University of Oregon

Chemnitz University of Technology Exchange

Program Overview

The exchange program at the Chemnitz University of Technology is ideal for students in the field of Chemistry or Physics. You can earn credit through interdisciplinary courses, research, and lab-work (in nanophysics, magnetism, microscopy & analysis at the micro and nano scale, semi conductor physics, surface spectroscopies, spectroelectrochemistry, and more). Improve your German language skills by participating in a three-week intensive German language course and a language partner program. The program offers the chance to participate in interdisciplinary and research-based learning in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at TU-Chemnitz, while experiencing the rich cultural setting and beautiful landscape of Saxony.

The Chemnitz University of Technology is located adjacent to the Theaterplatz in downtown Chemnitz. Chemnitz is the third-largest city in the state of Saxony in eastern Germany. Located in the northern foothills of the Ore Mountains, the border with the Czech republic and Dresden, the state’s capital, are just under an hour away.

Academic Details

The Chemnitz University of Technology offers a variety of courses in the fields of Chemistry and Physics. One of the main characteristics of the university training at Chemnitz is its commitment to research-oriented learning. Courses are interdisciplinary and include practical research-based learning in the classroom and laboratory. Possible areas of study include nanophysics, magnetism, microscopy and analysis at the micro and nano scale, semi conductor physics, surface spectroscopies, and spectroelectrochemistry. Take courses with other German and international students in the Faculty of Natural Sciences on the TU-Chemnitz campus. You can access approximately 1.2 million books and 1,900 journals as well as 4,000 electronic journals at the university's library. Research and training are further supported by a state-of-the-art computer center and the CUT Language Center, which imparts a high level of technical terminology competence to future graduates.

The language of instruction is primarily German. A selection of courses taught in English are available, but you should not expect to take a full course load in English. If you are participating in summer research programs, you may be able to do so in English (see program coordinator for more details). If you are interested in developing your German language ability, Chemnitz offers a 3-week intensive language course at a variety of levels. You can also opt to participate in a language partner program.

For more information about available courses, please visit Chemnitz University of Technology.

Housing Description

The university offers ten different residence halls on campus for accommodations. You will live in an on-campus dormitory or apartment complex with arrangements ranging from single apartments to shared-flats (two to six students). Living arrangements include a mixture of German and/or international students. A virtual tour of the accommodations is available on the CUT housing website: You will have the option to prepare meals in the dorm/apartment kitchen facilities or eat inexpensively at student cafeterias or cafes in town. Chemnitz has some of the lowest rents (usually between 170-240 Euros) among German cities with a variety of newly renovated apartments in all sizes available in the campus neighborhood.

Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, you will later fill out an application for the exchange university. 

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

Participants in summer research projects may not need a background in German language.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineExtended DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall-Winter Semester2017-1802/01/2017N/A10/10/20173/31/2018
Summer Session III2017TBAN/A4/1/20179/30/2017
Spring Semester201805/15/2017N/AEarly-AprilLate-September

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.