Hessen-Massachusetts Program

With the Hessen-Massachusetts Program, an Exchange Program of the federal state Hessen and the University of Massachusetts System, Bachelor and Master students of universities in Hessen are able to study for one semester at one of the five partner universities of the University of Massachsusetts System free of charge. As a participant you will get to know a new system of science, you will be able to establish new contacts and you will contribute to strengthen the relation between Massachusetts and Hessen as a student ambassador.

The Hessen-Massachusetts Program offers you the possibility to apply for a stay at one of the participating universities. The application is made via the TU Darmstadt.


• Very good educational performance

• Good command of English and German

• A minimum of 3 (Bachelor) or 2 (Master) semesters have to be completed by the time of departure

• Willingness to undertake the role of the Hessen Student Ambassador

Please note the requirements of some of the participating universities of the University of Massachusetts System. The limitations and requirements must be considered in the application process otherwise you cannot be chosen for a spot in the program. For example: UMASS-Amherst only accepts Master students. More information can be found on the program’s website.

Dates of the program

Start and duration of the stay (only one semester at a time)

• Fall term: Start of September until Christmas

• Spring term: End of January until mid-May

Application Deadline: November 15th

Programm coordination, application and consultation:

Technical University of Darmstadt
International Relations Overseas- Julia Fitzthum
S1|01 room 301
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadtt

Virtual office hours

Tuesdays 2-3pm, Thursdays 10-11am

Your complete application forms must be submitted in English language to the International Relations and Mobility Department via the Online-Platform. Applications by email or regular mail will not be accepted.

TU Darmstadt internal application forms as well as specific forms of the Hessen-Massachusetts Program must be completed. Please use only the forms provided for the Hessen-Massachusetts Program which are linked below!

Application Steps:

1. Online-Application of TU Darmstadt

  • Under the menu item “desired mobility” you must choose three universities of the program. Unlike among other exchange programs the department is not involved in the selection of the students.

2. Program forms that must be uploaded to the Online-Platform

You can find a summary of all requested application forms on the homepage of the program.

Please consider that all documents have to be submitted with the the application. It is not possible to hand in documents after the deadline.

1. Submitting the application at TU Darmstadt

2. Interviews at TU Darmstadt (virtual or in presence)

3. Conference of selection of all universities in Hessen

4. Distribution of acceptance and rejection letters

5. Application at guest university

6. Approval of guest university

For the application you need a TOEFL or IELTS test. The language certificates must not be older than 2 years.

The following minimum score must be achieved: TOEFL: 86 or IELTS: 6,5. When taking the TOEFL-Test, please state the Institutional Code „B459“ of TU Darmstadt.

If your language of study or native language is not German you must submit a B2-German proof. Please add this to your proof of English in the application.

Exception for the application in November 2023: DAAD language certificate (min. B2) is sufficient for the application to TU Darmstadt on November 15. In case of selection, a TOEFL or IELTS has to be handed in with an application to the host university until February 2023 (for mobility starting in Fall 2023)

Entry Requirements

Non-Immigrant student visa (to be obtained with a special document from the host university) + passport (passport must be valid for minimum 6 month after the end of the program). Detailed information can be found on the website of the USA Embassy in Germany.


For the application at an American university you must prove that you command adequate funds. Depending on the place of residence this may require a sum between 9.000 and 15.000 US-Dollars. Further information about the financial aspects can also be found on the program website.

Participating Universities and further info