Around 3,000 young people from 115 countries around the world study at TU Dortmund University. Internationalization represents a high value for both the university and Dortmund's urban society. The project "International Experts at Dortmund Schools" promotes intercultural encounters between international students and Dortmund schoolchildren: on the one hand, the international students gain insights into everyday life in Germany outside the TU Dortmund, and on the other hand, they enrich school lessons with their cultural expert knowledge.
As guests, the international experts accompany the school lessons either selectively on project days, smaller lesson sequences or continuously in foreign language lessons, in study groups or in afternoon activities in all-day schools. The more consistent the cooperation, the deeper the insight into everyday life and cultural background - both from the students' and the pupils' side.
Through dialogue, everyone involved wins:
International students at TU Dortmund University with and without a refugee background....
- contribute to intercultural education,
- provide first-hand insights into their home country and open up new perspectives,
- actively participate in everyday life in Germany and get to know Dortmund in a different way,
- improve their German language skills and practice their presentation skills,
- can gain pedagogical skills and apply them to their studies,
- gain insight into the teaching profession,
- can serve as role models for students,
- are ambassadors of their home country,
- are ambassadors of TU Dortmund University,
- receive a certificate of participation.
Students at Dortmund schools...
- get an exclusive first-hand insight into countries and cultures of the world without having to travel,
- can interact with native speakers in foreign language classes,
- can enter into dialogue at eye level with international students, most of whom are also young people, and exchange experiences and lessons learned (peer-to-peer approach),
- get to know diversity and different biographies with and without a refugee background who have found their way to the university.
Schools, teachers ...
- enrich lessons by imparting first-hand knowledge and vividly bring the wider world into the classroom,
- enable intercultural dialogue (looking beyond one's own nose) and encourage reflection on one's own cultural background,
- create variety in the classroom through the guests,
- receive support on project days, at events or extracurricular activities in all-day classes,
- can integrate native speakers in language lessons,
- open up possible educational perspectives and alternative career paths for students through the role models of international students,
- do not require a great deal of additional organizational effort, since the project provides the experts.
The following can participate in the project
- all types of schools and school classes of all grades in Dortmund
- international students with and without a refugee background from TU Dortmund from all fields of study.
The schools or the teachers specify in which subject and teaching format they would like to integrate the international experts and how they will involve them in the school lessons, afternoon activities, project days or AGs.
For example, the international students can present their home country in geography lessons and answer the students' questions. Lesson sequences are also conceivable in which the international experts present their country in a creative way, for example by cooking a traditional dish together with the students or playing a game typical of the country. The integration in language lessons or subject and project lessons can be discussed and designed individually. In German as a Second Language classes, for example, international students with a refugee background could make an important voluntary contribution by mediating between language barriers and cultural peculiarities on both sides.
Important: The international students should not plan their own lessons, but enrich the lessons as conversation partners and sources of information. Accordingly, didactic and pedagogical guidance is naturally the responsibility of the teachers.
The content and type of involvement depends on the age of the students, the requirements of the curriculum, and the time capacities of the participants.
Against the backdrop of the pandemic, unfortunately only digital integration is possible at present, but this will lead to the enrichment of the lessons just the same.
Registration for schools:
If you are interested in the project "International Experts at Dortmund Schools", please contact us.
Tell us for which period, area and from which country you would like to have a student and we will try to find someone among the international students of TU Dortmund who fits your request.
Application for International Experts:
Are you interested in the project International Experts at Dortmund Schools and would like to make a voluntary contribution to intercultural education?
We would like to place you specifically at a school where you - depending on how much time you would like to invest - will support the teachers in class.
If you have any questions about the project, please contact us:
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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".Zum Lageplan