Counselling Services

Counselling Services

There are always situations around your studies in which counselling is helpful or even necessary. The Hochschule Darmstadt, the Department of Advanced Education, the ASTA of the h_da, the Studierendenwerk Darmstadt and several others offer a wide range of counselling services for various concerns. In the following, we give you an overview of the offers for students and, as a final point, some links to other relevant counselling services.

For academic advice during your studies, please contact your respective programme director. You can request a consultation appointment at any time. You can find the contact details here.

If you have specific topic related questions, it can also be useful to contact the respective lecturer directly. Contact details and, if applicable, office hours can be found in the syllabi for the relevant course.

You can find advice on the course of studies and study organisation here.


For advice on applications, job searches or career counselling, you can contact the h-da Career Centre or the Studierendenwerk Darmstadt. The university team at the Employment Agency (Arbeitsagentur) also offers advice on job and career orientation.

The ComeTOgether Team offers support in finding a job, especially for international students.

If you would like to set up a company, you can also contact the Career Center or the Darmstadt Start-Up & Unternehmenssprechstunde.

Advice and support for starting a career with a chronic illness or disability is offered by iXNet network (by and for academics or myAbility: Career programme for students with disabilities.

The best way to make contact with companies is at the annual job fairs:

Many students combine their studies with family responsibilities, which leads to specific needs for asistance and counselling. In part-time studies, many students have to combine this with (full-time) work in addditon. Advice and support on these issues and on the compatibility of all areas is available through the following offers.

h_da family office - support and advice in the areas of  childcare and care for relatives.  

Studierendenwerk Darmstadt Information and Counselling on Studying with a Child

Free children's plate (Kinderteller) in the refectories of the Studierendenwerk  

Social benefits for families

Further information and additional information: - a lot of information for families

Familienkarte Hessen various benefits and support services

Mehrgenerationenhaus (Multi-generation house) open meeting place and various events

fratz - Family magazine for southern Hesse

Financing a degree programme presents many students with challenges - whether full-time or in a (self-financed) part-time degree programme. This is why there are several contact points for all aspects of financing, scholarships and support measures. In addition, counselling services and support are offered for students who find themselves in financial difficulties. We have compiled the most important links for the Darmstadt area here.

Financial Advice

Campus Office of the AStA (counselling for working students)

Social counselling by the Studierendenwerk (including advice on financing your studies)

Advice from the Federal Employment Agency on financial support for studies

Discounts for students


SBB Aufstiegsstipendium for experienced professionals

Scholarship Guide- Scholarship database of the BMBF

Scholarship Plus - Support for Talented Students in Higher Education

Financial emergencies

Verein zur Förderung in Not geratener Studierender (Association for the Support of Students in Need at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt)

Debt counselling and housing protection office of the City of Science Darmstadt

Debt counselling by Caritas

Special needs and situations

Financing of stays abroad

Social benefits for families

Graduation scholarships for international students

ComeTOgether - Advice on job and housing search for international students

Job portals & job fairs

Job portal of the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt

Stellenwerk Darmstadt

Job portal of the Agentur für Arbeit (Employment Agency)

MyHandicap - Job portal for students with disabilities



Other job fairs in the region

International students have very specific counselling needs, especially in the first semesters, which often cannot be covered by the general student advisory services. For this reason, there are some counselling services that are aimed directly at international students.

Counselling services offered by the Studierendenwerk Darmstadt

Legal advice from the AStA on questions of foreigners and residence law

ComeTOgether - Advice on job and housing search

Advice on applying with a foreign university entrance qualification or first degree abroad (Herr Klein, Frau Böhm)

Social counselling of the Protestant University Community (ESG)

Social counselling of the Catholic University Community (KHG)

The Studierendenwerk and the AStA each offer legal advice for students. Counselling is free of charge and covers all areas of law. 

Legal advice from the Studierendenwerk. Please note the information on counselling hours and on the homepage. Please also note that legal advice is only given orally.

Legal advice from the AStA of the h_da. Legal counselling is offered at the Darmstadt and Dieburg campuses and covers the areas of higher education, BAFöG and family law; civil law; and criminal and labour law. Please note the information on the homepage and the consultation hours. Prior registration is required.

There is a wide range of counseling and support services in the areas of health and social services. We have summarized some important offers for you in the following.

You can find counselling services for studies & family here.

Counseling services for studying with chronic illness or disability can be found here.

Counseling services regarding financing your studies and financial difficulties can be found here.


We offer a variety of advisory services for your studies and the organisation of your studies. The Department of Continuing Education and Dual Study Centre offers subject-related counselling services, but you also have the opportunity to take advantage of the general study counselling services. You can find offers for academic advice here.

The following staff members can provide you with course guidance:

General student advisory services offer: 

The student advisory service of the h_da

The Programme Management (Anna Herbst)

The student advisory service offers you monitoring of your studies and advice in case of doubts about your studies (Dorothea Böhmer)

For students with chronic illnesses or disabilities, the Hochschule Darmstadt, the Studierendenwerk and several other institutions offer counselling services on various topics. You can find the services offered under the following links:

Counselling services offered by the Student Counselling Service at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences for students with chronic illness or disability

Counselling services for students with disabilities offered by the Studierendenwerk Darmstadt

Brochure Equal Opportunities for studying at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

DSW - Studying with disabilities

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Employment Agency): Service for severely disabled academics

MyHandicap - Job exchange for students with disabilities 


MBA Students

Services for Students

Here you can find a list of services for h_da students.

FAQ & Manuals

Here you can find FAQ and Manuals for study related topics.