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International Summer Program (ISP)

The International Summer Program thrives on the internationality of its participants:  students from Dortmund and­ from all over the world meet at the ISP. Together, participants can explore the Ruhr Area: in the past, the Ruhr area was dominated by steel manufacturing and coal, but today it offers a unique culture and many exciting events. With the semester ticket, participants travel free of charge throughout North Rhine-Westphalia!

After exploring the Ruhr Area, it is also worthwhile to look beyond your own nose: the Ruhr Area lies at the heart of Europe, so that even the major European cities can be reached quickly.

Make best use of your summer and gain experience abroad!

The ISP takes place annually from the beginning of June to the end of July (respectively the beginning of August), so that the lecture-free period at the home university can be used optimally. Since all ISP courses are offered during the regular summer semester, many students will be expecting the participants at the campus of TU Dortmund University! The ISP cultural program supports you in meeting new people and discovering the culture of the Ruhr Area. There is a lot to experience in Dortmund during the summer: Participants can experience art and music at the ­Dortmunder U or ride a bicycle around the Phoenix Lake.

The ISP offers courses in three different tracks. Participants can select and combine any number of courses from the tracks:

Track A Engineering

Track B German and European Studies

Track C Entrepreneurship

For successful participation in the courses, participants receive credits which can be recognized as study achievements at the home university by arrangement. You can find all courses of the past ISP in the course catalog.

Programm Fee

The program fee for students of our partner universities is 2,200 Euros and includes the following services:

Participants are accommodated in student hostels/dormitories that are either directly on campus or close to campus. All halls of residence have a fast and safe connection to TU­ Dortmund University by­ public transport. ­The rooms themselves are either single apartments or single rooms in shared flats, facilities varying between the individual halls of residence. All dormitories are fully furnished and offer internet access, pillow and duvet. Washing machines and dryers are also at your disposal in the dormitories.

The health insurance­ is valid for the duration of the ISP in all member states of the Schengen area. The health insurance covers all treatments that are medically necessary in case of acute illnesses, 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 illnesses, as well as treatments without medical necessity (e.g. plastic surgery).

ISP ­students receive a student ticket with which they can use both public transport and regional transport in North Rhine-Westphalia (no use of InterCity (IC) or InterCity Express trains is included (ICE)). The following means of transport may be used: Bus, H-Bahn (local campus train), tram, metro, suburban train (S-Bahn), regional train (RB), regional express (RE).

Possible destinations for an exploratory tour in­ Dortmund: Signal Iduna Park, Brewery Museum, Westfalenpark, Phoenix Lake... and further on in NRW: Rhine promenade Düsseldorf, Cologne Cathedral, etc.

In addition to the academic part of the program, an extensive cultural program is on offer. Excursions and outings are organized so that participants can get to know­ Dortmund and the Ruhr Area better. In a mining museum, participants learn more about mining in the region. In Germany's largest football stadium, the Signal Iduna Park, they walk through the players' tunnel to the pitch. Sports activities such as a visit to a climbing garden are also provided for.

ISP participants are brought into contact with a so-called "Dortmund Double" as support. Dortmund Doubles are students of TU Dortmund University who have already gained their own experience abroad or are preparing for a semester abroad. The Doubles pick up the ISP participants from the train station in Dortmund and support them during their move into the halls of residence. The Doubles are contact persons for questions and/or problems and will ­accompany the participants during their stay in­ Dortmund.

Additional costs for, e.g., food and leisure activities amount to approximately 300 Euros per month.

In some cases, additional tuition fees are charged by the home institutions. These individual fees are independent of the program fee at TU Dortmund University and cannot be reimbursed by TU Dortmund University.