Technische Universität Dresden - Schulich Only

As one of Germany's top-ranked and largest institutions, TU Dresden excels in Engineering - ranked in the top 200 globally in several branches of the field.

The university is located in what is known to locals as "Silicon Saxony" - a high-tech hub in Europe and a location also known as "Florence on the Elbe" for its riverside proximity and ornate Baroque architecture. TU Dresden has over 37,000 students and is ranked within the top 8 universities in Germany (ARWU 2018). 

Key information


Dresden, Germany


English, German


Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2021-2022 applications

Fall 2021 and Winter 2022
Priority deadline: January 11, 2021

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2022-2023 applications

Open November 1, 2021

Program details

Most courses at the Bachelor's level are offered in German (B1 level of German is required). English courses are available at the Master's level.

Please see the course catalogue  for details. A list of courses in English is available here.

Students typically take 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits per semester. 6 ECTS = 3 units (1 UCalgary course). 

Preparatory German course

Before the semester begins, you will have the opportunity to participate in an intensive German course. Language courses are conducted by the TUDIAS language school. You can find information about course offers, dates, times, and fees on the homepage of TUDIAS

The first semester is called Winter semester and runs from early October to early February. The second semester is called Summer semester and runs from early April to July (exams could go until mid-August). For more details see the academic calendar

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

    Estimated living costs in Dresden compared to Calgary.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?   
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any 
    awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the  exchange funding page  for more information.

TU Dresden offers accommodation in student residence. Private accommodation can also be arranged. For more information click here, open 8. Does TUD offer accommodation.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the U of C who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

Courses at TU Dresden are primarily taught in German. If courses are all taken in English, we still recommended that applicants have completed a minimum of German 204 (or have an A2 level of German) before departing for this exchange. For most courses, applicants should have a command of German at the B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) at a minimum, or have completed at least two 300-level or above courses in German. Certification of language proficiency may be required. Students do have the opportunity to take German language courses during their stay. 

Please beware that health insurance is mandatory in order to study at German universities. Students from Non-EU-Countries need to apply for a German public health insurance, which can be done upon arrival. You might also be able to opt out of the German insurance if you are sufficiently covered through another insurance.

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

What is the process for the visa application? 

TU Dresden's International office will assist students with any questions regarding the visa application to Germany. 

What's special about Dresden? 

TU Dresden is known for being a "Synergetic University", characterized by collaborative research and interdisciplinary learning - they are one of 6 full-curriculum universities in Germany, and offers more than 120,000 different courses to over 37,000 students. Currently, TUD is ranked in the Top 200 Universities in the world. 

Dresden is known as "Florence on the Elbe", with its majestic Semper Opera House, the gardens and facade of the Baroque Zwinger palace, the treasures of Green Vault, and the city's Frauenkirche - whose reconstructed dome now stands again as the centrepoint of the city. You can also visit unique places such as Neustadt Kunsthofpassage, containing a "Courtyard of Elements" inspired by Rube Goldberg that makes music when it rains. 

Student Tips: "There is a national park called Sachsische Schweiz within the vicinity of the city which is really beautiful - definitely worth a visit."

What supports or services are available at TU Dresden? 

TU Dresden offers support for students with permanent or temporary disabilities. For information on accessibility of campuses across Europe, ESN has created "MappEd!" which allows you to check the accessibility of universities and cities across Europe. For city-specific services and places in Europe, the Jaccede interactive platform (website and/or smartphone app - both Android and iOS) also provides a searchable user-built database to identify important accessibility information of public places and locations.

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.