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    Technical University Dresden Ranking, Programs, Admission Process & Living Cost

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    Content Writer | Updated on - Apr 28, 2021

    Technical University Dresden (TUD), the largest university in Saxony, has a history of almost 200 years. Situated in one of the cheapest cities to study in Germany, TU Dresden is known for its Engineering courses. It is acknowledged as a German University of Excellence, an honor given to only eleven universities in Germany. Along with this honor, TUD secured funding for its research in the field of biomedicine and bioengineering.

    As a public German universities, TU Dresden doesn’t charge any tuition fees for its diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate programs. Hence attracting a large number of international applicants every year. Presently, international students comprise 16% of the total student population at Technical University Dresden. Driven by its goal of being recognized amongst the international elites of the academic world, university continues to expand its horizon with purposeful development.

    • Tests to study in Germany like TOEFL, TestDaf, DSH, etc are mandatory for all international students.
    • TUD offers a wide-ranging module system presenting counseling and support programs.
    • At Technical University Dresden, students can learn a foreign language for free.
    • International students are eligible for scholarship programs offered by DAAD.

    Technical University Dresden Highlights

    Type of University Public
    Location Saxony
    Year of Establishment 1828
    Number of Programs 124
    Student-Faculty Ratio 35:1
    Percentage of International Students 16%
    Tuition Fees Not Applicable
    Semester Ticket 276 EUR (312 USD)
    Tests Required DSH, TestDaF, IELTS,TOEFL
    Official Website

    Technical University Dresden Rankings

    TU Dresden Rankings in the world have improved over the previous years. According to different ranking agencies, the university’s world rankings in 2020 are:

    • QS World Rankings: 173rd
    • THE World University Rankings 2021: 152nd
    • US News & World Report Rankings: 186

    While its world rankings may not be impressive, TU Dresden rankings in Germany are quite well.

    For more than a decade now, Technical University Dresden has ranked in Top 15 universities in Germany.

    Technical University Dresden Campus and Accommodation

    TUD’s main campus is situated south of the Dresden city centre and its outer campuses are situated in Tharandt, Dresden Blasewitz, Dresden Johannstadt, Pirna, and Zittau. TU Dresden campus caters to all student needs, from high-tech labs and WIFI facilities available throughout campus to Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), students can experience it all.

    • The TUD library is one of the largest and best-equipped libraries in Germany.
    • Students have the opportunity to register for 40+ sports at the University Sports Centre (USZ).
    • TUD Students can take part in several multicultural programs and can even learn a foreign language for free.


    Both on-campus and off-campus facilities are available for students commencing their studies at Technical University Dresden. On-campus residence halls are managed by the Studentenwerk Dresden, from individual rooms to shared flats everything is available. The accommodation charges for various on-campus accommodation options are tabulated below:

    Accommodation Type Cost in EUR
    Single Apartment 225-414
    One-bedroom in 2-shared flat 173-299
    One-bedroom in 3 and 4-shared flat 160-292
    One-bedroom (with private bath) in shared flat 243-270
    One-bedroom in 5-person plus shared flat 185-292
    One-bedroom with shared kitchen and bath for 10 and more persons 142-235

    For off-campus accommodation facilities, students will have to explore the area and talk to fellow students.

    Technical University Dresden Programs

    Currently, TU Dresden is offering 124 degree courses at bachelor's and master's level. Apart from the degree programs, domestic and international students are offered 20 diploma courses.

    Technical University Dresden programs are made available through its 18 faculties comprising its 5 schools: Social Science and Humanities, Engineering Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and Medicine. Of all the programs, TUD’s Engineering programs are highly favored, as highlighted through the university’s 2018 school-wise enrollment graph given below:

    Technical University Dresden Admissions

    TU Dresden is a member of uni-assist and has commissioned it to accept and evaluate application documents from international students. The uni-assist applications will cost 75 EUR (85 USD), for a single application.

    Admissions at the Technical University of Dresden Germany take place for the winter and summer semesters. While TUD bachelor and English-taught master program applications are only invited for the winter semester, TUD German-taught master program admissions are conducted in both winter and summer season.

    Application Deadline

    TU Dresden admission deadlines for international students are uniform for the majority of programs. Application deadlines are mentioned in the following table:

    Semester Deadline for Non-EU students Deadline for EU Students
    Winter (October-March) April 1 July 15
    Summer (April-September) October 1 January 15

    Applicants must note that admission deadlines may vary for a few programs. Therefore, it is recommended to verify the deadline after shortlisting the program.

    Admission Requirements

    • Printed application form
    • Personal data sheet or short CV
    • Copy of passport (page with photo & name) or ID Card
    • Authorized copy of original & sworn German/English translations of:
      • High School certificate with subject & grade summary
      • If applicable, the graduation certificate
    • Minimum German language proficiency score: DSH 1;TestDaF; DSD II; TDN 3/4 , B2 Goethe-Institute,
    • Minimum English language proficiency Test score are as follows;
      • TOEFL-IBT: Overall score of 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
      • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: 176 overall, not less than 169 in any element.
      • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, Not less than 6.0 in any section

    Note: Applicants must ensure that spelling of their name on the uni-assist TU Dresden application is the same as that on their passport.

    Technical University Dresden Fees & Other Expenses

    Tuition Fees

    Like several other public German Universities, students are not charged any TU Dresden tuition fees for their chosen program. However, there are a few masters programs such as International Studies Intellectual Property Law that charge a tuition fee of 2500 EUR (2822 USD) per semester.

    Instead of the tuition fees (or along with it), students are required to pay a semester contribution of 276 EUR (312 USD) per semester. This includes a ticket to use public transportation in Dresden.

    These were the details for first-time students planning to attend TUD on a full-time basis. But there are various instructions, for other students, in regards to tuition fees payment. The obligated fees for these applicants are mentioned in the following table:

    Program Fees Per Semester
    Distance Learning Programme 100 EUR
    Second Degree 350 EUR
    Long Term Studying 500 EUR

    Living Expenses

    In terms of accommodation and other living expenses, Dresden is considered affordable compared to other big German cities. Basic cost of living (food, rent, personal items) for an international student is estimated to be 700 EUR (790 USD) per month.

    Technical University Dresden Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for international students commencing education at TU Dresden. While there are no scholarships or grants offered by the university, students can apply for scholarships like DeutschlandStipendium Program, DAAD scholarships, Heinrich Boll Scholarship, etc.

    However, international students from countries like India, China, Indonesia, South Africa are encouraged to explore scholarships and awards available in their own countries.

    With academic programs and multicultural education experience, Technical University Dresden aims to offer all students a unique experience. It is because of its continuous efforts that TU Dresden rankings have also drastically improved from #179 in 2019 to #173 in 2021, as per QS Rankings 2021. Result of this being the significant growth in the number of international students at TUD. In the last 10 years, international student presence at the university has increased from 9.9% in 2020 to 16% in 2021.


    Ques. What is the feeling of studying at Technical University Dresden ?

    Ans. The university is regarded as one of the greatest in Germany for Electrical engineering. The most important part of this University is it gives special importance to research. Also, the environment within the University is really calm and soothing.

    Ques. What is the acceptance rate of Technical University at Technical University Dresden for a master program?

    Ans. The term “Grenzwerte” is much more relevant than the acceptance rate or the minimum grade that could lead to an admission offer. Some courses only use the final grade of the candidate's undergraduate degree but it may differ for every course.

    Ques. How tough is it to get into the nanoelectronics master’s programme in TU Dresden?

    Ans. The main points are that the candidate’s GPA must be more than 8.5 in Indian Grading System. Also, TOEFL IBT score must be more than 90. The German language certificate is highly important in securing a seat in the nanoelectronics master’s program.

    Ques. Which one is better TU Berlin or TU Dresden ?

    Ans. It can be mentioned that both are highly prestigious Universities in terms of international reputation and academic excellence.

    Ques. How about studying in Dresden ?

    Ans. Dresden is highly famous among its students since Technical University Dresden is a part of TU9 University of Germany.There are lots of research opportunities at Dresden.

    Ques. Which is better for a course in Civil Engineering, the TU IN Munich or the TU in Dresden ?

    Ans. Both are highly reputed universities but considering a lot of other factors the Technical University Dresden is much more preferred for pursuing a course in Civil Engineering.

    2 years

    Course Duration

    May 31

    Application Deadline

    $ 1,1101st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Jul 15

    Application Deadline

    $ 1,1101st YEAR

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    May 31

    Application Deadline

    3 years

    Course Duration

    Jul 15

    Application Deadline

    $ 1,1101st YEAR

    2 years

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    May 31

    Application Deadline


    Technical University Dresden Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $1,110 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    36 : 1

    Technical University Dresden comparison

    Technical University DresdenTechnical University Munich
    collegedunia score5.5 Out of 106.2 Out of 10
    ranking (overall)# 126 Times Higher Education 2021
    # 152 Times Higher Education 2021
    # 173 QS World University 2021
    # 41 Times Higher Education 2021
    # 46 Times Higher Education 2021
    # 50 QS World University 2021
    subject strength# 94 for Engineering by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 94 for Technology by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 100 for Psychology by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 14 for Computer Science by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 24 for Engineering by Times Higher Education 2021
    # 24 for Technology by Times Higher Education 2021
    programsUG Programs -39
    PG Programs -54
    UG Programs -15
    PG Programs -47
    Doctorate Programs -1
    exam scoreGMAT - 695
    TOEFL - 100
    IELTS - 7.5
    GRE - 320
    GMAT - 700
    IELTS - 7.5
    TOEFL - 104
    cost to studyAverage Tuition Fees   1110 USD
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   1110 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 15849 USD Per Year
    Average Tuition Fees   144 USD
    [For UG Program]
    Average Tuition Fees   144 USD
    [For PG Program]
    Hostel + Meal - 23310 USD Per Year
    placement (average package)

    Graduate Employability Rankings (‘20): #181-190.
    MBA: $200,000
    MSc: $65,000

    Tie-ups with around 800 start-ups set up by alumni and faculty. 
    PhD: $172,000
    Masters in finance: $119,000
    Masters in Science: $72000-85000 

    application requirements

    Apply through uni-assist.
    A personal data sheet (similar to CV) is required.
    The printed application form should also be submitted.

    Applications are invited through Uni-assist, German language proficiency is required for most UG program, GRE/GATE scores are required for some masters programs.

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    Admission & dates

    Winter Admission Deadlines

    May 31

    Application deadline

    Summer Admission Deadlines

    November 30

    Application deadline

    Test Scores For International Applicants

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    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $1,110 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $1,110 / Year
    On Campus
    Single Apartment
    $5,997 / Year
    Studio Room
    $9,852 / Year


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    After completing my bachelor's, I was sure to pursue masters. And, a master's degree from abroad in India is treated at a very high priority. So, I decided to opt for a college in Germany as it is known for its education and also the cost of studying is cheap. The admission form for the program was submitted through the Uni-Assist Application along with an amount of € 75.

    Course Curriculum :

    My masters program offers education in the field of regeneration biology, and clinically focused human biology, with the aim of preparing us to perform research that can be applied to regenerative medicine therapies. Also, my curriculum blends theory with extensive practical experience in the research laboratory with a focus on the scientific fundamentals of stem cell biology and many more.

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    Shopping Mall

    CITY CENTER am Hauptbahnhof1.08 km
    Einkaufsbahnhof Dresden Hbf1.27 km
    Kugelhaus am Wiener Platz1.36 km
    Centrum Galerie Dresden1.87 km
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    Pullman Hotel Dresden Newa1.53 km
    Augustiner an der Frauenkirche2.63 km
    Penck Hotel Dresden3.08 km
    Backstage Hotel Dresden4.48 km
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    Book Store

    Bides GbR1.11 km
    Fachbuchdienst Klemm u. Kosney1.23 km
    SCHULE 3000 Buchhandelsgesellschaft mbH1.34 km
    zeilenreich Buchhandlung1.36 km
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    Dachlandeplatz UK Dresden4.75 km
    Hubschrauber Landeplatz UK DD5.08 km
    Hubschrauberlandeplatz Dresden Elbwiesen5.09 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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