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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.


Fall/Winter Se­mes­ter 2021/22
(Only Online Course!)
2 Sep­tem­ber - 30 Sep­tem­ber 2021
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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