Spring and Summer Courses
The International Spring and Summer Courses in Dresden take place in February / March and from June to September each year. Foreign university students, doctoral candidates, and visiting scholars can deepen and expand their knowledge of the German language and at the same time have the opportunity to apply and test this knowledge in real life thanks to the diverse range of activities in this city of art and culture. In addition, the participants are guaranteed individual consulting and professional teaching of the learning content by experienced and qualified teachers.
How does it work?
The “German Language, Regional Studies and Culture” courses are designed as intensive courses for beginners and participants with little knowledge of the German language (A1-A2), for intermediate learners (B1-B2), as well as for advanced learners and experts (B2 / C1-C2) offered. A precise division of the course groups according to the level of knowledge of the participants can only be made after evaluation with a placement test. The placement test takes place on the day of arrival (Monday) at 12:00 noon.
Lessons take place in small groups (approx. 12-15 participants) from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (break from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.). In the afternoon there are excursions and regional experiences planned. At the end of the course, each participant receives a certificate of completion.
Unless otherwise agreed upon, the lessons take place on the TUDIAS premises at Freiberger Straße 37 in the World Trade Center.
You will receive a card from the Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe (Dresden’s public transportation agency) for the duration of your course. You will receive this when you register. This card, together with the course registration card, entitles you to purchase a discounted monthly ticket. Please bring a passport photo for this purpose.
You can purchase this discounted monthly pass at DVB machines (which can be found at most major tram stops) or in the DVB service centers (e.g. at the main train station). This card is only valid for the Dresden city zone.
You can reserve accommodation at the International Guest House of the TU Dresden. You will receive detailed information from us along with your confirmation of registration for the course.
You can find information about the International Guest House here.
Other providers of affordable accommodation near TUDIAS or the city center of Dresden include:
- City Herberge: www.cityherberge.de
- A&O Hostel: www.aohostels.com
- Youth Hostel „Jugendgästehaus”: www.jugendherberge.de
- „The Student Hotel“: www.thestudenthotel.com/dresden/
- Student rooms / shared flats (here students offer their rooms when they are away during semester breaks or in the summer – this website is updated almost every day with new offers): www.studenten-wg.de
You have the opportunity to use the food offers in and around the WTC. A wide variety of cafes, restaurants, and bars can be found with a 10-minute walk to the touristic and shopping center of Dresden.
As a course participant, you can also take advantage of the cafeterias on the campus of the TU Dresden. The “Studentenwerk” Dresden offers a diverse and varied lunch menu for students at reasonable prices. For cashless payments you can get the MensaCard “Emeal” at the cash desks for a deposit of 5.00 EURO (upon presentation of the international student ID).
Information on the locations of the cafeterias, the facilities, and the meal options can be found on the website of the Studentenwerk Dresden.
Please be sure to take out health, liability, and accident insurance in your home country and please do not forget to bring proof of those policies with you.
Please note that if you visit a doctor without health insurance, you will have to bear all costs yourself. All participants who are not insured with health and accident insurance in their home country can take out insurance within two days of their arrival. We hope that all participants from EU countries are in possession of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If desired, we can refer participants from overseas to HanseMerkur Reiseversicherungs AG. Please inquire about this in the course office. We expressly advise participants from Eastern European non-EU countries (Ukraine, Russia) to take out insurance if they are not already insured – just as DAAD scholarship holders are.
The course fees include excursions in the region that are integrated into the lessons.
The cultural program includes, among other things, a city tour through the old town and new town of Dresden, visits to selected museums (German Hygiene Museum, Military History Museum, VW factory) and historical sights such as Dresden Castle, the Dresden Panometer, and the Pillnitz Castle and Park.
The events are supervised by student tutors. A full-day excursion on the weekend, for example hiking in Saxon Switzerland and other additional offers, can be booked on site for a fee (excursions to Leipzig or Prague, for example).