Technical University of Berlin

City: Berlin
Language of instruction: English, German
  • Located in Berlin, Germany’s capital city at the heart of Europe
  • One of the largest universities of technology in Germany
  • Continually ranked among the top academic institutions around the world
  • The only university in the capital region offering engineering subjects
  • Main campus situated in Berlin’s Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district in the heart of the “City West” area
  • Also 2 other large campuses in Berlin
  • One in the historical industrial district Wedding, and the other on the property of the famous “Gasometer” in the Schöneberg district
  • Individual laboratories, TU buildings, and sports halls are also scattered around the city

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Partner university's areas of study

Architecture and Landscape ArchitectureArtsCommerce (UBCV)EngineeringLand and Food SystemsManagement (UBCO)Science

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Most lectures are given in German, exchange students are therefore expected to have acheived at least a German B2 level or higher within the past three years in order to be able to study at TU Berlin (To determine your level, please self-assess with: European Language Portfolio Global Scale)
  • Students also have the opportunity to attend the intensive pre-semester German courses offered at TU Berlin's Center for Modern Languages (ZEMS)
  • There is a growing number of courses offered in English
  • TU Berlin also offers a few Master programs that are entirely taught in English


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Summer

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in many areas of study, particularly in science and engineering

Term dates

  • Winter semester: October 1 to March 31
    • Lecture period is from mid-October to mid-February
    • Exams occur from February to March
    • Pre-semester German language courses are run in the month preceeding the semester
  • Summer semester: April 1 to September 30
    • Lecture period is from mid-April to mid-July
    • Exams occur from July to September
    • Pre-semester German language courses are run in the month preceeding the semester
  • TU Berlin Summer University: July to August, depending on courses


  • Students attending the TU Berlin Winter Semester will not be able to return to UBC for Term 2
  • Students attending TU Berlin Summer Semester may not be able to return to UBC for Term 1 (it may be possible to finish courses and exams in time to return, but students will need to coordinate with the relevant department(s) at TUM to ensure they are not taking courses with exams in September)
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade


Grading scheme

  • 1,0 - 1,5 — very good
  • 1,6 - 2,5 — good
  • 2,6 - 3,5 — satisfactory
  • 3,6 – 4,0 — sufficient
  • 4,1 - 5,0 — failed 

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate researchUndergrad research

Course information and restrictions

  • A typical German semester runs 24 weeks — 16 weeks of classes, 4-6 weeks self-study preparation for exams, and 3-4 weeks exam period
  • There is limited coursework available in humanities and social sciences, while some coursework is available in economics and management, and some courses in food technology and food chemistry may also be open to exchange students
  • The majority of course offerings are in science and engineering
  • No coursework is available in fine arts
  • TU Berlin exchange students also have to the opportunity to attend courses at several other Berlin universites: the student would be required to register with the other Berlin university as a guest student after enrolment at TU Berlin, and would be limited to listing 3 courses from the other university on their TU Berlin transcript
  • Some courses at TU Berlin are measured in SWS credits (the number of hours per week per semester): in these subject areas you will need to ask the professor to indicate the ECTS equivalent on the course certificate you get for successful participation
  • Please note that students do NOT automatically get a transcript at the end of their of studies at TU Berlin: instead, they will receive a confirmation - a "Schein" - for each course successfully completed
  • To receive a record of all courses and achieved grades listed on one single and official paper instead of taking home a pile of "Scheine", students will need to complete the TU Berlin Transcript Form and bring all of their "Scheine" to the International Office to get an official transcript signed and stamped

Full course load information

  • The regular course load for undergraduates and graduates is 30 ECTS/semester
  • Exchange students (graduate & undergraduate) are required to take a minimum of 18 - 20 ECTS and a maximum of 30 ECTS per semester

TU Berlin Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: CPSC 3rd
Title: Cognitive Algorithms
Partner course code: 0434 L 502
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-13
UBC course: CPSC 3rd
Title: Internet Security
Partner course code: 0434 L 812
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-27
UBC course: CPSC 416
Title: Distributed Systems
Partner course code: 0432 L 100
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2019-08-27
UBC course: CPSC 425
Title: Automatic Image Analysis
Partner course code: 0433 L 130
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-19
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • Students considering this university are encouraged to apply for the generous DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship -  application is due by January 31, before you will have received confirmation of your exchange, therefore you will require a letter from Go Global to apply

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Additional fees

  • Contribution to the Student Social Fund
  • Cost of a semester ticket for use of Berlin's public transportation system

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • There is a limited number of dormitory rooms available for exchange students
  • Shortly after the application deadline, TU Berlin offers exchange students the opportunity to apply for one of these rooms by sending an email with information about the particulars of the dormitory application
  • Exchange students cannot apply for housing directly through the Studentenwerk Berlin and must apply through the TU Berlin International Office

TU Berlin housing information for exchange students

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