FAQ

FAQ

Here is an overview of general FAQs about our degree programmes. Please note that more FAQs and detailed information can be found on the german website.

However, specific information about the degree programmes can be found on the respective webpage of the degree programme:

 
 

General FAQs

 

Below you will find a list of contact persons for all courses of study with an assignment of the corresponding areas of responsibility:

The Exam Management is responsible for (excerpt):

  • • Creation of performance levels / certificates (such as compulsory internship, stay abroad, etc.)
  • • Booking of attestations
  • • Registration of final papers
  • • Change of examination regulations
  • • Correction of incorrectly booked services
  • Contact person for the Courses B.Sc. / M.Sc. / B.Ed. Electrical Engineering and Information Technology: Anette Gallinat
  • Contact person for the Courses B.Sc. / M.Sc. Mechatronics, B.Sc. / M.Sc. Information Systems Engineering, M.Sc. Information and Communication Engineering: Elvira Goebel
  • Contact person for the Course B.Sc. Biomedical Engineering: Maria Rizou

Quality Assurance and –management QSM is responsible for (excerpt):

  • • Help with problems with exam registrations
  • • Duty applications
  • • Moving early Master's degrees from Bachelor to Master
  • • Creation of exams including exam dates and securing of rooms
  • • Degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Electrical Power Engineering (EPE)

Course Management (LVM) is responsible for (excerpt):

  • • Creation of the semester offer of the modules and courses
  • • Dates, room bookings and enrollment of lecturers at courses
  • • Course Catalog

TUCaN Information Modelling (MOD) is responsible for (excerpt):

  • • Modeling of courses in TUCaN
  • • Classification of modules in degree programs
  • • Maintenance of curricula and module manuals

Here, you can reach the Student counseling.

Firstly, please try to contact the person you contacted again. If this will not work, please do not hesitate to contact the directly.

Planning your studies

All courses are organized in the form of modules. Modules are thematically and temporally coordinated teaching units, which you must have completed for a successful completion. They usually extend to one or, in exceptional cases, two semesters and are completed with a module final exam, which can consist of several partial exams and extends either to all or only selected contents of the module. Further information can be found in the module manuals or the examination regulations, where the form (written / oral) and scope of each exam is also regulated.

Credit Points (CP) are an indication or a measure of the time required to complete the course of studies. One credit point corresponds to roughly 30 hours of work, including attendance at the classroom (attendance time) as well as preparation, follow-up and exam preparation. The credit points allow you to see how much work is required for each course. Overall, you must provide at least 180 CP in the bachelor's program. You have to complete a total of 120 CP in the master's program.

The currently valid examination regulations have been compiled on the homepage etit in the download area. Here you will also find the module manuals for the compulsory area and the specializations.

Registration for modules, courses and examinations is done via the campus management system TUCaN. Every TU student has a personal account for TUCaN. When you enroll, you will receive a TU-ID, which you can use to log in to your personal TUCaN account. You will find detailed instructions on TUCaN on the TUCaN information pages for students. Please note that certain deadlines have to be observed when registering for modules, courses and examinations. These will be displayed directly in TUCaN.

Please note that the area in which you register the module is binding. You need to bring in a module in the area in which you have registered it, in particular the transfer of modules from the additional services to graduate areas of your studies is not possible.

Our recommendation:

Regularly check the registrations made in the TUCaN under “My modules” or “My exams”. At the end of the semester, you should also check again which modules you did not take during the semester and cancel them again, as you can only deregister modules in the semester in which you have also registered them.

Report incorrect assignments to areas immediately to Exam Management. If you have not yet taken a test, a reallocation is still possible.

If you have problems registering for a course or exam, first check whether you are already logged in to the corresponding module. Registration for an event or exam is only possible if you are registered for the module. If you still have problems signing up for an event or exam, try the following solutions:

1. Find out in which semester you have registered the module (via “Events -> My modules -> Click on the relevant module”). Then change the semester of the exam registration to that in which you have registered the module (via "Exams -> My Exams -> Registration for Exams -> Modify Course / Modules Semester -> Examine Examination).

2. If 1. does not work, please try (if you have not yet triggered an exam event in this module) to deregister, re-register, and then register the exam.

If none of these solutions are successful, please write an e-mail indicating the module / exam and – if possible – the area in which you would like to contribute this module to the following contact addresses:

• in case of problems with the course registration: to the Course Management (LVM)

• in case of problems with the examination registration: to the Exam Management of the corresponding study program

In order to avoid such inconveniences, it is generally advisable to go through all the modules again at the end of the semester or the module deregistration deadline and to deregister modules that are not taken (in this semester).

Please note that you will only receive event-related information via the learning platform moodle if you are also registered for the event. Furthermore, there are courses that make the division into small groups on TUCaN, so that you have to be registered for the course here. We therefore recommend signing up for the events. However, to be able to register for an exam, you must be logged in to the module in question. Please note that there are a few modules with so-called building-related services. In any case, you have to register for the course, otherwise you will not be able to register for the exam.

You can unsubscribe from any exam for which you have registered. Please note the cancellation deadline: A cancellation of registered examinations is possible at the latest eight days before the exam date, but not later than March 31st in the winter semester and September 30th in the summer semester without stating reasons. The deregistration takes place via TUCaN.

On the central pages of TUCaN you will find all further information about exam deregistration. If a separate deregistration deadline applies to an exam, this is noted in TUCaN. The deregistration deadline must be adhered to in any case.

Attention:

If you do not take part in a registered exam without first having unsubscribed, this exam will be deemed failed (grade 5.0).

If you are unable to take an exam due to illness, you must present a medical certificate to the exam secretariat within three calendar days of the exam. Example: in the case of a test on Monday, the certificate must be received by Thursday.

It must be noted on the certificate that you were “unable to take an exam”. A simple disability certificate is not enough.

Online form for submission of exams for exam deregistration

You are welcome to use the performance mirror service to create your performance mirror. If you have received a confirmation from the exam management that your performance level has been created, you can pick it up directly from the respective office without having to draw a waiting sign during the opening hours.

Please note that you should carefully check the assignment of your services before the creation request and should inform the exam management, if there are still discrepancies.

In open elective courses sections, one is able to include new modules which contents match the study programme. To do so, you have to hand in an application. Please refer to the Academic Counseling to include such modules.

FAQ International Studies

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about studying abroad at TU Darmstadt.

If you have subject-specific questions or questions concerning the organisation of your studies, please contact one of our Study Abroad Coordinators.

 

Incoming

 

Application and Studies

You first apply for the exchange programme at your home university according to your university’s rules. After successfully completing the application process, your home university will nominate you at TU Darmstadt. We will then request you to apply at TU Darmstadt. If your application is successful, you will receive a letter of acceptance.

Since most lectures are given in German, you need to show evidence that you meet an A2 level at least. Students at this German level are required to participate in a four-week German intensive course. For level B1 students and above the intensive course is not mandatory. Further information here. German courses are also offered during the semester. All German courses at TU Darmstadt are free of charge.

Yes, you can choose your classes accordingly. A list of all English-taught courses.

In the first week of October, the department holds an orientational event, providing important information about study plans, exams and regulations. The exact date can be found in TUCaN ( 18-ha-2010-ov).

If you're enrolled in one of TU Darmstadt's master's degree programmes, you may also want to visit the orientational event for master's freshmen (18-ha-0700-ov).

Both orientational events are beeing offered each semester.

The course catalogue is available in the campus management system TUCaN. After logging in with your TU-ID you are able to register for modules, courses and exams.

Information about this can be found in the module handbooks. The module handbooks are available on the informational pages about the courses of study of the download area.

All regulations concerning studies and exams can be found in the examination regulations. The examination regulations are available on the informational pages about the courses of study of the download area.

The exam periods start at the end of the lecture period and can last up to the very end of the particular semester. If you are not in Germany anymore at that time due to the start of lectures or the exam period at your home university, please contact the lecturer of your course in order to find an individual solution.

In the German system, every grade below 5.0 means you've passed.

There are no tuition fees at TU Darmstadt. However, students have to pay a semester fee each semester. This fee consists of administration costs as well as the semester ticket (a ticket for public transportation in Hessen, more information available in German). You can find a precise listing of the semester fee here. Please take the registration deadline into account, otherwise you will have to pay a late payment fine or might not be able to register at all for the next semester, if you missed the late payment deadline as well.

ECTS is an abbreviation for European Credit Transfer System and is a measure of the workload of a module. One ECTS point is the equivalent of about 30 hours of work, which consist of a combination of contact time in lectures and exercises, course work, presentations, term papers and/or exams.

Exchange students:

If you wish to write your bachelor’s or master’s thesis at our department, you should directly contact the professor or research assistant who will be supervising you:

Thesis topics announced by the individual chairs

Double Degree Students:

Provided your university's Double Degree Programme allows for this, you may write your bachelor's or master's thesis at our department. Please contact the professor or research assistant who will be supervising you directly.

Thesis topics announced by the individual chairs

 

Living in Darmstadt

Erasmus+ Students:

If you are part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme, you will receive a scholarship from your home university according to the programme guidelines. Furthermore, you have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Don’t forget to educate yourself about funding opportunities at your home university.

Double Degree Students:

You have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Don’t forget to educate yourself about funding opportunities at your home university.

The Housing Service for Exchange Students can help you find accommodation in Darmstadt (more information). Please be aware of the fact that the housing service cannot guarantee accommodation.

As an owner of a Student ID card, you may use the public transport system of RMV for free (Further information on the validity area – only in German). You may also use the rental bikes (Call a Bike) provided by Deutsche Bahn for one hour without cost after an initial registration.

Furthermore, you're eligible for remaining tickets for shows at Staatstheater Darmstadt (More information in english) and reduced entrance or special conditions at museums, cinemas and similar establishments.

 

Further Information