If you are not sure whether to apply or not
Q: Why iCE Master? Why TU Darmstadt?
A: The iCE Master program is a program of excelence founded in 2001, supported and endorsed by the DAAD. It graduated dozens of engineers who followed international careers in companies, universities and research centers all over the world. The program is offered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of TU Darmstadt, which is ranked among the top 3 in Germany by many publications such as Stern and WirtschaftsWoche.
Q: Other universities would admit me without such a complicated selection process and online tests. Why should I bother to do it?
A: The iCE Master curriculum is multi-disciplinary and research-oriented. It is based on the convergence between electronics, computer engineering and communication engineering, aiming to graduate engineers that can bridge the gap between conceptual design and implementation reported by the communication systems industry. Thus, the curriculum requires from the students a solid basis on the fundamentals of electronics, communications and computer engineering. The application procedure and the online test were designed to ensure that all students present such basis. It may require a little more effort from your side, but once you go through it you can enjoy the benefits of attending classes and labs with other students that, just like you, are well-prepared and motivated to succeed in their studies.
Q: Is the quality of the International Master Program as good as its German Program counterpart ?
A: Yes. The professors, facilities, lecture contents, etc. offered by the International Master Program are the same as those offered in the regular German language program, so you can expect the same level of quality.
Q: Is there an accreditation process for the Master programs in Germany? If so, is the iCE Master already going through this process?
A: Yes, there is. The responsible organization is the German Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat – www.akkreditierungsrat.de), and the process is executed by several area-specific agencies. For engineering and informatics programs, the agency is the ZEvA (Zentrale Evaluations- und Akkreditierungsagentur- www.zeva.org).
Each study program is evaluated by the respective agency within the first years of activity, and re-evaluated periodically after that. The study programs are expected to present data about its curricular structure, faculty and research staff, infrastructure, target audience, etc.
Because of its high level of quality and organization, the iCE International Master Program was already analyzed and evaluated – the ZEvA committee visited our university on May 2014 – and the accreditation was granted.
Q: Are there any fees for the iCE Master?
A: Yes. Students must pay a fee per semester to the university. This allows for lower prices in the university restaurant and a free regional ticket for public transportation during the semester.