Since 2012, the universities of the University Alliance Ruhr (TU Dortmund University, Ruhr University Bochum, University of Duisburg-Essen) in cooperation with sponsors and companies in the region have been welcoming up to 20 students from selected partner universities each year as part of the Ruhr Fellowship Program. The eight-week summer program consists of a two-week academic and cultural program followed by a six-week internship at participating companies.
The program aims to present the Ruhr Area to future professionals from an academic, economic and cultural perspective as a region with a high quality of life and to strengthen international networking.
In 2023, the Ruhr Fellowship Program will take place between 5 June and 28 July on site.
The University Alliance Ruhr, led by TU Dortmund University, in cooperation with the Max Kade Foundation and the Dortmund Economic Development Agency (Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund), welcomed 7 students from the American elite universities Harvard University, Yale University and Lehigh University. In June, the students first went through a two week academic and cultural program with lectures, courses and excursions and then completed a six week internship at one of the participating companies Auslandsgesellschaft.de e.V., DEW21, Emschergenossenschaft/Lippeverband, KPMG, TU Dortmund - Lehrstuhl für Energiesysteme, Energieeffizienz und Energiewirtschaft, Universität Duisburg-Essen - Zentrum für Logistik und Verkehr and Westnetz.
In 2021, the program was carried out virtually for the first time due to the Corona Pandemic. The University Alliance Ruhr, under the leadership of the University of Duisburg-Essen in cooperation with the Dortmund Economic Development Agency (Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund), virtually welcomed 9 students from the elite American universities Harvard University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, the University of California (Berkeley), the University of Cincinnati and Yale University. In June, the students first went through an academic and cultural program with lectures, courses and excursions. They then completed an internship at one of the participating companies, such as Auslandsgesellschaft.de e.V., Emschergenossenschaft and World of Walas. The brochure provides an insight into the program.
The program could not be realized due to the Corona Pandemic.
In the eighth round of the Ruhr Fellowship Program, the Ruhr University Bochum welcomed 9 students from American elite universities. The students first went through an academic-cultural program with lectures, courses and excursions in June. They then completed an internship at one of the participating companies, such as Accenture, innogy, Klöckner and WILO. Sponsors of the Ruhr Fellowship Program 2019 were the Max Kade Foundation, the Regionalverband Ruhr and the Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund. The brochure provides an insight into the program.
In 2018 the University Alliance Ruhr, led by TU Dortmund University, welcomed 12 students from the U.S. elite universities Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lehigh University and the University of California, Berkeley. Sponsors of the Ruhr Fellowship Program 2018 were the Max Kade Foundation, Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund and Bayer. An insight into the program is provided by the brochure and the interview with the participant Sarah Fendrich.
In 2017, the University of Duisburg-Essen was in charge of organizing the program. On June 6, even U.S. Consul General Michael R. Keller welcomed the 17 Ruhr Fellows. For an insight into the program, we recommend taking a look at the brochure.
Within the framework of the fifth Ruhr Fellowship Program, the Ruhr University Bochum welcomed 17 students from the partner universities. The brochure provides an insight into the program.
In 2015, 17 engineering and natural science students from the elite American universities University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and, for the first time, the University of California, Berkeley, spent the summer in the Ruhr region as part of the Ruhr Fellowship Program. This year, TU Dortmund University was pleased to organize the academic-cultural program again in June. In July, the students then completed internships in the supporting companies of the Initiativkreis Ruhr GmbH. For an insight into the program, we recommend taking a look at the brochure.
The third Ruhr Fellowship Program was organized by the University of Duisburg-Essen and offered 14 students from U.S. universities the opportunity to get to know the higher education and industrial landscape of the Ruhr region at first hand. With more than 70 applications, the competition was particularly tough this year. The brochure provides an insight into the program.
The second Ruhr Fellowship Program was organized by the Ruhr University Bochum and gave 14 students the opportunity to get to know the Ruhr area. For an insight into the program, we recommend taking a look at the brochure.
The first year of the Ruhr Fellowship Program was organized by TU Dortmund University. 10 excellent students were selected from 40 applications and have contributed greatly to the success of the program for years to come. The brochure provides an insight into the program.
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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