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International Office; university institution that facilitates international relations, supervises foreign students, and promotes international exchange programmes
Accreditation; examination and evaluation of the quality of study programmes through accreditation agencies
"Nourishing mother" (Latin term for university)
Arbeitsvermittlung, Studentische – STAV e.V.
Student employment agency; a team of the students’ council that helps with the job hunt
General qualification for the acquisition of key qualifications (e.g. communication skills, presentation skills, team work)
First university degree that qualifies for a profession
Federal Training Assistance Act; possibility to finance studies (for German students ; in special cases also for students from EU-countries), application through the grant office at the student union Dresden
Each September, the university offers courses in chemistry, mathematics, and physics, which are supposed to introduce students to the fields and refresh their Abitur, i.e. secondary school, knowledge
Campus Office University with Child; central point of contact for families at the universities in Dresden
Credit points (CP) are graduate credits, which indicate the workload of a module. Upon passing the module examination, the student receives the credit points indicated for the module in addition to the exam grade. One graduate credit equals approx. 30 hours of work.
Dean; head of a faculty, chosen from the circle of professors for a certain period of time
Platform for the coordination of local university selection processes; supports universities during their admission processes through the comparison of admission proposals.
Academic degree/successfully passed university examination
Scientific paper for acquiring a doctoral degree
Teacher at a university
European Credit Transfer System: European point system for transferring course work
Assessment of aptitude for studying a certain programme or subject. Please note that there are specific application periods!
Event organised by the faculty or by the coordinators of the degree programmes at the beginning of the studies; you will receive the dates and study documents from the admission office (brochure “So geht’s los”)
European exchange programme for students regarding studies (International Office) and internships (LEONARDO-office)
Extended senate; among others responsible for electing the rector as well as for resolutions and changes regarding the constitution of the TU Dresden.
De-registration; removal from the list of students (departure from a university)
Student representatives of a certain field or faculty
Full study semester; semesters (half a year) completed in a course of study and subject.
Faculty; division of a university, which consists of a group of scientific fields (traditional structuring unit)
Distance learning; course of study, which is mainly studied independently and without actual presence in the city where the university is located. The TU Dresden currently offers technical distance learning programmes in civil engineering and mechanical engineering.
Audior; course participant, who is not an enrolled student (no entitlement to examinations); registration into the list of auditors in the admission office. Attention: charges apply!
Fees; in Saxony, there are no tuition fees for the first course of study. The Saxon university fee schedule regulates exceptions.
Undergraduate studies; a course of study that does not require any previous studies but can be started right after acquiring the qualification for university entrance
First part of a Diplom programme, usually takes four semesters.
Second part of a Diplom programme following the basic study period (Grundstudium) and intermediate exam; students are often able to choose core fields and/or core study areas.
Service point for university admissions, University Admissions Foundation Dortmund
Registration of the applicant into the list of students at the university
Internationally valid student identity card, which can be obtained at the service office of the students’ council.
Chancellor; head of the university administration
Colloquium/discussion on scientific topics
Annotated course catalogue; an annotated list of the courses offered by a certain department.
1. Subject-specific continuation and consolidation of the preceding Bachelor’s degree or
Course; can be a lecture, seminar, tutorial, practical course, or colloquium.
European exchange programme regarding internships for graduates
Saxon internship office for international internships
Lehrzentrum Sprachen und Kulturen: centre for languages and cultures
Platform for the registration into language courses at the TU Dresden
Admission chosen by lottery; only applicable for admission-restricted courses of study and for German applicants or applicants who are deemed equal to Germans. If places are still available after the last clearing, universities award these in a lottery. Informal application through email. Please note that there are deadlines! Information can be found on the admissions office’s homepage.
Degree awarded after finishing a continuing course of study at a university
List of students
Canteen for students and university staff
Modules are complete didactic units, which contain lectures, tutorials, seminars, as well as practical work and self-study periods. They subsume areas of studies that are related by subject and topic.
Some subjects have admissions restrictions (Numerus clausus = NC), which are based on the grade point average of your school-leaving certificate.
University-internal selection procedure for awarding the places to study
The NC-value arises during the admission procedure due to the ranking of all applicants according to grade point average or length of waiting period. The value indicates the grade point average or the waiting period of the last admitted applicant on the ranking list, i.e. in the last application process, all applicants with the same or a better grade point average or the same or a longer waiting period were admitted to the respective course of study. Foreign applicants (non-EU) are admitted via a separate ranking, i.e. separately of the German applicants or applicants who are deemed equal to Germans.
Nebenhörer sind an einer anderen Hochschule eingeschriebene Studenten, die gleichzeitig an der TU Dresden eingeschrieben sind. Eine Doppelimmatrikulation als Nebenhörer/-in ist nur im Ausnahmefall möglich und setzt das Einverständnis beider Hochschulen
Students who attend a second course of study or additional or postgraduate studies (or parts of these studies) at a second university; a double-registration is only possible in certain cases and requires the permission of both universities.
Lat. Nomen Nominandum: “name hitherto unknown”; used if the person who will teach the course, e.g. lecture, is not yet determined.
Two courses of study are studied parallel (according to the Saxon Higher Education Act only possible in certain cases)
Mandatory module; has to be completed by all students of a certain course of study
Guidelines for internships; regulate the time frame, specific requirements, and organisational conditions for the practical study period
Acquisition of a doctoral degree
Examination office; regulates the organisational preparation and realisation of exams
Examination regulations; determine the general conditions for the exams in a certain course of study
The standard period of study is the number of semesters that is needed to complete the course of study if the recommended study schedule is adhered to.
The rector, head of a university, is elected by the members of the extended senate and represents the university (term of office: 5 years).
Re-registration; necessary renewal of the registration at the beginning of the semester
Certificate; proof of academic achievement or confirmation of the successful participation in a course; often prerequisite for exam admission
Self-assessment tests are online guidance instruments, which help persons interested in a certain course of study to determine their qualification and affinity for the field.
Six-month study period;
Semester fee; fee that students have to pay at the beginning of the semester; contains fees for the student union, the students’ council, and the cost for the semester ticket.
Paid for by every student with the semester fee; turns the student identity card into a ticket for public transportation (currently local and regional transportation across Saxony) for the whole semester; a poll decides whether the students want the semester ticket.
Credit hour per week; 1 SWS equals a lesson of 45 minutes per week for one semester; however, most courses at the TU last 90 minutes (double lesson = 2 SWS)
A course that is lead by a lecturer or an assistant and asks for the students’ active contribution
Senate; university board that makes fundamental decisions (particularly regarding studies, research, and instruction)
Saxon State and University Library Dresden (Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden)
State exam; final exam in courses of study that entitle the graduate to work in public service or in state-controlled professions
Scholarships; possibility of financing studies; often awarded by foundations
Student identity card; ID card for students, required for many special student deals
Students’ council; represents the interests of the TU Dresden students and consists of representatives of the faculty students’ councils.
Student union; an independent public institution, responsible for the social concerns and interest of students (student residences, canteens, BAföG etc.)
Study schedule; a recommendation as to which courses should be attended in which semester in order to finish the course of study within the standard period of study.
Course record book; upon registration each student receives a course record book; it is used for collecting certificates, which are proof of the regular and successful attendance of practical work, courses, or seminars, and has to be presented when applying for exams.
Subject-specific advisor; advisors (for each faculty) who support and counsel students regarding subject-specific and organisational matters
The TU Dresden does not publish a general study guide; some departments have subject-specific study guides and the Central Student Information and Counselling Services (Zentrale Studienberatung) offer info material on some courses of study (online http://tu-dresden.de/sins)
Course of study/degree programme; study of a subject, aiming for a certain degree and regulated by examination and study regulations
Tuition; in Saxony, there are no tuition fees for the first course of study. The Saxon university fee schedule regulates exceptions.
Preparatory courses; institution in various college cities, where foreign applicants (with secondary school certificates that do not allow immediate admission to a course of study) can prepare for the assessment test of aptitude.
Study regulations; regulate the requirements and the course of a programme
Is not an actual course of study, but a cross- and interdisciplinary range of courses for students of all faculties
Student (usually from a higher semester) who guides groups
Additional practical course or seminar lead by a tutor
The university sports centre offers a broad range of sports classes at the beginning of each semester; see brochure.
Tutorials serve the application of theoretical knowledge or the practical use of a language.
see Zwischenprüfung; prerequisite for the Diplom examination
Lecture; course in which a lecturer from the pertaining field presents the contents
Course catalogue; directory of all courses, which is published at the beginning of the semester and available for purchase
Mandatory elective; a module that can be chosen from a variety of choices
Postgraduate studies are courses of study that require the successful completion of a previous course of study
1. Requires eligible practical work experience of usually no less than one year.
Centre for Information Services and High Performance Computing – central facility of the university, responsible, among others, for various student computer labs
Zulassungsbeschränkt (Numerus clausus = zahlenmäßig beschränkte Zulassung)
Zulassungsbeschränkt TU Dresden
Zulassungsfrei mit Eignungsfeststellung
Second degree course; registration for a second, complete course of study after the successful completion of another course of study in Germany
Intermediate exam; exam after the first part of the programme (for non-modularised courses of study with an at least 8 semester long standard period of study); for Diplom courses of study: Vordiplom