German Dual Degree Program

Germany: Technische Universität Darmstadt

BSME Rising Sophomore Summer at TU Darmstadt

Introduction to German Engineering is a three-week course at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD) in Germany during the Virginia Tech (VT) Summer I Session.  The course transfers to VT as 3 semester credit hours of BSME technical elective (list #1).  The US and German students work together on a design project and visit major German corporations (e.g., BASF, BMW, Audi).  The language of instruction in English.

BSME Senior Year at TU Darmstadt

VT Mechanical Engineering students can elect to complete their VT BSME senior year at the TUD in Germany and graduate on time. A large number of ME technical and AREA 2, 3, and 7 electives at TUD have been pre-approved for transfer back to Virginia Tech. The courses at TUD are taught in German (written exams). Assuming no prior German language skills, students can start learning the necessary German as late as in the Spring semester of their junior year. Students must have a VT overall GPA ≥ 3.0 and have earned a “C” or better in all VT engineering (ECE, ENGE, ESM, ISE, ME, MSE) and natural science (CHEM, MATH, PHYS, STAT) courses.

VT-TUD dual BSME degree program

This is similar to the senior year program, but with less electives and more required courses. Upon successful completion, the student will earn a VT BSME degree and a TUD BSME degree. See the VT Undergraduate Course Catalog for details.

VT-TUD dual MSME degree program

This is a four-semester program: Three semesters of course work (45 semester credit hours) followed by a semester of graduate research (15 semester credit hours). This is a symmetric program, and each student gets to choose where to do Year 1 and Year 2. The coursework at TUD is in German while the exams are in English (oral exams). The thesis is written in English. Graduates of all university BSME degree programs may apply for admission.

NSF REU: Automotive Technologies

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding undergraduate research experiences at VT and TUD in the area of automotive technologies. This program is open to undergraduate engineering students from any university, though is restricted to US citizens, US permanent residents, and US nationals. German language skills are not required.