Within the ISP Virtual, 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. However, in 2021 only Track C Entrepreneurship offers the possibility of 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 optional 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 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.
- Dynamic Simulation
- Logistics in Chemical Production Processes
- Bubbles and Drops in Chemical and Biochemical Processes
- Essentials of micro process engineering
- Introduction to Programming with MATLAB
- Fundamentals of Synthetic Biology - Genetic Circuit Design
- Single-loop and multi-loop controller design
- Process Optimization
- Data-based Dynamic Modeling
- Cyber-Physical System Fundamentals
- Intensive Course in Statistics
- Architecture & Implementation of DBMS
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 see the preliminary courses in the course catalog.
- The Union at Risk: History and the Future of the European Union
- 19th- and 20th-Century American Drama and Theater: Transatlantic Connections
- The Tenderness of the Slaveholder: Race, Postcolonial Theory and Charles Sealsfield's German-American Fiction
- Coffee & Cafés - A Beverage and Its Cultural Impact
- What is “German”? German History and Identity Formation
- Feminism and International Politics
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. Interested students can see the preliminary courses in the course catalog.
- Seminar Entrepreneurship III: Business Modeling
- Foundations of Entrepreneurship
- Concepts and Cases in International Marketing
- International Business
- Business Model Innovation
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. Please notice that in 2021 research projects are only offered in Track C Entrepreneurship:
Engineering: Lukas Lüken
German and European Studies: Laura Kost
Application: Research Project (2021: only Track C!)
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 (2021: later!). Subsequently, suitable research projects are requested for interested parties. The contact between interested ISP participants and potential future supervisors is established in April/May.
The participation in a German course is optional within the framework of the ISP Virtual. At the beginning of the ISP Virtual, 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 optional 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".Zum Lageplan