Summer Programs at the Technische Universität Darmstadt
This page describes the summer programs for Virginia Tech students at the Technische
- Rising Sophomore Program: Introduction to German Engineering
Not offered during Summer 2018; it will next be offered during Summer 2019.
Students that have completed their Virginia Tech freshman engineering program may participate in
a three-week (3 semester credit hours) course at the Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany.
This program is designed for rising sophomores in Mechanical Engineering (ME),
Materials Science & Engineering (MSE), Chemical Engineering (CHE), Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE),
Aerospace & Ocean Engineering (AOE), and Engineering Science & Mechanics (ESM).
Space permitting, rising juniors may participate as well.
This course includes one week of engineering design project on teams with US and German engineering students,
followed by two weeks of visits to German engineering companies.
The course credits will transfer as VT BSME technical elective (list #2) and AREA 7.
Also approved for credit in MSE, ISE, and CEE.
PROGRAM: VT BSME - TUD R2 - Summer 2017.pdf (includes transfer credit request form)
DATES: May 29 - June 17, 2017.
DEADLINE: February 8, 2017
(VT Global Education Office:
TU Darmstadt (TUD) BSME Rising Sophomore Program,
Ms. Chelsey Watts, firstname.lastname@example.org, TEL: +1-540-231-2894)
TRANSFER REQUEST FORM: Complete and submit the
custom form to email@example.com
prior to departuring for Germany.
- Automotive Engineering Summer Germany (AESG)
This is a 11-week summer course at the Technische Universität Darmtadt. This course consists of
lectures on trends in automotive engineering, laboratory activities, and a team project. The course
language is English, and no prior German language skills are required. The project teams are composed
of German and US students working together.
This program is open to VT Mechanical Engineering students that have completed their junior year.
These courses combine to count for 6 semester credit hours towards your VT BSME technical electives.
In order to transfer these credits towards your VT BSME degree, you must earn a TUD grade of 4.0 or
better (1.0=best TUD grade). TUD grades of 5.0 will not transfer.
Use this form to get your course transfers pre-approved.
If you are a VT graduate student as of Summer I 2019, then you can apply to have this course count
towards your VT graduate degree. To do this, you must list the three courses on your plan of study
(these are 5000-level courses as shown on this form).
It is recommended that you get your plan of study approved prior to departing for Germany.
In order to transfer these credits towards your VT MSME degree or VT Ph.D. degree, you must earn a
TUD grade of 3.3 or better (1.0=best TUD grade). TUD grades of 3.7, 4.0, and 5.0 will not transfer.
IMPORTANT: If you have been admitted to the VT ME graduate program effective Fall 2019, then please contact
Mrs. Cathy Hill to change your VT Graduate School start date changed from Fall 2019 to Summer I 2019.
This must be completed by the end of March 2019.
DATES: May 20 - August 2, 2019
DEADLINE: April 5, 2019 (new extended deadline)
(VT Global Education Office:
TU Darmstadt, Germany Automotive Engineering Program,
Ms. Rachel Fitzgerald, firstname.lastname@example.org, TEL: +1-540-231-2114)
- DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE):
This program provides two to three months of paid summer research experience at German universities
(e.g., the Technische Universität Darmstadt) for undergraduates at U.S. and Canadian universities (e.g.,
Virginia Tech). The undergraduate student will be supervised by a doctoral student at the German university.
German language skills are not required.
TARGET: Students that have completed two years of undergraduate studies in biology, chemistry,
physics, earth sciences, or engineering (or a closely related field)
STIPEND: €750 [approximately US$900] per month plus health, accident, and personal/private
DEADLINE: Between November 1 and December 15, 2017 for summer 2018 (apply directly to DAAD)
- DAAD: University Summer Course Grant
STIPEND: €1,437.50 [approximately US$1,725] for travel, tuition, room & board
DEADLINE: Between September 14 and December 1, 2017 for summer 2018 (apply directly to DAAD)
UPDATE: This link connects you with 340 programs across Germany, of which
only a few are supported by a limited number of these scholarships.
Currently, the Introduction to German Engineering and
Automotive Engineering Summer Germany programs are not supported by these scholarships.