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.
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.
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).
Workshop offered by the International Office
The one-day 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.
In the summer semester 2020, the Intercultural Trainings unfortunately have to be cancelled, because in a workshop situation with a large amount of group work and interactive exercises we cannot implement precautionary measures to protect against the corona virus. New dates and catch-up dates for the cancelled trainings will be offered as soon as possible; you will find these dates as usual on this page. You can ask Ms. Pehle to add you to the list of interested parties for the next intercultural training courses so that you will be informed by e-mail as soon as new dates are offered.
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 [SEO – optimized link!] here.
- 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" (www.zhb.tu-dortmund.de/fs). 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)
- 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.
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.
International student clubs and associations at TU Dortmund
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
If you want, you can make an appointment with Ms. Julia Pehle to go through the documents together - if 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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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.