This program is specially designed for students studying engineering at Penn State Harrisburg (i.e., the program is available only to Harrisburg students). Interested students from Harrisburg should contact Marie-Louise Abram.
Darmstadt is a city in the federal state of Hesse in Germany. The city of Darmstadt was founded in 1330, though it was settled much earlier. It has become an important industrial and educational center from the early 20th century. The element Darmstadtium (atomic number 110) is named after Darmstadt, having been synthesized in a research facility nearby.
Your host university has prepared a brochure for incoming international students that addresses many of the questions that study abroad students want to know during the preparation process. Please review the Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences brochure.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses in which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits).
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Darmstadt Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Junior class standing or higher at time of study
- Must be an undergraduate student at the Penn State-Harrisburg campus
Students will arrange their housing directly with the host institution. You will live in campus student housing, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Additional student aid is available for this program. Please contact Marie-Louise Abram for more information.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
Students should consider pursuing a DAAD scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service. Please note that deadlines for this competitive scholarship are early, so students are advised to research the opportunity as soon as possible. More information is available at the DAAD undergraduate scholarship homepage.
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2018||09/15/2017 **||Rolling Admission||03/01/2018||07/31/2018|
|Spring||2019||09/15/2018 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed