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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 obligatory events: a German course and a two-day course on "Germany - Politics, Culture & Society". In addition to these compulsory courses, we recommend that you attend two to three other courses.

Track A - Engineering

Track A is organized by the Faculty 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.


  • Concepts and Cases in International Marketing
  •  Industrial Marketing
  • International Business
  • Dynamic Simulation
  • Logistics in Chemical Production Processes
  • Bubbles and Drops in Chemical and Biochemical Processes
  • Introduction to Programming with MATLAB
  • The Painless Way to LabView
  • Fundamentals of Synthetic Biology - Genetic Circuit Design
  • Process Optimization
  • Data-based Dynamic Modeling
  • Cyber-Physical System Fundamentals
  • Intensive Course in Statistics
  • Architecture & Implementation of DBMS 

Track B - German and European Studies

Track B is organized by the Faculty 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 peruse the courses of the previous year in the course catalog.


  • What is “German”? German History and Identity Formation
  • The Union at Risk: History and the Future of the European Union
  • The Democratic Canaan: Transnational Images of the United States in Charles Sealfield's Fiction
  • "We always must strive to keep moving forward": Stories of Social Change and Progress in Germany and the US
  • Todd Haynes, Douglas Sirk and Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Melodrama between the United States and Europe
  • Representations of Dort­mund – A Project Seminar
  • "Be afraid. Be very afraid." - The History of the American Horror Film, 1930 – 2020
  • War and Conflict Reporting Through the Feminist Lens

Track C - Entrepreneurship

Track C is organized by the Faculty 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.


  • Seminar Entrepreneurship III: Business Modeling
  • Foundations of Entrepreneurship
  • Concepts and Cases in International Marketing
  • International Buisness
  • Business Model Innovation

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.


German and European Studies:              


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


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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".

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