Exchange Project at VT

Virginia Tech

Study Abroad for One Semester

Every year three Mechanical Engineering students from TU Darmstadt get the opportunity to study for one fall semester at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, commonly known as Virginia Tech or just short VT. 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 easy, nonetheless, we advise students to have a look at the acknowledge course list provided by the MechCenter and get a pre-approval for classes which are not stated in this list.

The so called `fall semester` usually starts in August and ends shortly before Christmas in December – see the academic calendar for more information. The next exchange takes place from the 24. August 2020 until 18. December (excluding travel time before and afterwards).

Due to a bilateral exchange between TU Darmstadt and Virginia Tech the tuition (around $ 7000) is waived for TU Darmstadt students participating in this particular program. The exchange is for TU Darmstadt Mechanical and Process Engineering students which will be in their masters during the exchange. With the beneficial help of MechCenter and PVW (International Affairs) the institute of automotive engineering (FZD) coordinates this particular exchange program.

Furthermore, every year the institute of automotive engineering (FZD) applies for a scholar ship for the three TU Darmstadt students going abroad. This scholar ship is called ISAP and administered be the German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD. This scholar ship mainly includes the following financial support for students:

  • monthly full scholarship
  • travel allowance
  • support for insurance cover

The scholarship for the fall 2020 exchange with VT has been granted.

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is an outstanding engineering university on the east coast of the us. VT is well known for its research projects and high quality of education. VT’s main campus is in a city called Blacksburg in Virginia. On this campus almost every building is made of “hookie stone”, giving the campus a really special characteristic. Blacksburg itself is a vibrant student city (more students than other inhabitants) with a really special flair. Everything is focused on student or young people in general and is a very refreshing experience in comparison with typical German cities. Blacksburg is approximately a 4 h drive from Washington DC and lays in the astonishing Appalachian mountain area. Thus, it is very easy to encounter beautiful landscapes on free weekends while hiking thru the forests.

Who can apply?

This program should be conducted during your first or second master semester. Students must be enrolled at TU Darmstadt while applying and participating at the program at all times. 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. But it is also possible to apply during your first master semester.

The application process is centrally organized by FB16’s MechCenter and is 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. The deadline is at the 31st of November 2019.

Handbook of Alumni

In the following section you will find the three latest versions of our alumni handbook. In this handbook you will find a lot of information about this particular exchange program, the partner university including the application process, lectures, housing, etc. In case you have been granted this exchange, make sure to check for the newest version in march of your exchange year.

Handbook of 2018 von Aaron Kappes, Melina Lutwitzi, Johannes Schwalm

Handbook of 2017 von Kerstin Horneff, Dominik Lüth, Raphael Wenzel

Handbook of 2016 von Eric Hein, Björn Klamann, Lukas Sämann