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3 Tracks - Numerous Opportunities!

Within the ISP, participants can choose courses from three different tracks and combine them freely: Track A Engineering, Track B German and European Studies and Track C Entrepreneurship. In all tracks there is the possibility to carry out a ­research project.

All courses are offered in English and there are no special enrolment requirements for participation.

Beyond the freely selectable courses, there are also two mandatory events: a German course and a two-day course on "Germany - Politics, Culture & Society". In addition to these optional courses, we recommend that you attend two to three other courses.

Track A - Engineering

Track A is organized by the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, the focus of the track being primarily on process engineering and economics. This track is aimed at students from the second year of study onwards. When applying for it, interested students can submit a preselection of courses using the course catalog. The final choice of courses will only be determined after arrival in Dortmund, as the offers in the course catalog are subject to change.


  • Dynamic Simulation
  • Logistics of Chemical Production Processes
  • Drops, Bubbles and Films
  • Essentials of Micro Process Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Synthetic Biology
  • Data-Based Dynamic Modeling
  • Controller Design Fundamentals
  • Intensive Course in Statistics for Researchers in Engineering Sciences
  • Architecture & Implementation of DBMS 

Track B - German and European Studies

Track B is organized by the Department of ­Cultural Studies. Track B focuses on German culture in a European and/or ­international context. Since the topics of the individual courses are oriented towards new ­developments, the courses change every year and are published shortly before the start of the ISP. Interested students can see the preliminary courses in the course catalog.


  • American Architecture: Visions, Utopia, and Literary Representations in a Transatlantic Context
  • Coffee & Cafés - A Beverage and Its Cultural Impact
  • No(w) Future?! – Dystopian Worlds Past & Present
  • Poets, Philosophers, Musicians: Important Moments in Twentieth Century German Culture

Track C - Entrepreneurship

Track C is organized by the Department of Business and Economics. This track is aimed at students who are interested in entrepreneurship and economics. Students will have the opportunity to deal with the above-mentioned topics from different perspectives. Interested students can see the preliminary courses in the course catalog.


  • Business Model Innovation (Bachelor)

Research Project

A research project can be carried out either full-time or part-time, depending on whether other courses are taken (the German course and the culture course are compulsory, however). Participants who decide to carry out a research project are supervised by a professor or doctoral candidate. They will be integrated into a multicultural team and can work on small projects and research.

If you are­ interested in­ a ­research project, please contact the according contact person of your desired research area:

Engineering:                                                    Lukas Lüken

German and European Studies:               Walter Gruenzweig

Entrepreneurship:                                         Pia Rosenthal | Sina Ramin Sadegh Nadi

Application: Research Project

When applying online, please indicate whether you would like to carry out a ­research project and which subject area you are interested in.

Admission to the ISP is usually granted in March. Subsequently, suitable research projects are requested for interested parties. The contact between interested ISP participants and potential future supervisors is established in April/May.

German Language Course & Culture Course

The participation in a German course is mandatory within the framework of the ISP. At the beginning of the ISP, a short test is carried out to determine the language level of the participants. Depending on the identified needs, German courses for beginners and more advanced learners are arranged.

The mandatory culture course "Germany - Politics, Culture and Society" offers an insight into German history and culture.