Dresden German Studies Program

On all our Dresden Programs, students study at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the oldest and most prestigious technical universities in Germany. By enrolling directly at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), students have a superb opportunity to get an insight into the academic culture in Germany, improve their language proficiency in German, and study and live among German and other international students.

Program Curriculum

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 (Level I) or advanced German (Level II) depending on their language proficiency and the size of the class.

CAS DR 300: Intensive German Language and Culture (4)

Students will be placed in intermediate (Level 1) or advanced German (Level II) 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’s official website. Note: All courses are taught in German.

Economics and Business Management
  • Developing and Transforming Countries within the World Economy
  • Environmental Economics
  • International Financial Markets
German Language and Literature
  • I. Linguistics
    • Basis of Verbal Communication
    • History of Linguistics
    • History of the German Language from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century
  • II. German Literature
    • Classical and Romantic Literature in Germany
    • Expressionistic Poetry and Prose in German Literature
    • Novels of the Goethe Era
  • III. German as a Foreign Language
    • Advanced German for Foreign Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Advanced German for Foreign Students in the Technical and Natural Sciences
    • German for Business
  • German History between 1789 and 1871
  • Germany’s Occupation Policy of the First World War
  • History of the Education of Women/Girls
  • The Nazi Accession to Power, 1933–1934
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Theory

The Dresden staff may be able to assist students with setting up private lessons and/or with participation in ensembles.

Political Science
Liberal Political Philosophy

Program Details

  • Language screening interviews may be required
  • Level I: Minimum of two to three semesters of college-level German or the equivalent
  • Level II: Minimum of four semesters of college-level German
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Fall semester: mid August to mid December
    • Spring semester: early February to late July
    • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn sixteen to twenty Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a minimum of sixteen credits.
    • Program participants live in the university dormitories. Students receive room and board stipends, which may be used to buy food at students’ cafeterias, or students can shop at grocery stores or markets in Dresden and prepare their meals in the dormitory kitchens.
    Application Deadlines
    • Fall semester: March 15 
    • Spring semester: October 1

    Program Faculty & Staff

    The Boston University Dresden Programs are administered by staff in both our Boston and Dresden offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Dresden. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Dresden, the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.

    Faculty & Staff Profiles

    Alissa Kramer, Program Manager

    Overseas Staff

    Silke Fimmel, Resident Director


    The Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) does not publish a listing of faculty biographies. All courses are taught in German by fully-qualified professors appointed to teach at the university level.

    Silke Fimmel, Director