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On this website you will find a selection of answers to frequently asked questions about the International Summer Program (ISP).


During the ISP you will live together with other students in a dormitory. The dormitories are single rooms, with bathroom and kitchen usually shared with other students. Washing machines and dryers are available in the dormitories.

You will have wired Internet access in your room. Please bring your own LAN cable. A few weeks before the start of the program, you will be asked to provide us with your MAC address.


The deposit for the dormitory room is 200 €. The deposit will be transferred together with the program fee and reimbursed in cash at the end of the program.

You can use the dormitory room during the program period. If you are still travelling after the ISP, you can leave your luggage at the International Office.


To participate in the ISP, you must submit an online application. The application period is every year between 10 December and 15 February.

Please contact the International Office of your home university as early as possible, as you will have to be nominated by your advisor.

You will be informed via e-mail in mid-March whether you can participate in the ISP. You will receive further information on the procedure in this e-mail.

The ISP fee has to be paid by the beginning of April.

If you have to cancel your stay due to medical problems or other personal problems, you will receive a refund of the costs that are still refundable at the time of cancellation.


Due to the geographical proximity, it is recommended that you land at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS). At the airport there is a train station with direct train connections to Dortmund main station.

Alternatively, you could also land at Frankfurt Airport (FRA), for example. There is also a train station at the airport with a direct train connection to Dortmund main station. A ticket for a high-speed train (ICE or EC) costs approximately 40 to 80 €. Please note that you cannot use your student semester ticket for this as FRA airport is not located in NRW. Participants of the ISP must pay these travel costs themselves.

Please contact your Dortmund Double as early as possible. They will pick you up at the station and drive you to TU Dortmund University.


Theoretically, you may choose as many courses as you wish. In addition to the obligatory courses, we recommend to choose two to three courses.

You can choose courses from all three tracks. In the online application you will be asked to submit a preliminary course selection. However, this course selection is not binding, as the final course selection will only be made during the welcome event in Dortmund.

Yes, canceling and/or changing courses does not require formal notification. Simply write a short e-mail to the ISP team to inform them about the change.

Examinations in Track A and Track C are scheduled after the regular end of lectures, i.e. in the week after the end of the lecture period. You will be informed about the examination schedule during the first weeks of lectures. Examinations in Track B are usually held in the last week of the lecture period.

Yes, upon successful completion of the program, your official Transcript of Records will be sent to your home institution. Your transcript will contain the courses you have successfully completed, the corresponding credits and your grades. The number of credits depends on the individual courses. The German course comprises 3 credits.

Health Insurance

Yes, the program fee includes health insurance for acute illnesses for the duration of the program.

Health insurance covers all treatments that are medically necessary in the event of acute illness, such as medical advice, medically prescribed medication, hospital stays, operations and necessary dental treatment.

Not covered by the insurance: treatment of pre-existing conditions, childbirth, abortion, treatment at a health resort if the illness is the result of drug addiction or an intended accident, mental illness, treatment without medical necessity (e.g. plastic surgery).

The health insurance­ is valid for the duration of the ISP in all member states of the Schengen area.


To find out whether you need a visa or not, please consult the website of the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt). For those who do not require a visa, please note that this only applies to stays of up to a maximum of three months. People requiring a visa should apply for a Schengen visa.

You will need the following documents for your application:

  • the visa application form
  • a certificate of admission to the program (on request after transfer of the program fee:
  • official letter of admission of TU Dortmund University
  • a financial statement
  • a confirmation that you will leave the country after the end of the ISP
  • a certificate of the conditions of your health insurance (on request)
  • photos for an ID card

You will find further information via the following links to the websites of the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) and the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst, DAAD).