Automotive Engineering Summer Germany

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 16th, 2024. The overall duration of the program is 11 weeks and therefore the program officially ends in the evening of July 29th, 2024. Afterwards, you will have time to travel around Europe before the fall semester in the US begins.


Trends in Automotive Engineering is an extension of the knowledge about motor vehicles through lectures on current research topics of FZD’s scientific employees.

Advanced Design Project A team project about an automotive topic. For example, tasks of the last years included the construction of parts for research prototypes or programming a toolbox to evaluate environment perception.

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.

Darmstadt and TU Darmstadt

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 (TUDa) 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

Housing, Insurance, Estimated Costs and Visa

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 or Canada, we don’t offer on-campus housing but off-campus housing will be organized for you by our Office for International Relations.

The overall program fee is approximately around 2,600 € (2800 USD / 3800 CAD) including:

  • Course program
  • Organized housing
  • Public local transportation (almost the whole state of Hessen)
  • Several social events
  • 1-2 organized trips within Germany

More Information about this is provided by our Office for International Relations (opens in new tab)

Additional Information

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Application Process

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UIUC Students

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kimberly Bone
International Programs in Engineering
3300 Digital Computing Lab
1304 W. Springfield Ave
Urbana, IL 61801


UB Students

University at Buffalo
Office of Study Abroad Programs

Adam Rubin
201 Talbert Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260-1604


UBC Students

University of British Columbia
Go Global: International Learning Programs

Eyobe Melketsadik
Office of the Vice-Provost, International
UBC Life Building, 1100-6138 Student Union Boulevard
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1 Canada