FAQ - Frequently asked questions
- How do ERASMSU/European and Overseas Students apply for exchange studies at TU Berlin?
- What kind of documents do I need for my application?
- When do I have to apply?
- Can I also apply as a free-mover to TU Berlin?
- Do I have to be able to speak German if I want to study at TU Berlin?
- Is TU Berlin offering a pre-semster intensive German program?
- How do I find accommodation?
- When should I arrive in Berlin?
- Where do I go after my arrival in Berlin?
- Where can I find the TU Berlin course catalogue?
- How much money does a student living in Berlin need?
- Are exchange students permitted to work whilst in Berlin?
- Who should I contact with my questions and concerns?
How do ERASMSU/European and Overseas Students apply for exchange studies at TU Berlin?
Most important criteria is an existing exchange cooperation between TU Berlin and your home university - without we are not able to accept your application.
Furthermore, you have to be nominated by your home university for the exchange. Only then should you apply to TU Berlin’s International Office.
What kind of documents do I need for my application?
ERASMUS/European Students please use these
application forms 
Overseas Students please use these application forms 
Please make sure that all information is filled in correctly on the computer and that the application form is signed and stamped by your exchange coordinator and sent to us by mail.
Illegible forms without signature and stamp will not be accepted!
When do I have to apply?
- Deadline for winter semesters is always June 1st
- Deadline for summer semesters is always December 1st
Can I also apply as a free-mover to TU Berlin?
No, unfortunately we can only accept exchange students who apply within the frame of an exchange cooperation.
Do I have to be able to speak German if I want to study at TU Berlin?
Yes, because the majority of courses is being offered in German. Consequently, it is indispensable that you take German classes before embarking on your studies over here.
ERASMUS students even have to prove German skills on the completed level A2 when applying.
Is TU Berlin offering a pre-semster intensive German program?
Yes, about a month before the semester starts the ZEMS  (Zentraleinrichtung Moderne Sprachen - Center for Modern Languages) offers a pre-semester intensive German course for ERASMUS students (starting on B1 level) and for overseas students.
More about it can be found here .
How do I find accommodation?
The dorm situation and the
Berlin housing market are getting tighter every year. That is why we
advise our students to start looking for affordable housing well in
advance. More info about this and some useful links can be found on
our housing website .
When should I arrive in Berlin?
If you intend to participate in
the pre-semester German course you should arrive shortly before our
Early Bird Meeting (beginning of March for summer semesters and
beginning of September for winter semesters).
Apart from that you should arrive shortly before our orientation session (beginning of April for summer semesters and beginning of October for winter semesters). Then you have sufficient time to get through all the formalities, to explore the campus and Berlin and to find suitable housing.
For further info about semester dates please check our dates and deadlines for incoming students .
Where do I go after my arrival in Berlin?
After you settled into your hostel, dorm or shared apartment you should visit us during office hours .
ERASMUS students should go to room H39 and overseas students to room H41b. Here we can answer your most immediate questions and start the enrolment process.
Where can I find the TU Berlin course catalogue?
The course catalogue is available online: www.tu-berlin.de/lsf/ 
Our user manual  for the course catalogue might be helpful.
How much money does a student living in Berlin need?
- Accommodation 200-350€
- Food 200€
- Clothing 50€
- Books 20€
- Miscellaneous 40€
- Total ~ 510-660€ per month
- Semester ticket ~ 200€ (once per semester - covers public transport in Berlin during the semester)
Are exchange students permitted to work whilst in Berlin?
Generally it is possible to work. However, there are certain regulations to be observed: Exchange students are only allowed to work 120 days on full-time basis or 240 days on part-time basis. More info about working can be found here .
Who should I contact with my questions and concerns?
concerning your exchange or about administrative matters:
Administrative Exchange Student Advisors 
Academic Counselling Units in the Faculties 
Online Course Catalogue
- Click here 
Office HoursTuesdays & Thursdays
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
(ERASMUS and Overseas)
and 2 pm - 4 pm