Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) is one of the largest employers in Saxony (Federal State in the Eastern part of Germany). Beeing both, education institution and employer, it is part of the universities‘ duties to welcome and supervise international (research) interns/ trainees.

TU Dresden is a comprehensive university. It offers a broad spectrum of study courses, pursues various and internationally aligned interests and one elaborate internationalization strategy, which is implemented by a multitude of staff members, institutes and institutions.

Our short list of points of contact shall, therefore, help to find the right person:

Erasmus+ representatives at faculties usually combine this task with their teaching responsibilities. They mainly provide support to TU Dresden students in their search for host organizations abroad and their arrangement of internships.

The Akademische Auslandsamt (International Office) is responsible for bilateral international partnerships on university level and manages study exchange within numerous programs. The office is hence focused on study abroad.

LEOSACHSEN deals with international internships. We akquire and and grant scholarships to students and staff, manage internship exchange programs and welcome and support international interns, who intent to stay at TU Dresden, affiliated institutions or non-educational private and public organizations throughout Saxony.

What we can do for you

  • We provide information on application procedures at TU Dresden.
  • We check your application materials.
  • We contact the appropriate department and forward your application document.
  • We set up your internship contract.
  • We invite you to TU Dresden, if a Professor agrees to host you for an internship. (Visa preparation, if needed)
  • We apply for your work permit.
  • We support you in the search for accommodation.
  • We advise you regarding necessary insurance.

What you need to consider, when planning an internship at TU Dresden

  • Voluntary internships usually do not exceed a period of 3 months.
  • If mandatory internships shall exceed the 3 months period, a proof of duty must be provided (for example, excerpt from the examination regulations or a written confirmation from the home university).
  • During your internship at TU Dresden you will not be enrolled at TU Dresden, therefore, you need not keep to strict application deadlines and procedures, but must provide proof of beeing an international university student. During your internship you will be an TU Dresden employee.
  • Alumni can only be accepted exceptionally and only if their examination regulations afford the internship period in order to finish the study course.
  • Applicants, who originate from European Union countries should allow LEOSACHSEN and the responsible professor about 2 months to decide on the application. Applications, which do not come forward within this time limit, cannot be processed.
  • Applicants from students who originate outside European Union countries should keep to a time limit of 6 months and more to allow adequate decision-making and preparation time, since they usually need to obtain visa and work permit.

How you can apply for an internship period at TU Dresden

Your internship application should be sent by e-mail to the following address:

Your application should contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Course of study
  • Major fields of study: (please name 3)
  • Fields of interest with regards to the placement: (name up to 3)
  • Possible start date: (at the earliest/ at the latest)
  • Mandatory? Please name mandatory duration
  • Voluntary? Please name your planned duration
  • Name the date until when you need a final answer to your application in order to be able to plan further.

Please attach the following documents to your e-mail:

  • Letter of motivation with the following content:
    • Internship period (possible start dates and desired duration)
    • Your interests, if possible, including specific research projects and professors at TU Dresden or its neighboring research institutions
    • Your experience from already completed internships
  • Certificate of registration
  • Transcript of Records
  • if available curriculum vitae

Please keep in mind: you most often don’t apply to advertised internships, but based on your unsolicited application, a Professor must be able to assess whether an internship in his/ her department is possible and/or useful. Your information, especially with regards to your field of study, your qualifications and experiences should therefore be significant.


Which next steps follow your application for an internship?

Internship Contract

An internship at the TU Dresden must be secured conractually. LEOSACHSEN supports all participants in this process and holds contract templates.

The following items must be indicated in the contract:

  • contracting parties
  • internship duration
  • internship content (= tasks during internship)
  • support and suvervision during the internship
  • insurance
  • payment and/ or nonmonnetary benefits


Students from EU partner countries will need to apply for a visa for the duration of the internship.

Upon request, LEOSACHSEN will send you an invitation letter to support your visa application. Please provide us with all necessary information, inter alia:

  • complete name, as written in the ID/ passport
  • date and place of birth
  • if necessary identification number in the passport
  • full name and address of the home university
  • course of studies
  • official start date of the students study cycle and estimated end date of study cycle

The internship contract may also be attached to the visa application. Please consult the German embassy/ consulate in your country or if possible online in timely manner with regards to necessary visa requirements.

Processing your visa application can take 3 months or more. Therefore, please submit the application as soon as possible.

Additionally, we recommend:

To get advice and support from regional ambassadors of the TU Dresden in your country
To gather information and advice from the country representatives of the NA DAAD on the subject.

Approval by the International Placement Service (Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung, ZAV)

Students from EU partner countries need a labor market approval, which will be applied for by LEOSACHSEN after the internship contract has been set up.
The future intern as well needs to do some preliminary work and submit the following documents (scan by e-mail is sufficient):

Validity of travel documents/personal documents

Please check the validity of your personal and travel documents. Usually, these documents should be valid for about 3 months beyond the internship period to cover possible extensions of stay (e.g. due to internship extension, tourist activities, but also accident or illness with inability to travel).


For the duration of your stay you must provide the following insurances:

  • Health insurance
  • Accident insurance
  • Personal liability insurance

Please note: These insurances must include your daily working hours and must not be exclusively designed for tourism stays.

Health insurance

In Germany, many drugs are available only on prescription and therefore cannot simply be purchased. You therefore have to see a doctor in advance and this can be expensive without insurance. For this reason, all international interns at TU Dresden must provide health insurance according to German standards. Please check the possibility of being insured via your home university.

Please note: The insurance should cover any necessary repatriation in the event of illness and exceed the duration of the internship by up to three months, so that in the event of a temporary inability to travel the insurance coverage remains.

Students from European programme countries can obtain an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), which is increasingly known among German doctors and is also inexpensive and easy to apply for. Unfortunately, this option is not available to students from European partner countries.

Accident insurance

All interns at TU Dresden are insured against accidents by TU Dresden for the duration of their internship. The insurance cover includes the journey to and from work and working hours. Leisure time is not covered. It is therefore recommended to get an additional accident insurance, as it is usual for tourist purposes.

Personal liability insurance

In order to insure against unintentional damage to the work equipment at the TU Dresden, you must have a liability insurance. The existence of this insurance will be checked before your internship start. Please bring the relevant documents with you to the Welcome Meeting.


LEOSACHSEN does not arrange accommodation. However, we will be happy to provide you with helpful links and support your search with advice on possible distances, connections to local transport and security issues.


  • In order to have a more intensive intercultural experience and to learn the German language better, we recommend renting a room in a shared apartment.
  • When renting apartments, please note that living space in Germany is usually rented unfurnished.


Public and local transport (ÖPNV)

All major Saxon cities have a far-reaching public transport system. As an intern in Saxony you will be issued with a customer card which entitles you to the student discount for monthly and weekly passes. Moreover, cycling is widespread among students and it is easy to buy a used, cheap bicycle which can be sold again at the end of your stay.

Mobile phone/ Telephone/ W-Lan

  • Check whether your SIM card works cheaply on the German network
  • Check whether your mobile phone has a SIM lock for third-party providers which can then only be used with the included SIM.
  • Prepaid contracts with low-cost short-term tariffs are available in corresponding shops, supermarkets, drugstores and petrol stations.
  • All students can log into the university network Eduroam via their usual university access, using this network independently of their mobile phone or SIM card.

Living costs

For better financial planning of your stay, we have provided the following estimates of the living costs that you must expect in Saxony. Please note: These estimates may vary depending on your lifestyle.

Depending on the location and size of the accommodation you have to calculate with costs between 300 and 550 EUR. A deposit of between one and three months rent may be required.

In Germany it is common to have breakfast and dinner at home. That’s why groceries in supermarkets are inexpensive and restaurant visits are comparatively expensive. If you cook at home, you have to calculate with about 40-50 EUR per week for food.

Mensa @ TU Dresden (= student café)
Most students use the Mensa for their lunch. The costs vary depending on the status at the university:

  • Students of TU Dresden pay about 2,50 – 3 EUR per meal.
  • Interns get an employee discount and pay between 4 – 5 EUR.

If you use the Mensa daily, it is worthwhile to book the student discount for a monthly fee of 10 EUR in addition. You can find out more at the Welcome Meeting.

Public transport:
Interns receive a public transport customer card and thus a discount on weekly or monthly tickets. Accordingly, costs of EUR 16-45 must be expected. In order to save these costs you can use a bicycle – like manylike many students of the TU Dresden.

Cinema and Museum:

  • A cinema ticket costs between 9-14 EUR. Eine Kinokarte kostet zwischen 9-14 EUR.
  • A ticket for Dresden museums costs between 9-15 EUR. Some museums also offer student discounts or dates and visiting times with free admission.

Travel planning

We recommend to plan your arrival a few days before the start of your internship. This will enable you:

  • to recover from your arrival
  • to get used to the time change, especially if you are coming from outside Europe
  • to get to know the city calmly and to explore your surroundings
  • to explore public transport in order to get to know the way to your workplace
  • to carry out administrative processes in advance, such as registration with the city of Dresden
  • if necessary, to carry out the Welcome Meeting at the LEONARDO-BÜRO SACHSEN in advance so that the employees can support you in these steps.

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