International office


Olbrichweg 10
64287 Darmstadt, Germany
Building E31, room 0.02 (new build)
Tel.: +49 (0)6151 16 38333
Fax: +49 (0)6151 16 38940

Contact hours

Monday to Thursday: 12 to 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Internationality is a given when it comes to studying and working here. The faculty of design enjoys international recognition and an international outlook. Students are motivated to complete work experience placements in international design firms or to study at universities abroad. The benefits of this are proven and many of our graduates now work in high-profile firms around the world. At the same time, the faculty is also interested in maintaining a high proportion of foreign students. Courses completed in Darmstadt may be recognised under the international credit transfer system.

The international office is responsible for:

  • Student and lecturer exchanges with partner institutions
  • contact with universities abroad
  • questions relating to studying or working abroad
  • basic information about scholarship programmes

Partner institutions

We have contracts in place for the exchange of students and lecturers with the following universities, either as part of the ERASMUS+ programme or as part of partnership agreements.

Communications Design

  • Amman, German Jordanian University
  • Brussels, École Supérieure d'Art St.-Luc
  • Brussels, LUCA School of Art
  • Budapest, Academy of Fine Arts
  • Budapest, University of Craft and Design
  • Cork, Munster Technological University (vormals Cork Institute of Technology)
  • The Hague, Royal Academy of Art & Design
  • Ghent, Hoogeschool Gent, School of Arts
  • Jerusalem, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
  • Krakow, Academy of Fine Arts
  • Lisbon, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias
  • London, University of the Arts London / Camberwell College of Art
  • Oslo, National Academy of the Arts
  • Porto, Catholic University of Portugal
  • Portsmouth, University of Portsmouth
  • Saint Etienne, Ecole Supérieur d‘Art et Design
  • Sao Paolo - Universidade de Sao Paolo
  • Toronto - York University
  • Tallinn, Estonian Academy of Arts
  • Valencia, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
  • Venice, IUAV Università degli studi

Industrial design

  • Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (Hungary)
  • Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan)
  • University of Gothenburg/Steneby School of Design and Crafts (Sweden)
  • Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (Poland)
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
  • Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Norway)
  • ENSCI-Les Ateliers (Paris, France)
  • Ecole supérieur d’art et design Saint-Etienne (France)
  • University of São Paulo (Brazil)
  • University of Wisconsin (Stout, Wisconsin, USA)
  • Estonian Academy of Arts (Tallinn)
  • Ca’Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
  • University of Zaragoza (Spain)

Exchange programme

Exchange semester within the ERASMUS programme

The ERASMUS+ programme enables students to complete a one- or two-semester exchange with our European partner institutes. To this end, contracts have been agreed between the universities, or can be arranged. The prerequisite for these contracts is that both universities hold a European university charter. Students receive monthly financial support from the ERASMUS+ programme from their home university. The support is calculated depending on daily rates and country groups. For more information, please see the Guidelines on the ERASMUS+ programme. Any tuition fees at the guest university will be waived.

The student shall only pay any social contributions (semester contributions) and any extra course charges. Many students in the faculty take this opportunity to study at a partner institution for a semester. Their experiences reveal the value of a period of study abroad, which is strongly advocated and supported by the faculty.

Selection process

The conditions for an exchange in the ERASMUS+ programme, or at a partner university outside Europe, is that the student has passed the Diplom-Vorprüfung exams, which are usually held in the fourth semester.

The initial selection is made by the home university. Every year in December, the faculty holds an information fair on exchanges. The date will be published in good time via an email sent to all students, and via posters. The next day, the main office will put up lists for all students who are interested to enter their favoured partner institution. The selection will be made by the international officer at the faculty of design.

Lecturer exchanges

Lecturer exchanges are also promoted through the ERASMUS+ programme. In addition to informative discussions with the management of the partner institutions, workshops also take place for between three and five days. They focus on becoming familiar with the different working styles and making contact with students.

The guest lecturer prepares the workshop on a topic of his or her choosing and arranges dates in consultation with the partner institution. Between two and four workshops are planned on different topics throughout the year.

Other opportunities for studying or working abroad

It is also possible to get in touch with a university abroad yourself and to enquire about the prerequisites for a guest semester and the opportunity of concluding a partnership agreement in the event of a successful application. If no such partnership agreement should come to fruition, there is still the option of carrying out an exchange as what is known as a ‘free mover’; however, tuition fees must be paid in this case, and amounts can vary widely. Many students also make the most of the opportunity to spend a practical semester completing a relevant internship abroad. Internships in Europe may also be supported by the ERASMUS+ programme.

Internships outside the ERASMUS region, particularly in the United States, are more complex to organise as a result of having to obtain the necessary visas. For such internships, an application should be made either for a PROMOS scholarship or a German student grant for a placement abroad (Auslands-BAföG).


All students taking part in an exchange say it is an important part of their studies that leaves lasting impressions. It is particularly interesting for them to find out about the different working cultures in different countries. However, personal experiences with the other culture also play a major role. Academic achievements made abroad are recognised as long as they are comparable with the lectures given by the faculty. Once a year, the returning students report on their experiences and present the work they accomplished while on their placement. This information is of just as much interest to the lecturers in the faculty as it is for other students interested in studying abroad.

Useful information online at
(scholarships for studying and working abroad).

Various organizations such as the DAAD and the Fulbright Commission grant scholarships for studies abroad, while others such as ERASMUS or CDG provide subsidies for an internship abroad. The application deadlines are sometimes one year before the planned journey there. You should therefore enquire about the requirements as early as the second semester.

You can find initial information at the Intern Office of the Faculty of Design, more detailed information and deadlines can be found in the paper Internationalisation by the h_da.