Exchange Programmes

Studying abroad offers you numerous opportunities to acquire new knowledge and skills. Alongside your studies, you will navigate a foreign land, experience a new culture, gain a variety of impressions, meet new people, and learn a new language. Moreover, in times of increasing internationalization, employers welcome experience abroad as additional qualification.


Partneruniversities & Experiences of previous Students

The application for a study abroad programme at a partner university of TU Darmstadt occurs in two steps.

  1. Internal application for an exchange spot in your department
  2. An external application to the partner university
  • Inform yourself about the documents required by your department
  • The main application deadline is November 30. A second application round for the summer semester of the following year will happen in May (only for Erasmus+ programs in Europe)
  • If you have not already done so, please configure your student e-mail (either activate the student mailbox or enter a forwarding) via the IDM portal before applying online. (
  • Please fill out the online application through the application portal (guidelines in German (opens in new tab) )
    • the application will open on October 1, 2019.
  • Print out the online application
  • Submit your application together with the documents required to your department before the deadline

*the Office of International Relations and Mobility does not accept applications from students--please submit your documents to your department.

You should plan for your study abroad at least one year in advance. Applications for study abroad in the academic year of 2020/2021 occur in the fall of 2019. The main application deadline is November 30, 2019.

Even if you plan to study abroad in the summer semester in 2021, you must apply in the fall of 2019. 

The online application is open from October 10 to November 30, 2019. 

You can find out the individual application deadlines for your department from your international representative

At our partner universities, lectures will be taught in the respective language of the country or in English. TU Darmstadt places a lot of emphasis on your language abilities in the country you wish to study in. As a general rule, a language certificate is required as part of the application process. Inform yourself about the language requirements on the website of the partner universities. 

Special Rules for Asia: You can view current information about the required language ability in the above search bar on exchange programmes and experiences. A thorough preparation of at least two to three semesters is in any case strongly recommended.

The Language Center of TU Darmstadt and the Volkshochschule offer a large selection of language courses.

After you have submitted all your documents, the department will decide whether to select you for placement at one of our partner universities. The selection is made based on academic performance, language ability, plan for study, and personal suitability. For questions about the selection process, please ask the international representative of your department.

As soon as the department has made their selections, these decisions will be given to the Office of International Relations and Mobility for further discussions. If you have been selected for a study abroad programme, you will receive an email and will be invited to accept your spot (letter of acceptance). 

Once you accept your spot you will be nominated at the partner university.

After being nominated through the Office of International Relations and Mobility, you will apply to the partner university. The final decision about your acceptance to the partner university lies with them. 

The application process and semester dates depend on the country of study and the university. For more details, please visit the following websites: Europa / Erasmus+ and Austausch in die Welt .

After a successful application to the partner university, you will receive a letter of acceptance. This confirms your acceptance to the partner university.

You can request a semester-long leave of absence for the study abroad period from the Student Affairs Office. You can find information about taking a leave of absence on their website.

If you haven’t planned your study abroad year with one of our partner universities, you belong to the group called Freemover. They will organize a study semester or graduate work abroad themselves. 

Leave of Absence: As a Freemover you can also request a leave of absence for your time abroad.

Funding: Even if, as a Freemover, you cannot apply for funding opportunities through TU Darmstadt, some organizations offer stipends that you can use to financially support your study abroad (external funding possibilities )

Recognition: The consideration of credits for a self-organized study abroad is possible with an agreement from your department. Please use the contact of the international representative of your department.