Gruppe Studierender im Kletterwald Darmstadt

Why an exchange at h_da?

1. h_da: facts and figures

With 12 departments, over 70 degree programs at the bachelor’s and master’s level, and 16.000+ students, h_da is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany.
Classes here are practically oriented and our professors have at least 5 years of hands-on experience in their field. Most of our professors are linked to regional and international companies so they know exactly which skills are needed in the “real world“. 

In the most recent University Ranking conducted by Wirtschaftswoche, h_da made the top 5 of most-wanted graduates on the job market. 

Our key areas of study and research are: 

h_da is very attractive internationally and about 20% of our students are international students. This number is much higher than the German average which is about 11% (DAAD/DZHW: Wissenschaft weltoffen 2016, S. 6).

2. European values

In 2019 an alliance of a total of eight European universities was created of which h_da is a part.This alliance is called “European University of Technology“ (EUt+). In addition to h_da, the following universities are included in the alliance: 

  • Cyprus Technical University (Cyprus)
  • Technical University Cluj Napoca (Romania)
  • Technological University Dublin (Ireland)
  • Technical University Riga (Latvia)
  • Technical University Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (Spain)
  • Université de Technologie Troyes (France)

The overall idea of the alliance is to “Think Human First“ and the goal is to create networks, strenghten the exchange between these partner universities and create an international campus where European values are the norm and national borders are no longer important.

3. Our departments: Some impressions

Here are some impressions of our departments:

Gauss Project

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h_da's Racing car

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Computer Science: Multitouch

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Plastics Engineering: 3D Printing

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Media Department

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Electrical Engineering

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Computer Science: AI Foosball table

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Computer Science: trash-collecting robot

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4. Classes at h_da

At h_da, we‘re very flexible about the classes you can take: 

  • Mix and match! Select classes from different departments. 
  • German language and culture for everybody! The Department of Social Sciences offers language classes and interdisciplinary classes about German culture and more general topics for students of all departments. 

Classes at h_da:
Make sure you select the right semester. For English-taught classes, select “English“ as the “Language of instruction“. For German-taught classes, select “German“.

h_da course catalog:
The final course catalog will post online after you have been selected for a stay with us.

English-taught classes:
The following study programs offer English-taught classes (see below):

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

For more information, visit the website of the department. It's currently available in German only; you may use DeepL to translate it.

Department of Business - Campus Dieburg & Darmstadt

English-taught classes are marked by a British flag symbol.
Please note that the MBA program is not open to exchange students.

Students enrolled at the Business department can also earn the following certificates:

  • Certificate in Carbon Accounting in Supply Chain Management (in cooperation with AEP solution GmbH + had)
  • Certificate in SAP S4/ HANA in Material Management and Warehouse Management (in cooperation with SAP)
  • White Belt certificate in Lean Management (in cooperation in Kaizen Institute Bad Homburg)
  • Agile Project Management certificate (in cooperation with PMI)

 

Check out the website of the department (please note that some information does not apply to exchange students). You may also want to check out this video about the student project ​h_da’s delivery bicycle (activate the English subtitle).

Department of Computer Science

Please note: The classes listed under “list of classes“ are offered. Under “course description“ some older classes that are no longer offered, are listed as well.

For more information visit the website of the department (please note that some of the information does not apply to exchange students).

Department of Design

For more information, please visite the website of the department.

Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

More infos: website of the department (Please note: a lot of the information on this website does not apply to exchange students, e.g. the details listed in the "Admission" section and under "Accommodation".)

Department of Mechanical and Plastics Engineering

For more information, visit the website of the department (it's available in German only you may use DeepL to translate the website).

Department of Media - Campus Dieburg

Please note: The course description documents are in German, but the actual course descriptions within the document are in English.

For more information, visit the website of the Media Department; you may translate it using DeepL. In order to find out more about each of the study programs, please select "Zur Studiengangsseite". Please note that some of the information listed on the website does not apply to exchange students.  

Department of Social Sciences

For more info, please go to the website of the department.

Department of Social Work

Social Work, B.A.S.A. (Bachelor of Arts in Social Work)

For more information please visit the website of the department. It's currently available in German only; you may use DeepL to translate it.

Other classes (open to all exchange students)

5. Our Welcome & Orientation program: A whole month!

info sessions • welcome dinner • classes on German language and culture • fun activities in Darmstadt • trips to other cities (Frankfurt am Main, Heidelberg, Marburg)

Start: Beginning of March (for spring semesters), and beginning of September (for winter semesters). See our information about h_da's semester times and exam periods.

6. We‘ll be there for you!

We offer 

  • assistance with your visa application and other administrative matters 
  • a one-month  Welcome & Orientation Program for exchange students (see above)
  • a buddy program which puts you in contact with a local h_da student who will help you find your way through h_da
  • scholarship opportunities for students from certain regions
  • an international campus – about 20% of h_da students are international students.
  • a public transport ticket which is included in your semester administrative fee (which is around 242€) and that‘s valid in most of the state of Hessen for the entire semester so you can explore other cities in the Rhine-Main regions as well – the world is your oyster! 
Podcast with exchange students at h_da

You want to know what it's like at h_da? Check out our podcast!

 

Most difficult German word?

What's the most difficult German word to pronounce, you ask? This one, we say.

Check out our YouTube-Playlist!

You want to know what it's like at h_da? Check out our podcast!

 

Free online German classes

The Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern (Virtual University of Bavaria) offers online classes for free. Check out their program.

Student organizations and groups

Check out our list!

Contact

Marina Zielke (she/her) &
Ronja Schneider (she/her)

Incoming exchange students advisors
+49.6151.533-68014
+49.6151.533-60022
incoming.int@h-da.de
Office: C23, 02.10