Information for international students

Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at TU Darmstadt! We are pleased that you have chosen to study at our department and wish you a successful and enjoyable stay!

We are pleased about your interest in studying (exchange or degree-seeking) at TU Darmstadt – even if it is initially a study from a distance.

As the development of the CoViD-19 pandemic is still uncertain, all courses at TU Darmstadt will be held online. International students are offered the possibility to participate in online courses and seminars from their home base.

Winter semester 2020/21: Studying digitally in Covid-19-times

Our department’s planning for the winter semester 2020/21 is not yet complete. However, experience from the current semester suggests that the vast majority of courses will be offered digitally.

It is expected that some lectures will also be made available online, so that it will be possible to view them at a later date.

The winter semester will start on November 2, 2020 and end on February 12, 2021.


The form of the exams varies from subject to subject. Oral exams are currently conducted via video. Written exams are carried out as attendance exams at the TU Darmstadt. We are trying to find solutions for written exams for students abroad, but we cannot guarantee at present that modules with written exams forms can be completed/examined abroad.

Exams can take place anytime from the end of January until the end of March 2021.

We therefore recommend that you choose modules with an oral exam if you do not have the opportunity to travel to Darmstadt to take written examinations. You can find an overview of the (expected) respective form of examination here.

You are planning to study in English? The current overview of our English taught courses- winter termsummer term also contains information on the form of examination.

If you need a certificate of compulsory attendance for examinations, please contact the International Student Service.

TU Darmstadt will offer online orientation and language courses for international students.

Orientation Course

The International Student Services is preparing an orientation programme with different online activities. Please check the ISS website for updated information.

Language Course

The intensive German language course will take place online from September 28 to October 23, 2020. The mandatory placement test will be online from September 14 to 17 2020.

Degree-seeking students

General questions: (applications, admissions, enrolment): International Admission of TU Darmstadt

Departmental questions:Studienbüro” (Office for Student Affairs)

  • Service and advice for degree-seeking students
  • Questions concerning TUCaN
  • Registration for thesis
  • Doctor‘s notes
  • Transcript of Records

Exchange students

General questions (applications process, language requirements, accommodation, student card and public transport, health insurance) please contact the International relations office of TU Darmstadt.

Departmental questionsStudienbüro” (Office for Student Affairs)

  • Service and advice for exchange students
  • Study Program
  • Learning Agreement and Credit Points
  • Transcript of Records

Information for refugees

Zentrale Koordinierungsstelle für Flüchtlingsintegration (Coordinating Center for Refugee Integration)


TUCaN is the central organizing system for courses and examinations at TU Darmstadt. On TUCaN you can find out who will teach the course, what the course is about and where and when the course takes place.

Registration Process via TUCaN

  • Register for a module (at the beginning of the semester)
  • Register for a course (at the beginning of the semester)
  • Register for an exam (special registration period)

Module and Courses

  • A module consists of one or more courses
  • A course is always part of a module (and can be part of various modules)
  • A course for example can be a lecture (“Vorlesung” –vl), a practical course (“Übung” –ue), or a seminar (“Seminar” –se).

Please consider that the language of instruction at the department is usually German. There are just a few courses taught in English.

Students only get a grade when they finish the whole module. A module consists of one or more courses as well as examinations. So please register for every module, every course of the module, and the examinations on TUCaN. If you register for a module you are not automatically registered for the associated examination. A course for example can be a lecture (“Vorlesung” –vl), a practical course (“Übung” –ue), or a seminar (“Seminar” –se).

Module descriptions can be found here:

New Master module „International Research Project“: 12 CP (in English!) (Module number 13-01-M007)The student works quite independently on a given topic. The student should show that he/ she can independently edit and present this topic according to scientific methods. The results will be presented in written and oral form. Recommended prerequisites are knowledge of the subject area in which the project work is chosen.

The academic year consists of two terms/semesters called “Wintersemester” and “Sommersemester”. The “Wintersemester” courses start in mid-October and end by mid-February. The Sommersemester courses start in mid-April and end by mid-July. The so-called „vorlesungsfreie Zeit“ (semester break) is used to take exams, finish term papers, go on excursions, enroll in practical courses and prepare for the upcoming term.

QuaSI – Success through Support – is a pilot project of Technische Universität Darmstadt for the promotion and support of international Master students during their initial phase of their master's programme and the transition into working life. The project QuaSI is completely free.

TUtor International is a project at TU supporting international students culturally, academically and socially. Theiraim is to assist international students with their orientation and integration into student life and the German society. They are a multicultural team that is well aware of the different cultural backgrounds of international students and are there for you as companions and friends.

The International Student Services (ISS) supports international students, refugees and exchange students in all non-academic areas.

Every Thursday 5:15-8:00 p.m. at TU Darmstadt S1|03 Room 9

Sprachencafé offers a platform for students interested in languages, culture and people of all nationalities. It is a weekly gathering in cozy atmosphere. There is no registration required, you can come by whenever you prefer. We also organize our meetings in a Facebook group that you are welcome to join.

More information here:

To enable undergraduate and graduate students from TU Darmstadt's partner universities in the USA and Canada to:

  • Acquire an insight in research in your field through active participation
  • Gain intercultural experience
  • Transfer credit points home

More information here: