The Technische Universität Dresden has its roots in the Royal Saxon Technical School that was founded in 1828. Today it is a university that unites the natural and engineering sciences with the humanities and social sciences, as well as medicine. This wide range of disciplines, which is unique in Germany, brings with it the obligation for the university to promote interdisciplinarity and to contribute to the integration of science and society.
With over 120 degree programmes the TU Dresden offers a wide
range of subjects, which comprises all sciences disciplines. At one of the
largest “Technische Universität” in Germany the degrees available span from
Architecture to German studies to Dentistry.
Degrees in Natural and Transport sciences, Engineering are
offered as well as degrees in Linguistics, Literature, Cultural studies,
Economics and Law. Educational science, Forestry, Earth and Hydro sciences
complement the subject variety of the full-curriculum university.
Currently, about 36.000 students are pursuing their Bachelor
or Master’s degree, their “diploma" or State examination at the TU
Dresden. International double degrees are available in selected subject areas.
TU Dresden is one of the few German universities with its
own Quality Management System for teaching and learning. Through this system
own degree courses can be accredited. The system accreditation underlines the
fact that TU Dresden strives for excellence in teaching alongside excellence in
The secret of success of studying at the TU Dresden is
ingrained in the interdisciplinary cooperation, an international outlook, the
early involvement of students in cutting-edge research and a strong “hands-on”
Studying in Dresden is demanding, however it is facilitated
by attractive surroundings and a multitude of support structures. The Saxon
State and University Library Dresden (SLUB) is one of the largest and best
endowed academic libraries in Germany. Numerous computer workstations and a campus-wide
wireless network allow focusing on work, right at the university. At the
beginning of the degree, tutors, buddies and divers welcome and information
events guide new students and researchers through the orientation phase.
When choosing the place of study, the quality of life is as
important as the quality of the degrees offered. Dresden provides a high
standard for both and contributes to the excellent living environment.
Optimal study conditions, short duration of study as well as
inexpensive cost of livingand the culturally diverse ambience of the Saxon
State capital make the university highly appealing.
Dresden is said to be one of the most attractive cities in
Germany to live in. Museums, theatre, cinema, international music festival,
sports facilities, trendy quarters like the “Dresdner Neustadt”, student and
night clubs, cycle and hiking paths and the unique Elbe scenery with the
impressive Elbe Sandstone Mountains offer undreamed-of possibilities of
choosing your leisure activities.
TU Dresden is a particularly family-friendly university,
providing students and researchers with children everything they need to
balance academic and family life. Children are lovingly cared for at the day
care centres run by the Dresden Students’ Union (Studentenwerk).
In 1828 the "Saxon Technical School" was founded to educate skilled workers in technological subjects. In 1871, the year the German Empire was founded, the institute was renamed the Royal Saxon Polytechnic Institute (Königlich-Sächsisches Polytechnikum). At that time, subjects not connected with technology, such as history and languages, were introduced.
TU Dresden’s main campus is located south of the Dresden city centre and can be easily reached by bus (bus lines 61, 66, 85) and by tram (tram lines 3 and 8) or via the A17 highway (exit: “Dresden Südvorstadt”). The university outer campuses are located in Tharandt (Department of Forest Sciences), in Dresden-Blasewitz (University Hospital and “Biocampus”), in Dresden-Johannstadt (Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology) and in Pirna (Institute of Waste Management) and Zittau (IHI).
The secret to the university’s success lies in the interdisciplinary education, in the early involvement of its students into current research projects and a high degree of practical relevance.
Studying at TU Dresden is demanding and challenging but is facilitated by an attractive environment for students. The main campus located in the proximity of the city centre comprises a mix of listed, historic buildings and modern structures, embedded in an abundance of greenery.
Many additional reasons to study at TU Dresden are available in the section “Why TU Dresden”.
The TU Dresden (TUD) is one of eleven German Universities of Excellence since June 2012. With two Clusters of Excellence, one Graduate School and the Institutional Strategy this distinction confirms the potential of Germany's largest technical university. But it is also an incentive and a guiding principle to stay and become even more "excellent".
The Technische Universität Dresden has its roots in the Royal Saxon Technical School, which was founded in 1828. Today, it is a university that coalesces natural and engineering sciences with humanities and social sciences, as well as medicine. This wide range of disciplines, unique in Germany, obligates the university to promote interdisciplinarity and to contribute to the integration of science into society.
The Technische Universität Dresden aims to establish a balance between professional and personal responsibilities and strives to ensure equal opportunity in all its employment practices. The members of the Technische Universität Dresden cultivate positive, trusting relationships in teaching, studies and research. In this environment, different biographies and career aspirations are enabled to develop to their fullest potential. The Technische Universität Dresden maintains close relations with its alumni, its supporters and invites them to stay involved in university activities.
The Technische Universität Dresden promotes the international character of the university and its members as well as cross-border cooperation in research and teaching. The university engages in worldwide cooperation and is proud of its direct and close contacts with scientific institutions outside of the academic community, with companies and cultural institutions in Dresden.
The Technische Universität Dresden combines tradition with innovation, thereby benefiting from the historic cultural landscape of the Free State of Saxony and the city of Dresden. As an active member of the civil society it contributes by pursuing knowledge and research transfer to the productivity of enterprises and institutions of the region and beyond.
Together with the university hospital, the Technische Universität Dresden with its medical facilities is a major healthcare provider. The Technische Universität Dresden is committed to paying particular attention to environmental planning and protection.
A stable diversity in research and teaching form the basis for the further successful development of the Technische Universität Dresden. As part of its core competencies, it promotes und develops its fields of excellence.