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Summer 2019 

Automative Engineering Summer Germany (AESG) at the Technische Universität Darmstadt

This is an 11-week summer course at the Technische Universität Darmtadt. The course consists of lectures on trends in automotive engineering, laboratory activities, and a team project. The courses' language is English, and no prior German language skills are required. The project teams are composed of German and US students working together. More information on the course can be found on TU Darmstadt website.

Automotive Engineering at Technische Universität Darmstadt (FZD) is a chair and a research institution within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Head of FZD is Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hermann Winner. FZD employs 18 scientific assistants (PhD-students), one chief engineer, several lecturers and administrative staff. Research at FZD is supported substantially by the institute’s own mechanic and electronic workshops. The scientific employees do research with the support of student assistants primarily in six fields: Driver Assistance Systems, Vehicle Dynamics, Motorcycle, Safety, Brake Technology, and Test Methods.


The City of Darmstadt, population 140,000, lies 30 km to the south of Frankfurt and 60 km to the north of Heidelberg. It is located in the heart of the southern Rhine-Main-Area, which is one of Europe´s most commercially flourishing regions, and is only twenty minutes' drive away from the Frankfurt/Main international airport. Although Darmstadt lacks skyscrapers, it has an urban feel characterized by architecture from earlier centuries, including a baroque castle in the city center facing the old town hall. 

In 1997, Darmstadt's name was officially changed to "Darmstadt - City of Science" (Wissenschaftsstadt Darmstadt), in recognition of the city's good reputation as a place of many public and private scientific institutions, research-orientated branches of industry, and three institutions of higher education. Although it is a well-known location of chemical and specialized engineering companies as well as the Graphic Trades (Publishing, Printing and Paper Processing), Darmstadt tends to be known as a major centre of Information and Communication Technology due to the large number of software firms that have been set up in the city and its surrounding area during the last few years. This development is well known among experts in the respective fields who therefore, as a token of respect, refer to Darmstadt as the "secret software-capital of German".

Semester Dates

This is a Summer program that will be held on May 20 - August 2, 2019.



Undergraduate students: This program is open to VT Mechanical Engineering students that have completed their junior year with a minimum GPA of 3.00. 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.

Graduate students: 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.


The program consists of three automotive engineering classes (Trends in Automotive Engineering, Advanced Design Project, Automotive Engineering Lab) and a cultural program. Start in Germany will be on May 20, 2019. Duration of the program is 11 weeks (until August 2, 2019).
AESG Classes

Trends in Automotive Engineering is an extension of the knowledge about motor vehicles through lectures on current research topics of FZD’s scientific employees, as well as field trips.
Advanced Design Project is a team project about an automotive topic. A possible topic is the design of a module for Darmstadt’s Formula Student Racing Team. You will work hand in hand with German students.
Automotive Engineering Lab is a combination of lectures and experiments. In experiments theoretical knowledge is put into practice.

Student Life

TU Darmstadt has a variety of activities for students such as sports, societies, food, music, politics, nightlife, and more! Please click here to view the TU Darmstadt Campus Life page to see more information about specific activities.

Organizations at Darmstadt


TUD international relations office has a very limited number of on-compus rooms for exchange students. Students must apply for on-campus housing by completing and submitting the registration form found here. Please note that you have to be formally accepted as an exchange student to apply.

On-campus student accommodations are co-ed and self-organized apartment-sharing communities of generally 2-5 students or a single room in a hallway and a shared kitchen and bathroom . You are also required to pay a security deposit of two months rent. Check more on the Housing section for exchange students.

Off Campus Housing

Due to the limited availability of on-campus housing, many exchange students actively search for off-campus housing options before their arrival in Germany. We highly recommend you start your search at least 8 weeks in advance of your arrival in Darmstadt. Here is a list of some off campus options in/next to Darmstadt.


VT Tuition & Comprehensive Fees
Students will pay VT tuition and fees for 6 semester credit hours during the Summer I 2018 session. Virginia Tech tuition and comprehensive university fees will be billed according to the University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term and residency status:

Study Abroad Administrative Fee
Participants in exchange programs will be charged a $150 administrative fee through the Bursar.

CISI Travel Medical Insurance (required)
Participants will be required to enroll in Virginia Tech's travel medical and security insurance coverage for the duration of the program. The cost is approximately $35 per month.

Room and Board
Room and board is not included in the exchange. Students are responsible for finding and arranging their own housing and meals. TU Darmstadt will assist in placing students in off-campus housing. The cost is approximately 500 euros per month. 

Program fee
There is a program fee of 450 EUR payable to TU Darmstadt.

*Additional expenses are likely to include travel costs i.e. round trip international airfare, passport/visa fees, immunizations, books/supplies, telecommunications, and personal expenses. 

*Visa requirements and Medical Insurance are different for different countries. For international VT students, please check the requirements for your country.



DAAD Scholarships

Students who study in Germany are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The program supports student scholarships, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany for four to ten months. Applications are typically accepted once per year and are usually due in late January. Visit the DAAD website for application instructions, deadlines and more information.


Application Deadline: April 5th.

VT GEO Application

Begin your application to the Global Education Office (GEO) by clicking "Apply now" at the top of the page. All documents should be completed by the deadline. Please note that a copy of your passport, valid through January 31, 2020, or a copy of a passport application receipt will be required at the time of application.

TU-Darmstadt Application

Only nominated students from VT Global Education Office (GEO) can proceed to fill out TUD application. Participating students must complete the following and submit it to Virginia Tech GEO by April 22, 2019:
- Application Form AESG  (doc)
- A printed out summary of the Online Application ( Here are some Guidelines for online application AESG . Please note that you will need to upload the following documents within the online application:
- Transcript of record
- CV
- Letter of Motivation
- Copy of the passport's main page
- Letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

Contact Information

VT Academic Contact

Dr. Jan Helge Bøhn
114-H Randolph Hall
(540) 231-3276

VT GEO Contact

Marielle Wijnands
Assistant Director for Student Services
Global Education Office 

TUD Academic Contact

Mr. Timm Ruppert
TU Darmstadt

TUD International Relations Contact

Mr. Patrick Staerke
International Relations & Mobility
TU Darmstadt
Tel: +49 (0)6151 16-21676

Dates / Deadlines:

The above program is not currently accepting applications. It is likely that the application cycle has yet to launch for the upcoming year. Please inquire with the Global Education Office about the program offering.

This program is currently not accepting applications. It's likely that the application is in the process of being launched. Check back for updates.