International Summer University

The International Summer University is a unique four-week 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 programmes.

“German Engineering and Language” –

July 05 to August 01, 2020

International Summer University 2020 is cancelled

Living and studying in Darmstadt

What is living and studying in Darmstadt like? This video takes you on a fast-paced trip through the city and colleges.

The four-week International Summer University Programme consists of three components:

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

    Weeks 1 & 2: Automotive Engineering or Aeronautical Engineering
    Weeks 3 & 4: Mechatronic Engineering or Production Engineering

    • 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)
      • ETW (European Transonic Wind Tunnel)
  1. Intensive German Language Courses
    Students will gain German speaking, writing, reading and listening skills for every day communication. 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. A placement test will assess the level of the student's knowledge.
    The Intensive German Language Course takes place during the morning sessions.
  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
      Expand your study abroad experience by attending our social and cultural programmes in and around the Rhein-Main Hessen region.

      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.

For further information please see our poster, our flyer and our scheduled programme.

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

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 .
    Nomination Deadline: 15.03.2020
    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:
    1. Register with TU Darmstadt
    2. Pay the Programme Fee
    3. 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:

Please apply via our Online Portal. Please also fill out this Application Form 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 via email.

Application Deadline: 15.03.2020

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

  1. Pay the Programme Fee
  2. Receive a Letter of Acceptance for your visa application (if applicable)

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.

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, insurances 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.

Estimated Costs

Please make sure you have financial means to cover your travel and meal costs. Also, make sure your bank knows about your travel abroad, so that you have access to cash while you travel.

Note: Upon arrival and pick-up with our ISU team (only on July 05), travel cost to the accommodation will be included. A TU Darmstadt Team will welcome you at Frankfurt Airport and guide you to Achat Hotel. If you decide to come to Achat Hotel on your own, you will find a TU Darmstadt Team there to welcome you and provide you with necessary information. Please make sure to inform the ISU Team when you will arrive, so that services can be in place.

There is the possibility for international female engineering students to receive a scholarship from women's funds. The work group for gender equality of the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering supports international women in mechanical engineering with outstanding academic performance. The stipendiaries receive full coverage of the participation fees for the ISU program. Thus, only travel and living expenses must be covered by the students. The aim of this scholarship is to attract and support talented female junior staff in mechanical engineering by enabling the students international experience and the introduction to German engineering companies and technology.

If you are interested in the scholarship, please refer to it and state reasons in your motivation letter in the application form provided. Scholarship holders are preferably selected according to the outstanding academic performance and the reasons stated in the motivation letter. If you have further questions, please call or send an email to with your inquiry.

Further information about the activities of the work group for gender equality at MPE can be found here.

2020:

Arrival day: Sunday, July 05, 2020

Course duration: July 06 – 31, 2020

Departure day: Saturday, August 01, 2020

Please note: If you decide to arrive before the start of the programme, you will have to organise your own transportation and accommodation.

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 10 ECTS (5 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: 100 Hours; 4 ECTS (2 US/Canadian credit points)
  • Intensive German language course: 100 Hours; 4 ECTS (2 US/Canadian credit points)
  • Cross-Cultural Competencies Training for Engineers: 50 Hours; 2 ECTS (1 US/Canadian credit points)

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.

To help make your arrival to Darmstadt as comfortable as possible, the International Student Service (ISS) at TU has compiled useful information on a variety of topics such as:

  • Campus Orientation
  • Emergencies
  • University Facilities
  • How to get to Darmstadt

Please schedule your arrival for Sunday, July 05, 2020. 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 (July 05)!

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

no later than Wednesday, July 01, 2020, 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 July 05, 2020, 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. 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)

+49 1522 3076700 (outside of 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.

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

Hear what our students have to say about the International Summer University Programme from 2017:

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.