Annual Exchange Programs

  • Artist Residency Program (Spring through Fall)
    Greater Columbus Arts Council and Saxony State Ministry of Arts, Sciences and Tourism and Kulturstiftung Sachsen)
    Every year, two Columbus artists and two Saxony artists are selected to spend 2-3 month residencies in the respective sister city (Dresden / Columbus)
    Find out about the 2022 selected artists 
  • OSU Summer German Language Program in Dresden (Summer)
    Annual program for undergraduate students at The Ohio State University who are enrolled in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
    The students spend two months in Dresden studying the language and history and experience the culture.
  • Columbus – Dresden Marathon Exchange (October)
    This annual program was launched in 2012 and is coordinated by Dresden Sister City, Inc. in collaboration with the Columbus Marathon. Five Columbus athletes and five Dresden athletes are selected in a competitive application process to represent their city in the respective sister city’s marathon or half marathon race. The two races coincide in most years, or are only a week apart in some years. Head over to our Marathon Exchange Page for more information!
  • Work-based Student Exchange Program (Fall)
    Bi-annual program between Columbus State Community College and Berufsschulzentrum für Elektrotechnik Dresden
    This program brings 10 students from Dresden to Columbus for 8-10 days to explore their sister city and learn about career development programs in their field (electrical engineering and IT) at Columbus State Community College and industry partners’ facilities in even years (2018 and 2020, etc.). In uneven years (2019 and 2021, etc.), ten Columbus State students visit their partner school in Dresden and learn about workforce development programs in their chosen STEM career fields in Germany.
    What makes this program unique: (1) The students are partnered up with their German counterparts and share a hotel room, shadow their counterparts in their classrooms, labs and industrial training facility.  (2) This is more than a study abroad program as it permits the students to experience the other culture within the surroundings of their chosen career field and immerses them in the lives of their tandem partners. (3)  The program comes at no cost for the selected students and is funded by a multitude of public and private sources, which solves the biggest obstacle for community college students for studying abroad – affordability (In the U.S. less than 3% of the community college population studies abroad).
  • Third Tuesday of Every Month: Dresden Stammtisch – social gathering – free and open to the public!