Brandenburg University of Technology

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Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg
Brandenburgische Technische Universität
Brandenburgische Technische Universität logo.svg
Motto Wir gestalten nachhaltige Zukunft
Motto in English
Engineering Solutions for a Sustainable Future
Type Public
Established 1991
President Prof. Dr. J. Steinbach [1]
Students 9000 (WS 2014/15) [2]
Location Cottbus - Senftenberg, Brandenburg, Germany
Nickname BTU

The Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus- Senftenberg (German: Brandenburgische Technische Universität - BTU Cottbus) was founded in 1991 and is the top technical university in Brandenburg, Germany. Located in Cottbus, in English it is often called Technical University of Cottbus or TU Cottbus. In (WS 2012/13), the University had 112 professors, 594 academic staff and 6,972 students, of which 1,234 are of foreign origin from 89 nations.[2]


The university has been a school for construction engineering in the former GDR starting from 1954. After the German reunification the school became a Technical University and was finally renamed into Brandenburg Technical University in 1994. In the following years the university has undergone major construction efforts and the number of students has continuously grown ever since. In February 2013 the Landtag of Brandenburg decided to fuse the BTU and the Hochschule Lausitz on July 1, 2013 to found the new university Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg (abbreviation: BTU). [3]


The University is separated into 4 faculties [4] (German: Fakultät) each of them having a focus on certain study and research areas. Each faculty is further subdivided into departments (Institut). The following faculties exist:

  • Faculty 1: Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Computer Science
  • Faculty 2: Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning
  • Faculty 3: Mechanical, Electrical and Industrial Engineering
  • Faculty 4: Environmental Sciences and Process Engineering
  • Faculty 5: Engineering and Computer Science
  • Faculty 6: Natural Sciences
  • Faculty 7: Business Administration and Social Sciences, Music Education
  • Faculty 8: Construction


The modern university library

The new library was opened in the year 2004 and is called Informations-, Kommunikations- und Medienzentrum (IKMZ). It was designed by the famous architects Herzog & de Meuron.


Academic year[edit]

The central forum of BTU

Like for most universities in Germany, the academic year at BTU is divided into two semesters. The winter term (Wintersemester) is the official beginning of the academic year and lasts from October 1 to March 31. The summer term (Sommersemester) lasts from April 1 to September 30. The teaching takes place in only 15 weeks per semester and is followed by an examination period (Prüfungszeitraum) where usually no lectures are held.

Tuition and Fees[edit]

All students, regardless if German or non-German, need to pay a fee of 256,10 Euro per semester. The fee includes a student transit pass (Semesterticket) which allows the students to travel with all public transportation services in the states Berlin and Brandenburg for free. Free use of regional express train(RE 18) to Dresden-Neustadt is also included. There is no further fee collected as the parliament of the federal-state Brandenburg decided not to introduce further study fees (Studiengebühr)

Academic programmes[edit]

BTU has introduced the international Bachelor/Master's degree system for all its study programmes. The following programmes are offered:[5]

  • Applied Mathematics (Master)
  • Architecture (Bachelor/Master)
  • Communicating Architecture (Master)
  • Building and Conservation (Master)
  • Business Administration (Bachelor/Master)
  • Business Administration and Engineering (Bachelor/Master)
  • Business Law for technology companies (Master)
  • Business Mathematics (Bachelor)
  • Biomedical Electronic Engineering (Master)
  • Civil Engineering (Bachelor/Master)
  • Computer Science (Bachelor/Master)
  • Culture and Technology (Bachelor/Master)
  • eBusiness (Bachelor/Master)
  • Environmental Engineering Process Technology (Bachelor/Master)
  • Fuel from Biomass and Waste (Master)
  • Electrical Engineering (Bachelor/Master)
  • Environmental and Resource Management* (Bachelor/Master)
  • Euro Hydro-Informatics and Water Management* (Master)
  • Information and Media Technology (Bachelor/Master)
  • Land Use and Water Management (Bachelor/Master)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor/Master)
  • Mathematics (Bachelor/Master)
  • Renewable Raw Materials and Renewable Energy (Master)
  • Physics (Bachelor/Master)
  • Power Engineering* (Master)
  • Process Technology (Bachelor)
  • Structural Engineering (Master)
  • Technology and Innovation Management (Master)
  • Heritage conservation and site management* (Master)
  • Technologies of Biogenic Raw Materials (Bachelor)
  • Urban and Regional Planning (Bachelor/Master)
  • Environmental Engineering (Bachelor)
  • World Heritage Studies* (Master)

The programmes marked with the star symbol are taught in English.

International Partnerships[edit]

The BTU has a worldwide network of partner universities and allows students to take part in European Erasmus Programme or overseas programmes such as STUDEXA or GE4. Students who want to participate in an exchange programme do not need to pay the tuition fee of the hosting university.


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°46′2″N 14°19′35″E / 51.76722°N 14.32639°E / 51.76722; 14.32639