Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

4.0 out of 5 (20 ratings / 18 reviews) Darmstadt, Germany
Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Darmstadt, h_da) puts science into action. With a student body of about 17,000, it is one of the largest and most distinguished universities of applied sciences in Germany. Its excellent reputation is the result of a scientifically grounded, real-world approach to higher education and the professional success of its graduates.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Business & Management (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Social Sciences (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

University supports each students' goal and learning path!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

This University is great, offers various support and resources for students, also cooperate with other universities in EU. I am currently studying in Expanded Media M.A., which is a new program in our university. Our Professors and Lecturers have many experience in the industries and knowledge in the field, as the same time, really easy going and open minded, they provide...

I like my uni!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I love the facilities that the university provides including free of charge language courses and career counselling. Even though I started my studies in the middle of the pandemic and most of my classes were held online, the university adapted really well to the situation and ensured that I got a great university experience.

Hands on the project
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Considering Expanded realities as a new frontier and the h_da's approach of hands on the project, students learn a lot about new media and technologies and used both knowledge and experience to deliver well defined projects each semester. Therfore, students are all well educated and well experienced over the study programm and ready to create a modern virtual world.

Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany

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