The Dresden Science Program, offered only in the fall semester, combines science coursework in English with the study of German. The design of the program allows students to take courses that fit neatly into their existing curriculum and requirements. For students interested in a career in science or health, the experience of studying abroad can help develop tools of cultural understanding for work in an international environment. In addition to coursework at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the oldest and most prestigious technical universities in Germany, students will participate in guided field trips to research institutions, industries, and technical museums. No prior knowledge of German is required. Students live among German and other international students in university dormitories.

  • German language knowledge is not required
  • Courses carry prerequisites
  • Only offered in the fall semester
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Required Course

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

Elective Courses

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

  • CAS BI 203 Cell Biology (4 credits)
    • 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
      • 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


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
    Please note that this program is only offered during the fall semester.
    • Fall Semester: March 15