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Utilisation Concept

"TU Dortmund University promotes international scientific exchange. As a place of research, it competes internationally in science and brings the international dimension of research, teaching and work closer to its students.

TU Dortmund University maintains and develops its scientific, economic, political and cultural ties with the city of Dortmund and the region. It also performs its tasks in science with responsibility towards the economic and cultural change of the region." (Preamble of the Charter of TU Dortmund University, dated November 1, 2007)

Until now, international students on the campus of TU Dortmund University have lacked an offer to integrate themselves into university life and the social environment of the university outside of their studies. With the International Meeting Center (IBZ), TU Dortmund University has now created a place where contacts between students can be established and lasting personal relationships and friendships can be developed. Different cultures, traditions and languages promote innovation in research, teaching and business on our campus.

1. General objectives and benefits of the IBZ

1.1 Benefits for German students

The concept of "Internationalization at Home" aims to offer students the opportunity to gain international experience on their home campus. The internationalization of the ­university is not only reflected in the implementation of study- or research-related stays abroad but also the high proportion of foreign students, international lecturers and the introduction of English-language courses of study represent a potential from which German students who do not plan a stay abroad can benefit.

As an opportunity to gain international experience, the focus is on communication with foreign fellow students. However, only few German students have frequent and intensive contact with international students. This is not so much due to disinterest and distancing attitudes, but mostly to a lack of encounters and opportunities. Instead, current studies suggest that German students are very interested in getting to know foreign students, e.g. through events or by becoming a mentor. In order to respond to this willingness at TU Dortmund University, the IBZ should create opportunities for encounters, offer impulses for action and promote communication. In general, the IBZ will increase the awareness of international topics and concerns, and thereby quantitatively expand and qualitatively improve the international orientation of German students.

1.2 Benefits for international students

By taking greater account of the individual needs of international students, the IBZ improves study conditions. The meeting center is thus also a building block to accompany and support the study success of this group.

The IBZ offers international students both a "home" and a platform and can make a decisive contribution to integration and exchange. The permanence of the institution is also to be emphasized, helping to anchor international activities and to further strengthen the internationalization process.

1.3 Benefits for the economy, the city of Dortmund and the region

The IBZ is used by the local economy as a meeting point for exchange with international partners and as a contact exchange with students. The IBZ is aimed at regional companies and also at international companies. It enables contacts with students and provides international information about economy, science, culture and society. The IBZ will also serve to strengthen the networking of TU Dortmund University. The international potential will be synergetically bundled and made visible here, for example by awarding prizes to socially committed international students. International and internationally interested students enter into dialogue with actors from culture, business and society. The IBZ should become an international figurehead for the city of Dortmund. The IBZ serves as a mediating agency for international contacts, a central contact point for international and intercultural expertise in the region, a venue for scientific conferences with an international focus and a place for project weeks in cooperation with schools in the region.


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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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