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Getting off to a good start after your studies

Career start in Germany

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.

As soon as you finish your studies, you should consult your contact person at the Aliens Registration Office, as your residence permit will have to be adapted accordingly.  The following events and services will also help you in this respect:

Looking for an Internship or a Job

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.
  • REALITY is the job fair of the computer science sector, organized by the Faculty of Computer Science.            
  • Konaktiva is the student business contact fair at TU Dort­mund University.
  • 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                  

Applications and job interviews

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.

Stay in Touch

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".

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