FAQs for Outgoers

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.

Please note that there are also fundings which only allow to go once during your whole studies. 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 on the TU Darmstadt Funding web pages.

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

There are more possibilities than the ones from the department to go abroad. Informations about all possibilities can be found on the websites of the Department of International Affairs.

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 on the TU Darmstadt exchange webpage.

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 the same 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

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).

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. It is required to apply for this programm in the third semester of the bachelor degree. If you are interessted in a double degree programm, please visit us in the open office hour.

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 (for example in a seminar). 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

 

 

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