Automotive Engineering Summer Germany


Flyer 2019
Flyer 2019

Start your Master Studies early, meaning you have more free time during the next semester; or complete your Bachelor Studies at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.

We offer:

  • Studying automotive technology in Germany, where the automobile was born and most of the premium cars are developed and produced
  • Studying at one of Germany‘s best universities for mechanical engineering
  • Experiencing the cutting edge of automotive research
  • Execution of a research project together with German students

And furthermore:

  • Global experience
  • The opportunity to travel within Europe
  • More free time during following semesters – for leisure or to focus on your research
  • Becoming acquainted with the German culture

The program consists of three automotive engineering classes (Automotive Development Trends, Advanced Design Project, Tutorial Automotive Engineering) and some cultural supporting program. Start in Germany will be on May, 20th, 2019. The overall duration of the program is 11 weeks and therefore the program officially ends in the evening of August, 2nd, 2019. Afterwards, you will have time to travel around Europe before the fall semester in the US begins.



Trends in Automotive Development 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. For example, tasks of the last years were the construction of a part for Darmstadt’s Formula Student Racing Team or helping with environment perception sensors in our “Automated Driving Darmstadt for Students” project.

Automotive Engineering Lab is a combination of lectures and experiments. In experiments theoretical knowledge is put into practice.

Classes will be held in English, so that German skills are not necessary. Nevertheless, if you want there will be plenty of opportunities to learn some German.


Automotive Engineering at Technische Universität Darmstadt (FZD) is a chair and a research institution within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2002 the chairmanship was taken over by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hermann Winner. FZD employs 15 scientific assistants, one chief engineer, several lecturers and administrative staff. Research at FZD is supported substantially be the institute’s own mechanic and electronic workshops. The ability of the six employees and several apprentices reaches from the production of simple components up to the construction of complete test arrays as well as the equipment of prototypes with measurement technique.


Research at FZD

Research at FZD comprises six fields:

For the Driver Assistance Systems, the focus lies on the environment interpretation and the functional development. Innovative overall designs are worked out for the assisted future driving as well.

In the field of Vehicle Dynamics, driving dynamics control systems and different functional units of the chassis are investigated, particularly steering and semi-active suspension. The tire research has a long tradition at FZD too; whose best-known result is the Darmstadt Tire Sensor.

The Motorcycle research represents a specific feature since FZD is the only university institute in Germany which can look back at a long tradition in this area. The stabilization assistance is the focus of attention of the research.

The field of Safety comprises the development of new active safety systems and the analysis of the resulting test requirements.

Another traditional area of research is the Brake Technology and the permanent development of this complex system.

The sixth field of research is the development of Test Methods, as e.g. EVITA for testing active hazard braking systems.


FZD Test Drive Project

FZD tests and evaluates new cars, provided to FZD by car manufacturers for several weeks throughout the year. Examples: BMW 750i, Nissan Leaf (all-electric vehicle).


FZD is equipped with several experimental cars and motorcycles, and many test rigs, e.g. hydraulic pulse generator, flywheel dynamometer, two-rolls test bench. Furthermore, FZD uses the test track on the August Euler Airfield in Griesheim.


Darmstadt is a city with 150k inhabitants and about 30k students. It is approximately 35 km (22 miles) south of Frankfurt. You can reach many exciting areas of Germany and of Europe easily. Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD) is one of Germany’s best universities for mechanical engineering, as confirmed by all known rankings.

More information about the city of Darmstadt: Homepage of Darmstadt

More information about Technische Universität Darmstadt: Homepage of TU Darmstadt



Automotive Engineering Summer students can enter Germany as a tourist and stay for 90 Days without applying for a Student Residence Permit (Student Visa).

In contrast to the US, we don’t offer on-campus housing but off-campus housing will be organized for you by our Office for International Relations – the approx. rent is 500,- Euros/month.

More Information about this is provided by our Office for International Relations


For more Information about the application process please contact your study abroad office

VT Students

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Global Education Office

Chelsey Watts
526 Prices Fork Road (0378)
Blacksburg, VA 24061


UIUC Students

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Belinda Barnhart
210 Engineering Hall
Urbana, IL 61801


UB Students

University at Buffalo
Office of Study Abroad Programs

Karen Thomas
201 Talbert Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260-1604