General information about the elections

Every year at the end of November there is something to be elected at the TU Dresden, namely the student councils and many student representatives in many committees of the TU Dresden. On this page you can find information about which committees are elected, what they actually do and why also you should cast your vote. You can always find information about the current election at: (at the moment unfortunately only in german)

Why vote?

Together with more than 30,000 students we are the student body – by far the largest interest group at TU Dresden. We have a say in many decisions and are able to achieve a lot with our ideas. For example the comfortable semester ticket, which enables you to get around in all of Saxony. We also offer counselling services, support student groups and projects, assist people with financial & social struggles, organize events and much more!

Go vote and thereby ensure that the students will continue to have a strong voice at the university and that your interests will be represented. The student government can play an active role in the development of our university, they just have to be elected by you!

What are we voting for?

Faculty student council (FSR)

The faculty student council (FSR) is your representation at your faculty and the first point of contact in any case of problems during your studies. During the freshmen week the FSR will give you orientation at TU Dresden. Besides organizing many events like game nights and parties the FSR offers you useful tips and services like a collection of exams or material rent.

Up to 25 members elected by you make up the FSR, they usually meet once a week. The FSR members in turn send delegates to the student council (StuRa) and appoint student representatives for several faculty committees.

Faculty Board

The faculty board is the highest and directive committee at a faculty. At the monthly meetings, the main organizational, financial as well as personnel matters are discussed and decided on. Among other things, study documents developed in the Academic Affairs Committee are approved and nominations for the professorial chairs are organized.

The dean holds the chairmanship of the committee. Besides professors and representatives of the non-professorial academic staff, the administrative staff and the equal opportunity officer, there are also students elected by you in the faculty board.


The senate is responsible for all academic matters concerning teaching, studies, training and research, if they apply to the whole university and are of fundamental importance. It is the highest committee for university policies.

The rector of the university holds the chairmanship, yet he does not have voting rights. The 21 members with voting rights comprise the status groups of the professors, the non-professorial academic staff, the administrative staff as well as the students. In total there are 4 student representatives and their substitutes in the senate, all of them elected by you. There are also several senate committees doing the groundwork for the senate, to make the work of the senate itself more efficient. Students are a part of that, too, although they are not elected but appointed by the student council instead.

Extended Senate

Besides the senate there is also the extended senate. This committee doesn’t meet as often, though. It is responsible for electing and deselecting the rector as well as for the resolution of changes in the basic principles of TU Dresden.

The rector holds the chairmanship. Like in the senate, he has only an advisory role here, just like the vice-rectors, the chancellor, the deans and the equal opportunity officer. The extended senate contains the 21 members with voting rights of the senate as well as the same number of representatives from the status groups mentioned above. Like in the senate, you elect the 4 student representatives as well as their substitutes for the extended senate.

Equal Opportunity Officer

There are equal opportunity officers at various levels of the university. The representatives of the faculties and schools are directly elected. Any member of the faculty or school can become the equal opportunity commissioner. This means that also students can run for election.

The equal opportunity commissioners are qua office members of the faculty or department councils and are also represented on the appointment committees. In addition, the equal opportunity commissioners are contact persons at their level for problems and questions in the area of equal opportunity work and organize and support projects and events as far as possible.

Who can you vote for?

Students from different semesters and courses of study can be elected (with the exception of the equal opportunities representative, which can also be a member of staff or a professor). You can find the exact candidates for your student council on the website of your FSR. Candidates are often introduced with a short profile. In addition, you will find a list of all the people who are up for election on the current election page. There you will find links to the FSR pages and a presentation of the candidates for the senate or extended senate.