Postcard from…Dresden

Photo contest winner Tru Hoang (ENG ’15) talks about his experience studying abroad on the Dresden Engineering Program.

The six months I spent living in Germany taught me the richness of German culture. From observation and interaction, I witnessed the work ethic of German people; they have a schedule for daily activities and follow it strictly. I was able to integrate it to my own study, making the use of my time abroad efficient and productive.

Dresden, Germany is one of the cities where students can choose from among the locations offered by BU Study Abroad. Known for its engineering curriculum, the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) offers engineering courses taught in English by German faculty to BU students. The program is designed for second-semester engineering students. For non-engineering majors, internships with local companies and courses taught in German are also possible. The program begins in mid-February and ends at the end of July. The first four weeks are dedicated to an intensive German course. Students meet three days a week for three hours to learn German. After that, students begin their main courses while continuing to learn German at a lesser intensity.

The German professors at the host university are very friendly and helpful. They understood the cultural adjustment we had to go through and helped us adapt by answering questions we had regarding their culture while also enriching us with engineering knowledge.

Aside from learning how to make circuit boards, solving differential equations, and calculating the thermal efficiency of a Brayton’s-Cycle engine, I took advantage of holiday vacations and weekends to travel and explore neighboring countries such as France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. I was privileged enough to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Sistine Chapel in Rome, the Berlin Wall in Berlin, the Astronomical Clock in Prague, and much more. Each of these things taught me appreciation for the art, the science, and the religion recorded throughout the history of mankind.

The Study Abroad program enabled me to continue my study in the engineering discipline in a new setting, and allowed me to learn in a different perspective. It also gave me an opportunity to explore Europe along with its rich culture and history. This is truly a wonderful program that I would recommend to anyone.