Technische Universität Dresden is one of Germany’s eleven Universities of Excellence and a leading technical university in Europe. Strong in research and first-rate with respect to the range and the quality of the study programs we offer. We are closely connected with culture, business and society (DRESDEN-concept), striving to come up with the best possible solutions to the big questions of our time. As a modern comprehensive, multi-discipline university and with 17 faculties, we offer a broad and diverse scientific spectrum that only few other universities in Germany are able to match.

We are Saxony’s largest university with more than 31,500 students of which about 17% are international students. All of them study and work on four different sites with the two main campuses located right in the center of Dresden, the capital of Saxony.

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Student Life

Excellent. Together.

At TU Dresden you are not alone: A student body of about 31,500 students means meeting many new people and studying, learning, and living with them. You will find fellow students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Here, people study together and learn from each other in an interdisciplinary way. All from day 1.

Your Tailored Degree Program

At TU Dresden, you can choose from more than 120 programs and complete your studies with a Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Diplom, State Examination or, in some cases, an international double degree. We have listed some of our programs below but please check our extensive database for all programs we offer.

Lively Campus

Small cafés, open spaces, student gardens, and a friendly atmosphere—that's the TU Dresden campus. You can travel comfortably and free of charge by bus, tram and train between the individual locations.​

TU Dresden also delivers what it promises in terms of technology: Numerous computer workstations and Wi-Fi throughout the campus enable smooth learning and working. Those looking for quiet and collected knowledge will find their place at the Saxon State Library - Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB). It is one of the largest and most efficient academic libraries in Germany.

Comfort food for calming nerves: a wide selection of tasty treats at reasonable student prices is available at the 11 refectories and 7 cafeterias of the Studentenwerk Dresden [student union].

If you want to clear your head from the daily grind of studying, you can sign up for a course in one of the more than 40 sports courses at the Dresden University Sports Center, learn foreign languages, or volunteer at one of nearly 100 student clubs and organizations.

University City Dresden

Dresden is considered one of the best cities to live in Germany and is not called the 'Florence on the Elbe' for nothing. The comparatively low rents and cost of living also contribute to this.

Dresden is known for its diverse cultural scene. Visits to cabarets, trendy pubs, museums, theaters, the world-famous Semper opera and concert halls, cinemas, or music festivals are just as much a possibility as activities in the many sports facilities or the surrounding nature of the Elbe landscape, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, and the Erzgebirge/Ore Mountains. Incidentally, Dresden is considered the unofficial capital of student clubs, and the trendy Neustadt district ensures an exciting nightlife. If you want to get out of Dresden, Berlin, Prague, Leipzig, and Wroclaw are easy to reach.

Available Programmes

Bookmark Course Programme Degree Level Duration Tuition
Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishery Tropical Forestry (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Economics Transportation Economics (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Architecture & Building Advanced Computational and Civil Engineering Structural Studies (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Biology Biology in Society (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Computer Science Computational Modeling and Simulation (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Computer Science Distributed Systems Engineering (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Environmental Sciences Hydro Science and Engineering (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Biology Molecular Bioengineering (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Environmental Sciences Ecosystem Services (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Biology Molecular Biosciences and Productive Biosystems (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Physics Nanobiophysics (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Engineering & Engineering Trades Nanoelectronic Systems (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Physics Organic and Molecular Electronics (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Environmental Sciences Organismic and Molecular Biodiversity (in English) Masters 2 years 0
Biology Regenerative Biology and Medicine (in English) Masters 2 years 0

FAQs

1. Does TU Dresden charge tuition fees?

  • TU Dresden does not charge tuition fees. All students pay a semester contribution of about 280€ per semester (= 6 months) to support student services and students’ representatives, which includes a ticket for public transport in Dresden and regional trains in Saxony.

2. Which languages do I need to know to study at TU Dresden and on which level?

  • For a German taught program, you need a German C1 certificate in order to be enrolled (for example TestDAF 4x4, DSH2, etc.).
  • For an English taught master’s program, you need to prove your English knowledge with a TOEFL, IELTS or similar test. The results usually refer to B2+/C1 (e.g. IELTS, Level 5.5-7.0 or TOEFL 79-95 internetbased). Please check https://tu-dresden.de/sins for each individual program as there are slight differences between the programs.

3. Is there housing available on campus and does TUD provide student dorms?

  • Students of TUD usually either rent a room or apartment from the Studentenwerk Dresden (http://www.studentenwerk-dresden.de/wohnen/wohnheimkatalog/) which is open for all TUD students with an admission letter, or they choose to rent a flat or a room in a flatshare on the private market. TUD itself does not own any dorms. This is typical for all German universities as we have the Studentenwerke in Germany that take care of the housing.

4. How much does living in Dresden cost?

  • Living in Dresden is relatively cheap compared to other big German cities. At 700-800€/month Dresden offers high quality of living at moderate costs.
  • Please note that if you need to apply for a visa to study and live in Germany, you will need to prove your financial means. There are various ways to do that, for example if you receive a scholarship during your stay or you can open a blocked account with a bank. The amount you need to deposit in this account is 10.300€ per year.

5. Which PhD programs do you have?/ I am studying XYZ, do you have a PHD program for me?