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Technical University Dresden

The TU Dresden (abbreviated as TUD or Technical University of Dresden) is a public research university, the largest institute of higher education in the city of Dresden, the largest university in Saxony and one of the 10 largest universities in Germany with 32,389 students as of 2018.

The name Technische Universität Dresden has only been used since 1961; the history of the university, however, goes back nearly 200 years to 1828. This makes it one of the oldest colleges of technology in Germany, and one of the country’s oldest universities, which in German today refers to institutes of higher education that cover the entire curriculum. The university is a member of TU9, a consortium of the nine leading German Institutes of Technology. The university is one of eleven German universities which succeeded in the Excellence Initiative in 2012, thus getting the title of a "University of Excellence". The TU Dresden succeeded in all three rounds of the German Universities Excellence Initiative (Future Concept, Graduate Schools, Clusters of Excellence).

Important Facts

Selected facts and figures – an overview

  • Five schools with 18 Faculties (14 faculties until Sept. 30, 2017)
  • 31,966 students, including 7,862 1st year students (as of 01.11.2019)
  • 4,559 budgetarily financed employees (incl. research assistants, incl. medical science w/out avocational employees, as of 01.12.2019)
  • 67% of students come from Saxony, 7,7% from the other former East German federal states, 7,8% from the former West German federal states and 16% of student are from abroad (as of 01.11.2019)
  • External funding of 295 million Euro (2018)
  • Since 2012, the TUD is one of the eleven Excellence Initiative universities in Germany

Ranking / Awards


The positive trend continues. Since 2014, TU Dresden has climbed by a total of 83 places and now holds 179th place in the QS World University Ranking. Compared to last year, TUD has moved up an impressive 12 places. Thus, the trend of steady improvement over the past seven years continues. TU Dresden has also achieved a high score at the national level ranking 11th in Germany.

TUD's position in the QS ranking really speaks for itself. The university performed superbly not only in the overall ranking but also in the individual assessments of various indicators. Five out of six indicators improved by an average of nine places compared to the previous year. TUD’s reputation as an employer was also given an excellent assessment. In this regard, it ranks 99th among the 100 best universities worldwide and 7th in Germany. Concerning the indicator "academic reputation", which describes the image a university has among academics, TUD has also made a substantial improvement of 13 places.

The QS World University Ranking is an international ranking system by the British service provider Quacquarelli Symonds that has been in operation since 2004. For this year’s ranking, the QS team compared more than 4,000 universities and compiled over 93 million citations from more than 13 million scientific publications. 1,001 universities made it onto the ranking list and 47 of these were from Germany. In addition to the number and citation frequency of publications, the assessment focused on the reputation of universities among international researchers and business partners, the ratio of faculty to students as well as the percentage of international students and employees.

Published annually, the QS World University Ranking belongs to the most influential international university rating lists alongside the Times Higher Education World University Ranking and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).


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  • Type of Accommodation: On Campus,Off Campus


Annual Cost of living 10200 EUR /year
Average Annual UG Fee N/A
Average Annual PG Fee 700 EUR
Application Fee N/A

Contact Information

  • 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Campus Information


TU Dresden’s main campus is located south of the Dresden city centre and can be easily reached by bus (bus lines 61, 66, 85) and by tram (tram lines 3 and 8) or via the A17 highway (exit: “Dresden Südvorstadt”). The university outer campuses are located in Tharandt (Department of Forest Sciences), in Dresden-Blasewitz (University Hospital and “Biocampus”), in Dresden-Johannstadt (Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology) and in Pirna (Institute of Waste Management) and Zittau (IHI).

Programs Offered



  • Length 02 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee 1400 EUR
  • Application Fee N/A
  • Average processing time 25 days
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