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Dual Bachelor of Science Programs

Virginia Tech (VT, USA) and the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD, Germany) have established a Dual Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program. In this program the students complete their senior year at the other university, and, with an appropriate selection of courses, the students have the option to earn two degrees simultaneously:

  • VT: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • TUD: Bachelor of Science in in the field of Mechanical & Process Engineering
The engineering courses at TUD are taught in German. In the case of the US students, the program assumes no prior German language skills, but integrates the necessary German language instruction into the curriculum to enable these students to graduate without delay.


  • Virginia Tech Undergraduate Course Catalog
    • VT-TUD dual BSME degree program: [2013-2014] [2012-2013] [2011-2012] [2010-2011] [2009-2010]
    • TUD-VT dual BSME degree program: [2013-2014] [2012-2013] [2011-2012] [2010-2011] [2009-2010]
  • Virginia Tech students going to Technische Universität Darmstadt
    • Program details - The Virginia Tech Senior Year in Mechanical Engineering at the Technische Universität Dartmstadt, Germany, and the VT-TUD Dual BSME Degree Program

    [PDF file, 810 KBytes] Revised: May 18, 2016 ***NEW***

    • Program handout - Class of 2018 [PDF file, 0.8 Mbytes] Revised: August 25, 2016 ***NEW***
    • Program handout - Class of 2017 [PDF file, 1.3 Mbytes] Revised: January 20, 2016
    • Program handout - Class of 2016 [PDF file, 1.3 Mbytes] Revised: September 2, 2014
    • Program handout - Class of 2015 [PDF file, 1.3 Mbytes] Revised: June 6, 2012
    • Program handout - Class of 2014 [PDF file, 1.6 Mbytes] Revised: August 18, 2011
    • Program handout - Class of 2013 [PDF file, 1.6 Mbytes] Revised: August 22, 2010
    • Program handout - Class of 2012 [PDF file, 1.5 Mbytes] Revised: October 7, 2009
    • Program handout - Class of 2011 [PDF file, 684 Kbytes] Revised: November 14, 2008

    • List of mechanical engineering courses that transfer from TUD to VT [PDF file, 92 Kbytes] Revised: November 13, 2015 ***NEW***
    • Sample VT College of Engineering "Transfer Credit Request Form" [PDF file, 115 Kbytes] [MS Word file, 74 Kbytes] Revised: May 18, 2016 ***NEW***
  • AREA 2 (humanities) transfer information:
    • TUD course "Philosophie für Maschinenbauer" (Philisophy for Mechanical Engineers) transfers as "PHIL 2605 Reason and Revolution in Science", counting as 3 semester credit hours and satisfying both AREA 2 and AREA 7 (approved October 7, 2009).
    • TUD course "Utopian Fiction" (taught in English) transfers as "ENGL 2XXX" and satisfies AREA 2 (approved March 22, 2010).
  • AREA 3 (social science) transfer information:
    • TUD course "Theorie: The Liberalism-Communitarianism Debate" (taught in English) satisfies both AREA 3 and AREA 7 (approved March 15, 2010). The extended version of this course (6 CP ECTS) requires an extensive term paper and transfers as 3 semester credit hours of "PSCI 1024 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics".
    • TUD course "Public Policies im Mehrebenensystem" (Public Policies in Multi-Level Systems) transfers as "PSCI 3515 European Political Systems" (not an AREA course) or as "PSCI 1024 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics" (AREA 3 and AREA 7) (approved March 19, 2010).
    • TUD course "Einführung in den Vergleich politischer Systeme" (Introduction to Comparative Political Systems) transfers as "PSCI 1024 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics" (AREA 3 and AREA 7) (approved March 23, 2010).
    • TUD course "Europäische Urbanisierung und Umwelt 1000 - 2000" (European Urbanization the Surrounding World 1000-2000) transfers as "UAP 3XXX" (AREA 3 and AREA 7) (approved March 24, 2010).
    • TUD course "Einführung in die Psychologie" (Introduction to Psychology) transfers as "PSYC 2004 Introduction to Psychology" (AREA 3) (approved April 8, 2010).
    • TUD course "Ingenieurinnen und Ingenieure in der Gesellschaft" (Engineers in Society) transfers as "STS 2XXX Elective" (AREA 3) (approved September 2, 2014).
  • Other course transfer information:
    • TUD course "Einführung in die psychologische Methodenlehre" (Introduction to Methods of Psychology) transfers as "PSYC 2094 Principles of Psychological Research" (not an AREA course) (approved April 8, 2010).
  • VT Green Engineering minor:
    Senior capstone design projects (e.g., ME 4015-4016) completed at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD) (e.g., Bachelor-Thesis) may be eligible for substitution as Engineering Elective courses toward the VT Green Engineering Minor (http://www.eng.vt.edu/green). Either 3 or 6 credits may be awarded depending on the scope of the work. Students should contact Dr. Sean McGinnis, director of VT Green Engineering (smcginn@vt.edu, TEL: +1-540-231-1446), before projects are completed (and preferably prior to departing for TUD) if they are interested in this option. To count toward the minor, senior capstone design projects must have content that focuses on the environmental impact of engineering practice. It is not sufficient to simply work on a project that is related to green engineering, but environmental impacts must be considered formally as part of the project. Typically, students and their advisor can work with Dr. McGinnis to ensure the project deliverables meet the requirements for consideration for this minor. Such capstone design projects are highly encouraged by the program. Requests for minor substitutions must be approved by Dr. McGinnis and the COE Dean of Academic Affairs. (October 20, 2009)
  • Kungliga Tekniska högskolan (KTH) course transfers:
    The ATLANTIS program provides an exciting extension to this dual BSME degree program: The students may also spend a summer prior to their senior year at Kungliga Tekniska högskolan (KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden), and participate in undergraduate research and receive an introduction to the Swedish language and culture!
    • The KTH course AK1213 Swedish Society, Culture and Industry in Historical Perspective (7.5 CP ECTS; taught in English) transfers to VT as 3 semester credit hours of AREA 2 (approved September 15, 2009).
    • The KTH course AE111V Gender Issues in Developing Countries (7.5 CP ECTS; taught in English) transfers to VT as 3 semester credit hours of AREA 3 and AREA 7 (approved November 2, 2009).
  • Application form

    Deadline: Second Friday of VT Spring semester prior to going abroad (e.g., January 26, 2018)
    - ATLANTIS program (VT->TUD)
    - Dual BSME degree program (VT->TUD)
    - VT BSME Senior Year at TUD

    [PDF file, 67 Kbytes] Revised: January 18, 2018
  • VT: Prof. Jan Helge Bøhn, Ph.D., TEL: +1-540-231-3276
  • TUD: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred J. Hampe, TEL: +49-6151-16-2164
  • VT->TUD: 18 graduates
    2007-2008: Alexandre N. Schwartz
    2009-2010: Erin T. Sheehan; Joshua J. Hubbard; VT-graduate; VT-graduate
    2010-2011: VT-graduate; VT-graduate
    2011-2012: Thomas Kane; Yuma Tsubakitani; VT-graduate; VT-graduate; VT-graduate; VT-graduate; VT-graduate; VT-graduate; VT-graduate; VT-graduate
    2012-2013: John A. Stanfield; Nathaniel S. Friedlander; VT-graduate; VT-graduate; VT-graduate; VT-graduate; candidate
    2013-2014: Jeffrey V. Cotter; Cody S. Dowd; Alec Nicewick; Stefano Turbati; Caroline Renz; VT-graduate; VT-graduate; VT-graduate
    2014-2015: Lawrence F. Ayers IV; Jonathan M. Clark; Brennan T. Jansen; Frank B. Whitesell IV; L. Caroline Yancey; Dual-graduate
    2015-2016: candidate; candidate; candidate; candidate; candidate; candidate; candidate
    2016-2017: candidate; candidate; candidate
    2017-2018: Application deadline = January 27, 2017
  • TUD->VT: 33 graduates
    2007-2008: Christian von Pyschow; Holger Werschnik; Lukas Wörner
    2008-2009: Jochen Dietl; Axel Dietrich; Michael Köhler; André Niederdorf
    2009-2010: Niels Göran Blume; Tobias Gezork; Manuel Wilhelm; Christian Jente
    2010-2011: Sebastian Beutel; Tobias Hofmeister
    2011-2012: Anton Amadeus Bauhofer
    2012-2013: Jonas Alles; Florian Blaser; Steffen Hench; Robert F. Langhans; Konrad J. Lukesch; Yassin Mahioui; Darian A. Schaab; Christoph Wächter
    2013-2014: Justus Brosche; Philipp Nicolas Depta; Daniel Klüh; Florian Vogel; Felicitas Wille
    2014-2015: Marianne Buhl; Malte Diederich; Bastian Dietrich; Charlotte Ebeling; Nils Philipp Störmer; Dual-graduate
    2015-2016: candidate; candidate; candidate; candidate; candidate
    2016-2017: not yet selected
    2017-2018: not yet selected

Junior or Senior Year Abroad Programs

These programs allow students at one university to complete the senior/final year of their Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program by attending courses at the other university and still graduate on time.

Technische Universität Darmstadt senior year at Virginia Tech
Replace the Technische Universität Darmstadt senior year (3rd year) Winter/Summer semester sequence (October-July) with a Fall/Spring semester sequence (August-May) at Virginia Tech:

  • Mechanical Engineering
    Program description [PDF file, 70 KBytes] Revised: April 12, 2017. ***NEW***
    CONTACT: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred J. Hampe, TEL: +49-6151-16-2164

Virginia Tech semester or year at Technische Universität Darmstadt
Replace the Virginia Tech semester or year with a Winter (October-March) and/or Summer (April-July) semester at the Technische Universität Darmstadt:

  • Mechanical Engineering
    Program description [PDF file, 810 KBytes] Revised: May 18, 2016. ***NEW***
    CONTACT: Prof. Jan Helge Bøhn, Ph.D., TEL: +1-540-231-3276
  • Materials Science and Engineering
    CONTACT: Prof. Robert Hendricks, Ph.D., TEL: +1-540-231-6917

Scholarship opportunities:

  • DAAD: Jahresstipendien für Studierende aller wissenschaftlichen Fächer
    For Technische Universität Darmstadt students going to Virginia Tech
    AMOUNT: €1,075 [approximately US$1,205] per month
    DEADLINE: July 15, 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year (apply directly to DAAD)
  • DAAD: Undergraduate Scholarship
    For Virginia Tech students going to the Technische Universität Darmstadt
    AMOUNT: €650 [approximately US$734] per month + additional funds towards travel and health insurance
    DEADLINE: January 31, 2016 for the 2016-2017 academic year (apply directly to DAAD)

Information about TU Darmstadt and surrounding area:

  • Frankfurt International Airport [airport map] [airport map]
    When you arrive at Frankfurt airport, you will go through immigration, pick up your checked luggage, and then go through customs. In the case of Terminal 1 (most flights from the US arrive here), you will then exit at the ground level (Level 1) at exit "A", "B", or "C". If you are being picked up or are meeting up with someone, then you should go to the meeting point ("Treffpunkt") between exits "B" and "A" in the case of Terminal 1. The meeting point is a waiting area that is designated by a blue sign with four white arrows pointing towards a red dot in the center (see airport map).
  • Darmstadt Airliner [2015 Schedule]
    The easiest way to travel between Frankfurt airport and Darmstadt is to use the bus knows as the Darmstadt AirLiner. The AirLiner goes from the airport directly to the main bus station in Darmstadt. From there you can catch a taxi or transfer to another bus to your destination within Darmstadt. The Summer 2015 cost is EURO 8.35 each way, which includes transfer using a bus or tramway within Darmstadt.
  • Haus Martin [WWW site with address, contact information, and pictures]
    We often use Haus Martin for short-term and summer housing. As can be seen on the Google walking map, the apartment building (C) is within short walking distance of the TUD Sprachenzentrum (B) and the bus stop by the Schloss (A).
  • Patenprogramm [PDF, 332 KBytes] [WWW site in German]
    Student group at Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD) dedicated to welcoming students to TUD, helping them settle in, and discover the best of what TUD, Darmstadt, and Germany have to offer.

Revised:   Thursday, 18-Jan-2018 10:04:10 EST
Location:  http://www.tud.vt.edu/BS/index.html
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