Students study at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the oldest and most prestigious technical universities in Germany. The spring-semester Dresden Engineering Program is for engineering students who wish to combine engineering coursework in English with the study of German, and is designed to fit into engineering students’ existing curriculum and requirements. After completing the intensive German language course and The Sociology of Intercultural Communication course, engineering students choose three out of six technical elective courses.

After completing the intensive German language course and The Sociology of Intercultural Communication course, engineering students will choose three out of six courses taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Required Courses

Students take the following required courses simultaneously:

  • CAS LG 113 Intensive Beginning German (4 credits)
    CAS LG 114 Advanced Beginning German (4)

    • Students will be placed according to their level.
    • Part I: Eight-week intensive German course.
    • Part II: Continuation of the course. Meets two hours a week for the remainder of the semester.
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  • 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.
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Elective Courses

While enrolled in CAS IP 400 (above), students also enroll in three elective courses. All courses are taught in English:

  • CAS MA 226 Differential Equations (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS MA 225 or MA 230, or the equivalent.
    • Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS MA 231.
    • First-order linear and separable equations. Second-order equations and first-order systems. Linear equations and linearization. Numerical and qualitative analysis. Laplace transforms. Applications and modeling of real phenomena throughout.
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  • CAS PY 313 Waves and Modern Physics (4)
    • Prerequisites: CAS PY 211, CAS PY 212, and CAS MA 124, or the equivalent.
    • Waves and physical optics, relativistic mechanics, experimental foundations of quantum mechanics, atomic structure, physics of molecules and solids, atomic nuclei, and elementary particles.
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  • ENG BE 209 Principles of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology (4)
    • Prerequisites: high school biology and at least one semester of college chemistry.
    • For biomedical engineers. Principles of cell and molecular biology and biochemistry, emphasizing biomolecules, the flow of genetic information, cell structure and function, and cell regulation. Three hours lecture, three hours lab.
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  • ENG ME 304 Energy and Thermodynamics (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS PY 211. Corequisite: CAS MA 225 or the equivalent. Offered on an enrollment basis.
    • Macroscopic treatment of the fundamental concepts of thermodynamic systems. Zeroth, first, and second laws; properties of simple compressible substances; entropy; energy availability; ideal gas mixtures and psychrometrics; and thermodynamic cycles. Application to engines, refrigeration systems, and energy conversion. Includes lab.ENG ME 304 Energy and Thermodynamics (4)
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  • ENG EK 307 Electric Circuits (4)
    • Prerequisite: ENG EK 127. Corequisite: CAS MA 226, or the equivalent.
    • Introduction to electric circuit analysis and design; voltage, current, and power; element I-V curves, circuit laws, and theorems; energy storage; frequency domain, frequency response, transient response, sinusoidal steady state and transfer functions; and operational amplifiers, design. Includes lab.
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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.
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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
  • Spring Semester: early February to late June
Please note: This program is only offered during the spring semester.
  • Spring Semester: October 1
Please note: After October 1, applications will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis. Notification of admissions begins after the application deadline.

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