Bridging Classes

Technical Classes

The Masters course at Hochschule Darmstadt is based on the high standards of the h_da. Based on our previous years' experience, it is highly recommended to prepare the following topics before coming to Germany.

Motivation

The applicants for this master program come from different universities, each with a different emphasis in the bachelor education. Although we only select candidates, having a strong academic and professional background, we recommend to use the time between the admission to our program and your trip to Germany to prepare for the classes.

We will provide bridging classes for all students during the month of September, but we highly encourage you to prepare the subjects mentioned below.

Preparations for all majors

H-DA bachelors have had around 6 courses on C/C++ programming and microcontrollers. As a consequence, the programming subjects very often are a struggle for international students. When coming to the H-DA, we expect the following:

  • Excellent C programming skills
  • Good C++ programming skills
  • Basic understanding of the UML
  • Good Matlab and Simulink programming skills.

In order to sharpen your skills, you may want to check

For programming, we will use the tools Eclipse, Together and various embedded toolchains.

Furthermore we recommend to sharpen your skills in mathematics. Mathematics will be an integral part of all majors:

  • Fourier & Laplace Transforms
  • Integral and Differential Calculus
  • Statistics

Additional subjects for the major Automation

For the major automation, we recommend the following upfront studies:

  • Control Systems
  • Basics on Robotics
  • Java programming

Additional subjects for the major Communications

For the major communication, we recommend to study the following topics up-front:

  • Matlab and Simulink Programming
  • Fourier transforms
  • Modulation Techniques
  • TEM Transmission Lines

Additional subjects for the major Embedded and Microelectronics

The major embedded and microelectronics will focus on hardware and software development for microelectronic and embedded systems. Please prepare:

  • Embedded C programming
  • Hardware driver development (GPIO, UART, Timer, CAN, SPI, I2C,...)
  • Realtime operating systems
  • Microcontrollers (ARM)
  • Digital Architecture and Filters fundamentals
  • Basics in CMOS design
  • VHDL and System Verilog

Additional subjects for the major Power

For power engineering, please prepare:

  • High Voltage Technology
  • Maxwell Equations basics
  • Field and potential distributions of common geometries
  • Field distributions of inhomogeneous elements
  • Matlab/Simulink

German classes

Although the lectures will be held in English and mandatory German classes will be offered to everybody, we recommend taking some German classes upfront (Level A1 or higher). Why?

  • You will be able to communicate with Germans who do not speak English, e.g. fellow students from the bachelor classes, the friendly lady from the grocery store or the staff from the "Ausländerbehörde".
  • In general it increases your positive cultural experience in Germany, will allow you to find German friends and to dive into the German culture, e.g. by becoming a member in a sports club.
  • Finding an internship, working on a master thesis and finding a job becomes so much easier!

After finishing your studies, good German skills are an extremely important success factor to pave your way into working life. Especially small and medium sized companies will typically require good German skills.

During your studies you will take German classes and you have to reach a mandatory level of A2. However, this level is only a starting point. Depending on your skills at the beginning of the Master's program we will place you in advanced and proficiency classes up to level B2.

Motivation

Although all classes and exams will be provided in English, basic knowledge of the German language will help you to communicate with German colleagues and it will also be easier to find a job. Especially in more traditional industries, German rather than English is the major and sometimes even only language of communication.

Therefore, all MSE students whose native tongue is not German must participate in mandatory German classes offered by the university especially to them. Students'proficiency level will be appraised via an online placement test before arriving in Germany.

Students will then be placed into one of three levels (beginners, basic, and advanced) accordingly. As of the second week in September, students will attend German classes daily in the morning, Monday through Friday, until the end of the month.

Everybody has to reach level A1 before starting with the internship and A2 before starting with the master's thesis. These certificates are a mandatory course (5CP) of our master's programme.

Course structure

Our course structure consists of the following elements:

Online-language test

Before arrival in Germany

A1 course

  1. Intensive phase A1 (every day) - September
  2. Extensive Phase A1 (twice a week) - October until January
  3. Exams for A1 level - beginning of February

A2 course

  1. Intensive phase A2 (every day) - February until March
  2. Extensive Phase A2 (twice a week) - April until June
  3. Exams for A2 level - beginning of July

Please note: As the course will continue during February / March, you are obliged to stay in Darmstadt during that period.

Regulations

To successfully pass a course, you have to

  • Be present during at least 90% of all classes (for your oral mark) and
  • Get a satisfactory oral mark and
  • Get a satisfactory written mark at the end of the course

Students who already have successfully followed a German class before they come to h-da can transfer these credits. Please contact the language centre (Ms. Gill: laura.gill@h-da.de) for details.

Preparatory studies

Although it is not mandatory, we recommend students use the time before they come to Germany to start studying the German language.

Especially those who cannot make it in time until 1st of September should engage in self-study, as the rest of the students have already started with German classes before.

Language learning tips:

Check if some local institutions like the Goethe Institut are available in your town. They offer high quality language courses.

  • In our courses we use the following book: DaF Kompakt Neu, ISBN No. 978-3126763134. We hope you will be able to purchase this book in your country.

In addition, you may want to check and work with the Deutsche Welle website. Go to:  www.dw-world.de and select "Learn German" in the head menu. Choose one of the following courses:

  • Deutsch Interaktiv
  • Mission Europe
  • Deutsch, warum nicht?