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Studying in Darmstadt

Darmstadt offers you 18 degree programmes in English at 4 higher education institutions.

Home to the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), the European Space Operations Centre and a dense network of world-class public and private research institutions, Darmstadt offers a high quality of life for studying and conducting research. The city is located in the Rhine-Main region, the economic hub of Europe, and is just half an hour away from the international Rhine-Main airport in Frankfurt.

Darmstadt is quite rightly called the German home of Art Nouveau. Founded more than 120 years ago as an artists' colony, Mathildenhöhe is not only beautifully situated with a view over the city centre, it is above all a work of art that has held the title of World Heritage Site since 2021. The golden domes of the Russian Chapel and, right next to it, the characteristic roofline of the Wedding Tower, Darmstadt's landmark, together with other exhibition buildings and artists' houses, are considered the peak of German Art Nouveau.

Because of its numerous research institutions and higher education institutions, Darmstadt proudly bears the title "City of Science", which was awarded to it by the federal state of Hesse. With over 40,000 students, there is always something going on, whether on the weekend or during the week – and there is something for everyone. The various campuses are spread throughout the city. Culinary delights and pubs are usually within walking distance and otherwise, you can use your semester ticket to get around the city. In addition to numerous discos, bars and pubs, you can also drop by the Centralstation. The former power station now offers plays, readings, exhibitions, concerts and clubbing. The State Theatre is also worth a visit. And: students of almost all higher education institutions in Darmstadt can visit the State Theatre for free with their student ID, if tickets are still available three days before the performance.

Life in Darmstadt

162,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    In close vicinity

  • International airport

    Frankfurt airport in 20 km distance

  • Coast

    North Sea in 400 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Odenwald in 15 km distance

  • Other countries

    France in 110 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Mathildenhöhe artists' colony in close vicinity

    • Waldspirale building complex in close vicinity

    • Rosenhöhe Park in close vicinity

4 higher education institutions in Darmstadt

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Darmstadt

There is a wide range of degree programmes in Darmstadt. Here you can see the main subject groups. Currently, degree programmes in Darmstadt are mainly offered in the subject group Engineering Sciences, followed by Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences. Find out more information here about the subject groups and degree programmes offered in Germany.
  • 0

    Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • 35

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 63

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 12

    Art, Music, Design

  • 12

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 4

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 27

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 105

    Engineering Sciences

  • 26

    Teaching Degrees

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You can cool off on hot days at the Große Woog lake.

The semester ticket, which lets students take public transport at reduced fares, was invented in Darmstadt!

Darmstadt is home to the European Space Agency's satellite control centre ESOC. ESOC oversees the operation of all ESA satellites, and, e.g., also controls the network of worldwide ground stations. In addition, an information and start-up centre for satellite navigation was established in the vicinity of ESOC – the "cesah", "Centrum für Satellitenanwendungen Hessen". It is supported by local higher education institutions and large companies in the region, among others, and assists young companies and start-ups in the development, realisation and market launch of new products and services related to satellite navigation.

Would you rather turn your gaze from the stars back to the earth? Then why not visit the Messel Pit fossil deposit? Tens of thousands of fossils from the Eocene period have been recovered from the Maar volcanic lake, which was formed 48 million years ago, and more are discovered every year.

The city also offers many other sights: the modern science and congress centre darmstadtium, named after the chemical substance discovered in Darmstadt, the colourful spiral by Friedensreich Hundertwasser or numerous parks and gardens. You can relax right here in the city, for example at the Großer Woog lake. The popular lake is located right in the centre of Darmstadt and yet is an island of tranquillity that is also home to many water birds. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is said to have swum a lap around here! Or you can take a trip into the attractive surrounding countryside: the Odenwald, the Taunus or the vineyards of the Rheingau are not far away.

And if you've actually managed to explore Darmstadt in its entirety, or if you'd like to breathe the big city air again, Frankfurt am Main is only 30 minutes away by train.

A young woman walks through the city
A young woman walks through the cityJan von Allwörden / DAAD

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