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Certificate „Studium International“

If you are committed to international activities alongside your studies and work on your relevant skills, for example by attending language courses, completing internships abroad or getting involved in integration projects on campus, you can illustrate this commitment in a bundled form with the certificate "Studium International".

There is a wide range of opportunities at TU Dortmund University to get involved internationally - both in terms of stays abroad and extracurricular activities with an international focus. Students who do not spend time abroad during their studies can also receive the certificate as part of "Internationalization at home". Those who have already been abroad can also make use of their experience and, for example, mentor students from their former host countries in sponsorship programs and thus share and pass on their positive experience. There are numerous creative opportunities for international engagement on and off campus and along the way you get to know a lot of people, experience exciting things and simply have fun!

This extracurricular commitment enables you to make your personal extra mark on applications and, by means of the bundled presentation, lets you clearly show in which areas you have already been active at the university and abroad. Furthermore, you will actively participate in the internationalization process at TU Dortmund University and acquire important key competences.

Structure of the Certificate

International activities are manifold - therefore the certificate offers a high degree of flexibility. At the same time, the activities are divided into different modules to ensure comparability. Activities from at least two of the three modules must meet the respective minimum requirements. The individual modules relate to international experience, foreign language skills and volunteer work with an international dimension.


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Participation in a workshop on the topic of "Intercultural Competence" is obligatory for all those who wish to acquire the certificate. The International Office offers such workshops, but you can also get recognition for your participation in a training course of another provider if the content is comparable (please contact Ms. Julia Pehle to inquire about the possibilities of acknowledgement).

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Linda, 27
Applied Literary and Cultural Studies
„The course concisely and interestingly summarizes the most important stereotypes and cultural theories and gives worth knowing and useful tips for one's own reflection on intercultural competences (translated testimonial)“
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Participant, March 2019
„ was interesting to gain theoretical insights into culture, but also to reflect on aspects that one has already encountered in practice (translated testimonial).“

Modules and Workshop

To enable you to acquire the certificate even during the corona-related contact restrictions, many activities are also possible online.

For example, the welcome event for international first-year students "Come2Campus" was conducted online; you can have your participation credited for the associated buddy program for Module C. The workshop "Intercultural Competence", offered by the International Office, has also been offered online since October 2020. Other groups and associations also meet online or have adapted their offerings to the situation - feel free to contact us or the respective groups! Also, if there are activities offered by your faculty, student council or other institutions at TU Dortmund that are new or have changed due to the Corona situation and that you think would be a good fit for the Certificate, you can contact us at any time.

Workshop offered by the International Office

This way workshop is aimed at all students interested in intercultural learning. The aim is to learn more about culture and cultural imprints, to reflect on intercultural experience and to develop perspectives for future interactions. The trainings which are offered as an "Intercultural Basis" for the certificate "Studium International" are not country-specific, but deal with cross-cultural content.

Didactically and methodologically, the training is designed in such a way that, in addition to theoretical input, the dynamics of intercultural encounters are illustrated by means of personal experience reports, case studies from everyday study life and simulations.

The workshop language is German.


Currently, the workshops are offered in an online format. These are divided into two dates, both of which belong together and cannot be exchanged. The next dates are:

  • (already full) 22 and 24 March 2021, each from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • 20 and 22 July 2021, each from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Please sign up via the registration page (in German). You can enter a first and a second wish and you will receive a registration confirmation by e-mail.

External providers of workshops

There are different ways to do such training: e.g. at AIESEC, during the semester abroad, in preparation for voluntary service or cultural exchange, etc. If you would like to have a training/workshop credited for the certificate that was not conducted by the International Office, please contact Julia Pehle.

At TU Dortmund University you have various opportunities to broaden your horizon by spending a semester abroad - be it a semester abroad in Europe with the "ERASMUS" program, at one of our partner universities in America, Africa, Australia or Asia or an internship abroad. You can get all information on our "Outgoing" pages.

  • Study stay at a foreign (partner) university: Proof of stay/residence/attendance ("Certificate of Attendance" or "Transcript of Records"); minimum stay: 3 months (12 weeks)
  • Internship abroad: proof by an internship certificate; minimum duration: 2 months (8 weeks)
  • International students who have come to study at TU Dortmund University from abroad can have this stay credited for Module A (enrollment in a degree program, not as a language student); minimum stay: 3 months
  • International doctoral candidates who have come to TU Dortmund University from abroad for research purposes can have this stay credited for Module A (enrollment required;  minimum stay: 3 months)

At the Center for Higher Education (zhb),  Department of Foreign Languages (formerly: Language Centre) of TU Dortmund University, currently, among other subjects, 13 modern foreign languages are being taught: "The competent command of at least one, or even better two foreign languages is now part of the academic professional profile and thus improves your career opportunities" ( For the certificate "International Studies", language courses that you completed at a foreign university during your stay abroad or language courses offered by providers outside the university (such as the Adult Education Center, Volkshochschule, VHS) are also recognized if the courses were attended during your studies at TU Dortmund University.

  • Language courses:
    • Proof of participation in a non-native language course (specialist or general language) during the course of study
    • At least two 2-hour, i.e. double lesson courses (2 SWS, i.e. 2 weekly hours/semester) in the same language or one 4-hour course (4 SWS). (Example: attendance of the course "Spanish B2 Writing" with 2 SWS, and attendance of the course "Spanish B2 Speaking Skills" with 2 SWS OR attendance of the course "Spanish A2" with 4 SWS). If you are taking courses from other providers, we will count the class hours; with 2 SWS equaling 30 class hours and 4 SWS equaling 60 class hours.


  • DaF co-teaching activity (i.e. assistant teaching in the subject German as Foreign Language)
    • Cooperation in the specialist language courses German as a Foreign Language as a co-teacher (at the Center for Higher Education – Department of Foreign Languages)
    • Minimum duration: 2 semesters

This is the most diverse module in which international students can share their experience and culture with German students and act as ambassadors for their own nations and universities. German students can help foreign students in buddy programs and thereby acquire a wide range of international soft skills.

Minimum requirements to fulfil module C

Please prove that you have been committed for at least two semesters. This can be in the same organization or program, or alternatively in two different ones. Track 1 refers to on-campus engagement and Track 2 to off-campus engagement.

To meet the minimum requirements, you can also combine tracks 1 and 2. This would then be on the one hand engagement on campus, for example as a buddy in the Come2Campus programme, and on the other hand engagement off campus, for example in a project organized by the City of Dortmund with an international connection.

Module C - Internationally Engaged | Track 1 - Internationally Engaged on Campus

In Track 1, you can receive credit for voluntary work in a project, with an organisation or at events that helps to shape internationality on TU Dortmund's campus. This includes buddy programmes, cultural events, faculty-specific projects and much more. Here you will find a - non-exhaustive - overview of organisations, events and projects that fit Module C - Track 1:

Active membership in one of the following organizations:

  • ISS@Do: support for international students
  • ESN: support for Erasmus students
  • International projects within the AStA (General Student Committee): e.g. participation in the organization of an "International CultureCafé". In this case, working at two ICCs is considered to be a one-semester commitment.

Support and student buddy programs

  • Active participation in the support or buddy programs of TU Dortmund University, for example in the "Come2Campus" orientation program for the support of international first-year students or the "Dortmund Doubles" program of the Institute for American and English Studies of the Faculty of Cultural Studies.  A number of faculties offer buddy programs for international (exchange) students.

Participation in events organized by the International Office or the faculties

  • Please discuss ideas and wishes in advance with the International Office or your contact persons in the faculties.

Faculty-specific projects

  • For journalism students: Journalism students can get credit for the commitment in the "Europa Group" for Module C. Here, the work over two semesters is counted as a one-semester commitment.
  • Some faculties have their own support programs for international students or other projects and initiatives. If there is such a project at your faculty that appears suitable for this certificate, please do not hesitate to let us know!


You can get credit for your commitment as a tutor at the Center for Higher Education, Department of Foreign Languages. You have the following options:

  • Language tutor in the course "Regional Studies" (B2): You can accompany a course on German regional studies (April to July or October to January) and independently organize course units in addition to the teaching observation. In order to receive credit for your commitment to the certificate, two to three dates will need to be (co-)arranged by you. We also happily welcome creative contributions!
  • In the German Conversation Courses (B2, C1), your task is to practice the German language in conversation with the language students and deepen existing language skills. In order to receive credit for your commitment to the certificate, you will need to spend about 10 lessons with the language students and write a short report at the end together.
  • If you are studying at a faculty of engineering (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and Information Technology), you can support the course "Fachsprache Deutsch für Ingenieurwissenschaften B2/C1", either in a similar form to the German conversation courses or by organizing guided tours of experimental laboratories, technical facilities etc.

For all activities, it is important that you contact the zhb as early as possible so that your contribution(s) can be planned and considered. Please contact Dr. Meni Syrou before the beginning of the lecture period.

This is the most diverse module where students from different professional and cultural backgrounds can share their experiences and learn from each other, exchange ideas and build friendships.

Minimum requirements to fulfil Module C:

Please provide evidence that you have been involved for at least two semesters. This can be in the same organisation or programme, or in two different ones. Track 1 refers to on-campus engagement and Track 2 refers to off-campus engagement.

To meet the minimum requirements, you can also combine tracks 1 and 2. This would then be on the one hand engagement on campus, for example as a buddy in the Come2Campus programme, and on the other hand engagement off campus, for example in a project organized by the City of Dortmund with an international connection.

Module C - Track 2 - Internationally Engaged Off-Campus

In Track 2, you can receive credit for voluntary work in a project, with an organisation or at events outside the TU Dortmund (preferably in Dortmund or the surrounding area) that have an international connection.

  • The commitment must be carried out while you are enrolled in your subject-related studies at TU Dortmund University. This can also be during a study-related stay abroad such as a semester or internship abroad (not during a holiday). If the purpose of your internship abroad is voluntary work (.e.g. in a refugee project in Greece), you can have this credited either for module A or for module C, not for both modules.
  • Duration: one year/ two semesters (also possible: at least 6 months each in two different projects, also in Track 1).
  • The commitment must not be a compulsory part of your degree programme (such as in project studies in spatial planning).

What is an "international connection"?

This can be very diverse: Are you involved in a project for refugees? Are you involved in a volunteer project that works to improve drinking water supplies in another country? Are you involved in a project at a school in your host city during your semester abroad? Are you active with ESN Dortmund or abroad and organise projects within the framework of "Social Erasmus" where you contribute off campus?

If you would like to have your involvement credited for Module C - Track 2, please submit proof and complete this attachment describing your involvement.


No, it is not. It is therefore not linked to other study achievements and not related to your Bachelor's or Master's degree.


No, a separate registration is not necessary. During your studies at TU Dortmund University, you can collect the according evidence of your activities and then make an appointment with Ms. Julia Pehle as soon as you have compiled all the documents and filled out the form "Overview of Activities". However, you have to register separately for the Intercultural Training.


Yes, this is absolutely necessary.


No, this is entirely up to you; there is no specific chronological order in which you must perform the various elements. The certificate can be acquired in any number of semesters during the study period by both German and international students.

Please note that anything you have done before or after your studies at TU Dortmund University cannot be credited!

Sorry, this cannot be credited. This is an offer of TU Dortmund University which recognizes commitment in the international field during your studies at TU Dortmund University only.


Yes, in order to fulfill Module C, you must be committed for at least two semesters; in the same organization or program, or in two different ones. This can also happen in the same semester, e.g. you can be involved in Come2Campus as a buddy and also in ESN in the same semester.

In order to obtain the certificate, the minimum requirements should first be met. If you have fulfilled more requirements, you do not need to select and exclude, but all activities can be listed on the certificate - after all, it should reflect the complete variety of your international activities. Therefore, you do not have to choose between either a semester abroad or an internship, but both can be listed.


Sorry, they cannot. In addition to stays abroad and language learning, the certificate is intended above all to promote and honor voluntary work in the international field. Therefore, courses that are an integral part of your studies cannot be credited towards the certificate.


Contact person for all questions concerning the certificate and the intercultural training is Ms. Julia Pehle. The "Studium International" certificate can be obtained at any stage of your studies. However, it is advisable to wait until the end of your studies to make sure that you have no further activities that can be added to the certificate.

Please complete the form to confirm the various modules ("Overview of activities") and copy your written confirmations. The copies will remain in the International Office, so please do not submit original documents. Please also submit a current certificate of study.

Currently it is not possible to submit the documents personally, so you can send them by mail or in scanned form by e-mail to Mrs. Pehle. When everything is complete, we will issue the certificate..

Sorry, this is not possible. The creation of the certificate can take up to 6 weeks.




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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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