The Dortmund Global Edge Program (DoGEP) is a special offer for students from partner universities in the USA. Students (Bachelor or Master) start in the fall/winter semester with a study abroad program at TU Dortmund University with special additional courses in English and follow up with an internship in the Ruhr Area in the following spring/summer semester. TU Dortmund University organizes the internship for the students.
You start in September with a four-week German Intensive Course for exchange students and then start in October with the lectures you have selected in advance with your Academic Advisor.
The special offer in DoGEP is that additional courses in English are offered for you. These courses can deal with topics like transatlantic relations, doing business in the EU and the intersection of culture and technology. During the winter semester 2019/2020 DoGEP students attended the courses "What is 'German'? German History and Identity Formation" and "The Union at Risk - History and Future of the European Union" and also chose other courses from the regular course offerings. Due to the COVID-19 situation, these courses will be offered online for exchange students in the winter semester 2020/2021.
Furthermore, you will benefit from an application training, so that you are optimally prepared for the internship in the second semester.
If you do not have any German language skills before your arrival in Dortmund, this is no problem! If you already have good language skills, all doors are also open to you.
The International Office focuses on building up a close relationship between you and your contacts at TU Dortmund University during the first semester so that an internship can be individually organized for you.
In the spring/summer semester you will complete your internship, which will be accompanied by courses on intercultural training or German business culture.
Your internship will end at the same time the summer semester ends, by the end of July.
This program gives you the opportunity to not only experience studying at a German university, but also to gain valuable insight into everyday work life in Germany.
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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.
Dortmund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dortmund Airport to TU Dortmund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dortmund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more information). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dortmund Airport.