The University of Arkansas has launched a five-year program that allows students to earn undergraduate degrees in both German and engineering. They will spend the fourth year in Germany. In the fall, students will take engineering courses at the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, which is one of the leading German technical universities. In the spring, students will work in internships, usually paid, at German companies through Cultural Vistas.
TU Darmstadt's academic year consists of two terms/semesters called “Wintersemester” (fall term) and “Sommersemester” (spring term). The “Wintersemester” courses start in mid-October and end by mid-February. After exams, students will be placed in their internship, arranged by Cultural Vistas. Companies range from small family-owned businesses to multinational holdings. Most internships are 3 to 12 months in length and have flexible start dates. Many internships are paid and scholarships are available to qualified participants who receive unpaid internships. Participants will receive a scholarship application following acceptance to the program. For more information about the internship, please see http://www.culturalvistas.org/programs-for-students-and-professionals/internships-abroad/internship-program-in-germany
Beautiful Jugendstil (art nouveau) architecture and excellent museums are the biggest draws of this strollable city 35km south of Frankfurt, easily reached by frequent S-Bahn trains. Famed for its technical university, Darmstadt is a designated Wissenschaftsstadt (City of Science). The super-heavy element Darmstadtium (Ds; atomic number: 110) was first created at Darmstadt's GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research) in 1994. The surrounding area has some fascinating sights, including the Unesco-listed archaeological site Grube Messel, and fabled castle Burg Frankenstein. Read more from Lonely Planet at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/germany/darmstadt#ixzz3yx0If6LC.
Students can find more about the engineering courses offered at http://www.tu-darmstadt.de/universitaet/fachbereiche/index.en.jsp
. Students must be at the B-1 level of German in order to be considered for this program. For more advising on courses, please see Bryan Hill in the college of engineering dean's office (firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will be assessed U of A tuition and fees for 15 credit hours during each semester they study abroad on this exchange. Additionally, students are responsible for their round-trip airfare, housing, meals, local transportation, books, passport, student visa, and personal expenses. For the internship: many, but not all, are paid and scholarships are available to qualified participants who receive unpaid internships. Participants will receive a scholarship application following acceptance to the program. The independent nature of this program allows students to determine their own extracurricular activities, leaving flexibility not only in free time but also in the budget.
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Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. Students receiving a Pell grant should look into the Gilman International Scholarship
. And all students should read through our scholarship page
for more info on funding opportunities and deadlines. Additionally, in most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid
to help finance your semester in Germany.
The International Relations Office at TU Darmstadt has been allocated a limited number of on-campus rooms for international exchange students. On-campus student accommodations are co-ed and self-organized apartment-sharing communities of generally 2-5 students or a single room in a hallway and a shared kitchen and bathroom. Each student has his/her room, furnished with a desk, closet, chair and a bed w/ mattress. The kitchen, living-room and bathroom are furnished and shared by all inhabitants of the apartment. Not every apartment is equipped with a telephone. You have to provide your own blankets, pillows, sheets and towels. It is possible to buy a bedding package at the Facility Manager's Office which consists of a warm blanket, a pillow and sheets for Euro 50,-. Each building complex has washing machines and dryers.
TU Darmstadt does not offer temporary housing for exchange students and program students. In case you arrive earlier and your room is not available, they strongly recommend making reservations at the local youth hostel (at least 6 weeks in advance) or at a hotel in Darmstadt.
Cultural Vistas provides housing assistance for the internship.