The International Office is responsible for the development of the international relations of Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.
Internationality is a core element in the Mission Statement of the university. The traditional high number of international students (1191 at the moment), the growing number of students who study abroad for part of their curriculum, the large number of international partnerships and co-operations (at the moment 124 partner universities in 42 countries), international research projects and joint international PhD programs, and the rise in number of courses and entire programs taught in English is proof of this. All the departments of the university are involved in international exchanges through their own projects, partners and programs.
The university upholds a culture of hospitality and intercultural dialogue. This is a contribution towards the development of cosmopolitanism, tolerance, and intercultural education. During and after their stay in Darmstadt, guests of the university are welcomed, hosted and cared for by the International Office.
Through passing a number of strategy documents (European University Charta, Strategic Plan, Development Plan, Code of Conduct) Darmstadt University of applied sciences has committed itself to a quality oriented growth and development of its international activities and will continue doing so during the coming years. As an example for this the services and counselling offered by the International Office for study abroad has been extended visibly.
Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences enables all its members to participate positively in the process of internationalisation and globalisation. Students are actively prepared for their future jobs and careers in an international work environment. Scientists are encouraged to root their areas of interests in the international research community. In order to do this, (third-party) funding for academic international exchanges has been increased.
The goals are: to give students the possibility to study abroad for an extended period as part of their curriculum, to provide professors with the opportunity to teach abroad for a (short) period of time, to develop one international program in each department, to include a “window of mobility” in all programs and to teach at least 10 % of all courses in English. These goals have been included in the above named documents.
The International Office supports, coordinates and promotes the manifold international activities of the university and its departments through: