Technische Universität Dresden Summer Research

The "Jewel Box" of Germany, Dresden is known for its incredible Baroque architecture and skyline vistas at sunset. Here, you can have lunch along the Elbe river and absorb the dynamic history of this "phoenix" city, whose buildings rose up from the ashes of WW2.

TU Dresden is one of 11 universities of excellence in Germany: strong in research, offering first-rate programs with diverse study options, and close ties to culture, industry and society. The university has a large variety of research centers and institutes, covering virtually every academic discipline.

Key information


Dresden, Germany




Spring, Summer

Program type


Application information

Application status



Summer 22 applications

Deadline: November 28, 2021

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference and German-formatted CV required - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 23 applications

Open Fall 2022

Student experience

"TU Dresden is a really cool university. They have so much research work on the go which means that they have very neat projects for you to participate in and they have really cool labs too. They also value science and learning a lot, so I had the chance to participate in a 2-hour tour of a nuclear reactor and I got to tour around some labs during the annual "Long Night of Science" at the university. Dresden itself is a very beautiful city with so much recreational potential. I had a bike there and one of my friends and I went on weekly bike adventures to castles and lakes. I had a rock climbing membership at a nearby gym. On weekends, I could go anywhere in the province with my transit pass (even Saxon Switzerland, home to one of Germany's national parks as well as a hiking and rock-climbing haven). All in all, I really enjoyed my time both at the lab and outside of it too."

- Amira Elwakeel, Civil Engineering, Summer 2019

Program details

The summer research program offers senior undergrad and/or graduate students the opportunity to gain cutting-edge research experience. Participants will work in a state-of-the-art laboratory, under the guidance of leading TU Dresden scientists and engineers.

Research priority areas include:
Biomedicine and Bioengineering, Information Technologies and Microelectronics, Smart Materials and Structures, Culture and Knowledge, Energy and Environment, etc.
Biomedical, Computer, and Electrical Engineering Research Areas
Mechanical Engineering Research Areas
Civil Engineering Research Areas

Research term will last a minimum of 4 weeks (1 month) up to a maximum of 12 weeks (3 months).

There is also the opportunity to take part in a four week intensive German language course offered at all language levels. Within the program, diverse extracurricular activities are organized specially designed to introduce students to Germany. Activities are planned that complement the academic program and allow participants to experience German culture and society and, for a small fee, to see the country from new angles and provide them with a comprehensive, memorable German experience.

Research internships can take place from May to September, and may be flexible depending on your supervisor, but intensive language courses take place in fixed periods throughout the summer. 

  1. Costs

    Students will be charged for 2 courses and fees at UCalgary for the Spring semester. 

    Typical monthly costs range from €800-900 per month for rent and living expenses. 

  2. Funding

    For selected students nominated for this program, a scholarship of €600 for travel allowance and €800 per month for expenses is provided by TU Dresden, to a maximum of €3000 (approx. $4500 CAD).  

    You may also apply for the Undergraduate Research Grant, however, preference will be given to students that do not have additional funding. 

TU Dresden's international office assists students with finding shared accommodation in apartment-style housing, or in university accommodation. Typical rent averages €300 per month. 

This research exchange is open to regular, full-time students in Schulich School of Engineering at UCalgary, who will have completed at least 2 full years (20 courses) at the post-secondary level by the time this program commences. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-), though no knowledge of German is required. Due to agreements and logistics, this program is restricted to Canadian citizens only.  

Research-specific additional requirements (in addition to your application documents as specified in the guide): 

  1. Your Statement of Purpose should include your research interests.
  2. Put field(s) of intended research into "Tentative Course List" on the online application.
  3. This application also requires an official hardcopy of your UCalgary transcript as well as official transcripts from any other post-secondary institutions you have attended. This must be dropped off or mailed in hardcopy to us (MT 501) and arrive before the deadline. Only one copy is needed for all your applications. 
  4. We will also require a German-formatted CV (Curriculum Vitae) (Lebenslauf) - please submit this via email to
  5. In the "Photo" upload of your online application, please upload a clear photo of yourself that meets the following specifications:
    • In color
    • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
    • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera 

NOTE: Your official UCalgary transcripts will be required shortly after the deadline - please submit in hardcopy in a sealed envelope to our office (MT 501)

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 and support services of campuses across Europe, please check out Inclusive Mobility. 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

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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: Tara Jorgensen

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.