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Internship at the IS Ruhr

International Teaching Internship in the Ruhr Area

Due to the cooperation between TU Dortmund University and the International School Ruhr (IS Ruhr) in Essen, full-time teaching internships in English can also be organized for our bilateral/university and ISEP exchange partners.

These teaching internships can be conducted in both primary and secondary schools. Credits points can be acquired through TU Dortmund University.

student in a classroom © Kuanish Reymbaev​/​Unsplash

Since the regular internship language is English, the interns must have an excellent command of English. German language skills are not required. The internship is open to students in degree programs that qualify to teach as well as other fields of study that qualify for employment in child and youth work.

In general, teaching internships ranging from 4 weeks to 6 months are possible. An internship in secondary school should ideally last 2-3 months, an internship in primary schools should last longer.

Start and end dates are flexible, but we recommend that interns first take part in the 4-week German Intensive Course, which is offered free of charge in September and March, before the internship starts.

In principle, an internship can be completed in all subjects taught by the IS Ruhr. In particular, the school would like to offer support in the IB DP subjects (grades 11-12) biology, mathematics, chemistry, history, geography, English, Spanish, German and business administration.

The interns work in an international team of educators in the  Primary Years Program (PYP), which is one of the most renowned educational programs in the world. The interns assist the teachers in the classroom and accompany the daily routine of the youngest students. The interns gain valuabe insights into lesson planning and get to know the approaches of IS Ruhr (examination cycles, examination units etc.). The participation in internal professional and joint meetings is planned as well.

Interns work in an experienced team of international educators and gain insight into the Cambridge IGCSE-Programm (the most popular international qualifications for 14-16 years old) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (a prestigious pre-university program recognized by leading universities worldwide). In addition to these international programs, interns will learn about the unique SBW approaches developed by the parent company in Switzerland: autonomous learning, coaching and hour compression. The interns support the SY teachers in their daily tasks and actively participate in classes, autonomous learning phases, etc. The SY teachers provide insights into lesson and curriculum planning and give the interns real teaching experience at a secondary school. The participation in internal professional and joint planning meetings is planned as well.

Interns are enrolled as students at the TU Dortmund University and receive the same benefits as exchange students. Interns can also attend 1-2 courses at the TU Dortmund University, as long as these do not overlap with class hours.

International School Ruhr (IS Ruhr)

The International School Ruhr is dedicated to promoting research-based learning and the pedagogical approaches of the SBW Haus des Lernens and the International Baccalaureate. In this sense, the school focuses on building lasting relationships in order to share its experience and knowledge with future teachers who are beginning their careers in education.

Apply through the regular application form for exchange students

Application Teaching Internship


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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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