Welcome to the BTU – You have come to the right place!

Unlike large technical universities, we offer optimal conditions for your successful studies. Preceding the admission and enrolment phase, we provide customized information and consulting services. We are known for our excellent all-round student care and the uncomplicated, personal communication between lecturers and students.

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Besides the many opportunities for international courses and excursions I like the area around Cottbus. The region of south Brandenburg is a very calm area, close to many different Natural Reserves where biking is especially nice, for example along the Spree River. I also love to go canoeing in the Spreewald natural reserve.

Esteban Menares, Chile, Environmental and Resource Management

In my spare time I am involved in the organization of the "Slavik Culture Nights" at BTU. I'm happy to live in a quiet, nice, safe city that isn't too big. And with the semester ticket I can explore the whole of Brandenburg and Berlin.

Darya Sopryayeva, Kazakhstan, Processing Technologies of Materials

Life here is affordable, BTU is a very international university and there’s a lot of professional support during the studies. Cottbus being a small town is an easy place to arrive and adapt when you’re coming from another country. BTU is great as it provides a variety of multicultural activities, language courses and sports.

Viviane Komati. Brazil, Environmental and Resouce Management

At BTU, I like the willingness of the professors to help the students. In and around Cottbus I especially like the beautiful lakes, the Branitzer park and the Spreewald. I like the tranquility in Cottbus very much, it is a nice variety of life in big cities and very good for studying, since I can focus well on it.

Gitau Mwathi, Kenya, Engineering

As a guest researcher in the team for Multiparameter Diagnostics I am very excited to work in the best laboratory I have ever been. The town of Senftenberg is a silent, peaceful, charming city with beautiful nature and it is lovely to be here – especially in summer, when the swimming season starts.

Adeliia Giliazeva, Russia, Biotechnology

My preferences were to study science and help the earth, while enjoying the combination of German and international culture. The BTU was the best option among others! Cottbus is a city, so you can find almost everything you want easily. But it is not so loud or crowded, and you can have quiet time and study as well.

Jung Yoon, South Korea, Environmental and Resource Management

Application and Arrival

Apply in 3 Steps

Apply to study at the BTU online via UniAssist. The prerequisites are a university entrance qualification and the required language level.

10 Reasons for BTU

An excellent staff-student ratio, affordable housing, high recreational value and a multicultural campus... discover these and more reasons for BTU!

Incoming Exchange at BTU

The BTU provides the opportunity for students and researchers from all over the world to come to BTU for a short or long term and to upskill internationally or linguistically.

Arrival and Enrollment

Preparation, Arrival, Enrolment and Study Start: Here you will find support at every stage of your study for our international students.


With BTU, you can find available and affordable housing on campus and even in the city centre!

Financing your Studies

How much money do I need? Here you can find everything around financing your studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What can I study at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg?

    There are more than 60 degree programmes are available for study at the BTU. The wide array of courses range from architecture and biotechnology to industrial engineering and are available on the study programmes overview page, as well as on the study guides for Bachelor's degree programmes and Master's degree programmes. In addition, BTU offers 15 English-language degree programmes (Bachelor, Master, PhD), as well as double and joint degrees with partner universities worldwide.

  • Should I choose an applied or a research-oriented degree programme?

    At the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, you have the special opportunity to study either and applied or research-oriented study programme. In general, applied degree programmes are geared more towards direct applicability in practice and offer the option of a dual degree study programme, while the research oriented-study programmes focus more on a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of science and proximity to research. Excellent study conditions exist for both types of study programmes at the BTU.

  • What requirements must I fulfil to study at the BTU?

    To study at the BTU, certain requirements must be fulfilled in accordance with Brandenburg University Law. For Bachelor´s degree programmes, these are usually a German university entrance qualification. In addition, there are specific requirements for some degree programmes, such as language certificates or health certificates. For Master's degree programmes, a suitable first degree qualifying for a profession is required. In all cases, the required language level must be proven. The detailed application and admission requirements of BTU can be found on this website

  • Where can I live in Cottbus and Senftenberg?

    For students of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, there are many nice and affordable housing options very close to the university and the city center. Tips and contact information specifically for international students can be found in the Welcome to BTU brochure and on the International Relations Office´s websites on housing/ accommodation and financing.

  • How long does one semester last? What other dates do I have to keep in mind?

    One year at the university is divided into semesters, each lasting six months. The winter semester runs from October to March and the summer semester from April to September. Most study programmes at BTU start in the winter semester. An overview of all important dates, such as lecture periods, application and enrolment deadlines is provided by the schedule of the current semester

  • How can I get a timetable for my studies?

    A fixed timetable is rare when studying. Putting together the modules for the first semester is therefore usually one of the first challenges while studying, which in Germany is very freely organized in many subjects and must (and may! :)) be designed independently.

    The course of the first semester can and should be planned with the help of the examination and study regulations of the degree programme and the Information Portal Teaching. In the appendix of the examination and study regulations, you will find the standard study plan (curriculum), which suggests a distribution of the modules over the semesters of the study programme. All modules and courses of BTU are incorporated within the Information Portal Teaching, including the modules for the first semester. Further information can be found in the brochure Getting Started and - on the various student portals - in the tutorial series "Digital BTU".

Absolutely essential: At the beginning of your studies, all of this information and what to do with it is new and unfamiliar. That's why the introductory week for first-year students provides support and good examples that you can use as a guide.