Part-time studies in short

Basic Information

Family commitments, employment, disability, competitive sports or other circumstances can make it difficult for you to keep up with your regular degree programme. To support you in those cases, the Technical University of Darmstadt offers you the possibility to study courses on a part-time basis.

Studying part-time gives you more time to finish your studies, meaning your workload per semester is reduced. The deadline to submit final papers is extended to give double the length of time (except in the Architecture degree programme). You can complete single academic years part-time as well as all of your studies.

Your part-time study plan allows you a standard period of study of up to twelve semesters in the Bachelor’s degree programme and eight semesters in the Master’s degree programme. One part-time year (two semesters) counts as only one semester (Fachsemester).

Flexible choices: You are allowed to complete more examinations than scheduled on your part-time study plan. Since you are visiting the same courses as full-time students, changing back into full-time studies is possible at the end of each semester.

Legal basis
The regulations for part-time studies at the Technical University of Darmstadt are summarized in the Statutes for the organization and design of part-time studies at the Technical University of Darmstadt. (German) (opens in new tab)


First of all you need to be enrolled. For questions according general application, admission and enrolment at the Technical University of Darmstadt, please contact International Admission. The International Office is responsible for foreign students who wish to graduate at the Technical University of Darmstadt.
If you are already enrolled at the Technical University of Darmstadt, one of the following points must apply to you:

  • You are employed and work on average at least 14 hours a week
  • You are self-employed
  • You take care of at least one own child up to the age of eighteen years
  • You care for a close relative with the assignment of a care level
  • You are disabled or chronically ill
  • You are doing competitive sports
  • You are an elected representative of the academic or student self-administration or of the Studierendenwerk Darmstadt
  • You have an equally severe reason

Please see our application notes for more detailed information

Double degree programmes cannot be studied part-time. Also, it is not possible to apply for part-time studies in admission restricted semesters of admission restricted degrees.
Applying for part-time studies is easy: Please fill in the application form . If a direct print-out is not possible, please save the document as a pdf-file on your computer and then print it. You can submit it together with the relevant proofs of the listed requirements to the service point part-time studies and studying with children or you may send it by mail, post or telefax.