En Studying in Dresden
Dresden – The Right Choice to Study in Germany
Following 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 the recreational facilities and leisure opportunities available (e.g. the organisation of events) play a decisive role.
In Dresden you can take study courses at the Technische Universität Dresden (Dresden University of Technology, or TUD) and the following six other institutes of higher education: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden (University of Applied Sciences), Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden (The Dresden Academy of Fine Arts), Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" Dresden (The Dresden University of Music), Palucca Schule Dresden – Hochschule für Tanz, (The Palucca School of Dance), 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 offers a diverse and colourful academic landscape. Physics, dance, engineering, arts, economics, social sciences, philosophy, medicine – for all these fields and many more will you find renowned universities in Dresden serving as your partners in questions of academic education. The aforementioned institutes of higher education are all centrally located in different city districts and can of course be easily reached via public transport facilities.
All institutes of higher education in Dresden enjoy an excellent international reputation and guarantee education of high quality. Technically well-equipped university buildings and the modern Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB), he state and university library of Saxony with its extended collection of printed and digital media significantly contribute to a comfortable study environment. Since the Bologna Process every student has the opportunity to conclude his/her studies in Dresden with a Europe-wide acknowledged graduation aas Bachelor or Master. In several majors, however, you may still graduate with the traditional degree (Diplom).
High Quality of Living in the Capital of Saxony
Alongside very good study conditions Dresden offers much more - arts, architecture, culture as well as a great variety of leisure and recreational facilities. Dresden, the capital of Saxony, with 500,000 inhabitants a major city (yet not too big), is simply beautiful with all its tourist attractions and sights and will surely constitute an excellent starting point for you to get to know Germany in all its facets during your study stay.
Dresden offers a lot to discover. Numerous historical buildings (most of them baroque) form a unique ensemble in the historic city of Dresden, situated directly at the river Elbe. These historical buildings house a variety of museums, galleries, theatres, the opera house, and many other leisure and recreational facilities. Such an distinctive and impressive combination of art, architecture and culture can only seldom be found anywhere else in Germany.
With its unique domed stone roof the rebuilt Church of Our Lady, consecrated in 2005 - 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 the famous Semper Opera and the Zwinger are situated. 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 historic city of Dresden from across the river has captivated people. Owing to the painter Bernardo Bellotto (named Canaletto) this panorama, the so-called "Canaletto-view" became well-known all over the world.
Yet, the young "face" of Dresden is also worth exploring: e.g. the VW car plant made of glass or the Dresdner Neustadt, a booming city district studded with pubs, cafés, small shops and galleries.
Numerous parks, the spacious greenery of the banks of the Elbe and green areas enhance the beauty of the city and offer an open invitation for recreation, sports or a stroll. Erich Kästner, a well-known author born in Dresden, pointedly described his hometown with the following words: "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 trip or a weekend escape: the Dresden Elbe Valley, the Swiss Saxony region with its bizarrely shaped rock formations, the Erzgebirge, the Saxon vineyards, a variety of palaces, castles, strongholds, parks and last but not least the cities of Zittau and Görlitz.
Dresden – City of Science
Science and the promotion of science play a significant role in Dresden. The city counts among the leading high-tech locations in Germany. The information and communication technology sector, in particular, continues to choose Dresden as 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 with regard to practical trainings or theses topics.
The seven institutes of higher education in Dresden are 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, thereby offering “living” science.
In 2006, Dresden held the title "Stadt der Wissenschaften", (City of Science), a distinction that honours the successful blending of life, science and economy.
Das Studentenwerk (Office of Residential Life) – Services for Students
As university city Dresden offers numerous advantages – for international students, too. The "Service rund ums Studium" of the Studentenwerk Dresden for students of all the universities and colleges in Dresden and Zittau is very well developed and offers a great variety of support services.
The Studentenwerk Dresden is a modern service bureau with a social mission towards students in the following fields: accommodation (in a university hall of residence), catering, financing, propagation of cultural activities as well as social, legal and psychological counselling.
Once you have decided to study in Dresden, you will receive an application form for a place at a university hall of residence with the notification of admission. Please fill out the application form, send it back to us and we will make a room reservation in a student hall for you. So you are spared the arduous task of searching for accommodation. On arrival in Dresden you will sign a tenancy agreement with the Studentenwerk enabling you to move into your student hall room immediately. The application form can also be downloaded here.
The university canteen and cafeterias of the Studentenwerk Dresden offer hot meals on a daily basis at moderate prices and a large variety of snacks. The comprehensive network of canteens and cafeterias makes it possible to reach your favourite university canteen within a 5 minute walk. During the international speciality weeks you might even find dishes from your home country.
Assistance and Orientation at the Beginning of Your Studies
We aim at making the start of your study period in Dresden easier for you by providing various assistance servicse (e.g. through tutors serving as permanent contact persons). This link provides you with information about tutors who may assist you settle in your new place of study. By help of the Family and International Friends Programme you can quickly and easily become acquainted with German families to share cultural and language experiences. Another popular opportunity to socialize is the International Coffee Hour, organised by the Studentenwerk Dresden.
The respective Auslandsämter (International Office) at your university will be at hand with help and advice. It offers assistance services to international students that might be quite useful for you. For detailed information please turn to the staff of your International Office.
Furthermore, many student initiatives in Dresden have dedicated themselves to aid and assist international fellow students. They may also serve as starting points to socialize and to gather useful information.
Many institutes in Dresden are actively involved in issues of inter-cultural exchange, providing contacts and guidance, too.