In order to make it easier for new international students to start their studies and everyday life in Dortmund, the International Office organizes the welcome event Come2Campus every year at the beginning of the winter semester.
A very important part of Come2Campus is the integrated Buddy Program during the Come2Campus orientation days: It is a welcome event which aims to offer informal and friendly support for all new international students to settle down into study and life in Dortmund with the help of other TU Dortmund University students.
Note: The targetgroup is not the exchange students (e.g. participants of the ERASMUS+ program), but new international students spending their whole studies at TU Dortmund University.
The program matches up buddies with new international students for a multi-day welcome event in the International Meeting Center (IBZ). At common activites everybody gets to know each other. The buddies are important contact persons and help the new international students to settle into their university and life in Germany.
As a buddy you will be a contact person and a source of information for others who do not know anything about studying and living in Dortmund yet. You meet people from all over the world and get to know their culture at the same time, certainly a great a chance to improve your intercultural competencies and broaden your horizon.
Buddies will be given a participation confirmation after handing in a short report about their activities with the international group. The confirmation can be used for the certificate "Studium International". More information about the confirmation and the certificate will be given by the Come2Campus team.
Come2Campus is organized in two parts: The pre-meeting and the Come2Campus event itself. There will be a preparational meeting approximately one week before Come2Campus when all buddies gather and meet the organization team. The welcome program and other organizational points will be introduced to the buddies. Further information on the participation certificate and the certificate "Studium International" will be given.
We try to bring together buddies and new international students according to their wishes and usually from the same field of study. Anyway, please be aware that there may be constellations which do not make this possible.
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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.