Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences- International Summer University

Program Details

Program Location Darmstadt, Germany
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20176
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 06/09/23 to 07/01/23
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Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences- International Summer University

IMPORTANT: Although the study abroad application deadline for this program is March 1, please consider applying before February 1 to take advantage of early deadline benefits. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

This program focuses on two main topics. The first part is on smart homes and will look at targets of building automation, such as comfort, efficiency and security/safety. Students will study how to improve living comfort by building automation, learn how building automation can influence efficiency among the supply/consumer chain, and simulate security and safety concepts.

The second part on German Energiewende will focus on energy supply, energy distribution, and energy consumption. Students will look into regenerative energy sources, conventional power generation, electrical supply networks, and more. The module on smart building infrastructure systems will also contain a one-week academic excursion to Cologne.

In addition, students will attend a German language class that is organized by the Language Center. Excursions to different cities in the state of Hessen and other leisure activities complement the program.
For more program information, please visit the program website.


Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences- International Summer University

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [Polytechnic Institute]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Language of Instruction: German & English

The program combines lectures and seminars offered by faculty members with hands-on experience and presentations by industry practitioners. Through a variety of learning activitites, participants will gain a theoretical background in an integrated approach to the construction of buildings and visit some of the most innovative buildings in Germany. 

In addition to the construction course, participants will take a German language and culture class.  Three different levels of German will be offered:  beginning, intermediate and advanced.  The duration of the language course will be 31 contact hours including a final exam. The classes are planned and provided by the h_da language center, which has long-standing experience in teaching foreign languages. You will be taught by highly qualified instructors of German as a foreign language who will pay special attention to your personal learning needs and interests. Class sizes of no more than 12 students guarantee intensive learning.


A five-day excursion to Munich and other parts of southern Germany, weekend trips to Frankfurt/Main and the Upper Rhine Valley, and a bicycle tour to the Messel Pit Fossil Site, a UNESCO World Heritage location, are included for all participants.


Participants share twin rooms in Hotel Atlanta, Darmstadt.  The distance to the campus is 10 minutes by public transportation.  Bedding and towels will be provided for each person. We suggest that you bring an additional-larger-towel for visits to the local swimming pool and lake. The rooms at Hotel Atlanta are equipped with a TV, radio, hairdryer, and a free Wi-Fi connection. Washing machines and public phones are available nearby. 

Please note: Room allocation is solely at the discretion of the h_da ISU team.

A rich breakfast buffet will be provided at the hotel.  Other meals are not included, but you will be given a Mensa card for inexpensive meals on the campus cafeteria (at reduced student prices).

The student restaurant (Mensa) on the campus serves a variety of snacks and dishes from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. In addition to the daily changing menus, vegetarian, non-pork, meat, and fish dishes are also served.  Prices in the cafeterias and restaurants of the university are very reasonable.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

This is an EXCHANGE program.  Students will be paying their regular summer tuition to Purdue.

Other expenses -- housing, local transportation, lecture materials and insurance -- will be paid directly to Hochschule Darmstadt.

Please consider program cost if you are an out-of-state or international student.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2015

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $2,230.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Meals $800.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $500.00 - $1,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

IMPORTANT: Although the study abroad application deadline for this program is March 1, please consider applying before February 1 to take advantage of early deadline benefits. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences- International Summer University

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For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.