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Support our international exchange students!

Buddy Program

TU Dortmund University welcomes every year international students from all over the world as exchange students for one or two semesters, as interns, or for the International Summer Program (ISP) on campus. In order for them to feel as comfortable as possible in Dortmund, we pair our international guests with "TU-Buddies". The buddies support the international students throughout their entire stay, especially at the beginning of their stay in Dortmund. Typical activities are e.g. supporting the students on arrival and for moving in, do a campus/city tour, or assist in buying a German SIM card for the mobile phone. Most importantly, building international and intercultural friendships while having fun shall be the focus of this program.

Exchange Students

The International Office of TU Dortmund University supports many incoming exchange students every semester. The stay of the students who study for one or two semester(s) at TU Dortmund University through a university-wide student exchange agreement is centrally organized by the International Office (e.g. arrange housing, enrollment, language courses etc.). The exchange students come from partner universities from South America, Asia and Russia, and they usually visit Germany/Europe for the first time in their lives. This Buddy Program was established for these exchange students.

If you explicitely wish to support exchange students who stay for one or two semester(s) and who come from USA, Canada or Europe, please apply for the Dortmund Doubles Programm (USA and Canada) or contact the Erasmus Departmental Coordinator of your faculty and/or the Erasmus Student Network (Europe/Erasmus).



Most of the international interns of TU Dortmund University come in summer (May to August) and stay in Dortmund for two to six months. This group of our international students values the support of their buddies mostly, as they often conduct their internships outside the university and so are not part of a structured student exchange program.

International Summer Program (ISP)

Incomings of the International Summer Program spend the second half of the summer semester at TU Dortmund University (end of May to end of July). They attend summer classes, a German language course and/or do a research project. The International Office organizes this program in collaboration with the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering and the Department of Cultural Studies. Here we can always use the support of TU students for different tours or other leisure activities. If you wish to engage in this program, please apply for the Dortmund Doubles Program.


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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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