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:
- Engineering Sciences
- Mathematics and Natural Science
- Information Science and Informatics
- Social and Cultural Sciences, Social Work & Economy
- Architecture, Media, and Design
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.
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.
The following study programs offer English-taught classes (see below):
Department of Business - Campus Dieburg & Darmstadt
- Business Department: general overview
- Business Administration, B.Sc.
- Business Administration, M.Sc.
- Energy Management, B.Sc.
- Energy Economics, M.Sc.
- Logistics Management, B.Sc.
- Public Management, B.Sc.
English-taught classes are marked by a British flag symbol.
Please note that the MBA program is not open to exchange students.
Check out this video about the student project h_da’s delivery bicycle (activate the English subtitle).
Department of Computer Science
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
- Electrical Enginnering and Information Technology, M.Sc. – Concentration in Automation
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, M.Sc. – Concentration in Communications
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, M.Sc. – Concentration in Embedded and Microelectronics
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, M.Sc. – Concentration in Power
- individual research projects (number of credits to be discussed with the professor(s) in charge), B.Sc. & M.Sc.
- Module handbook (all concentrations)
Department of Mechanical and Plastics Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering, B.Sc. and Mechatronics, B.Sc. ( Course descriptions)
- individual research projects (number of credits to be discussed with the respective professor(s)), B.Sc. & M.Sc.
Department of Media - Campus Dieburg
- Animation & Game, B.A. (general overview & course descriptions)
- Animation & Game Direction, M.A. (general overview & course descriptions)
- Expanded Media, M.A. (general overview & course descriptions)
- Expanded Realities, B.A. (general overview & course descriptions)
- International Media Cultural Work, M.A. (general overview & course descriptions)
- Media, Technology and Society, M.Sc. (general overview & course descriptions)
- Motion Pictures, B.A. (general overview & course descriptions)
Please note: The course description documents are in German, but the actual course descriptions within the document are in English.
Language classes (open to all exchange students)
Other classes (open to all exchange students)
- English-taught classes offered by the EUt+ alliance (from various faculties)
- Interdisciplinary classes on German culture and social issues ("SuK") - List of courses from previous semesters
- Studying in Germany and liking it (intensive class about German culture, taught in March and September; exchange students will receive details in a timely manner before the start of their exchange semester, 2.5 credits)
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)
6. We‘ll be there for you!
- 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!
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