Please note that it is your responsibility to inform yourself early enough about the visa and entry requirements for the Federal Republic of Germany, as they apply to you individually. The International Office of TU Dortmund University will be happy to assist you with any further questions you may have.
You can find out about the regulations that apply to you here.
Exchange students with EU citizenship do not need a visa to enter and study in Germany.
EU Residence Permit
If you are not an EU national but already have a residence permit for study purposes in another EU country, you can usually apply for a residence permit through your contact at the International Office (see below) under the REST Directive.
Exchange students without EU citizenship need a residence permit to study in Germany.
Nationals of certain third countries also need a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany. Please check on the website of the Federal Foreign Office whether you need a visa to enter Germany or not.
If there is a "Yes" next to your country of citizenship in the table, you must apply for a visa in your home country to enter the Federal Republic of Germany! To apply for a visa at a local embassy/consulate you will receive an invitation letter from the International Office about 2-3 weeks after the application deadline (15 May/November), which you have to include with your visa application.
Please apply for your visa early! Please inform yourself about the visa requirements that apply to you with the local German Embassy/Consulate. You can find an overview of the German Missions abroad here.
Only if there is a "No" and "(1, 3)" or "(1, 4)" next to your country of citizenship in the table, you do not need to apply for a visa in your home country for your studies in Germany! You can enter the Federal Republic of Germany without a visa and apply for a residence permit for studying in Germany at the Ausländerbehörde of the City of Dortmund within 90 days.
In this case please do not apply for a visa in your home country. The International Office will assist you in applying for a residence title in Dortmund and will arrange an appointment for you at the Ausländerbehörde.
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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