5.2 Services at Technische Universität Dresden

Student Support
Students will be supported by the Service Center for International Students of the Faculty for Computer Science and the International Office in relation to enrollment, visa procedure and integration in the study and social life. Its staff offers each semester a broad program of social activities, from guided tours through the city of Dresden to trips in the region, to cities of interest in Germany or in neighbouring countries. Furthermore, the Erasmus Initiative TU Dresden commonly organises events where international students can meet other international as well as German students: http://www.tu-dresden.de/internationales/

In addition, the TUD has established dedicated services specifically for international PhD-students: Social Counseling (Ms. Gabriele Feyler, Email: mobility@mailbox.tu-dresden.de, Phone: +49 351 46332069); Cultural Activites and Language Learning (Ms. Juliane Terpe and Ms. Sylvia Dorst, Phone: +49 351 563 36127, Email: kultur-aaa@tu-dresden.de): http://tu-dresden.de/kultur.

Accommodation for students is available in our student house Studentenwerk. At low rental costs, you get good accommodation and internet access. http://www.studentenwerk-dresden.de Additionally, there are many other alternatives to find and rent a private accommodation. http://tu-dresden.de/internationales

Meals for students are being subsidized by the German state. In order to benefit, you need to ask at dedicated dining halls for students and staff at the university, referred to as Mensa. The majority of the dining halls is located at the main campus: http://www.studentenwerk-dresden.de/mensen/mensen_cafeterien.html

Students of the TUD have free access to the Sächsische Landes- Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek (SLUB). This library includes the libraries of TUD's faculties, including the Faculty of Computer Science. It provides over 4 million books and can be reached in about 15 minutes by foot from the Faculty of Computer Science building: http://www.slub-dresden.de/en/

Computer Labs
The computer laboratories of the university are available for all students. The university and library buildings are equipped with WLAN for the students.

Special Needs
The buildings, lecture halls, laboratories and libraries are well-adapted to handicapped people and accessible for students in wheelchairs. The Studentenwerk provides special accommodation. The TUD offers particular services which depend on the disabled students' needs and the respective capacity of the faculty where the students want to do research or study. A special assistance is e.g. offered to visually handicapped students of the Computer Science Program. The university's representative for students with disabilities and chronic diseases handles counseling, disadvantage compensation and supports the integration into the study life: http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/gremien_und_beauftragte/beauftragte/bfsb

Equal Opportunities
TUD has equal opportunity commissioners, two of them for the computer science department. Their aim is the support in case of unequal treatment with applications or during studies etc.

The university's efforts to assist young families in their daily and study life were honoured by the Family Oriented University audit certificate in 2007. Students can e.g. refer to the office Studying with children which offers different kinds of support in relation to this topic: http://kinder.studentenwerk-dresden.de/ The Studentenwerk is running a nursery/kindergarten which is located near by the campus and provides 60 places for students' children: http://www.studentenwerk-dresden.de/soziales/kita.html There are specific preparatory classes offered in Dresden for elder children who do not speak German. They are taught German as a Second Language and a teacher accompanies them on their way toward scholastic and social integration.

Language Learning

TUD offers a large number of sport facilities at a very low price. It covers mountain, health and individual sports as well as games, dancing and many more: http://www.tu-dresden.de/sport

Students Networking
The Linkpartnerprogramm supports students who organize their travel and stay to/at TUD. It is aimed at helping you to integrate at the university and refers you to a student who will assist you with any questions or problems you might face. If you are interested, please contact this program before you start your study in Dresden: http://www.linkpartnerprogramm.de. A good service offers the Studentenwerk running a project called Students4Students where students already living in Dresden assist newcomers after their arrival. Students can use the following email address for first contacts: tutoren@study-dresden.com.
Members of the Fachschaftsrat (Students Representative Committee) of the Faculty of Computer Science will assist you in case of problems concerning your studies.

Support in Exceptional Situations
At TU Dresden, there is a center for psycho-social counselling for students. It provides help in cases of problems with studies, like exam anxiety, disruptions to studies, ineffective time management, problems with the family, partner, roommates etc.: http://www.studentenwerk-dresden.de/soziales/psychosoziale-beratung.html

In addition, there is Nightline Dresden, a listening-telephone from students for students: http://www.nightline-dresden.de.