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Prepare your stay

You are admitted - your next Steps are:

You can officially say, you are part of the h_da family, but there are still a few more steps to take before you are ready for the first day of class. Below you will find detailed information to get prepared for your stay in Germany and at our University.

  • Check you local visa regulations and prepare paperwork
  • Apply for visa interview
    Please note: Depending on your local visa regulations, getting a date for a visa interview might take some time. Therefore make sure that you apply as soon as possible.
  • Apply for APS interview (if required)
  • Secure necessary financial means, if needed, arrange for a bank loan.
  • All international students from non-EU countries are required to meet their own living costs while studying in Germany. You may use a blocked account to finance your studies in Germany. The money on this account cannot be withdrawn until you have arrived in Germany. This kind of account is necessary for obtaining/extending your student visa. To apply please make sure that you begin well in advance either with Deutsche Bank or Fintiba.


Darmstadt is located in the Rhine-Main area, one of the most densely populated regions in Germany . As a concequence it is very difficult to find a room, especially if you apply from abroad.

Therefore we provide a limited number of rooms through our partner housing agencies. We highly recommend to book  an accommodation with us. The housing application process is described on our KOPLA portal under "Further Information".

Read more information about the preparation of your arrival in Germany.

Technical Classes

The Masters course at Hochschule Darmstadt is based on the high standards of the h_da. Based on our previous years' experience, it is highly recommended to prepare the following topics before coming to Germany.

The applicants for this master program come from different universities, each with a different emphasis in the bachelor education. Although we only select candidates, having a strong academic and professional background, we recommend to use the time between the admission to our program and your trip to Germany to prepare for the classes.

We will provide bridging classes for all students during the month of September, but we highly encourage you to prepare the subjects mentioned below.

H-DA bachelors have had around 6 courses on C/C++ programming and microcontrollers. As a consequence, the programming subjects very often are a struggle for international students. When coming to the H-DA, we expect the following:

  • Excellent C programming skills
  • Good C++ programming skills
  • Basic understanding of the UML
  • Good Matlab and Simulink programming skills.

In order to sharpen your skills, you may want to check:

For programming, we will use the tools Eclipse, Together and various embedded toolchains.

Furthermore we recommend to sharpen your skills in mathematics. Mathematics will be an integral part of all majors:

  • Fourier & Laplace Transforms
  • Integral and Differential Calculus
  • Statistics

For the major automation, we recommend the following upfront studies:

  • Control Systems
  • Basics on Robotics
  • Java programming

For the major communication, we recommend to study the following topics up-front:

  • Matlab and Simulink Programming
  • KiCAD tutorials
  • Fourier transforms
  • Modulation Techniques
  • TEM Transmission Lines

The major embedded and microelectronics will focus on hardware and software development for microelectronic and embedded systems. Please prepare:

  • Embedded C programming
  • KiCAD tutorials
  • Realtime operating systems
  • Microcontrollers (ARM)
  • Digital Architecture and Filters fundamentals
  • VHDL and System Verilog

For power engineering, please prepare:

  • High Voltage Technology
  • Maxwell Equations basics
  • Field and potential distributions of common geometries
  • Field distributions of inhomogeneous elements
  • Matlab/Simulink

German Classes

Preparatory studies:

Although it is not mandatory, we recommend students use the time before they come to Germany to start studying the German language.

Especially those who cannot make it in time until 1st of September should engage in self-study, as the rest of the students have already started with German classes before.

Check if some local institutions like the Goethe Institut are available in your town. They offer high quality language courses. In addition, you may want to check and work with the Deutsche Welle website. Go to: and select "Learn German" in the head menu. Choose one of the following courses:

  • Deutsch Interaktiv
  • Mission Europe
  • Deutsch, warum nicht?