Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

    • Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule Darmstadt, h_da) puts science into action. With a student body of approx. 15,000, it is one of the largest and most distinguished universities of applied sciences in Germany. 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.

      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.

      h_da departments are situated in five locations within the city of Darmstadt as well as in nearby Dieburg. Visible for miles, the most prominent landmark at h_da 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 h_da logo.

      Every year h_da welcomes nearly 100 exchange students from European and international partner institutions. These students study for one or two semesters at h_da and have the opportunity to get to know Germany.

      About Darmstadt

      Darmstadt is a city of poets, thinkers and space explorers. 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. 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 city’s glass-and-stone conference centre is also called the Darmstadtium. The surrounding area has some fascinating sights, including the Unesco-listed archaeological site Grube Messel, and fabled castle Burg Frankenstein.

      - Lonely Planet