Guest student

News and Changed Dates

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the summer semester 2020 was held virtually. The course of the Covid-19 pandemic is not predictable. For this reason, the winter semester 2020/21 will also be held digitally.

Since we cannot yet guarantee whether guest students will be able to participate digitally, we recommend that you do not register as a guest student for the winter semester 2020/21.

We are looking forward to welcome you again as a guest student in a future semester, when teaching activities have resumed their regular format. We ask for your understanding and wish you happiness and good health. Please find further information in the following pdf file (in German).

Those interested in participating in specific courses at the Technical University of Darmstadt without having to prove prerequisites or providing proof of a university entrance qualification (such as an Abitur), can apply to be a guest student.

Guest students are not considered full students – and do not acquire student status – but are authorised to participate in approved courses. These courses are published in the course catalog for guest students on the first working day in March / September. Guest students also have access to computer labs, wifi, e-learning / Moodle, as well as to TU Darmstadt’s internal webpages.

To become a guest student, you must pay a fee of 50.00 Euros.

If you choose to transfer your semester fee via a foreign bank, please note that both banks (those of the sender and recipient) may charge fees.

Important Dates

Online Application / Guest Student Registration

Summer Semester: 1st working day in March – 30.04.

Winter Semester: 1st working day in October – 30.11.

Publication – Course Catalog for Guest Students / Course Registration

Summer Semester: 1st working day in March

Winter Semester: 1st working day in October

Registration is possible from this day until the last day of courses.

  • Please refer to the FAQs for help and instructions.
  • You may only register for and attend those courses which are open for guest students.
  • The guest student programme is only intended to encompass a maximum of 12 semester hours per week.
  • Guest students cannot earn credit points (CP). Previous arrangements with professors or lecturers are invalid.
  • Guest students are not entitled to take part in or sit preliminary, intermediate or final examinations, modules or other examinations prescribed by the examination regulations. Sports courses and language courses are also excluded.

To register as a guest student, you will need a TU-ID.


Do you already have a TU ID?

Please note that, to remain a guest student, you must (re)register every semester as a guest student in TUCaN.

If you are a former employee, student, lecturer, etc., please use this TU-ID to register. If you need to request a new password, please do so by contacting .

If you have questions regarding the procedure, etc., please contact:


Don't have a TU ID yet?

In this case, you must first create a user account. An existing e-mail account is required for this. This e-mail address takes the place of the TU ID.

As soon as you have created your account, you will be sent an e-mail containing your access password. The first time that you log in, this must be changed to a password of your own choice.

Find out more about how to create your account, as well as how to fill out and submit the online application here

Information about Becoming a Guest Student (in German)

Unfortunately, university courses for senior citizens combined with the opportunity to use facilities at all higher education institutions in Darmstadt are no longer available. Typically it is possible to sit in as a guest at the other higher education institutions in Darmstadt.

Please visit the relevant institutions' websites to find out more: