Dresden Science Program

Offering science courses taught in English, the program is designed to fit neatly in science students’ existing curricula and requirements. On all our Dresden Programs, students study at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the oldest and most prestigious technical universities in Germany.

Program Curriculum

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

Students enroll in one of the following 4-credit German language courses:

(Students will be placed according to their level. Science students with 2 or more semesters of college-level German, or equivalent, can petition to take a more advanced language course.)

CAS LG 113 German Beginners’ German Language


CAS LG 114 Advanced Beginners’ German Language


Students choose three out of the following courses, all of which are taught in English.

CAS BI 203: Cell Biology (4)

(Prerequisites: CAS BI 108 and CAS CH 102, or the equivalent.) Principles of cellular organization and function: biological molecules, flow of genetic information, membranes and subcellular organelles, and cell regulation. Dieter. Syllabus

CAS CH 203: Organic Chemistry I (4)

(Prerequisites: CAS CH 102 or CAS CH 110 or CAS CH 112, or the equivalent.) Fundamentals of contemporary organic chemistry, including electronic structure, stereochemistry, and reactions of important functional groups. Environmental problems, action of drugs, chemical warfare agents, insecticides, and chemical causes of disease. Rüger and Habicher. Course Syllabus Lab Syllabus

CAS IP 400 The Sociology of Intercultural Communication (4)

Examines the mutual interdependence between social structure and culture, focusing on the ways in which belief, faith, knowledge, symbol, ritual, and the like both produce and are products of social organization. Zeuner. Syllabus

CAS MA 213: Basic Statistics and Probability (4)

(Prerequisite: good background in high school algebra. Students may receive course credit for not more than one of the following courses: CAS MA 113, CAS MA 115, or CAS MA 213.) Elementary treatment of probability densities, means, variances, correlation, independence, the binomial distribution, the central limit theorem. Stresses understanding and theoretical manipulation of statistical concepts. Syllabus

Optional Additional Elective (also taught in English)

CAS NS 291: Introduction to Scientific Research (2)

(Prerequisite: none.) For students enrolled in Boston University science study abroad programs. An introduction to the performance of scientific research through lectures, discussions, and readings about the design of projects, the understanding of the scientific literature, and the ethics of research and publication. Local science researchers will describe their projects during visits to designated research laboratories and institutions in Dresden. Fall semester only. Deussen. Syllabus

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.

Program Details

Program Dates
  • Fall Semester: mid August to mid December

    Please note that this program is only offered during the fall semester.

    • 2016/2017 Tuition and Fees: $34,236
    • Cost includes tuition, housing, board, airfare from designated U.S. cities, local transportation , excursions, overseas medical insurance, and emergency travel assistance coverage. Download the 2016 to 2017 academic year budget sheet, including cost of living expenses. Financial aid is available.
    • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn sixteen to eighteen 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

    Download a description of the Dresden Science Program. 

    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.