University of British Columbia

Study Abroad for One Semester

Students from TU Darmstadt have the opportunity to study at the University of British Columbia’s Department Mechanical Engineering during the fall semester.

About the Exchange Program

Every year three Mechanical Engineering students from TU Darmstadt receive the opportunity to study for one fall semester at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Students get the chance to attend the classes offered by the partner university and transfer the credits earned back to TU Darmstadt. Normally TU Darmstadt students can transfer those credits quite easily. Nonetheless, we advise students to have a look at the acknowledged course list provided by the MechCenter and get a pre-approval for classes that are not included in this list.

The so called “Winter Session” usually starts in early September and ends in late December – see the academic calendar for more information. The next exchange takes place from August until September 2024(excluding travel time before and afterwards).

Due to a bilateral exchange between TU Darmstadt and the University of British Columbia the tuition (around $ 7000) is waived for TU Darmstadt students participating in this particular program. With the beneficial help of MechCenter and PVW (International Affairs) the institute of automotive engineering (FZD) coordinates this particular exchange program.

About the University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) was founded in the year 1908 and now consists of two campuses located in Vancouver and Okanagan. The Vancouver campus is located on a peninsula, boasting a history of 100 years. The Okanagan campus is a modern campus opened in 2005 and now includes the Engineering department. Combined, more than 66,000 students are currently enrolled. While ranking among the top 40 universities worldwide UBC also emphasizes international engagement.

Who can apply?

This program should be conducted during your first or second master semester. Students must be enrolled at TU Darmstadt throughout the application process and the participation in the program. The program is exclusively for Mechanical Engineering students (FB16) of TU Darmstadt. We advise to apply during your last bachelor semester so you will be in your second master semester the time you arrive at the partner university. However, it is also possible to apply during your first master semester.

The application process is centrally organized by FB16’s MechCenter together with all other North American exchange opportunities. Please visit the MechCenter Homepage for more information on the application and start early to gather all the required documents.

Alumni Reports

The exchange with UBC has been successful in the past and we recommend checking out previous reports describing the experiences of your predecessors.

Comparable exchanges take place with the University at Buffalo. Check the respective alumni handbooks on the UB site .