Start of studies

A warm welcome to h_da!

You can find the start of the courses and other important dates of the semester under semester dates. The introductory events specific to the degree programme usually take place in the first weeks of studies.
We have compiled initial, important information regarding the start of studies on this page. 

Central events

Maths preparation course (in German)

02.04. - 05.04.


Online information session for international students

04.04. at 2.30 pm

Zoom (Meeting-ID: 983 3197 7055)

New here? Get-together for first-year students

19.04. at 1pm

C.23, Foyer (Studierendenhaus/ Campus Darmstadt)

Study financing for international students

25.04. at 4pm

Registration and further information

First steps at h_da

Activate your account: my.h-da

The university portal my.h-da provides you with important functions for students, including changing your contact details and, as a rule, the course catalogue, among others.

Before logging in for the first time, the account must be activated.

Set up your email address

You will automatically receive an h_da email address that is valid for the duration of your studies. Check your mailbox regularly to receive all important information from your department or the central service offices. Follow the instructions from the IT services if you want to set up an app to access your emails.


Good to know

Questions about the residence permit?

On the following pages you will find specific information for international students.

ABC of studying at h_da

We have listed the most important study terms on the page Studies from A to Z (in German).

Guidance for all those who are the first in their family to study

Are you one of the first in your family to start studying? With the study start program from ArbeiterKind Hessen (German), you will be accompanied through the first months of your studies.

Making contacts beyond the h_da

With the ITT (international team of tutors of the Studierendenwerk) you can get to know Darmstadt and new people.

A good basis for successful studies

Reflect on your own study goals, become aware of your ideas and expectations and get to know yourself better as a student: the handout from the Central Student Advisory Service helps you plan your studies.

Identifying difficulties in your studies at an early stage

With the study progress monitoring, the student advisory service offers you an instrument to ensure your study success. In this way, difficulties in your course of study can be recognised and addressed at an early stage. With your declaration of consent, we will gain insight into your performance and invite you to a counselling session should the need become apparent in your course of study. 


Fit for Maths!

MatheFit is an additional offer of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and consists of the three modules Maths Pre-Course, Maths Learning Center and Maths Intensive Day. The preliminary course serves to make it easier for first-year students to start their studies. The learning centre and the intensive day offer the possibility of support in mathematical subjects beyond the lectures and tutorials.

Pre-course in physics

In the preliminary physics course, you brush up on the basics from your school years that you will need for your studies. The physics pre-course is a voluntary additional offer from your university. Please decide for yourself whether you need a refresher. A refresher is recommended for the following degree programmes: Automotive Engineering, Chemical and Biotechnology, Electrical Engineering, Energy Management, Building Systems Engineering, Plastics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Optotechnology and Image Processing, Sound and Music Production, Environmental Engineering. You can find more info on the website of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Get to know Darmstadt better

With the interactive city map of the city of science Darmstadt. As a new student in Darmstadt it is very useful to have an overview of the area of validity of the semester ticket (in German).

Recreational activities

From sports to culture and science, there are plenty of popular leisure options listed on the website of the city of Darmstadt (in German).


As a World Heritage Site, Darmstadt cultivatesa wide variety of cultural offerings. The Mathildenhöhe is definitely worth a visit for those interested. The CampusCard serves also as a cultural ticket that entitles you to free admission to the State Theatre and State Museum, among other things.


For spontaneous activities, current events in Darmstadt are listed on the website Partyamt (in German). From bar events to lectures and concerts, the offer is varied. The same applies to events organized by the Intercultural Tutoring Team of the Studierendenwerk Darmstadt.



*Contact via student e-mail account stating the matriculation number

Consultation hours


Monday, Tuesday and Thursday






Consultation hours Darmstadt: Schöfferstr. 3, Building C23, 1st floor (SSC desk)

Further dates by arrangement

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday




On-site consultation Dieburg: Max-Planck-Str.2, Building F01, 1st floor, Room 1.108 and 1.109

*during the lecture period