FAQs for Outgoers

Is it possible to use academic achievements from studies abroad for the Application Subject?

In prinicple, yes.

There are two ways: Either you use some courses for your Application Subject or you complete the whole Application Subject abroad.

In the first case an Application Subject has to be selected and the courses in question should be approximately match courses of the Application Subject. To decide whether a course matches or not please contact the department where the course resides. Note that there are different ways in the departments how courses from abroad are treated:

  • FB1: courses from abroad are inspected by the Professor who gives the lecture here at TU Darmstadt
  • FB2

    • History: The course has to be checked in advance by Prof. Dr. Schenk (mail), the final check has to be also performed by him
    • Sociology: courses from abroad are inspected by the Professor who gives the lecture here at TU Darmstadt
    • Linguistics and literature science: please contact the Departmental Coordinator for International Affairs (Prof. Dr. Janich) directly

  • FB3: please contact the Departmental Coordinator for International Affairs (Prof. Dr. Ellermeier) directly
  • FB4: please contact Dr. Gunesch (Mail) or Dr. Bartsch (Mail)
  • FB13: courses from abroad are inspected by the Professor who gives the lecture here at TU Darmstadt
  • FB16: please contact the Departmental Coordinator for International Affairs directly
  • FB18: for the big courses, please contact the Professor; for courses of the category of required elective courses please contact Dr. Haun

In the second case, a free Application Subject is selected and the whole Application Subject is conducted abroad. Please use existing study plans of Application Subjects as orientation.

In any case, please bring a letter of recommendation for the transfer of credits created by the other department to our department. Only then we are able to create a Learning Agreement or a final transfer of credits for you.

I am studying in an area of studies or at another department, how can I apply?

  • Information Systems: You are only able to apply via the department 1. Please keep in mind that this department also is responsible for all administrative issues (such as the Learning Agreement etc.). The Department of Computer Science is only responsible for the computer science courses. If you like to attend computer science courses during your studies abroad please contact the Department of Computer Science or more precisely come to the abroad office hour (for preliminary and final transfer of credits). There, you will receive a recommendation for the transfer of credits that you can hand in at your department so they are able to create your Learning Agreement or the final transfer of credits.
  • IST: You may apply via different departments. Please note that the department 18 is responsible for all administrative issues (such as the Learning Agreement etc.). The Department of Computer Science is only responsible for the computer science courses. If you like to attend computer science courses during your studies abroad please contact the Department of Computer Science or more precisely come to the abroad office hour (for preliminary and final transfer of credits). There, you will receive a recommendation for the transfer of credits that you can hand in at your department so they are able to create your Learning Agreement or the final transfer of credits.
  • Please note that the department area of studies Computational Engineering is responsible for all administrative issues (such as the Learning Agreement etc.). However, you may apply via the Department of Computer Science. If you like to attend computer science courses during your studies abroad please contact the Department of Computer Science or more precisely come to the abroad office hour (for preliminary and final transfer of credits). There, you will receive a recommendation for the transfer of credits that you can hand in at your department so they are able to create your Learning Agreement or the final transfer of credits.

Is it possible to use academic achievements from abroad in the minor subject computer science or in a combined study program?

Yes, this is possible. To do so, you have to complete the regular process for the transfer of credits (preliminary transfer of credits with exclusions and final transfer of credits with exclusions).Please note that the first contact for transfer of credits has to be issued at the Department of Computer Science (per mail or in the abroad office hour).

Please note that all academic achievements can only be recognized by your own department. Hence, you receive a recommendation for the transfer of credits which you can submit at your department. Learning Agreements are also only signed and/or given by your department.

Is it possible to apply for more than one university?

Yes, you can apply for more than one university and this is even encouraged. Actually, you are allowed to apply for as many universities as you want. But remember that in your motivation letter and for your study plan you should refer to each university you like to apply for separately.

How often is it possible to do studies abroad?

In principle, you can go as often as you like as a free mover (no funding and self-organized).

If you participate in an ERASMUS+ program, you can go once during the Bachelor and once during the Master.

If you like to go to the USA, to Canada, to Australia, or to New Zealand as well as to Asia, Africa, Central-, or South America you can go twice (once during your Bachelor and once in your Master).

Please note that there are also fundings which only allow to go once during your whole studies (for example with Promos you only can go once while with DAAD you may go twice). To go abroad one time with an ERASMUS program and one time in one of the countries named above is also possible.

A list of all available fundings can be found here.

What is special about Scandinavian universities?

If you like to go to a scandinavian university you usually need 180 CP (a finished Bachelor). There may be exceptions but note that most of the Master study programs are in English while most of the Bachelor study programs are given in the national language. Hence, you should speak the national language fluently if you like to attend Bachelor courses.

Are there any other fundings apart from the abovementioned or are there additional possibilities to go abroad?

Yes, there are plenty of funding possibilities. One example are the so-called Hessen-programs (Hessen-Massachusetts, Hessen-Queensland, Hessen-Wisconsin) or the RISE-program. A complete list of possibilities to go abroad can be found here or here.

Please also have a look at the pages of the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) for exchange possibilities during your studies.

There are also plenty of funding opportunities. Since 2013 there is a special Rotary advancement award (in German Language only).

Is it possible to acquire academic achievements during a semester on leave?

Yes, you may acquire academic achievements in such semesters but you have to fill out an application for that.

How do I apply and what kind of programs are there?

Please consider the list of all possibilities here.

Is it possible to apply for semesters on leave for my studies abroad?

Yes. Please bring your filled application to the office hour. If you do not go abroad via our department, you have to bring a letter of registration from the university abroad or a confirmation of the International & External Affairs Office.

Is it possible to use academic achievements in two different Master study programs?

In a way yes. But it is mandatory that each academic achievement is checked for each study plan separately. Concrete requests should be issued in the office hour or via mail. Note that it is not possible to use academic achievements from the Bachelor in the Master.

The material of the lecture is too large to be mailed, how can I get it to you in this case?

You may also bring the material on CD or an USB-stick directly to the speaking hour. It is also possible to use an arbitrary online service (e.g. dropbox) to provide the material.

What language certificates are necessary for the application?

For the application at our department, it is sufficient to include a certificate of the Sprachenzentrum of the TU Darmstadt. If you have additional certificates please do also include them. After you are nominated by the partner university you have to apply also at this university. Then, it may be the case that the university also requires language certificates (like for example the TOEFL test).

Plase note that you may have some time left before the application at the partner university to complete your language courses at the TUD. Once you are nominated you will be prefered at the Sprachenzentrum.

Please do not forget that indepenently from your favorite country good english skills are necessary.

  • Argentina (UTN, Cordoba)

    • a language certificate Spanish is required at the state of the application because most of the lectures are Spanish

  • Brazil (UNICAMP, Sao Paulo, Campinas)

    • a language certificate Portuguese is required at the state of the application because most of the lectures are Portuguese

How many CPs can I complete abroad?

  • B.Sc.: credits from abroad can only be transferred into the elective courses section. For detailed information please consider your study plan (e.g., B.Sc. Informatik (2009) etc.).
  • M.Sc:: It is only possible to transfer 60 credits from abroad. Please note that a maximum of 40 CP can be from the elective courses section.
  • Specialized M.Sc.: A maximum of 60 CP can be transferred from abroad.
  • Please note: You are only able to transfer 60 CP in total for your Master program. This includes previous transfers of credits from other universities. If you have, e.g., already transferred 20 CP from another university, you may only complete (and transfer) an additional of 40 CP abroad.

If I like to go to a university where all courses are given in english, is it then enough to speak english?

No. Please keep in mind that you like to participate in the daily life of the country. You will not spend your whole exchange at the university. Therefore, it really is necessary to learn at least some of the language spoken in the country.

Are courses from abroad shown in my report?

Yes, in the official report it is shown whether or not a course was completed abroad. To get an idea how this may look like please see the template (in German language).

Is it possible for foreign students to participate in an exchange program?

If the place at the partner university you like to go to is free, this is not a problem. However, if the place is already taken there may be some problems in offering the place for you. In general we do not recommend foreign students to go abroad because most of the experiences you will make during your exchange are already experienced here in Germany (as in a sense you are an exchange students already).

What is special about Japan?

There are three partner universities in Japan you can go to. Below you find information on the two in Tokyo:

  • Keio University

    • Bachelor: no english courses
    • Master: english courses, also interdisciplinary
    • recommendation letters from Professors are mandatory

  • Nihon University (College of Science and Technology)

    • no english courses, but research projects or similar are possible
    • after the nomination you have to search for a Professor at the College who is willing to supervise you
    • the International & External Affairs Office helps you with contacting the Professors

General information about going abroad to Japan:

  • The application at a japanese university is quite complex. But you will get detailed information about what material has to be handed in at the International & External Affairs Office at which deadlines to be able to apply successfully. All such information is provided by the International & External Affairs Office.
  • The application deadlines at japanese universities can be very early (even in February or March). Hence, it is recommended to be informed quite well about issues such as the supervising professors or available courses before you apply at the department of Computer Science.

If I go abroad for two semesters, is it possible to start in the summer or winter term?

In India this is not a problem.

To get such information for other universities, please contact us directly.

In my application, what do you mean with "abroad study plan in the context of the chosen or planned areas of the Master at the TU Darmstadt?

The study plan should sketch (text or table) how you plan to conduct your further studies and how your abroad studies will fit in this plan. Questions that could possibly be clarified are:

  • In what study program you will reside when you go abroad?
  • What courses do you like to complete at the TU Darmstadt before you go abroad?
  • In what area do you like to transfer your credits after you get back ('Studienleistungen'/'Prüfungsleistungen' in the area ... / Application Subject)?
  • Where do you like to conduct your Master thesis (abroad or at the TU Darmstadt)?

What is special about the Ecole Centrale de Lyon?

On the one hand there is a Double Degree which covers the Bachelor and the Master. All information about the Double Degree can be found here.

On the other hand, if you like to go in the ERASMUS program, you need to have a total of 180 CP absolved, i.e., you can only go in the Master.

Where do I get a recommendation letter?

The best way is to ask a Professor at a group where you achieved very good results. The recommendation letter then is specific to your achievements which will presumably count better than a more general one. However, if you do not know such a Professor or group, please contact Tim Neubacher. Then you will receive a recommendation letter that is signed by the Professor who is responsible for the coordination of International Affairs at the department (Prof. A. Buchmann, PhD) or by the Dean for Student Affairs.

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