Going Abroad and Dual Master

Tongji University Shanghai

Exchange and Double Master at Tongji University Shanghai

TU Darmstadt enjoys a cooperative relationship with Tongji University Shanghai. As such, students get the opportunity to do a regular semester abroad or to take part in the Double Master Degree Program between the two universities. These programs offer the unique opportunity to become acquainted with the culture and language of one of the currently most economically and socially dynamic countries on earth.

Lujiazui Skyline at Night, Shanghai

The Double Master Degree Program offers students of mechanical engineering the opportunity to study their third semester at Tongji University, perform an internship in China during the fourth semester and head back to Tongji for writing their master thesis in the fifth semester.

By taking part in this program, students can earn a double master degree from both universities within five semesters. The close long-term relations between the Automotive Engineering department at TU Darmstadt and the School of Automotive Studies at Tongji University provide a fundamental basis for a seamless co-supervision of the master thesis.

  • 3rd master semester: study at Tongji
  • 4th master semester: internship
  • 5th master semester: master thesis at Tongji, co-supervision with TU Darmstadt

Because of the highly international nature and a diversified exchange with Germany, most of the courses at Tongji University are held in English or German, so exams in Chinese language are not necessary.

By structuring the study plan for the master program in accordance with the guidelines of both Tongji University and TU Darmstadt, a master degree from both institutions can be obtained. A professor at Tongji University acts as a mentor to the students and the master thesis is written under the mentor’s guidance. A recognition of the internship as an advanced internship (discipline-oriented internship) is possible.

Tongji University Shanghai, Rock at Main Entrance Jiading-Campus

Tongji University is one of the most prestigious universities in the People’s Republic of China and characterized by an international focus. In 1907, it was founded as the “German School of medicine for Chinese in Shanghai” and later renamed to Tongji University in 1927. More than 35,000 students are enrolled currently and about 2,800 employees are engaged in research and teaching. The School of Automotive Studies at Tongji University enjoys an excellent reputation in the automobile industry regarding the education of automotive engineers.

All students who will be enrolled in mechanical engineering at TU Darmstadt and who will have finished their bachelor’s degree before travelling to Tongji University can apply for the Double Master Degree Program. It is recommended, that the application is submitted during the 5th bachelor semester, at least during the 1st master semester, so the beginning of the stay abroad can be arranged for the 3rd master semester.

Additional requirements:

  • above average academic achievements
  • interested in vehicle related tasks
  • open-minded personality, good social competences
  • very good English language skills
  • interested in Chinese culture and language
  • willing to write a report about the experiences regarding the exchange program

Note: Students of departments 1, 16, 18 and 20 of TU Darmstadt can also apply for just one semester abroad, but then they will not get a double master degree.

Students who want to start their studies at Tongji in WS20/21 have to hand in their application as hard copy at the MechCenter.

The application should include:

  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
  • Transcript of records (Leistungsspiegel)
  • Tabular CV
  • Copy of graduation diploma (Abiturzeugnis)
  • Outgoers WS20/21: Hard copy of online-application of Directorate VIII – International Relations and Mobility

Deadline for all applications: 30 November 2019

Interview at FZD: 5 December 2019

Interview with the applicants who got into closer selection after checking the application documents. The applicants will be invited in writing.

Duration of the stay abroad (Double Master Degree Program)

  • September 2020 until February 2022 for applicants in 1st master semester
  • September 2021 until February 2023 for applicants in 5th bachelor semester depending on master thesis and internship