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Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig


Program Snapshot

The Technische Universität Braunschweig is a research university with a rich tradition. For more than 260 years we have been providing a first-class education in the fields of engineering sciences and have been working at the forefront of technological development. Our University is a member of the TU 9 - Network, the consortium of Germany’s leading institutes of technology. For 18,000 students the TU Braunschweig is a gateway to professional life. Six departments and 120 institutes offer 65 different degree programs and excellent facilities for interdisciplinary research work within the fields of engineering, natural and social sciences and the humanities.

Braunschweig is a lively student city and the second largest city in the state of Niedersachsen. With a population of 250,000 it is big enough to feel cosmopolitan and still small enough not to be overwhelming. It is a friendly place, easy to get to know yet still capable of holding sur-prises even after having lived here for many years. Situated right in the heart of Germany, Braunschweig is easy to reach. High-speed trains from Berlin and Hamburg take under two hours, Hannover is less than one hour away. A public transportation network is available to students at no cost. Braunschweig is in Lower Saxony, about 30 miles east of Hannover, and easily accessible to Berlin, Warsaw and Leipzig. For nature lovers the Harz Mountains offer ideal opportunities for hiking and skiing. .
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Photo Credit: TU Braunschweig/Kruszewski

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year, semester, summer

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: early October to July;
Semester 1: mid-October to mid-February;
Semester 2: mid-April to mid-July; summer program.

Fast Facts
Braunschweig, Germany (pop. 250,000)
Student Enrollment: 18,000
Language of instruction: German, some English
University Home Page
International Office
Course Information


ISEP-Exchange in regular University courses

Architecture; Biology, Biotechnology and Psychology; Chemistry, Food chemistry and Pharmacy; Education and Pedagogics (grammar school, music, performing art, primary, secondary, sports); Engineering (aerospace, automotive, biological process, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, mobility and transportation); Mathematics, Finance & Business, Business Information Systems, Technology, Computer Science (systems engineering, medical informatics, business informatics); Media Studies; Philosophy and Social Sciences (art history, English language & literature, German language & literature, history, philosophy, political science); Physics and Geosciences (geology, geophysics, physics).

Courses taught in English
Most of the courses are taught in German, but some English taught causes are available as well. A list of courses available in English can be found here. Fieldwork, thesis or laboratory work under personal supervision may require little to no German.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Courses at the Masters Level are available in all fields.

Academic Notes
More than 25 internationally renowned research institutes and companies with global reputation make Braunschweig the most intensive research and development region of Europe and the perfect location for an institute of technology. Research fields range from metrology, information and communication technology to transport engineering, aeronautical and space research, biotechnology and environmental engineering. The high density of research facilities and industry offers excellent conditions for interdisciplinary research work. Students and scientists benefit greatly from this enormous scientific potential and the many active partnerships between the University, research institutes and industry. Latest scientific results and new developments are an integral part of teaching at all levels.

Language Notes
Language Requirements: 2 semesters of German is recommended. 4-5 semesters of German is required to follow courses conducted in German. Students wishing to enroll solely in English-taught courses are required to provide proof of basic German proficiency.

Language Notes: German language courses are offered in conjunction with a reduced number of regular courses during the academic year through the university language center. Note: I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit a minimum official TOEFL score of 550 (PBT) or 80 (IBT) in order to participate in courses in English. An IELTS score of 6 will also be accepted. Previous German language is required since the language courses are taught at the intermediate and advanced levels.

Pre-session: A pre-session German language course is offered at intermediate and advanced levels and is offered on a fee-paying basis.

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
German Options-at-a-Glance
German Language Advising Chart

Special Academic Conditions
All fields are open to ISEP students; however some restrictions may apply to the fields of biology, biotechnology, food chemistry, and pharmacy due to limited lab space. It is strongly recommended that applicants in these fields are flexible with their choice of courses.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
ISEP students must have at least junior-year standing. Note: Students applying for SM1 ONLY should note the end date for Braunschweig is not until February and should make arrangements for SM2 accordingly.

Hints for Researching Courses
Researching courses in English on a German university homepage can be difficult and confusing. Here find a quick guide to navigating a university website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study.
Download the ISEP Guide to Course Selection
Photo Credit: TU Braunschweig/Kruszewski

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms in university residence halls, which have shared showers, laundry and cooking facilities. Private accommodations are also possible. Students receive a stipend to buy groceries or cafeteria meals. Married students can be accommodated with sufficient advance notice..


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 250 Euros per month. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Students will be provided with written orientation information with their letter of acceptance which details pre-departure and first-day info.
Students should always inform their host ISEP coordinator of their arrival time, which should be during regular business hours (M-F). Germany has a safe and reliable network of public transportation which will take students from the airport to their host site easily and most people in Germany will speak fluent English.

Braunschweig offers a Peer Student Program: The peer student pre-departure contact can help with arrival and with the formalities at the beginning of the stay in Braunschweig.

There is a formal orientation meeting for all exchange students in the week before the start of courses, where the ISEP coordinator will counsel students individually on course registration, health insurance and other matters.

Additionally, the ISN (International Student Network) is a team of students who organize a varied and lively semester program for international students, including 1 or 2-day excursions, parties, sporting and cultural events.

Student Activities
Students have many opportunities for exciting research and individual lab work at TU Branschweig in many diverse fields.
Outside of class, students are also invited to participate in many collegiate activities. For the sports enthusiasts, check out the whole list of sports options available to students at the university here
Also, if you enjoy meeting and learning about people from all over the world, Braunschweig is for you! The International Student Network (ISN) provides students with opportunities for trips, events and weekly meet-ups with German and International students. Check out the ISN Website for more opportunities to get involved.

Dating back to 1745, TU Braunschweig is Germany’s oldest technical university. Facilities include a library, a sophisticated computer center, a sports center, a language laboratory and media library, the Automotive Research Center Niedersachsen, and Europe’s second largest research airport. Total enrollment: about 18,000 with over 2,300 international students coming from about 100 countries. TU Braunschweig is a member of the TU9-Network, the consortium of Germany’s leading institutes of technology.
Photo Credit: TU Braunschweig/Kruszewski