Preparatory Course and Support Programme for International Students

A successful start to your Bachelor's degree

With the PreCIS programme, the TU Darmstadt supports international bachelor's degree students to successfully start their studies. For first-year students in the winter semester 2022/23, PreCIS will take place from September 16th 2022 to March 31st 2023.

Study preparation: In the two-week PreCIS Prepatory Course, which takes place online, offline and hybrid in September before the regular start of your studies, you prepare for your studies at TU Darmstadt.

Study support: From October to March you will participate in the PreCIS Buddy Programme. You will meet regularly with students from higher semesters to discuss questions about your studies. As a PreCIS participant, you also have the opportunity to benefit from PreCIS Workshops.

16th September – 30th September 2022

The two-week Preparatory Course gets you ready for your studies at TU Darmstadt.

  • Intensive course in the technical language of mathematics and German as a scientific language
  • Training in study skills
  • Orientation at the university
  • Campus excursions

Course contents in detail

Intensive course in the technical language of mathematics and German as a scientific language:

You can read the mathematical term in German in the picture above? Congratulations! If not – don't worry. Many international students face this linguistic challenge in the early stages of their studies.

With a language trainer, you will acquire a basic mathematical vocabulary and practice expressing your own questions and thoughts adequately. You will also deal with German as scientific language and explore how speaking and writing at the university differs from everyday language.

Training in study skills

Student trainers impart knowledge about different types of courses and help you develop techniques for good learning. They will also cover important topics of self management and time management.

Introduction to mentoring

This event prepares you for the PreCIS Buddy Programme.

Orientation at the university and in Darmstadt

  • Campus tour “Stadtmitte”
  • Campus tour “Lichtwiese”
  • Darmstadt City Rally
  • Visit to a research facility of TU Darmstadt (Botanical Garden)


The PreCIS Preparatory Course includes three excursions this year.

For students who aren't in Darmstadt/Germany, we will offer online activities.

October 2022 – March 2023

Experienced students from higher years accompany the PreCIS participants through their first semester at the TU Darmstadt. At regular meetings you can discuss and ask questions about your studies and your stay in Darmstadt.

As a PreCIS participant you have the opportunity to take part in two workshops during your first semester.

  • Workshop on learning planning on 16th November 2022
  • Workshop on exam preparation 20th January 2023

Learn – Discover – Make friends

What former participants say about PreCIS

Bruna (Brazil), Architecture:

“I had a good introduction to all the platforms you use at uni, like Moodle, TUCaN, Miro. And not only that, but how the university works, how things are graded and also what the first steps are.”

Chuchu (China), Mechanical Engineering:

“Because I have participated in the language classes, I can recognise and understand technical vocabulary, especially in mathematics, more quickly.”

Toshal (Mauritius), Electrical Engineering:

“Compared to other international students, the course gave me the advantage of knowing more about how things will go at the university.”

Hassan (Syria), Computer Science:

Any questions you want to ask, you can just ask. They will all be answered. My buddy advised me on how to prepare for exams – also which lectures are the most important.