Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) is one of the largest employers in Saxony (which is a federal state in the Eastern part of Germany). Because TUD is both an education institution and employer, one of their priorities is to welcome and supervise international interns and trainees.

TU Dresden is a comprehensive university and offers a wide variety of study paths. The university also pursues internationally aligned interests and prioritizes their detailed internationalization strategy, which is implemented by a multitude of staff members and institutions.

Please use the following list of contacts to connect with the right person:

Erasmus+ Faculty Representatives: they mainly provide support to TU Dresden students in their search for host organizations abroad and for internship arrangements. Many combine this task with their instructional responsibilities.

The International Office (Akademische Auslandsamt): responsible for international partnerships with other global universities and management of study exchanges for numerous programs. Overall, the International Office mainly focuses on studies abroad.

LEOSACHSEN manages international internships. We arrange grant scholarships for students and staff, and manage internship exchange programs.

Furthermore, we support and welcome international interns who are staying in Dresden, affiliated institutions. non-educational private organizations, and public organizations throughout Saxony.

Our Services

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

Consider Before Interning at TU Dresden

  • Voluntary internships usually do not exceed a period of 3 months.
  • If mandatory internships shall exceed the 3 months period, proof of duty must be provided (such as an excerpt from examination regulations or a written confirmation from your home university).
  • During your internship at TU Dresden you will not be enrolled at the university, but will be considered a TU Dresden employee. Therefore, you do not need to adhere to strict application deadlines and procedures. However, you must provide proof of being an international university student during your internship.
  • Alumni can only be accepted based on exceptional conditions 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 respective professor about 2 months to decide on the application. Applications that are submitted beyond this time frame cannot be processed.
  • Applications from students who originate outside European Union countries should allow 6 months or more for adequate decision-making and preparation. Please keep in mind that you will usually need to obtain a visa and work permit.

How To Apply For an Internship at TU Dresden

Your internship application can be sent by e-mail to the following address:
placement.leosachsen@tu-dresden.de

Your application should contain the following information:

  • Full 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 or at the latest)
  • Whether the internship is mandatory, and it’s duration requirements if applicable.
  • Whether the internship is voluntary, and it’s planned duration if applicable.
  • The date you will need a final answer to your application in order to continue planning your trip abroad.

Please attach the following documents in your e-mail:

  • Letter of motivation with the following content:
    • Internship period (possible start dates and desired duration).
    • Your interests, including specific research projects and professors at TU Dresden or neighboring research institutions.
    • Experience gained at prior internships.
  • Certificate of registration.
  • Transcript of Records.
  • If available, a curriculum vitae (CV).

Please keep in mind: students usually don’t apply to advertised internships, but Professors must be able to assess whether an internship in his/ her department is possible and/or useful based on your unsolicited application.

Therefore, the information you provide (especially about your field of study), your qualifications and experiences are significant parts of the application.

What follows your application for an internship?

Internship Contract

An internship at TU Dresden must be secured through a conract. LEOSACHSEN supports all participants in this process through contract templates and assistance.

The following items must be included in the contract:

  • Contracting parties
  • internship duration
  • Internship tasks
  • Support and supervision during the internship
  • Insurance
  • Payment and/ or non-monnetary benefits

Visa

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 the following information:

  • Complete name, as written in your ID/ passport
  • Date and place of birth
  • Identification number of passport, if necessary
  • Full name and address of  home university
  • Course of studies
  • Official start date of your study cycle and estimated end date of study cycle

The internship contract may also be attached to your visa application. Please consult the German embassy/ consulate in your country via an appointment or online (if possible) in a 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:

Approval by the International Placement Service

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

Validity of Travel and 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 your stay (e.g. due to an internship extension, travel plans, accidents or illnesses that inhibit your travel abilities).

Insurance

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

  • Health insurance
  • Accident insurance
  • Personal liability insurance

Please note: These insurances must include your daily working hours and must not be designed only for travel purposes.

Health insurance

In Germany, many drugs are only available for purchase with a prescription from a registered doctor. Therefore, you have to see a doctor in advance which can be expensive without insurance.

Thus, all international interns at TU Dresden must provide health insurance according to German standards. Also check the possibility of getting insurance from 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, which means that the insurance would still be valid if you expericence a temporary inability to travel due to health reasons.

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 coverage includes the journey to and from work and during working hours.

However, leisure time is not covered and it is therefore recommended to get additional accident insurance for tourism purposes.

Personal liability insurance

In order to insure against unintentional damage to work equipment at TU Dresden, you must have liability insurance. The Leonardo Office will be checking the validity and existence of your personal liability insurance before the start of your internship.

Therefore, please bring all relevant documents with you to the Welcome Meeting.

Accommodation

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

Please Note:

  • 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 rental spaces in Germany are usually unfurnished.

Links to Accomodation Possibilities:

Public Tansport

All major Saxon cities have a far-reaching public transport system. As an intern in Saxony you will be issued with a customer card that includes a 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 and W-Lan

  • Check whether your SIM card works cheaply in the German network
  • Check whether your mobile phone has a SIM lock for third-party providers which only allows your phone to work with your provider’s SIM.
  • Prepaid contracts with low-cost and short-term tariffs are available in shops, supermarkets, drugstores and petrol stations.
  • Most students can log into the university network called Eduroam with their usual university password and username.
  • Many temporary accomodation options have W-Lan included in the price, but make sure to double check before booking.

Living Costs

For better financial planning of your stay, we have provided the following estimates of living costs for Saxony. Please note that these estimates can vary depending on your lifestyle.

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

Groceries:
In Germany, it is common to have breakfast and dinner at home. That’s why groceries in supermarkets are inexpensive, while restaurant visits are comparatively expensive. If you cook at home, you can expect to spend around 40-50 EUR per week for food.

TU Dresden Mensas: Student Cafés
Most students go to the Mensa to have lunch. The meal costs vary depending on your 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 an additional monthly fee of 10 EUR. You can find out more about this fee during the Welcome Meeting.

Public Transport:
Interns receive a public transport customer card with a discount on weekly or monthly tickets for which costs of EUR 16-45 must be expected. In order to save some money you can use a bicycle to get around, like many other students at TU Dresden.

Cinema and Museums:

  • A cinema ticket usually costs between 9-14 EUR.
  • A ticket to a musuem in Dresden usually costs between 9-15 EUR, while some museums also offer student discounts or dates and visiting times with free admission.

Plan Your Travels

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

  • To recover from jetlag and other stressors associated with travelling.
  • To get used to the time change, especially if you are coming from outside Europe
  • To calmly get to know the city and explore your surroundings
  • To explore public transport options and ways to get to your workplace
  • To carry out administrative processes in advance, such as registering your address in the city of Dresden
  • If necessary, to attend a Welcome Meeting at LEONARDO-BÜRO SACHSEN in advance so our employees can support you with arriving in a new city/country.

Here, you can read more about being the perfect intern soon.