Would you like to stay in Germany after the successful completion of your studies at TU Dortmund University? On these pages you can find useful advice and information about life and work in Germany.
Many international graduates consider working in Germany for a certain period of time to gain valuable experience on the German labor market. Qualified specialists are needed and welcome in Germany, so the German government is promoting the immigration of foreign employees.
The following events and services will also help you in this respect:
International Career Fair
Update Immigration Law
Workshop "Business Appearance"
Offers for Companies
Mentoring Program "Tandem²Job"
As soon as you finish your studies, you should consult with your contact persons at the Foreigners' Registration Office (in Dortmund: "Dienstleistungszentrum für Visa-Angelegenheiten,ausländische Studierende und Fachkräfte"), as your residence permit must change accordingly.
In this flyer of the city of Dortmund you will find various information, for example, on how to find a job, how to extend your residence permit in order to pursue employment, and the responsible contact persons.
For foreign professionals there is also the possibility to get the residence title "Blue Card". You can find all information about this on the pages of the German Federal Foreign Office.
Start your job search early! Remember that some career fairs or information events are held just once a year, so inform yourself in good time and do not miss any registration deadlines. In general, it is not unusual for application processes to take up to 6 months and require several applications, although this can vary greatly, of course. Find out about your individual strengths, interests and abilities and look beyond your own nose when looking for suitable vacancies - the search is often not (only) for graduates with specific degrees, but rather with the right skills.
There are also regular events at TU Dortmund University to support you in the transition from university to the job market. These can be career fairs, for example, which offer you the opportunity to get in contact with different companies, get an internship position and potentially even submit your application. It is therefore important to prepare well beforehand, have your CV or short application ready and approach company representatives openly. Among others, you can find the following offers at TU Dortmund University:
- Job offers for students are provided by the job portal of TU Dortmund University, the so-called Stellenwerk.
- The annual Internationale Karrieremesse at TU Dortmund University aims especially at international students.
- Looking for practical experience during your studies? You can do this in Germany, but also abroad! All information about internships abroad and scholarships can be found on our outgoing internship pages.
- REALITY is the job fair of the computer science sector, organized by the Faculty of Computer Science.
- The Autonome AusländerInnenReferat of TU Dortmund University, a department of the General Student Committee (Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss, AStA), offers career seminars in English.
- Also, feel free to take a look at what other graduates have experienced at the International Career Fair so far.
- You will find many helpful tips for job search onMake it in Germany
In order to apply successfully on the German job market, you should deal with the "dos and don'ts" of application writing. Current literature on the subject of applications and job interviews can be helpful, or you could seek professional advice. Find out more about the company you would like to apply to. Do not send standard applications to different companies, but adapt each application individually to the respective employer. You should also consider beforehand which documents you need to submit and which standards and rules need to be followed - our workshop on business appearance can be helpful in this matter!
Please do not forget that your German language skills are the key to the success of your application! Many employers in Germany expect good knowledge of the German language. So do not only work on your specialist knowledge during your studies, but also remember to continuously improve your language skills; e.g. through language courses or by joining clubs and associations on campus.
- The university team of the Employment Agency (Hochschulteam der Agentur für Arbeit) will advise you on all questions concerning starting a job.
- The International Office offers an application advisory service for English and German internship applications.
- At Europass you can get advice on how to design your curriculum vitae.
- At the Alumniportal Deutschland you can find current job offers for international graduates.
- You will also find useful tips and links on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD ).
- Find out about Language Courses on the website of the Centre for Higher Education (zhb), Department of Foreign Languages.
- The „Centrum für Entrepreneurship und Transfer“ (CET) supports students and scientists in exploiting their ideas and research results, for example through innovative start-ups or SME projects (SME = small and medium-sized enterprises).
After successfully finalizing your studies at TU Dortmund University, we would like to stay in touch with you. Please visit the pages of Alumni International and become part of our international network! This network is aimed at former students of TU Dortmund University as well as international scientists and scholars actively pursuing their research activities at TU Dortmund University.
The Association of Friends of TU Dortmund University (Gesellschaft der Freunde der TU Dortmund) also has an extensive network and establishes contacts between the university and its economic, political and cultural environment.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".Zum Lageplan