Study in Darmstadt

Darmstadt as a student city

Darmstadt is located in the southern part of the Rhine-Main-Area (Frankfurt Metropolitan Region) in Germany. Darmstadt holds the official title “City of Science” as a major center of scientific institutions, universities, and high-technology companies. Darmstadt is also the headquarters of the world’s oldest pharmaceutical company, Merck, which is the city’s largest employer. The town has many architectural wonders and a rich culture heritage with castles, monuments, churches and museums to visit. It is also famous for its past Art Nouveau movement. There are now two festivals in May and July with music, beer halls, amusement rides and booths selling trinkets and food. Darmstadt has also a high density of parks.

TU Darmstadt was founded in 1877. In 1882, it was the first university in the world to set up a chair in electrical engineering.

Some Nobel laureates, have studied, taught and researched at the TH/TU Darmstadt:

Peter Grünberg, physicist and Nobel laureate in Physics (2007)

Horst Ludwig Störmer, physicist and Nobel laureate in Physics (1988)

Gerhard Herzberg, chemist, physicist and Nobel laureate in Chemistry (1971)

Hermann Staudinger, chemist and Nobel laureate in Chemistry (1953)


Study in TU Darmstadt

TU Darmstadt, through its 5 campuses, welcomes 24,985 students, among whom 22% are foreign students. It has partnership agreements with over 300 universities in 53 countries.

Despite its technical focus, TU Darmstadt offers a wide range of study programs in engineering, natural sciences and human and social sciences. TU Darmstadt has been awarded the title “European University” by the European Commission. Together with 6 other European technical universities, it has formed the alliance UNITE! (University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering). The university offers international (English-language) Master’s programs and a broad range of double degree programs. TU Darmstadt is a member of the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research.

Its 2023 overall ranking in the Times Higher Education is #301-350 World University Ranking and #151-175 in Engineering and Technology,

In EduRank in 2023 it ranked #27 in Germany, #337 in the global rating and scored in the TOP 100 across 13 research topics.


At TU Darmstadt, research is carried out in three major fields: Energy and Environment, Information and Intelligence and Matter and Materials.

 442 doctorates were awarded in 2022, of which 21% to foreign doctoral candidates.

TU Darmstadt works with 14 Collaborative Research Centers and SFB/Transregio of the German Research Foundation, 1 LOEWE Research Centre and 7 LOEWE Research Clusters, 5 DFG Graduate Schools and has 4 Cluster Initiatives funded by the State of Hesse.


International student services:

You can find information regarding accommodation, visa validation, residence permit applications, health, budget, insurances, daily life at :

Every student will be contacted by a tutor (students from TU Darmstadt) helping for a well-   prepared start into the semester; Su2Ma Mentoring programme:


Getting to Darmstadt :

Darmstadt is 29 kilometres away from the Frankfurt-Airport by taking the motorway A5.

Darmstadt´s central-station is an ICE-stop.