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German Intensive Course

The Department of Foreign Languages at TU Dortmund University offers a 4-week German Intensive Course for exchange students in September and March. This intensive language course is free of charge.

The International Office recommends participating in the German Intensive Course, since all administrative procedures and orientation events take place during these four weeks, thus allowing students the best way to settle in before the start of the semester.

If you would like to take part in the four-week German Intensive Course, simply check the appropriate box in your application.

This course is only for students who will study at TU Dortmund University within the following exchange programs:   

  • Erasmus+ (Mobility with program and partner countries)
  • USA Pro­gramm
  • ISEP
  • Student exchange at university level / faculty level

7 ECTS (or for ISEP/US students 4 US credits) are awarded for the successful completion of the German Intensive Course.

Courses are offered at all language levels A1-B2 (beginner, intermediate, advanced according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Which course is right for you will be determined in a short placement test on the first day of the German Intensive Course following the official welcome.

Further information and course descriptions can be found on the website of the Department of Foreign Languages.

The courses take place Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. The room numbers will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Official welcome and placement test: 9:00 a.m. | International Meeting Center (IBZ) of TU Dortmund University (North Campus | Emil-Figge-Straße 59)

On the first day of the German Intensive Course an official welcome will take place, where you will receive all the important information for the following days (e.g. enrolment, signing of the rental contract, dealing with authorities, opening of a bank account). The placement test takes place directly afterwards. Sometimes the course starts on a Tuesday for logistical reasons.

In general, participation in the German Intensive Course is only possible once. If you have not participated in the German Intensive Course prior to the semester start, you can take part in the following German Intensive Course, as long as there are free places available.

You may be absent for a maximum of two days during the German Intensive Course. If you are absent more than twice, you will unfortunately not be able to take the final examination. Furthermore, you will not receive a certificate of attendance, nor grade or credit points.

If you wish to receive a certificate of attendance, a grade and credit points, participation in the final examination is obligatory. Alternative dates are only offered in case of illness.


Spring/Summer Semester 2022
(Only Online Course!)
2 March - 31 March 2022
Fall/Winter Semester 2022/23 2 September - 30 September 2022
Spring/Summer Semester 2023 2 March - 31 March 2023
Fall/Winter Semester 2023/24 4 September - 29 September 2023

Exchange Students (Worldwide | ISEP | USA Program)


If you have any questions regarding your exchange at TU Dortmund University, please also have a look at our FAQs


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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".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English)

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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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