Beginning of classes
First week of October, yearly
English is the official language of tuition in all courses and exams, although a number of elective courses can be taught in the national language (German in Darmstadt, Spanish/Catalan in Barcelona; Italian in Rome, French in Grenoble). Universities offer national language courses to Mundus Urbano students for no additional charge, so that they are able to communicate on simple matters in the guest country.
Number of students
Maximum of 30 per year
According to the Bologna agreement harmonizing university studies in Europe, the curriculum is structured into modules, which may be broken down further into courses. All modules are defined by their contents, learning outcomes and number of credit points that can be earned in the course according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The total two years course requires 120 credit points (CPs), normally divided equally into 30 CPs per semester.
Year 1: TU-Darmstadt
Full-time courses and workshops with lectures by TU-Darmstadt and visiting professors, and diverse methods of practice and evaluation, such as group work and discussions, essay writing and oral presentations. This year also includes local and/or international excursions.
- Module 1: Urban Planning
Courses on urban planning, civil engineering, ecology & landscaping, socio-economic & cultural challenges, conviviality & urban culture, governance, and slum upgrading. This module is supported by training on presentations and time management, and is finalized with two workshops about concrete case studies, during which students pick up and integrate the contents of the courses taken.
- Module 2: Urban Development Studies
Courses on public participation & community inclusion, gender friendly cities, organizational development, sustainable urban infrastructure, and urban heritage preservation. This module is supported by training on paper writing, and is finalized with a workshop about concrete case studies, during which students pick up and integrate the contents of the courses taken. Elective courses and free research activities supplement this module.
- Module 3: Urban Management
Courses on conflict management, urban violence & crime prevention, land management & security of tenure, taxation, urban health & education services, municipal budgeting & finance, and city marketing. An international excursion supplements this module.
- Module 4: International Cooperation and Project Skills
Courses on statistic-based decision making, project planning, project management, disaster management, project finance & budgeting, development aid & funding agencies, and proposal writing. Elective courses and free research activities supplement this module, which is finalized with a two-week workshop, during which students pick up and integrate the contents of the courses taken.
Year 2: European partner university or TU-Darmstadt
Upon successful completion of the first year in TU-Darmstadt and depending on students' mobility preference, Mundus Urbano students are admitted to spend the second year of the programme at one of the partner universities in France, Catalunya or Italy. Students in this case are awarded a double-degree.
Self-financed and third-party financed students also have the possibility to remain at TU-Darmstadt to complete the second year. In this case, successful graduates will receive a Master of Science degree in International Cooperation and Urban Development from TU-Darmstadt only.
Mundus Urbano students are strongly encouraged to take internships. In the first year, internships are possible during the semester break periods, in March-April and/or August-September. In the second year, a period of at least three months should be dedicated to an internship related to the student's field of study. Depending on the case and interest of each student, TU-Darmstadt and partner universities can facilitate contacts and bureaucratic procedures for application.