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Services accompanying the programme

Language centre / German courses

The language centre offers language courses in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, German as a Foreign language or Czech. Additionally, the language laboratory provides teaching materials in approximately twenty foreign languages for independent study.

All language courses at HTW Dresden are defined on the basis of the Common European Framework for Languages and explained in the course information (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). Typical requirements of the Common European Framework are included in the development of the course construction, course content and examination.


The language centre offers „German as a Foreign Language“-courses both in winter and in summer semester. As with all courses of the language centre, the German courses at the levels A1 to C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages are free of charge.

> Courses at the levels A1, A2 and B1 comprise four contact hours per week. This corresponds to two 90-minute lessons per week. If you stay for a full year, you can choose the next higher level during the second semester. If you successfully complete one of these German courses (A1/A2/B1), you can receive five ECTS credit points. To earn these credit points, your home university has to officially acknowledge your performance at Dresden University of Applied Sciences.

> Courses at the levels B2 and C1 are taught in mixed classes. Three different modules each comprising two contact hours per week are offered during the semester whereby modules taught in summer semester have different subjects as the ones in winter semester. If you successfully complete one of these German courses (B2/C1), you can receive five ECTS credit points.

The current module descriptions can be found on the homepage of the language centre.


You can find essential facts about the library on its website as well as in the brochure "Information for users from A to Z" which is handed to you at the information desk.

The library collection comprises about 172,000 monographs, 340 subscriptions of current journals and more than 57,000 electronic resources like e-books, e-journals and databases. User registration takes place at the central library.


Please bring along:

  • Student ID card and passport
  • Registration certificate from the resident registration office of Dresden and / or rental agreement.


Please pay attention to the library's instructions concerning borrowing, reserving and returning books and media:

  • All media held by the library can be searched and accessed through the online catalogue.
  • The borrowing of library media (up to 30 items) is carried out at the self-checkout terminal or the lending desk and requires the use of a valid library card.
  • The loan period is four weeks.
  • The loan period can be extended several times up to a maximum of 168 days if the book is not requested by another user.
  • Reference literature (marked with red shelf mark at the bottom of the book cover) cannot be borrowed.
  • Reservations can be made by students via the online catalogue.
  • The return of library media can be carried out at the self-check-in terminal or at the lending desk.
  • If the loaned item is overdue, a fine of 1.00  Euro per medium and week will be charged.


In order to use your personal library user account in the online catalogue, you need your login credentials which were handed to you by the computing centre of the university.


The library offers library catalogue and research trainings on a regular basis. For further information, please consult the library's website or ask your librarian.

Culture and athletics

Interested students and employees may be active at the university in numerous cultural and athletic activities.

The Kammerorchester ohne Dirigenten Dresden e.V. (chamber orchestra without conductor) and the Bläserkollegium Dresden e.V. (wind ensemble) were founded in 1967. Typical for the Kammerorchester ohne Dirigenten is its baroque musical style, which is led by the concert master of the 1st strings. The repertoire reaches from baroque to classical and contemporary music to classical dance. The Bläserkollegium is dedicated above all to the preservation and performance of less-known music for brass instruments from Saxony and Bohemia. The woodwinds and brass musicians usually play in smaller groups. Rehearsals often take place once per week on the university's premises. 

If you are interested in participating with an artistic group or if you are interested in student clubs, courses, or exhibitions, please contact the students' association Studentenwerk.

Dresden University of Applied Sciences athletics department is available to students and employees.

Among other activities, the following sports and courses are available under professional direction:

Regular training

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Health and fitness (back training)
  • Jazz dance
  • Pop gymnastics
  • Judo
  • Asian martial arts (Aikido, Karate, Taekwondo)
  • Power training
  • Dance
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball


  • Alpine skiing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving

The current range of activities is available from the university sports department.

Student Council (StuRa)

The Student Council (StuRa) represents the interests of the students, including all international students.

Telephone: +49 (0)351 462 3249
Fax: +49 (0)351 462 3240
Email: stura@htw-dresden.de

Student Services Dresden (Studentenwerk)

Further offers for interested students are arranged by the Student Services Dresden (Studentenwerk Dresden), which organizes its own courses, such as the woodturning course. There are numerous artistic groups, such as choirs, bands and orchestras, for artistic activities in various genres. Many of these groups use the TUSCULUM student center for rehearsals and meetings. As a student you can rent it for other events at favorable conditions. In addition, the Studentenwerk can support artistic groups and student cultural projects.

The STUWERTINUM exhibition is located in the main center of the Studentenwerk, where only student works (photographs, pictures, graphics, drawings, etc.) are exhibited. So if you are artistically active and want to present your works, you can contact the Studentenwerk.

Student clubs are also sponsored by the Studentenwerk. All student clubs can be found here.

Last changed: 24.01.2019  |  Author: International Office HTW Dresden