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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 1,950 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.

A dormitory deposit of 200 Euros is required in addition to the program fee.

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.


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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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