Exchange Programmes

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News for exchange students

+++Courses for exchange students

On this website, exchange students can now find detailed information on course selection, as well as an overview of modules offered in English.

+++Online consultation for exchange students

Do you have any questions about exchange studies at HTW Dresden? Talk or chat with us after prior appointment at the following link: https://ibbb.informatik.htw-dresden.de/b/jul-hhr-lkf-dnv (without password; at the previously agreed time with your browser under Windows, Mac or Linux).

+++Regulations with regard to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The current Corona regulations of HTW Dresden apply.

In case there is a quarantine obligation after arrival in Germany, we advise international students to inform themselves early. Please observe the current quarantine regulations when entering Germany. Information on quarantine regulations is regularly updated by the city of Dresden.
Please also note the information for dormitory residents on the coronavirus (COVID-19) provided by the Studentenwerk Dresden.

Before coming to HTW Dresden — Application and organisation

Are you studying at one of our partner universities and would like to study as an exchange student at the HTW Dresden? Would you like to further your professional development and get to know German culture? Then you've come to the right place. We will inform you about the simplified application procedure, language requirements and all questions regarding travel, accommodation, visa and more.

After consultation with the respective faculty, it is also possible to study as a freemover at the HTW Dresden.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • 15 June for the winter semester (October - February)
  • 15 November of the previous year for the summer semester (March - July)

Non-EU students are advised to send their applications before the deadline due to the lengthy visa procedure.
Please send the application documents to international(at)htw-dresden.de.

NECESSARY DOCUMENTS

To be admitted at HTW Dresden as an exchange student, you must be nominated by your home university. After the nomination by your home university (name/first name/email address/study period/faculty/course of study by e-mail to international(at)htw-dresden.de), you can apply for a study visit at HTW Dresden using a simplified procedure. The following application documents are required:

  • Application for admission to studies (form)
  • Learning Agreement (form) (your course selection approved and signed by your home university coordinator)
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcript of Records (overview of your grades, issued by your home university)
  • Proof of language proficiency (proof of the language you will be studying in, English and/or German at level B1/B2)
  • Proof of health insurance (Two-sided copy of your European Health Insurance card (EHIC) if you are an EU/EEA/CH citizen which needs to be valid for the entire duration of your stay. Citizens from outside the EU/EEA/CH will have to sign up with a local public health insurance upon arrival in Dresden.)
  • Signed request for HTW login (the document will be send to you via email)
  • Passport photo (biometric passport photo format saved as a JPG file for your HTW student ID card, with a minimum height of 4,5 cm and a resolution of at least 300 dpi)
  • Proof of a valid study visa (can be submitted later upon entry)

Please have the International Department or the ERASMUS university coordinator of your home university confirm your study visit at HTW Dresden on the application form for admission (page 2). Without this confirmation no admission can take place.

LETTER OF ADMISSION

Once you have send us your application and after approval of your responsible academic coordinator in our university, we will issue you a letter of admission. Please understand that this procedure might take some time. With this letter of admission you can apply for a study visa at the German Embassy in your home country (if necessary).

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact international(at)htw-dresden.de by e-mail.

If you have any subject-related/content-related questions in preparation for your study visit at HTW Dresden (Learning Agreement), please contact the responsible academic coordinator at your home university or the responsible academic coordinator at HTW Dresden.

ACADEMIC COORDINATOR

As an exchange student you will receive an Academic Coordinator (supervising professor of the responsible faculty) for the duration of your study stay at the HTW Dresden, who will support you in all academic matters. With your Academic Coordinator you can clarify all questions concerning the planned study programme at the HTW Dresden (Learning Agreement), the registration and participation in examinations and the examination results (Transcript of Records) as well as subject-specific questions. During the Welcome Week you will get to know your Academic Coordinator in a personal meeting.

LEARNING AGREEMENT

In order to be admitted as an exchange student at HTW Dresden, you need a Learning Agreement, in which you list the courses you would like to attend at our university.

The Learning Agreement is a contract between you, your home university and the HTW Dresden. The Learning Agreement specifies which academic achievements you wish to achieve and to what extent.

You should discuss the choice of course with your supervisor at your home university and clarify in advance which courses are recognised at your home university or not. The Learning Agreement must be signed by you, your supervisor at your home university and the responsible Academic Coordinator at HTW Dresden.

If at the beginning of your studies at HTW Dresden there are changes to your chosen courses, please submit the change to the International Office. Both, you and your Academic Coordinator at the HTW Dresden must sign the changed Learning Agreement.

STUDY SCHEDULE

As an exchange student, we cannot provide you with a ready-made timetable. Unlike students at the HTW Dresden, you have to create your own timetable. Your Academic Coordinator will help you to choose the courses (if you need to change your Learning Agreement) and how to put together the timetable during the first weeks of your study visit.

The Faculty of Business Administration offers a wide range of English taught courses from which you can choose. An overview of the courses can be found on the website of the Faculty of Business Administration. Please note that the courses of the Faculty of Business Administration are only accessible for exchange students with whom the home university has an exchange agreement with.

Courses for ALL exchange students:

  • German/English/French/Spanish language course (CEF-Level A1 to CEF Level C1, 3-5 ECTS)
  • “Introduction to German culture” (module number Z007, 2 ECTS, NO GRADE, only passed/failed, taught in English)
  • “Introduction to Business in Germany” (module number W001, 5 ECTS, taught in English)
  • “Introduction to Business Simulation Game” (module number W005, 3 ECTS, NO GRADE, only passed/failed, taught in English)
  • “Intercultural Communication” (only in summer semester, module number Z011, 5 ECTS, NO GRADE, only passed/failed, taught in English)

In addition, there are various English language modules in civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, geoinformation, agriculture/environment/chemistry, and design.

In our module database "Modulux" you will find more information about the modules as well as the course content. Please use the filter function and enter the module numbers.

Modules in German language can also be viewed via the module database "Modulux". Go to the modules and filter by "Faculty" or "Assignment to curriculum".

The current academic year schedule ("Studienjahresablaufplan") can be found on the Student Services page.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Students who wish to attend regular courses at the HTW Dresden in German and/or English require good to very good German and/or English language skills (B1/B2).

FREE LANGUAGE COURSES

The Language Center of HTW Dresden offers free language courses in "German as a Foreign Language (DaF)", English, French and Spanish in the winter and summer semesters. The levels of the language courses are defined on the basis of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). If you successfully complete one of these language courses, you can earn ECTS credits for it. 

In order to take a language course, it is essential that you attend the information sessions during the Welcome Week. You will receive further information on this shortly before the start of the Welcome Week.

You can find more information on the homepage of the Language Center.

After you receive your letter of admission from HTW Dresden you should check the immigration formalities available from the Federal Foreign Office. Information is also available from the German missions in your home country. Leave enough time to complete all the necessary steps, such as obtaining a passport and arranging insurance and the permits, before leaving your home country. 

EXCHANGE STUDENTS FROM EU COUNTRIES

If you are an EU citizen, no visa is required to enter or to study in Germany. A valid passport or identity card is sufficient. 

EXCHANGE STUDENTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES (NON-EU)

As a rule, all other international exchange students require a student visa – especially if they want to stay in Germany for more than three months. You will need to apply for the necessary visa at the German embassy in your home country before your come to Germany. So reserve enough time - several weeks/month - for the process! For a student visa, you need admission to study and proof of sufficient financial means.

This does not apply to citizens from the following countries: Andorra, Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, Great Britain and Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the USA. Exchange students from these countries only need a residence permit for study purposes. You have to apply for this residence permit at the Dresden Immigration Office within three months after entry in Germany.

VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-EU STUDENTS ENROLLED AT A UNIVERSITY IN THE EU

Non-EU students who are enrolled at a university in an EU country no longer necessarily require a German residence permit if they plan to stay in Germany for study purposes for less than 360 days. This is covered by EU Directive 2016/801, the so-called REST Directive for researchers and students.

As a host university, we have to submit an application for mobility to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), which must be approved before you arrive. Full notification to BAMF absolutely must be received no later than 30 days prior to your entering Germany.

The notification which HTW Dresden sends to the Federal Office must comprise the following documents:

  • Residence permit for study purposes from the first EU Member State (must be valid for the entire duration of stay in Germany)
  • Erasmus+ confirmation from your home university
  • Letter of admission from HTW Dresden
  • Recognised, valid passport
  • Proof that you can support yourself (According to § 2 Abs. 3 Satz 5 AufenthG, the livelihood of students is considered secured if they have a monthly amount equal to the BAföG maximum rate of 861 EUR/month).
  • Proof of health insurance

If you are planning a stay for study purposes of more than 360 days, then you will be required to apply for a visa.

Further information can be found on the website from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

GENERAL

Find out in good time about the entry requirements that apply to your country. You can find an overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into Germany on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

Never enter on a tourist visa! A tourist visa does not entitle you to study, nor can it be converted into a residence permit for study purposes after you have entered Germany.

You need health insurance to be able to study in Germany – you cannot enrol without it. There are two types of health insurance in Germany, statutory health insurance or private insurance. Please provide proof of valid health insurance when you enrol. More information on health insurance in Germany can be found on the DAAD website.

Please note: You can take out statutory health insurance after your arrival with healthcare providers (Techniker Krankenkasse, AOK Plus, Barmer, etc.) on site in Dresden. Participants of the Welcome Week have the opportunity to take out German statutory health insurance on site.

EXCHANGE STUDENTS OF AN EU STATE - European Health Insurance Cardholders

If you are from an EU country or from a country with which Germany has concluded a social security agreement (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) you need to apply for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in your home country before you depart to Germany. Please note that the EHIC is only valid for a temporary stay abroad and only includes necessary medical services. Please ask your health insurance in your home country about your insurance cover in Germany and apply for the EHIC in good time. Your will need this card when seeking medical care in Germany.

The European Commission has developed a Smartphone App which explains how to use the EHIC in different countries. It also provides general information on the insurance card, emergency numbers, treatments and costs included, procedures for claiming reimbursement and contact information in the event of card loss. The app is available for both iPhone and Android (enter "EHIC" as search).

EXCHANGE STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE EU

Students from non-EU countries can also take out a German statutory health insurance (e.g. AOK, Techniker Krankenkasse, Barmer...) if you do not have a valid health insurance. The monthly cost for a German health insurance (including nursing care insurance) for students is about 110 Euro. Your enrollment is not complete until you provide proof of a valid health insurance. In order to take out a statutory health insurance, you will be required to present your certificate of enrolment from HTW Dresden.

In some cases, a private health insurance from other countries may be recognised in Germany. If you have already taken out a private health insurance for your stay in Germany, please contact one of the German statutory health insurance companies to see if your private health insurance is recognized. If so, you will need a written confirmation that you are exempt from compulsory statutory health insurance and send this document to the International Office at HTW Dresden via email.

Please note:

  • If you are privately insured, you cannot switch to a statutory health insurance for the duration of your studies.
  • If you have a private health insurance, you will have to pay in advance for all medical services and medication in Germany and then request reimbursement from your health insurance provider in your home country.

When issuing the residence permit, the Dresden Immigration Office also checks whether your private health insurance is sufficient for the stay in Germany and corresponds to the scope of a statutory health insurance in Germany.

Please also check before you start your study visit whether you have sufficient private insurance in the event of a claim (e.g. in the case of damage to property or personal injury caused by you to third parties, accidents or theft).

TUITION FEES and SEMESTER FEE

There is no tuition fee at HTW Dresden, but a semester fee is charged (approx. 290 EUR). The semester fee includes contributions to the Studentenwerk, the Studentenrat and the semester ticket for free use of public transport in the Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe (VVO)

EU students who have a bank account in EUR currency should pay the semester fee by bank transfer from their home country before entering the country. This ensures that the student ID card (incl. semester ticket) can be handed over during the Welcome Week. Please note that a bank transfer takes several working days until it is registered at the HTW Dresden. You will receive an e-mail with the amount of the semester fee and the exact bank details in good time before the start of the semester.

Students from countries that do not have a bank account in EUR currency pay the semester fee during the Welcome Week by credit card (Master or Visa card) to avoid bank charges.

GENERAL LIVING EXPENSES IN DRESDEN

For living expenses in Dresden, you can expect to spend around 600-800 euros per month, depending on your individual lifestyle. 

Please plan on the following monthly expenses for your studies in Dresden:

  • rent 250 EUR on average
  • living expenses 200 EUR
  • health insurance 110 EUR (if required, non-EU students)
  • public broadcasting fee 17,50 EUR*

You will also have the following costs per semester:

  • semester fee (including semester ticket) 290 EUR (as of March 2021).
  • deposit for the dormitory 300 EUR** 
  • study materials 50 EUR***
  • residence permit 100 EUR (if required, non-EU students)

* Mandatory payment as soon as you have rented a room somewhere in Germany. After receiving a request from the "Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk" (contribution service of ARD, ZDF, Deutschlandradio) a legally fixed contribution for public radio and television has to be paid, amounting to 17,50 EUR per month per apartment. This fee is divided by the number of roommates in the apartment.

** The dormitory requires a deposit in the beginning with the first payment, which will be refunded at the end of the contract period if you leave the room clean and without damages.

*** Our university library offers many books and e-books, magazines and online databases for free. You decide which book you want to buy yourself anyway, but you have no obligation to buy books. You can work with our books in the library.

STUDENT RESIDENCE

During your stay at HTW Dresden you can live in a student residence of the Studentenwerk Dresden (rental period at least 4 months). You can register directly at the Studentenwerk Dresden using the online application procedure. To apply, you need a copy of the admission letter from HTW Dresden. Please contact the Studentenwerk Dresden directly with any questions concerning halls of residence.

Detailed information on the various accommodation options and the application form (online application procedure) can be found at: https://www.studentenwerk-dresden.de/english/wohnen/wohnheimkatalog/

If you arrive outside the arrival times specified by the Studentenwerk Dresden, we recommend that you stay the first night at the International Guest House of the Studentenwerk Dresden, a hotel or youth hostel in Dresden. The A&O Hostel/Hotel near the HTW Dresden is only 500 m away from the main train station.

LIVING COMMUNITY OUTSIDE OF THE STUDENT RESIDENCE

If you prefer to live in a shared apartment, you can find information in Facebook groups or on the following websites:

ACCOMMODATION IN AN INTERNATIONAL GUESTHOUSE

For study stays of up to 3 months there is the possibility of accommodation in the International Guest House of the Studentenwerk Dresden. As the capacity of the International Guest House is limited, you should contact your academic advisor or the International Office of the HTW Dresden in good time.

MORE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES

The Student Hotel
Studentenbude

INFORMATION ABOUT "RUNDFUNKBEITRAG"

The "Runfunkbeitrag" is required after hiring a room anywhere in Germany. After receiving a letter from "Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk" (Beitragsservice von ARD, ZDF, Deutschlandradio) you need to pay a legally fixed Licence fee for public-service broadcasting channels with the amount of 17,50 EUR per monthly and per flat. This amount can be shared between the roommates. However, under certain conditions, you can apply for an exemption from the licence fee.
More Information

Arrival

HTW Dresden and the city of Dresden is your new home for the time of your exchange studies. As an exchange student, you will need to deal with a number of organisational matters. We will be happy to accompany and support you every step of the way to ensure that everything runs smoothly. A Welcome Week will take place to help you get started with administrative matters.

Just in case there might be possible self-quarantine requirements after arriving in Germany, we advise international students to arrive earlier. Please mind the current quarantine regulations upon the entry of Germany. Information on quarantine regulations get regularly updated by the City of Dresden.

Please also find information for residents of student halls with regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) provided by Studentenwerk Dresden.

There are several options for your journey to Dresden.

By airplane

  • Airlines offer daily worldwide connections to and from Dresden. Direct flights to Dresden are available from airports such as Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf and Amsterdam.
  • Dresden Airport is about 30 minutes by car from the city center and is located directly on the A4 highway.
  • Deutsche Bahn trains run regularly between the airport and Dresden's main train station.
  • The airports of Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt am Main are also easily accessible from Dresden. These cities are connected to Dresden by train and long-distance bus lines.

By train

  • Intercity and Intercity-Express (IC/ICE) trains operated by Deutsche Bahn connect Dresden with almost all major European cities.
  • Dresden's main train station is located in the center of the city. Numerous regional and suburban train connections link Dresden with the immediate surroundings.

By long-distance bus

  • A fast, inexpensive and direct connection between Dresden and major cities such as Berlin, Munich, Vienna and Prague is also offered by traveling by long-distance bus from Dresden Central Station (Bayerische Straße, 01069 Dresden) or Dresden-Neustadt Station (Schlesischer Platz, 01099 Dresden).
  • From here you can use, for example, FlixBus bus connections to German and European cities.  

By car

  • You can reach Dresden via the A4 and A17 freeways.

Additional travel information can be found on the following pages:

WELCOME WEEK

At the beginning of each semester there is a Welcome Week for our new international students. The week is organized in cooperation with the student association faranto e.V. and HTW Dresden. This usually takes place one week before the start of the courses.

Dates Welcome Week - Academic Year 2021/22
Winter semester: 4th of October till 10th of October 2021
Summer semester: 14th of March till 19th of March 2022

International students are strongly advised to take part in the Welcome Week. The Welcome Week includes, among other things:

  • an overview of HTW Dresden
  • Registration at the International Office
  • advice on the organisation of your studies and the selection of your courses
  • Support in making appointments with your departmental coordinator
  • Introduction to the University Library
  • Introduction to German and foreign language courses of the Language Centre
  • Opening of a bank account and payment of the semester fee
  • Take out health insurance (if necessary)
  • Help with formalities for the citizens' office of Dresden

Exact time and place information can be found in the plan of the Welcome Week, which will be sent to you by e-mail shortly before the start of the semester.

Please bring the following documents with you to the Welcome Week:

  • valid passport or identity card
  • valid visa for study purposes (if required)
  • rental agreement
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Payment of the semester fee (students from non-EU countries pay by credit card on site; EU students pay by bank transfer before the semester begins)

BUDDY PROGRAM

The association faranto e.V. organizes a buddy program for international exchange students. You will receive further information by e-mail before you start your studies abroad at HTW Dresden.

Your enrolment takes place during the Welcome Week. All exchange students must enrol upon arrival at the International Office (Friedrich-List-Platz 1, Room Z 232). 

In order to enrol at HTW Dresden, you need the following documents/proof:

  • payment of the semester fee
  • proof of health insurance valid for your stay in Germany
  • passport (non-EU nationals: with a valid student visa)

As soon as the payment of the semester fee at HTW Dresden has been received, the certificate of a health insurance company as well as a valid visa for study purposes are available, you will receive your student ID card at the International Office (room Z 232). 

Students at HTW Dresden receive a student ID card in the form of a chip card at the beginning of their studies.

The chip card serves as:

  • Student ID
  • library card
  • semester ticket with a valid semester ticket imprint (for the use of public transport in and around Dresden and Nextbike)
  • Access authorization card for entrance and selected laboratory areas

The semester ticket is valid for 

  • all vehicles in the VVO area (Dresden and immediate surroundings) including DVB (trams, buses etc.) in Dresden
  • all local trains (Saxony) with the following abbreviations
    • Deutsche Bahn AG: S, RB, RE, IRE
    • Länderbahn GmbH (Vogtlandbahn, Trilex) VGB, TL, TLX
    • Transdev Regio Ost GmbH: MRB
    • Freiberger Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH: FEG
    • Erfurter Bahn GmbH: EB, EBx
    • Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH: OE
    • City-Bahn Chemnitz GmbH: CB
    • Döllnitzbahn GmbH (you have to pay a small fee for historical restoration)
    • Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland GmbH 
  • not included are special vehicles (like historical buses/trains/cable railways) and long-distance trains (IC, EC, ICE, CNL, D)
  • if you want to leave Saxony, you will need a ticket from the last station in Saxony onward
  • combining the Student ID Card with tickets for long-distance trains is not possible
  • using buses and trams outside of Dresden with the student ID card is not possible 

Details of the transport network can be found in the maps of the area of application: 

Furthermore you may receive a discount with your HTW student ID card in some places like museums, cinemas and zoos.

+++You do not have to register at the Bürgerbüro for a stay in Dresden of up to 3 months.+++

If you stay longer than 3 months you have to register and report your address at the

Resident Registration Office of Dresden 
Theaterstr. 11
01067 Dresden.

The same applies if you move house within Dresden. Please always do remember to notify all important authorities (HTW Dresden, health insurance, etc.) of your new address.

Due to the Corona pandemic, it is necessary to make an appointment in advance, either by e-mail: buergerbuero-altstadt@dresden.de, phone: +49 351 4 88 60 70 or via the online appointment system.

In order to register, you need: 

  • passport or identification card
  • rental contract
  • Landlord's certificate/housing confirmation

Students from non-EU countries who stay longer than three months are obliged to apply for a residency permit for academic purposes at the Immigration Authority of Dresden within the first three months after entering Germany.

Please note: EU citizens and citizens of an EEA country do not need a residence permit for Germany!

Address: Immigration Authority Dresden, Theaterstrasse 13/15, 01067 Dresden, Room E/056

To arrange an appointment, please use the contact form on the website or via email ("termin.auslaenderbehoerde@dresden.de").

Fill in the residence permit application beforehand and hand it in at the Immigration Authority together with the following documents:

  • administrative charge (100 EUR in cash or ec-cash)
  • contract of tenancy with proof of the rent (original and copy) sublease contract or approval of the owner of the flat
  • current proof of adequate health insurance (original and copy)
  • proof of secured livelihood (original and copy), for example scholarship or private savings
  • hint for sublet: The apartment donors certificate of the main tenant is not enough.
  • scholarships commitments, existing declarations of obligation, other income (original and copy)
  • certificate of enrollment (enrollment or admission)(original and copy)
  • current biometric photo (not older than 6 months)
  • current valid / new passport or passport replacement document
  • fully completed application form

The Studentenwerk Dresden offers all students a variety of catering options at a reasonable price. For cashless payment you will receive the MensaCard Emeal at the cash desks. You can obtain the MensaCard Emeal for a deposit of 5.00 EUR and presentation of your HTW student ID as well as your ID card or passport at the cash desks. Information about locations of canteens, cafeterias and menus can be found on the website of the Studentenwerk Dresden. The cafeteria "Reichenbachstraße" is a 5-minute walk from HTW Dresden.

If you do not have a bank account in EURO currency, it is necessary to open a German bank account to debit the rent. Normally students are exempt from account maintenance fees. Please bring the following documents with you when opening the account:

  • valid passport or identity card
  • registration certificate from the Resident Registration Office of Dresden
  • letter of admission/certificate of enrollment

Various banks are represented in Dresden, including Commerzbank (online), Deutsche Bank (online), or Sparkasse (service).

Lectures in the winter semester 2021/22 start on Monday, 11.10.2021.

Lectures in the summer semester 2022 start on Monday, 21.03.2022.

Faculty of Business Administration:

During the Welcome Week, there is usually an Introduction Session on study organization for all exchange students admitted in the Faculty of Business Administration (Bachelor and Master). 

The timetables for the winter semester will be published at the beginning of October. The schedules for the summer semester will be published in March.

All other faculties:

Your academic coordinator will assist you in preparing your timetable during the Welcome Week. Do not worry if the meeting takes place during the first week of the lecture period. You can still attend the lectures you might miss during the first week.

During my exchange semester at HTW Dresden

OPAL and BigBlueButton (BBB)

Most of the teachers use the eLearning platform OPAL and the video conferencing system "BigBlueButton" (BBB). 

There are some instructions about it on the HTW pages: https://www.htw-dresden.de/studium/im-studium/e-learning-angebote.

During the first days of the semester, be sure to log in to OPAL and enroll in the courses you will be taking during the semester. Lecturers will upload course materials, exercises, and other information to the electronic course folder. Go to: https://bildungsportal.sachsen.de/opal/dmz/ and log in with your login data from the computer center (s-number and password), which you received for enrollment. 

In OPAL you can change the language settings: Login with the s-number and password > On the top right you will see the name > Click on it to get to the settings > Select the tab "Systemeinstellungen". There you can set the language to English. Save. Done.

  • 1. block period 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • 2. block period 9:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
  • 3. block period 11:10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
  • 4. block period 1:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • 5. block period 3:10 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.
  • 6. block period 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • 7. block period 6:40 p.m. – 8:10 p.m.
  • 8. block period 8:20 p.m. – 9:50 p.m

EXAMINATION PERIOD AND EXAMINATION DATES

The examinations at the HTW Dresden usually take place in February and July of each year. The exact period can be found in the academic calendar of the respective academic year. If your exams are completed earlier, you can also leave earlier. At the latest one month before the start of the respective examination section, the specific examination dates will be published. To do this, enter the name of the examiner and press "Suchen".

The following examination types are possible:

  • oral examination (MP)
  • written examination (SP)
  • alternative examination (APL)

APL ("Alternative Prüfungsleistungen") are usually taken during the current semester. APL are tests, presentations, project work, exercises, oral performance tests, etc. The dates are announced by the examiners. 

EXAM REGISTRATION

All exchange students must register for the exams. To register for the examinations, please send the current version of your learning agreement to the International Office (international(at)htw-dresden.de). You will be informed about the registration period by e-mail. In addition, please inform the responsible professor/teacher of the course about your participation in the examination before the examination.

If you do not register for the exams with your current Learning Agreement, you are not entitled to take part in the exams!

EXAMINATION DEREGISTRATION

Deregistration from the examination is possible without giving reasons up to one week before the examination.
► After the end of the deregistration period, withdrawal from an examination can only be made for good cause, e.g. as a result of illness, on presentation of a medical certificate.

If an examination date cannot be attended at short notice due to illness, a medical certificate must be submitted to the examination office within 3 working days of the examination. If you do not withdraw from the examination, it will be considered as failed. In the event of failing an exam, the examiner may be contacted to make arrangements for a retake date.

EXAMINATION RESULTS

You can view the examination results in the QIS portal after publication until your exmatriculation. Once you are exmatriculated, you will no longer have access to the grades.

GRADING SYSTEM

  • 1,0 - 1,5 = very good
  • 1,6 - 2,5 = good
  • 2,6 - 3,5 = satisfactory
  • 3,6 - 4,0 = sufficient
  • 4,1 - 5,0 = fail
  • 5u.e. = unexcused absence
  • m.E. = attended

All exchange students receive their Transcript of Records by e-mail as soon as all grades have been reported to the Examination Office by the professors/lecturers. 

Please wait until 4 weeks after the official end of the examination period before contacting us about your Transcript of Records.

As long as you are not yet exmatriculated at HTW Dresden, you can view your grades via the QIS portal.

PROLONGATION OF MATRICULATION

If you wish to stay one more semester at HTW Dresden, please confer with your home university as well as with your Departmental Coordinator. Please bring the filled form for prolongation of matriculation to the appointment with your Coordinator and sign both. You also have to agree on a new Learning Agreement.

Please hand in the signed prolongation of matriculation to the International Office. The Department of Student Affairs will issue your new letter of admission.

Please remember to pay the semester fee for re-registration within the re-registration period.

PROLONGATION OF STUDY VISA

In most cases, you need to extent your study visa (exchange students from non-EU countries) at the Immigration Authority if you want to stay longer as planned. Please schedule an appointment via email "termin.auslaenderbehoerde(at)dresden.de" and extent your study visa. You need to take your admission letter for the next semester with you. Usually, you get a temporary visa called "Fiktionsbescheinigung" valid for a few month until you get your residency permit ("Aufenthaltstitel"). Please show the "Fiktionsbescheinigung" and/or "Aufenthaltstitel" to the Student Secretariat in order that you can re-register for the next semester.

If you stay at HTW Dresden for longer than one semester, you need to re-register within the re-registration period by paying the semester fee.

There are two ways to do this:

PAYMENT AT THE SELF-SERVICE TERMINAL

The easiest way to register back for the next semester is at the self-service terminal with a German EC card. The self-service terminal is located in the entrance hall of the central building, behind the coffee machine. 

PAYMENT BY BANK TRANSFER

To transfer the semester fee, please use the following account:

  • Recipient: Hauptkasse Sachsen
  • IBAN: DE06 8600 0000 0086 0015 19
  • BIC: MARK DEF1 860
  • Bank: Deutsche Bundesbank
  • reason for payment, 1st line: HTW Dresden
  • reason for payment, 2nd line: matriculation number, last name, first name

Please note: a bank transfer will require up to 6 working days until the money can be registered at HTW Dresden. As soon as the amount has arrived at HTW Dresden, you will be able to update the stamp on your Student ID Card with the card printer.

In case the semester fee only arrives after the end of the re-registration period, the university charges a late fee of 10,- EUR. A lack of re-registration in due time may lead to expulsion!

The deadlines for re-registration and the amount of the current semester fee can be found in the information provided by the Department of Student Affairs.

Enrollment certificates can be conveniently printed from home via the QIS-portal.

EXEMPTION FROM SEMESTER FEE

If you do an internship outside of Dresden during the semester, it is possible to get exempt from the semester ticket fees. In this case you go without the ticket for public transport. Please ask for exemption from semester ticket fees at HTW Dresden’s Students’ Council (only in German).

UNIVERSITY SPORT

The Dresden University Sports Center (DHSZ) organizes many and varied sports courses for thousands of students and employees of Dresden's universities every semester. The Dresden University Sports Center is a joint central facility for university sports of the TU Dresden as well as the HTW Dresden. The range of sports offered is one of the largest and most diverse in university sports in Germany. Here you can find sports from A like Aerobic Boxing to Z like Zumba. Please refer to the information of the Dresden University Sports Center for the current offer.

CULTURAL OFFERS

During the semester the student association faranto e.V. offers several events in social, hiking, trips and party. In addition, the Studentenwerk Dresden Culture Office promotes the cultural and artistic interests of students.

Student clubs (Did you know? Dresden has the most student clubs in Germany.)

Theater

  • Saxon State Opera Dresden › www.semperoper.de: The Saxon State Opera Dresden is not only responsible for the world famous Semper Opera House, but it also runs the ”Kleine Szene”, and the chamber music hall of the Semper Opera.
  • State Operetta Dresden › www.staatsoperette-dresden.de: Dresden‘s State Operetta offers operettas, broadway musicals, and rock operas.
  • Drama › www.staatsschauspiel-dresden.de: The State Theatre shows classical theatre, contemporary pieces, matinées, and musical concerts.
  • Landesbühnen Sachsen › www.dresden-theater.de: The Landesbühnen Sachsen are based in Radebeul but also maintain the Felsenbühne Rathen in Saxon Switzerland. Theatre plays, concerts, operas, and musicals are staged there throughout the summer.

More Theatres

Parties and Festivals

Information regarding events and festivals can be found at › www.dresden.de 

Museums

  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden › www.dhmd.de: With its interdisciplinary projects the HygieneMuseum deals with essential questions concerning the life sciences. The well-known permanent exhibit features the human body.
  • Old Masters Picture Gallery › https://gemaeldegalerie.skd.museum/: The collection displayed in the Semper building at the Zwinger comprises masterpieces of 15th to 18th century European painting.
  • New Masters Gallery › https://albertinum.skd.museum/: The gallery at the Albertinum at Brühl’s Terrace exhibits masterpieces of the 19th to 21st century.
  • Green Vault › https://gruenes-gewoelbe.skd.museum/: The fairytale-like world-known treasure chamber of Augustus the Strong is located in the Historic Green Vault in the Dresden Castle (time-limited, buy in advance). Additionally, the New Green Vault offers the possibility to view more than 1,000 inestimably precious exhibits.
  • Botanical Garden › www.tud.de/bot-garten: The Botanical Garden of TU Dresden shows around 10,000 kinds of plants from different climate zones and different regions of the world – altogether in an area of 3.25 ha close to Großer Garten.

Sickness/doctor search

Having a health insurance is obligatory.  With your health insurance card you can visit the doctor in case of malaise. You can find doctors with knowledge of foreign languages in the database of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. You will find a list of all the specialists and can filter for doctors that speak your language. An overview of hospitals in the city of Dresden can be found on the website of the city.

The hospital Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus Dresden offers Service for International Patients.

For psycho-social counseling the Studentenwerk offers english speaking services. Please find more information here. Additionally you can find a list of english speaking therapists here.

For usual visits, call the doctor’s office in advance and make an appointment. For some doctors – even for general practitioners – you might get on a pretty long waiting list. So: In urgent cases (if you are really sick), go to the general practitioner when they open in the morning and wait until they treat you.

The doctor gives you prescriptions (Rezept) which you can hand in at the pharmacy to get the right medicine. Some of them have to be paid completely by yourself, for others you just have to add a small fee or they are completely paid by the insurance. During the night, on weekends and holidays there is a emergency pharmacy service. Certain pharmacies are open or can be reached by ringing the bell at the door. Since the pharmacy in charge of the emergency service ch-anges, you can either go to any pharmacy in your area, where the current emergency pharmacy is pointed out on the door or find it in the emergency service schedule of pharmacies.

Emergency numbers

Police: 110
Ambulance/Fire Brigade/Rescue services: 112
Poison control center: +49 361 730 730

Help in case of racist assaults

Germany is rated as a secure country. Yet it reasonable to avoid some places at certain times. In the light of the current "refugee crisis" resentments to strangers augment. We do our best and hope that you feel safe and welcome in Dresden.
Should you become victim of racist assaults anyhow, "Opferberatung der RAA Sachsen" will be on hand with help and advice for you. "Victim consultation of RAA Sachsen" are competent consultants and companions for legal action. They give emotional support and can place you to therapists if needed.

Beratungsstelle RAA Dresden
Bautzner Str. 41, HH
01099 Dresden
Tel. 0351 - 8894174
Fax: 0351 - 8049671
e-mail: opferberatung.dresden(at)raa-sachsen.de
https://www.raa-sachsen.de/

If you need help, are threatened or insulted, please do not heistate to approach us at any time.

International students have the possibility of working during their studies in Germany (part time job). The following statutory framework conditions shall apply here:

>> International students from the following countries:

Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, United Kingdom or Cyprus

are permitted to work without authorisation in part-time employment during their studies. This employment may not exceed 20 hours per week, in order to remain excluded from making contributory payments to the statutory pension scheme.

>> International students originating from other countries:

International students originating from other countries may work 120 full days or 240 half days per year. The local immigration authorities must be notified accordingly: >> Immigration Authority (Ausländerbehörde) Dresden.

The DAAD provides more information on this topic at https://www.study-in.de/en/plan-your-stay/job-and-career/part-time-job_26928.php

 

My departure

As an exchange student you will automatically be exmatriculated at the end of the semester. You don't have to do anything.

If you are leaving earlier, it is advisable to exmatriculate. To do this, you must submit the completed form to the Student Administration Office during office hours. Exmatriculation automatically ends access to the QIS portal.

The following points must be observed after your studies at the HTW Dresden have ended and before you leave:

  •     Cancellation of your account with the Bank/Sparkasse
  •     Cancellation Library (Please return your borrowed books in time!)
  •     Cancellation at the Einwohnermeldeamt/Bürgerbüro is possible at the earliest one week prior moving out your apartment. (Theaterstraße 11, 01067 Dresden)
  •     if necessary, deregistration from the health insurance (AOK, TK, Barmer...) with the deregistration certificate and the deregistration certificate from the               Einwohnermeldeamt (residents' registration office)

Forms and documents

1. Application at HTW Dresden

2. Documents During the Stay