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  • Locations: Darmstadt, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/31/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/20/2019 08/02/2019
NOTE: Completed applications will be reviewed as soon as possible and no later than 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. Approved applications are then sent to TU Darmstadt for review and we expect to receive their decisions in mid to late March.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 3 Eligibility: Seniors and Graduate Students
Area of Study: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Term: Summer
Housing Options: Off Campus Program Advisor: Karen Thomas
Credits: 6
Program Description:

Automotive Engineering Program at TU Darmstadt

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Known as the City of Science, Darmstadt is highly regarded for its academic and scientific communities. It is home to numerous high tech companies in sectors such as information technology, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology, and over 30 research institutions. Parts of Darmstadt date back to the 8th century and much of the city center was rebuilt after heavy bombing during the Second World War - this makes the city an interesting mix of old and new. It is a medium-sized city with a multicultural population and an attractive location in the Odenwald mountain region in southwestern Germany. Its location and excellent public transport systems make it very easy to explore the rest of Germany and continental Europe.

Technische Universität Darmstadt dates back to 1877. It is one of the leading universities in Germany and well known outside Germany for its contributions in engineering and computer science. It offers a wide variety of courses in the natural and engineering sciences. TU Darmstadt also has a strong focus on research with 200 research institutes, many of which are national or international institutes. In its teaching, TU Darmstadt places a strong emphasis on the connection between science and economy so students are encouraged to work on practical applications alongside their studies.

Automotive Engineering at TU Darmstadt (known as FZD) is a research institution within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. With the assistance of students, they conduct research primarily in the areas of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Motorcycles, and Chassis and Driving Dynamics. They also have a Test Drive Project which includes the testing and evaluation of new cars provided by the manufacturers. Recent examples include the BMW 650i and the Audi S5.

The FZD has developed a special 10-week summer program in Automotive Engineering for graduate students and seniors from select partner universities (currently UB, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Virginia Tech). This program offers UB students the opportunity to undertake coursework in automotive engineering and conduct a joint research project with German students.

UB undergraduate students will receive 3 credits for MAE 494 Design Project and 3 credits for MAE 499 for a total of 6 credits, while UB graduate students will receive 6 credits for MAE 501 Individual Problems upon completion of this program. All classes will be conducted in English so no prior knowledge of German is required. TU Darmstadt will provide an intensive one-week introduction to German language and culture.

The program consists of the following courses:
  • Trends in Automotive Development: An extension of knowledge about motor vehicles through lectures on current research topics of TU Darmstadt’s scientific employees, as well as field trips.
  • Advanced Design Project: A team project about an automotive topic with German students, such as the construction of a part for Darmstadt’s Formula Student Racing Team.
  • Automotive Engineering Lab: A combination of topical lectures and experiments. In experiments theoretical knowledge is put into practice.
Questions about these courses can be directed to Timm Ruppert at TU Darmstadt.

On-campus housing is generally not available during the program. Therefore, program participants will be placed in shared (2 students per unit) off-campus housing by TU Darmstadt's Office for International Relations.

Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on the term.

This program is open to qualified UB graduate students and seniors with an interest in automotive technologies. 
Graduating seniors must change their degree conferral date from June 1 to September 1 to participate on this program. Prior study of German is not required. 
Please visit the TU Darmstadt FZD program website