Unite! Courses

New opportunities in the summer semester 2022:

Learning languages and intercultural competencies at Unite!

Study languages, enhance your intercultural competencies and make new friends by taking a course together with other students from other European universities: For the first time this coming summer semester 2022, you will be able to take courses offered by all partner universities of Unite!, the European University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering coordinated by TU Darmstadt. The course programme consists of language courses and intercultural competence courses offered by Aalto University (Finland), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Grenoble Institute of Technology (France), Politecnico Di Torino (Italy), the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain), the Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal) and Technical University of Darmstadt.

The Language Resource Centre of TU Darmstadt is opening the following courses to students from Unite! partner universities:

  • Polnisch Fachsprache II – mündliche Kommunikation (Polish language for specific purposes (LSP) II – oral communication (Module: 41-63-1141-ku)
  • Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Lesen – Verstehen – Diskutieren II (Niveau: UNIcert III ) (German as a foreign language: reading – understanding – discussing II (level: UNIcert III)) (Module: 41-11-1371-ku)
  • Global Engineering (Module: 41-00-1661-ku)
Course
description
Kurs ten skierowany jest do osób, które posiadają dobrą znajomość języka polskiego, ponieważ jest on ich językiem odziedziczonym lub nabyli go na zaawansowanym poziomie. Celem kursu jest umiejętność komunikowania się przede wszystkim w formie ustnej w kontekście uniwersyteckim i zawodowym. W formule blended learning ćwiczymy i doskonalimy wypowiedzi ustne, ortografię i gramatykę przy wykorzystaniu odpowiednich materiałów.
Po wprowadzeniu do gatunków tekstów przydatnych w komunikacji ustnej w kontekście uniwersyteckim (tj. prezentacja, wykład, rozmowa kwalifikacyjna, rozmowa doradcza itp.), pogłębiamy wiedzę w trzech obszarach tematycznych – edukacja, nauka i technika, świat pracy.
Jako zaliczenie wymagana jest prezentacja na wybrany przez siebie temat. Temat prezentacji musi być bezpośrednio związany z jednym z obszarów tematycznych oraz z własnym kierunkiem studió.

This course is aimed at students who already have a good knowledge of Polish because Polish is their heritage language or because they have already acquired it at a good level. The primary goal of the course is to be able to communicate orally on topics in a university and professional context. As a blended learning course, oral expression, spelling and grammar skills will be improved by working on various topics and text types.
After an introduction to study-related text types in oral communication (presentation, speech, job interview, counseling interview etc.), the thematic focus will be on three areas: Education, Science and Technology, The Working World.
Credits will be awarded based on an assessed presentation on a self-selected topic. The topic of the presentation must be directly related to one of the topics worked on in class and to the student's own course of study.
Time every Wednesday from 9:50 to 11:30 (CET), 20 Apr – 13 Jul
Instructor Barbara Stolarczyk
Credits 3
Fee no fee
Requirements Placement test or certificate from Polish VII/VIII / UNIcert I certificate (can be done after
registration) or contact Ms. Barbara Stolarczyk [barbara.stolarczyk@tu-darmstadt.de]
Course
description
Grundlage dieses Kurses bilden Lesetexte unterschiedlichster Thematik und Textsorte, an denen die Fertigkeiten Leseverstehen und Argumentieren (auch in Form von Textproduktionen) geübt werden.
Sie lernen unterschiedliche Lesestrategien kennen, die Sie befähigen sollen, auch längere und komplexere Texte lesend zu erfassen und zu verstehen.
In den unterschiedlichen Sprachhandlungen und Übungen festigen und erweitern Sie Ihren Wortschatz und gelangen so zu einer sprachlich differenzierteren Ausdrucksweise.

This course is designed to improve students’ reading comprehension skills as well as their oral and written discussion skills in German as a foreign language. We will read and discuss texts with diverse topics. A text read at the beginning of each lesson will serve as a basis for discussion.
Time every Monday from 9:50 to 11:30 (CET), 18 Apr – 11 Jul
Instructor Sandra Sulzer
Credits 3
Fee no fee
Requirements Placement test or certificate from German course on UNIcert III level or UNIcert II
certificate (can be done after registration).
Course
description
In einer zunehmend verknüpften Welt müssen Ingenieure in interpersonellen, interkulturellen und internationalen Arbeitszusammenhängen sicher agieren können.
Dieser Kurs bereitet Studierende der Ingenieurswissenschaften auf ihre globale Zukunft vor. Dazu setzen sich Teilnehmende mit den Dimensionen der Kultur, den Ebenen der Kommunikation und der Komplexität von internationaler Teamzusammenarbeit auseinander.
In synchronen und asynchronen virtuellen Phasen bietet der Kurs die Möglichkeit, unmittelbare und praktische Erfahrungen in globalen Teams zu sammeln sowie über Zusammenhänge von Technik, Kultur und ingenieurswissenschaftlichen Praktiken zu reflektieren. Der Kurs ist findet im Rahmen der Kooperation zwischen der Technischen Universität Darmstadt und dem Virginia Polytechnic Institute und State University, USA, statt. Das bedeutet, Studierende von beiden Universitäten werden an gemeinsamen Projekten arbeiten und in internationalen Teams kollaborieren. Der Kurs findet auf Deutsch und Englisch statt. Weitere Sprachen sind willkommen.

In an increasingly interconnected world engineers have be knowledgeable and skilled in an interpersonal, intercultural and international work environment. This course will prepare engineering students for their global future. Participants will understand the dimensions of culture, the levels of communication and the complexity of international teamwork.
In synchronous and asynchronous online learning activities, the course provides direct and practical experience of cross-cultural work in global teams and a sustained reflection on the interdependencies of technology, culture and engineering practices and identities.
The course is part of a collaborative project between Technische Universität Darmstadt and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. This means, students from both universities will collaboratively work on projects and engage in teams. The course languages will be German and English. Additional languages are welcome.
Time every Wednesday from 18:05 – 19:45 (CET), 20 Apr – 13 Jul
Instructor Philina Wittke
Credits 3
Fee no fee
Requirements German on C1 level, English on B2 level

All courses take place in virtual classrooms.

All courses offered

Course registration:

For Students who are not students of TU Darmstadt: register here

Dates and deadlines:

Registering at TU Darmstadt: 28 February 2022
Placement tests: starting 01 April 2022
Course registration: 01 April 2022 to 12 April 2022
Course start and end dates: 18 April 2022 to 15 July 2022

More information will follow shortly.

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About Unite!

Alongside TU Darmstadt as the coordinator, Unite! (University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering) also includes Aalto University (Finland), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Grenoble Institute of Technology (France), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain) and Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal). In addition, Graz University of Technology (Austria) and Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Poland) will join the Unite! network this year.

The nine partner universities aim to use the European University to create a trans-European campus for students and researchers with the involvement of regions and companies. The partners have a total of 167,000 students, already cooperate closely in more than 80 EU projects and have exchanged more than 2,000 students in the past five years. The alliance has set itself the goal of combining courses for the benefit of students, breaking down existing technical and administrative hurdles, and thus significantly increasing student mobility. Research will also benefit from the conditions created for larger and easier cooperation, which will strengthen the competitiveness of the European Higher Education Area overall.

Unite! Alliance of European Universities https://www.unite-university.eu/