Organizing the Stay
After you have been accepted for an internship at TU Dortmund University (or in Dortmund), you should start planning your stay as soon as possible. To help you with this, you will find information on important topics concerning your stay below.
On the following pages you will find information about Dortmund, the Ruhr area and "the" German culture.
Even though you may not necessarily need German language skills for your internship, they are generally helpful for your stay in Germany. One way to improve your German skills before you arrive is, for example, the free online language training program from duolingo.
The search and reservation of accommodation is usually done by you, but you can ask your internship supervisor if he or she can help you with that.
You can find an overview of different accommodation options here.
If you are interested in a room in a dormitory of the Studierendenwerk Dortmund, your internship supervisor can clarify with the Studierendenwerk Dortmund whether a room is available during your internship period. The rental prices for short-term rentals range between 350,- and 500,- EUR. In addition, a deposit of 700,- EUR is required to finalize the reservation. The contact person at Studierendenwerk Dortmund is Mr. Reitzig.
From Dortmund Central Station you can reach TU Dortmund University within a few minutes with the S1, which runs every 20 minutes.
The main station Dortmund is also internationally connected by various train as well as bus connections.
The nearest airports are Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) and Dortmund Airport (Dortmund has limited international flights). However, there are good train connections to Dortmund from most German airports (such as Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg or Amsterdam in the Netherlands).
You can decide whether you want to enroll during your internship, as a program student at our university or not. We recommend enrollment due to the following benefits:
- accident and liability insurance for events that occur in connection with the internship.
- discounted prices in campus restaurants
- reduced entrance fees to museums
- reduced prices for university sports courses
- the status "student" in Germany
- the ticket "Semesterticket", which allows free travel on public transport to other interesting cities in our state, such as Bochum, Essen, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Aachen and Münster during the respective semester.
There are no tuition fees for enrollment, but there is a semester contribution of about 320 EUR per semester. The winter semester starts in October and ends in March, the summer semester starts in April and ends in September. If your internship period falls proportionally in two semesters, you can decide whether you want to enroll for both semesters or for one semester (or for no semester). If you do not stay at TU Dortmund University or in North Rhine-Westphalia for a full semester, you can apply for a proportional refund of the semester ticket fee (part of the semester contribution) at the AStA (General Student Committee) at the end of your stay.
1. send us by email the completed registration document
2. send us your health insurance certificate so that we can request an insurance certificate for enrollment with a German health insurance company.
3. you will receive a provisional enrollment certificate, your personal e-mail address at TU Dortmund University (UniMail), your UniAccount as well as information about the transfer of the semester contribution, which is necessary to complete your enrollment
4. about one week after the payment of the semester fee you will receive your semester ticket to your UniMail e-mail address. Please note that the activation of your UniAccount may take a few days. Do not be worried if you cannot log in automatically after activation.
If you decide to enroll, you can use the public transport in North Rhine-Westphalia with the semester ticket (please find more information above under "enrollment").
If you choose not to enroll, you can purchase other tickets that allow you to use public transportation in and around Dortmund. There is no ticket available that is valid for the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia like the Semesterticket, but there are different tickets for certain parts of the Ruhr area. If you don't enroll, you can buy monthly tickets or one-way tickets that cover most of the VRR area.
If you do not enroll, we recommend that you buy the Young Ticket. This is a local transport ticket for pupils and students for unlimited travel in the VRR area and costs about 75 EUR per month. The purchase of the Young Ticket is only possible with an application in which it is confirmed that you are a student. Please contact us by e-mail so that we can send you the prepared application.
Vierer-Ticket (4-trip ticket)
If you do not live far from your workplace, a four-way ticket may be sufficient for your needs. It costs between 10.70 EUR and 56.00 EUR and is valid for four trips, each of which costs slightly less than the normal price. You can purchase all tickets in 5 different price categories, depending on how far you want to travel within the VRR area. You can get more information at one of the DSW 21 service centers (one service center is located near Dortmund Central Station: Kampstraße 46, 44137 Dortmund).
If you want to leave the Ruhr area and travel throughout North Rhine-Westphalia, there are some special tickets on the VRR website.
Here are three helpful links for timetables and any other questions you may have about transportation:
Map of the Dortmund public transport system
Fares, information and timetable of the VRR local public transport system
Fares, information and timetable of the national/international trains
Search & People Search
CalendarTo event list
Eat & Read - Open Afternoon at the IBZ
German Language Café
Informational event: Legal rights for international students
IKC Festival of Cultures
Application Deadline: PROMOS Scholarship for the IEP in the USA, Fall Quarter 2023
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)
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