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Start of your studies made easy
On these pages, you will learn everything you need to know for now.
Taking your first steps as a student
New at TU Darmstadt?
What to do and where to start?
From a quick start to getting your bearing, you will learn everything you need to know here.
Start with the checklist and don't miss the pre-courses and orientation weeks (OWOs)!
1) TU-ID: First step and nearly the most important one: Create your personal TU-ID. This is your digital identity at TU Darmstadt and the key to (almost) everything you plan to do during your studies. You need your TU-ID as early as the orientation week.
2) Set up your TU email address: Your student email address is your central contact address.
3) TUCaN: This is the central organisation system for courses and examinations at TU Darmstadt. You will get to know TUCaN in the OWO. It's best, though, if you set up message forwarding now and download the TUCaN App from your Appstore! The most important features in TUCaN are also explained in form of video-tutorialsvideo-tutorials.
4) Athene Karte: You need this card to pay at the student canteen (Mensa), borrow books, enter the university stadium and much more.
All steps summarized again on the website of the HRZ.
The departments are the organisational and scientific “home” of their respective degree programmes. Each department offers several courses of study, most of which are related in content. The strongly interdisciplinary study programs (Computational Engineering CE, Energy Science and Engineering ESE, Information Systems Engineering IST, Mechanics, Mechatronics) are jointly administered in the so-called fields of study by the representatives of several departments.
Within your department/field of study, you have three main contact points: the Office for Student Affairs, the Departmental Student Advisory Service and the Departmental Students' Representative Committee.
Pre-courses help to refresh existing (school) knowledge and consequently help you ease into your new life as a student. Because mathematics is an important foundation in almost all technical and scientific subjects, there is a general online pre-course for mathematics. In addition, some departments offer further maths pre-courses geared toward their specialist tasks. Furthermore, there is a programming course for students of computer science and an intensive German course for international students. Participation in these courses, though not mandatory, is highly recommended.
Please refer to the course description to find out which additional pre-courses are recommended for your particular degree programme.
Orientation Week (OWO)
This is one of the most important weeks of your entire studies: the orientation week. Don’t miss it. It provides your all the information you need to have a good start. Equally important, you get to know a lot of people!
You don't know the department your course of study belongs to? Have a look at this overview.
Some webpages designed for the orientation weeks are still under construction and the links will be added here soon.
The Executive Board welcomes you to the TU Darmstadt on November 2 from 6 p.m. You will also be welcomed by the Lord Mayor of the Science City of Darmstadt and representatives of the General Students' Committee (AStA).
You will have the opportunity to take part in a live question and answer session with your Executive Board. For this purpose, you can submit questions about studying and the study conditions at the TU in advance, until October 26, 2020, via the social media channels of the TU Darmstadt or by e-mail.
Learn more about opportunities for leisure activities and self-development outside of your studies. Get to know central facilities and university groups of the TU Darmstadt in live meetings and get involved.
International students are most welcome at the TU Darmstadt. Here are the most important contact points / information pages:
Before you start planning your timetable, it is important to know the difference between modules and courses:
A module is a self-contained learning block comprising one or more courses and one or more examinations. You have to register individually in TUCaN for each module and each course. The module is completed with an overall mark. This grade can be made up of the assessments of several exams. As soon as a module is completed, the grade appears in the transcript of records. Each module is assigned a fixed number of credit points (CP); these are specified in the study and examination plan. A total of 180 CP must be achieved in the Bachelor's programs.
Extensive information on registration for modules and courses and the timetable can also be found in the TUCaN-FAQ.
What courses are there?
”Courses“ is the umbrella term for lectures, tutorials, seminars, introductory seminars, excursions etc. A course has explicit dates and room allocations and becomes visible online upon registration in your TUCaN course schedule.
Lectures: Lectures usually run for one sometimes two semesters and cover a coherent body of knowledge.
Tutorials: In tutorials, you rehearse the body of knowledge and related topics addressed in the lectures in small groups to “train” it.
Seminar: Seminars are found predominantly in the humanities and social sciences. Topics and questions raised in scientific research are actively elaborated and discussed in small to medium-sized groups. ”Introductory seminars“ are seminars for freshers.
Laboratory work: Particularly in the natural sciences and in engineering, experiments are conducted in a laboratory or field work settings to practically apply knowledge gained from lectures and to gain experience in experimental, scientific work.
Excursion: During your studies, you visit research facilities and other sites outside of TU Darmstadt. This may take you to other continents, too.
Online platforms and library
Online platforms make studying easier. Here you can organise your daily study routine and find your learning materials for the courses. Moodle is the most important learning platform.
TUCaN TUCaN is the central organisation system for courses and examinations at TU Darmstadt.
TUCaN APP View everything on the go: Download the TUCaN app from the AppStore.
Moodle Moodle is the central learning platform at TU Darmstadt (and is also called the Learning Management System). All courses automatically include a digital Moodle course, in which learning material is made available and organisational and communication issues are handled. Moodle can also be used via app.
In addition, the ULB offers workshops, consultation hours and coffee lectures on how to do literary research, how to find, obtain, manage and quote your literary sources and how to use Word and LaTeX.
Tips and best practice examples for digital studies Digital teaching and online studies currently characterise everyday campus life. Being adventuresome, curious and at the same time pragmatic have grown in importance in times of corona. Collected contributions from the past summer semester.
Blog articles on e-learning at TU Darmstadt Tips from students and teachers around the digital semester.
Video project from Student Affairs In times of corona, the intercultural department of Student Affairs Darmstadt has started a video project with the motto “We'll be there for you – ITT will get you through”.
This section will be continuously updated – stop by regularly for more information!
(Digital) learning groups
Science is teamwork. Groups are good for learning. Lone fighters often end up alone. In short: Get to know other students and build study groups for successful learning.