International Programmes 2020/2021

Dessau International Architecture Graduate School (DIA) Dessau International Architecture Graduate School (DIA)

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences • Dessau-Roßlau

Master of Arts (MA)
Teaching language
  • English

All courses are held in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

15 April for the following winter semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The DIA Graduate School of Architecture is conducting a Master's course in architecture at graduate level which is taught entirely in English. DIA Graduate School of Architecture started its activities 10 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1999 with 10 students. It has by now expanded to about 200 students from more than 50 countries.

The programme offers a multitude of academic options with a strong emphasis in teaching theory in balance with digital media and their intelligent architectonic and technical handling. Core areas of the programme are:

  • developing sustainable approaches to urban and architectural environment
  • using tools of new media and technologies in architecture
  • integrating theoretical approaches in practice of design

We encourage students to look at urban, technical as well as environmental problems with the aim of searching for sustainable proposals as solutions for tackling European and global issues.
The teaching staff is as international as the student body. Predominantly, DIA Graduate School of Architecture engages its teachers from Anhalt University. However, it has been a long standing practice to invite an international teaching staff as guest professors for one to two years. In addition, DIA Graduate School of Architecture has a long list of affiliated staff that have come to Dessau to do workshops, seminars and act as critics in charettes. Cooperation on a world wide basis also enable students and teachers a free flow of exchange with a variety of partner universities.

The superior objective of the study is a holistic four-semester international advance course of study with focus on designing the urban environment. The study is scientifically oriented and aims at practical application. The successful completion enables the graduate to render comprehensive management tasks in the field of architecture and to enter in promotion procedures.

Course organisation

The four semesters of this programme are organised in a way that prepares the student for conducting his or her thesis in the fourth semester to achieve a Master's degree.
The programme of the first three semesters consists of the following courses:

  • Design Studio
  • Urbanism
  • Architectural History and Theory
  • German Culture and Language
  • CAD/Logic
  • Electoral Compulsive Courses, chosen from the varying range offered each semester

During the fourth semester, the student works on an individual Master's thesis under the guidance of a Thesis Master and a second supervisor, leading to the final presentation.
The course is structured in modules. One module covers an interrelated teaching and learning unit that has to be completed by an examination or by other verifiable study performances. Credits are awarded for the successful completion of every module and the Master's thesis. The number of credits depends on the average workload of the student required for the respective module.

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International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Language training provided
  • Study trips
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
Description of e-learning elements

E-learning is a valuable extension of our in-class seminars.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
76 EUR
Costs of living
Approx. 750 EUR
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

Candidates must be in possession of a Bachelor's degree (180 credits) or a Diploma in Architecture awarded after a regular study time of at least three years.

An additional requirement is a portfolio of three personal works (academic and/or professional) of the applicant assessed as "good", at least, by a selection panel of the Department of Architecture, Facility Management and Geoinformation. The selection panel is formed of at least two members of the Study Committee.

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills: IELTS Academic test with a result of at least 6.5, Cambridge English or similar.

If you are a native English speaker, or if you have completed your Bachelor's degree in English, and you can provide a certificate to confirm this, you do not need to do a language test.

Application deadline

15 April for the following winter semester

Submit application to

The university requires all international applicants to use uni-assist. Please follow this link to start your application:

For further information on the programme, please visit

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Local student jobs are open to international students as are student tutor positions at Anhalt University (depending on availability and qualification).


There is limited capacity in student dormitories run by Student Services Halle (Studentenwerk Halle). Students are requested to file their application for such places at an early stage after admission has been granted. Only online applications can be accepted. Please send your application through the following portal:
If there are no rooms available in the dorms, we would like to refer you to:
Campus Coordinator in Dessau, Mrs Yili Lu (
Additionally, private offers are published on the students' blog and on the private market.
For further information see:

Supervisor-student ratio
The main studios have a ratio of 1 professor for 10 students.

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences

With its sites at Bernburg, Dessau and Köthen, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences can call upon proud traditions in science, innovation and cultural cosmopolitanism. These traditions guide us in research and teaching and are the backbone of our commitment in the central German region of Anhalt. Since its foundation, Anhalt University has established close links with both national and international research institutions as well as industry partners. Every subject at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences has been developed with the emphasis on practical training and a high standard of education. Project work based on practical application, international practical semesters and practice-oriented final year theses are part and parcel of the day-to-day coursework. Students' ideas are directly implemented in practice. New forms of teaching and e-learning, small study groups, excellent research and first-class contacts offer ideal conditions for a good start to a career either at home or abroad. In the field of research, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences occupies a premier position among German universities and is well placed for attracting third-party funding. Successful application- and transfer-oriented research projects extend their reach across the whole of central Germany. Furthermore, thanks to close industry contacts, many research results are employed directly in practice by small and medium-sized companies.

University location

DIA Graduate School of Architecture has a unique academic as well as geographic position: to study in the famous Bauhaus City Dessau, 120 km (80 miles) south of Berlin, is a treat for any architecture student. In addition, Dessau is embedded in a triangle of old historic German cities like Halle, Leipzig, and Wittenberg.