Students who have advanced German language skills may participate in the Dresden Internship Program offered fall and spring semesters. The program combines language study and coursework with a professional internship. Students study and live among German and other international students in university dormitories. During the first weeks of the program, students enroll in an intensive language and cultural immersion course. Then, beginning week nine, students directly enroll for two or more elective courses at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the oldest and most prestigious technical universities in Germany. During week nine they also begin their internships and work for an average of 30 hours a week. In the final week of the program, students attend a capstone seminar in which they deliver the final presentations on their academic internship projects.

Week 1–Week 8 (Core Phase)

Students enroll in an intensive German language and cultural immersion course during the first part of the program. The class meets for four hours, four days a week, and on the fifth day of each week, students take a field trip.

All students take this course:

  • CAS DR 300 Intensive German Language and Culture (4 credits)
    • Students will be placed in intermediate (Level I) or advanced German (Level II) depending on their language proficiency. 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.
    • Overview
    • Syllabus

Week 9–Week 24 (Internship Phase)

Students begin their internships during week nine and work for an average of 30 hours a week. They also enroll in two or more courses at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) and attend three to four faculty-directed sessions on the academic component of their internship. During the final week of the program, students attend a capstone seminar in which they deliver the final presentations on their academic internship projects.

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

  • Business and Economics
    • Study various aspects of business and economics and put your knowledge to work. Internship areas have included: Sächsische Aufbaubank Dresden, the Saxonian State Ministry of Economics and Labour, or the Saxonian Chamber of Commerce
  • Health & Human Services
    • Past internship providers have included the University Clinic of TU Dresden, the Salvation Army, Occupational Therapist Practice of Maike Dietz
  • International Organizations/NGOs
    • Work in social activist organizations, environmental organizations, human rights organizations, and associated government departments. Past internships have included the Saxonian Office for Environmental Protection, Foreigner’s Council, and the Salvation Army.
  • Politics & International Relations
    • Study the issues and institutions of German political culture and work in a political setting, including Parliament, party organizations, lobbying groups, or political public relations agencies. Past internship placements have included the Saxonian State Chancellory, Saxonian Parliament, and Saxonian State Ministries.
  • Pre-law
    • Study the history and practice of the law in both the United States and Germany and participate in the daily life of a German law firm or commercial legal department. Past internship placements have included the law firm Lothar Hermes (immigrant law).
  • Television
    • Study communications and society in Germany and work for one of Dresden’s television stations. Past internship placements have included ZDF Dresden Studios and Dresden TV.
  • Theater Studies
    • Study the various aspects of the theater industry in one of the most vibrant theater scenes in the world. Students have the unique opportunity to combine coursework with hands-on experience in a full-time field placement in the visual and performing arts. Past internship placements have included Office of Competizione dell´Opera, Theater der Jungen Generation, Staatskapelle Dresden.

The course number will depend on the area of specialization in which the student completes his or her internship. Placements are contingent upon students' past experiences, language abilities, professional interests, and available opportunities in any given semester, so flexibility is essential.

  • CAS EC 497  Internship in Business and Economics
  • CAS HU 425 Practicum in the Visual/Performing Arts
  • CAS PO 401 Internship in Politics/International Relations
  • CAS PO 403 Internship in Comparative Law
  • CAS PO 405 /IR 455 Internship in International Organizations
  • CAS PS 495 Internship in Health and Human Services
  • COM FT 493 /494 Internship in Film/Radio/Television

Internship Components

  • The internship itself (evaluated by supervisor)
  • Faculty-directed meetings, which require students to complete academic coursework, write an internship portfolio, and give oral presentations (evaluated by course instructors)


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.
    • Syllabus

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
    • Spring semester: early February to late July
    • Fall semester: March 15
    • Spring semester: October 2