The Dresden German Studies Program, offered fall and spring semesters, provides a superb opportunity to acquire insight into German academic culture, improve language proficiency, and study and live among German and other international students in university dormitories. Students directly enroll for three elective courses at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the oldest and most prestigious technical universities in Germany. During the first weeks of the program (prior to the start of the TUD semester), students enroll in an intensive language and cultural immersion course.

During the first weeks of the program (prior to the start of the TUD semester), students enroll in an intensive language and cultural immersion course. The class meets four hours, four days a week, and on the fifth day of each week students take a field trip.

Participants then enroll in three elective courses at the TUD and finish the semester as regular students of the university.

Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Required Course

Students are required to take this course and will be placed in intermediate or advanced German depending on their language proficiency and the size of the class.

  • CAS DR 300 Intensive German Language and Culture (4 credits)
    • Students will be placed in intermediate or advanced German depending on their language proficiency and the size of the class. The class meets for four hours, four days a week, to enable rapid development of communication skills (speaking, writing, reading, and listening). It also trains students in strategies for functioning in German culture in social, practical, and academic contexts. On the fifth day of each week, students take a field trip designed to engage them directly with the life and institutions of German society.
    • Syllabus

Elective Courses

The list below reflects typical courses at the TUD and is based on past semesters. There are many other areas of study at the TUD that may not be listed here. For more information, contact us or visit the TUD Studies. Note: Courses may be taught in German or English.

  • American Studies
  • Economics and Business Management
  • English Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • History
  • international Relations
  • Linguistics
  • Musicology
  • Political Science


The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.

University Dormitory

  • All students live in fully furnished single rooms in suites. Five to six BU and international students share a kitchen and bathroom, and the amenities are co-ed.
  • Students receive a monthly stipend that is deposited into their German bank accounts. Their monthly housing fees are automatically deducted, and students can access the remaining balance to use as they wish.
  • Students can eat breakfast and lunch at the dining hall on campus for a small fee.
  • Laundry is available in the basement of the residence
  • Gym is available at the university
  • Fall semester: mid August to mid December
    • Spring semester: early February to late July
    • Fall semester: March 15
    • Spring semester: October 1