 100 Hours
    • Cross-Cultural Competencies Training for Engineers: 50 Hours

1 ECTS (0.5 US/Canadian credit points) = approx. 25-30 hours of academic work

The applicant must

  • be currently enrolled and remain enrolled throughout the programme at a university.
  • have a profound interest in engineering topics.
    Please note: This programme will be most useful to undergraduate students with an interest or previous knowledge in Mechanical Engineering. Students studying similar subjects within the field of Engineering and Sciences are however also welcome to apply.

Please schedule your arrival for Sunday, June 19, 2022. A good arrival time in Frankfurt is 9am to 8pm (German local time). Everyone arriving at that time will be able to go directly to the accommodation (you can enter your room from 11am onward) and to get some rest before the summer university starts on Monday. There are no activities planned on the arrival and departure date.

As a Summer University 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 (June 19)!

To arrange a pick-up please send us your details to our

no later than Wednesday, June 15, 2022, and include the following information:

  • arrival date and time at FRA airport
  • name
  • flight number
  • current picture
  • phone number (if international)

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.

The Meeting Point in Terminal 1 is located exactly between areas A and B.

In the case that you arrange the pickup with us transport fee will be included. Otherwise, you will have to arrange and pay for the transport yourself.

If you are arriving on a date other than June 19, 2022, did not email us about your flight details or want to travel to the accommodation by yourself, you will need to travel to the hotel on your own.

You can do so by using public transport. At Frankfurt airport take the yellow AIRLiner bus to Darmstadt. At Terminal 1, the AirLiner bus departs from bus stop nr. 14; at Terminal 2 it stops in front of Hall E, Exit 8. The bus runs every 30 minutes at peak times, otherwise every hour. You can find the timetable here (opens in new tab). The bus takes around 35 minutes to reach Darmstadt. In Darmstadt you should get off the bus at Luisenplatz in the city centre. From Luisenplatz, board tramway nr 9, towards Griesheim. Get off at the stop called Flughafenstraße. From here it's a 5 minutes walk to the Achat Hotel.

Another option is to take a taxi from Frankfurt airport directly to your hotel. This will cost around 60-70 Euros and take 30-40 minutes. See below for the hotel's address (Where will I stay?).

For information on traveling to TU Darmstadt click here.

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 and arrange the transportation to your hotel by yourself.

Later: Please organise appropriate transportation from the airport to the train station Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof, for example with the AirLiner Bus. 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 will need to book an accommodation on your own.

Yes, during the weekends students can join our social programme or explore Germany and Europe on their own.

Yes:

+49 6151 16-24060 (during office hours)

Yes, students from non-partner universities are welcome to join the summer university 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.

The most convenient way is by public transport (tramway). A tram stop is within 5 walking minutes from the hotel. The program fee covers a public transport monthly pass for the city of Darmstadt, which is provided upon arrival.

You will be staying at

ACHAT Comfort Hotel Darmstadt/Griesheim

Flughafenstrasse 2

64347 Griesheim

Tel.: +49 6155 – 882 900

Fax.: +49 6155 – 882 999

E-Mail: darmstadt@achat-hotels.com

Website: https://achat-hotels.com/en/hotel/darmstadt-griesheim

Google Map Location

The room type is shared twin (two participants will share one room). Rooms have a small kitchen with cooking utensils and a bathroom with shower.

No breakfast or meals included.

The program fee includes a monthly public transport pass, which is valid within the city of Darmstadt; this includes traveling from your accommodation to the university.

Yes. The health insurance that is included in the program fee covers the entire Schengen area.

Binish Mohan (National University of Singapore):

Overall the program was enriching and met people from different countries. Though it was better meeting face to face, the organisers tried their best to make the virtual program as interactive as possible :) The virtual company visits by Continental AG and Merck KGaA were also very informative and learnt about what they do and their deep connections to TU Darmstadt. The cultural programs organised also allowed me to learn more about the German cultures as well as the cultures of other students! The courses I have taken – German and Automotive Engineering were also great and learnt a lot about the subjects. The lectures were passionate in what they were teaching and also make the classes interactive! They were friendly and easy to talk to :) I definitely will try to apply for this program and I recommend other students to try out the summer school program at TU Darmstadt too!!

Sofia Lanzi (University of Rhode Island):

I enjoyed being able to learn German and new topics regarding engineering in a culturally diverse setting. It made me more aware of the advancements and research that is being done at Darmstadt for automotive and robotic applications

Matthew Wolenski:
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.

Tang Jian:
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!

Jonathan Nguyen:
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.

Manuel García:
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.

Past Virtual Info Sessions

If you missed the past Virtual Info Sessions you can download the shown presentation here (opens in new tab) and learn more about the International Summer University's content, excursions and activities, academic crediting and about the application process. Watch our recorded info session in this video:

Hear what our students have to say about TU Darmstadts Summer School Program from 2017