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Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

3.8 out of 5 (15 ratings / 14 reviews) Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany with approx. 15,000 students, 340 professors, and over 50 degree programs. 

Bachelor's programmes

Computer Science & IT (1)



The university’s range of programs and research capacities extends from engineering sciences, mathematics, information science and computer science to management, social sciences, and social work, as well as architecture, media and design. h_da has an excellent reputation for its practice-oriented approach to higher education.


Research and development is a vital, very active component of academic life at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, as evidenced by the growing number of research projects across wide-ranging fields of research, as well as the founding of new, mostly interdisciplinary research working groups and institutes. Research and development at h_da collaborates in numerous ways with industry, academia, research institutes and local authorities. Furthermore, the university actively participates in research initiatives such as “Forschung für die Praxis” and “ForschungsCampus FC3”.


Its excellent reputation is the result of a scientifically grounded, real-world approach to higher education and the professional success of its graduates. The 2006 “trendence” study, for example, ranked h_da graduates in the top five among German Universities of Applied Sciences. And according to a survey conducted by the business magazine Wirtschaftswoche, h_da graduates have long been among the favorite picks of German companies.

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Student services

The Student Service Cente kindly answers your questions in the following areas:

  • Studying and living in Darmstadt
  • Choosing a study programme
  • Application process
  • Admission & enrolment
  • Organising your studies
  • Campus Card
  • Academic Calendar
  • Re-registration
  • Leave of Absence
  • Change of study programme
  • Withdrawal or deregistration
  • Self-service functions for students
  • Fees & Financial support
  • Learning difficulties or test anxiety
  • Social and personal problems during your studies
  • Residence and work permit
  • Linking up with local students
  • Social, cultural and leisure activities
  • Diversity & Inclusion

Library services

The university library consists of the Zentralbibliothek and four branch libraries at sites in Darmstadt and Dieburg. The collection comprises about 300,000 volumes and over 800 publications as well as a rapidly growing number of electronic resources.

All materials (books, journals, electronic resources etc.) can be found in the online catalogue.

ICT services

The IT Services and Support department (“IT-Dienste und –Anwendungen”) is the university computer center responsible for IT and IT applications. At the beginning of your studies you will receive your h_da user account access data via postal mail. Once you receive your login data you must activate and configure your account. This account serves a number of important functions, including:

Student Life

Campus life

Departments are situated at five locations within the city of Darmstadt, as well as in nearby Dieburg. Visible for miles, the most prominent landmark at Darmstadt is the high-rise tower on the main campus near Darmstadt Central Station.

The Department of Design is located at Mathildenhöhe, the internationally renowned Art Noveau centre. This area‘s “Wedding Tower” is also found in the Darmstadt logo.

Biotechnology is located near the Botanical Gardens. In 2000, the campus of the former Telekom University of Applied Sciences in Dieburg was integrated and has since been developed into Darmstadt's Media Campus.

Student Reviews

Chance to see and learn a new perspective
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It is a great opportunity to learn a new perspective

What do you expect from a degree program? Because it does matter!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Hochschules’ in Germany have generally practical oriented structure, and therefore, they can overlook the importance of the theoretical knowledge in a higher education. Since my main expectation from a university is to reach knowledge, it was disappointing for me to experience this lackness.

Still, there is helpful and friendly professors.
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Experienced professors are going to retirement and there is a lack in the quality of the professors.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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