Frequently asked questions about the beginning of your studies:
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Please bear in mind though that we will not be able to tell you whether you'll get that letter or grade you are waiting for soon or not. We do not grade your exams and do not mail the university letters.
Yes you can and should. The applications period is long enough to make a decision in ease where you want to go and kindly cancel your other acceptance.
The admission test for our Master's programme is based on the basic principles of the courses offered in our Bachelor's degree. It is a written examination of 120 minutes, which assesses the knowledge of the following subjects:
- Technical Mechanics
- Thermodynamics as well as heat and mass transfer
- Machine elements and mechatronics
- System theory and control engineering
- Measurement technology, sensors and statistics
- Numerical calculation methods
- Technical fluid mechanics
The level of difficulty of the exercises is determined by the task in hand, and in some cases also by the written exams, whereby the focus is on understanding.
Of course the tasks are adapted to the scope of the exam and have to be solved with preparation. However, the examination should not be underestimated, as the applicants should prove whether they have a level comparable to that of our Bachelor graduates. In preparation for the examination, we highly recommend a visit to our learning centre (http://www.fs.maschinenbau.tu-darmstadt.de/lzmb/), as there are both scripts as well as old exams and transcripts of the bachelor examinations. We do not have an old exam of the admission test itself, so you have to look at the subjects separately.
A detailed description of the admission requirements and the examination can otherwise be found in §17a of the Study Regulations for the Master's Programme (under Study Regulations 2014).
For foreign Students, as well as PhD-Students and Professors there is furthermore the possiblity, to ask for help at the Wohnraumservice (Housing Services) of the TU Darmstadt. Therefore you need to fill this form:
They may help you with your search. However, do also try to search for a decent flat on your own using housing websites or local newspapers.
There is no stipulated internship before your begin of studies. However, we strongly recommend to serve the six-week-internship previously. For more information please visit the website of our Internship Office. There you will find the Internship regulations for Bachelor- and Master-degrees (study conditions from year 2014). Therein you will find information on topics and formality you have to meet.
A list with companies where other students already completed internships is available on the website of the study hall mechanical engineering. It is composed by feedback from students but shall only be an example. There are nearly endless possibilities for internships.
There are no prep courses from the department of mechanical engineering before studies start. During the first semester we, the student council, offer a supporting math course every Tuesday that is planned to refresh mathematics from school. You will get more information on this during the first week.
However you can participate in an online-prep course from the department of mathematics. Click here for more information.
No. You only have to have received your study documents, among other things your student transit pass. Then you are enrolled to our bachelor program mechanical engineering and permitted to participate in the orientation week.
1st October is the official start of winter term, but lectures do not start yet.
Lectures in mechanical engineering begin in mid of October.
There is no coercion to register for lectures in advance of lecture time. It is sufficient to do this during the orientation week when you get an explanation on how to do this.
If you already want to get a time table, you can find one on our website.
Every half-decent notebook from the last years should be able to execute MatLAB (a mighty computer program) and a CAD-program like Unigraphics NX. But however, there is no need to purchase a notebook that is able to perform all this!
There are enough workstations where MatLAB and NX are preinstalled. Besides this, there are additional practical courses taking place in computer rooms for MatLAB, and for examination sections in the second semester you have to use these computer rooms as well.
So if you invest about 500-1000 Euro you will surely get a suitable notebook. But laptops from two years ago will meet the requirements, too.
Further consultation possibilities:
These persons will gladly advise you:
You can also get a good overview on the website for people who are interested in studies at the TU.
Enrollment in higher semesters or master degree:
Applicants for the Master's programme must have a valid Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or in an equivalent programme in order to be able to study at the TU Darmstadt. Information on the application and assessment procedure can be found here.