University of Applied Sciences Dresden
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Dresden, the capital of Saxony, is a charming city located on the Elbe River. With baroque buildings, art museums, the Semper opera, and a beautiful surrounding countryside, Dresden was once known as "the Florence of the North," and is now a major player in re-building former Eastern Germany.
"Dresden from Albertbrücke" by Jiuguang Wang - Flickr: Dresden from Albertbrücke. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Established in 1992, the University of Applied Sciences Dresden is one of the first fachhochschulen established in East Germany after reunification. The mission of the fachhochschulen, as opposed to regular universities, is to place a greater orientation on practice rather than theory. Today, with over 5,600 students, the University sees its mission as that of a facilitator for economic exchange as well as political and philosophical dialogue between the West and the East.
The college offers degree programs in the areas of Engineering, Business, Architecture, Landscaping, Design, Computer Science, and Informatics. NAU students may study in these areas in German (if completed GER202 or higher) or take a mix of German as a Foreign Language courses and independent studies or practica/projects (conducted in English). It is highly recommended that students who have only completed 2-3 semesters of college-level German (or equivalent) spend one semester taking intensive language courses at the nearby Hochschule Zittau Goerlitz before attending HTW-Dresden. The intensive course includes a German test to classify you to your course of German as foreign language.
All exchange students are supervised by an academic counselor during their stay to help with any academic problem. The counselor will answer all questions concerning study programs at HTWD (and its learning agreement), enrollment and participation in exams and the results of these exams.
View available courses in English and German HERE.
Getting Credit for Studies Abroad
Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section. Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.
Students may attend this university for either the entire academic year or for one semester only. Those students wishing to study for only one semester must go during the Spring semester.
Semester I - Early October - Late February (they refer to as "Winter")
Semester II - Early March - Late July (they refer to as "Summer")
Dormitory housing is available, and students may purchase a semester service-package, which includes housing, 5 meals/week, an orientation program, bus pass and access to tutoring and other Studentenwerk services. Rooms are generally fully-furnished including a bed, table, chair, wardrobe and desk. Students can also arrange housing off campus, but it cannot be arranged before the student arrives in Dresden.
For other practical information for exchange students, click HERE.
To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.
We also recommend checking out our scholarship opportunities here!
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- 4 Semesters of university level German required, more is recommended (students with less may arrange independent study projects in English)
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.
TALK TO AN ADVISOR
If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.
This video highlights how vibrant and lively the city of Dresden can be!