En Studying in Dresden
Dresden – The Right Choice to Study in Germany
Next to the decision to study in Germany, the choice of a specific university is an important and exciting step that requires careful consideration. Apart from academic and personal factors, the attractiveness of a university town as well as recreational facilities and leisure opportunities (e.g. the organisation of events) must weigh in the balance for you.
In Dresden you can study at the Technische Universität Dresden (Dresden University of Technology, or TUD) and the following six other colleges of higher education: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden (University of Applied Sciences), Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden (art college), Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" Dresden (music academy), Palucca Schule Dresden – Hochschule für Tanz, (dance academy), Evangelische Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit, (protestant college for social work) and the Berufsakademie Sachsen/Staatliche Studienakademie Dresden (University of Cooperative Education)
As you can see, Dresden's university scene is rather diverse and varied. Physics, dance, engineering, arts, economics, social sciences, philosophy, medicine – for all these fields and many more will you find departments or faculties at the TUD and other colleges and polytechnics for your university education. At the moment the number of students enrolled in Dresden is about 41.000. The seven institutions of higher education are situated centrally in several city districts and are – as a matter of course – easily accessible with public transport facilities.
All the institutes of higher education of Dresden enjoy an excellent international reputation and guarantee a training of high standard and quality. The good technical equipment of the university buildings and the ultra-modern Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB), the state and university library of Saxony, with its extended collections of printed and digital media, significantly contribute to a comfortable study environment. Of course, since the Bologna-process, it is possible to conclude your studies in Dresden with a Europe-wide acknowledged graduation as Bachelor or Master. Several majors still have the traditional Diplom-degrees as well.
High Quality of Living in the Capital of Saxony
Apart from a very good academic framework, Dresden offers a high degree of art, architecture, culture, and recreational facilities and opportunities. Dresden, the capital of Saxony, with 500,000 citizens – a major city (yet not too big) abounding in a multitude of tourist attractions and sights, and simply a very beautiful city – constitutes an excellent vantage point to get to know Germany in all its facets whilst studying.
There is a lot to discover and experience in Dresden. Numerous historical buildings (most of them baroque) form a unique ensemble in the old town of Dresden, directly along the river Elbe. In these historical buildings one can find a variety of museums, galleries, theatres, the opera house, and many other recreational and leisure opportunities. It is hard to find such an impressive combination of art, architecture and culture anywhere else in Germany.
With its unique dome of stone the rebuilt and recently consecrated Frauenkirche (The Church of Our Lady) – a building symbolising reconciliation and peace – leaves its mark on the cityscape of Dresden. The Art Academy, the palace and the cathedral (Hofkirche) complete the Elbe panorama. In the immediate vicinity of these buildings are the famous Semper Opera and the Zwinger. This dominance of opulent baroque buildings led to Dresden being called "Pearl of the Baroque" or "Florence on the Elbe". For centuries the enchanting view of the old town from across the river has captivated people. Through the painter Bernardo Bellotto (called Canaletto) this panorama, the "Canaletto-view" became well-known worldwide.
Yet, the young "face" of Dresden is also worth exploring: the VW car plant made of glass or the Dresdner Neustadt (New town), a booming city district – where it's all happening – studded with pubs, cafés, small businesses and galleries.
Numerous parks, the spacious greenery of the Elbe-meadows and open spaces enhance the beauty of the city and offer an open invitation for relaxation, sport or strolling. Erich Kästner, a native of Dresden and well-known author, pointedly described his hometown thus: "Dresden ist Dreiklang von Geschichte, Kultur und Natur." (Dresden forms a harmonious triad of history, culture and nature)
Dresden's surroundings, too, have widely different landscapes and sights that are well worth a day or weekend-trip: the Dresden Elbe valley (Unesco World Cultural Heritage), Swiss Saxony, with its bizarrely shaped rock formations, the Erzgebirge, the Saxon hill-vineyards, a proliferation of palaces, castles, strongholds, parks and last but not least the cities of Zittau and Görlitz.
Dresden – City of Science
Science and the propagation of science are very important in Dresden. The city is one of the leading high-tech locations in Germany. Especially the information and communication technology sector continues to choose Dresden as a site for new production and development plants. Established in Dresden, firms such as Siemens, Infineon, AMD and VW offer many interesting opportunities for prospective students, for instance practical training or theses topics.
The seven colleges of higher education of Dresden figure as attractive research and cooperation partners for these firms. Once a year, the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (the long night of science) takes place, where colleges and research institutes introduce themselves to the Dresden general public and present their latest projects, offer the opportunity to "feel and touch" science.
In 2006 Dresden held the title "Stadt der Wissenschaften", (City of Science), a distinction that acknowledges the successful blending of life, science and economy.
Das Studentenwerk (Office of Residential Life) – Non Academic Service
As a university city, Dresden possesses numerous advantages, especially for international students. The "Service rund ums Studium" (comprehensive non-academic service) of the Studentenwerk Dresden for students of all the colleges of Dresden and Zittau is very well equipped and offers a wide variety of student orientation services.
The Studentenwerk Dresden is a modern service office with a social obligation towards students in areas such as accommodation (in a university hall of residence) catering, financing, propagation of cultural activities as well as counselling of a social, legal and psychological nature.
Once you have decided to study in Dresden, you will receive an application form for a place at a university hall of residence, together with the notification of admission. Please fill out the application form, send it back to us and we will reserve a place in a hall of residence for you. So you can spare yourself the arduous task of having to find your own accommodation. On arrival in Dresden you will sign a lease with the Studentenwerk and you can move into your room in the hall of residence immediately. The hall of residence application can also be downloaded here.
The university cafeterias of the Studentenwerk Dresden offer hot meals on a daily basis at moderate prices and a large variety of snacks. The student cafeterias are evenly spread so that there is always one in your vicinity. During the international specialty weeks you might even find dishes from your home country.
Assistance and Orientation at the Beginning of Your Studies.
The start of the Dresden section of your life is facilitated by numerous offers of assistance and orientation (for instance tutors as permanent contact persons). On arrival at the train station, tutors who know their way about Dresden will be waiting for you, to assist you getting orientated and to help you find your way.
With the assistance of the Family and International Friends Programme of the Studentenwerk, you can get to know German families quickly and easily, so that you have the opportunity to share and exchange cultural and language experiences.
The respective Auslandsämter (International Offices) of the university and colleges will counsel and help you as well. They offer a variety of counsel and help for international students that is very useful. Detailed information about their services is available at your International Office.
Furthermore there are many student initiatives in Dresden, dedicated to aid and assist international fellow students. They also form starting points for contacts and useful information.
Many institutes in Dresden are actively involved in issues of intercultural exchange. There you will be able to find further contacts and help.