International Students


Financing: video on proof of assets, cost of living, possible sources of income and employment regulations (German)
How to Study in Germany: free online course



One's own interests are very important when choosing a course of study. Therefore, while we provide information on language skills and residence rights (visa), we also help you find a course of study that matches your personal expectations and abilities.



First steps in Germany 
Buddy Program: Help from experienced students

Looking for a flat-share: The tutoring team "ComeTOgether" helps with the search for a flat-share, e.g. with this FAQ to prepare for the search for a flat-share. 
International Generations Meeting: Practicing German outside of study and university

DAAD Prize

The h_da can award a prize for an international student through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The prize for outstanding achievements comes with prize money of 1.000,00€.
The prize recognizes very good academic achievements and a remarkable social, societal or university-internal commitment.
You cannot apply yourself, but you may be nominated through a professor if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are an international student and plan to graduate from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da).
  • You are at least in the 2nd year of your Bachelor's degree or at least in the 2nd semester of your Master's degree.
  • You have at least good academic performance and are socially engaged.

If these criteria apply to you, you can contact one of your professors. Reasoned proposals can be submitted until 31.07.2023 for the selection process.


Residence Permit

Students who do not come from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland and wish to study in Germany for longer than 90 days need a residence permit.
If you need a certificate from the h_da to apply for/extend your residence permit, please request it in good time, as we need some time to make arrangements with your faculty! 


Advising lecturers have experience abroad themselves and provide support during the course of studies.

Monitoring the course of studies: Identifying and solving problems in the course of studies at an early stage.

Student trainer pool: (Web) seminars on personal, social and methodological skills such as scientific work (German).

STUBE Hessen: development policy seminars and support programs for students from Africa, Asia and Latin America

Jobs & Internships

Career Center: Advice on careers and internships (German) 
Job portal (German) 
Application advice and portfolio check
comeTOgether: Students help with job search


Advisory Service 
Study orientation and planning, problems during studies

International Student Services
Non-academic concerns: e.g. finding accommodation, residence permit, etc. 

Admission Area
Application and enrolment


At h_da, everyone should be able to learn and research regardless of their origin, skin colour or world view. A detailed definition of the forms of discrimination and possible measures for those affected can be found on the page on anti-discrimination at h_da.

You are welcome to contact us for initial advice in this regard.

Current information on processing time

The processing time at the foreigners registration office in Darmstadt is currently very long. It is therefore possible that you will not receive an appointment to apply for your residence permit before your visa or residence permit expires. In this case, you must submit a written application before your visa/residence permit expires. All you need to do is send an e-mail to

It is essential to save this e-mail and the automatic reply from the foreigners' registration office as proof of your timely application (§ 81 AufenthG).


World University Service (WUS): career entry, internships and (social-)political topics (German)
Intercultural Tutor Team: socializing and language learning