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Organization of Study & Internship Stays of Exchange Students

International Exchange Students (Study Stay/Internship)

International exchange students (i.e. students at Bachelor's or Master's level who are enrolled at a university outside of Germany) have the opportunity to come to TU Dortmund University for a study or internship stay within the framework of various programs, depending on their home university.

If you would like to receive an international exchange student for a study stay outside of these programs or for an internship stay at TU Dortmund University, you will find information on the organization of the stay below.

The international exchange students will find the relevant information for the organization of their stay on the web pages "All about studies" as well as "Organization of the internship stay".

If the guest is an international researcher (i.e. from PhD level), the Welcome Services for International Researchers are available for support.


International exchange students can enroll as program students at TU Dortmund University and thus benefit from the same advantages as regular students. The regular semester fee of approx. 350 EUR per semester is charged for enrollment.

Enrollment is not obligatory for an internship stay, but it is recommended, especially because of the accident and liability insurance for events that occur in connection with the internship.

If international exchange students do not spend a full semester at TU Dortmund University or in North Rhine-Westphalia, which is often the case, especially in the case of internships, they can apply for a proportional refund of the semester ticket fee (part of the semester fee) at the AStA at the end of their stay.

Enrollment is handled by the divsion of Admission and Enrollment, which requires the following information to be sent by e-mail :

  • Letter of invitation
  • admission form
  • electronic proof of health insurance

The zhb - Division of Foreign Languages of TU Dortmund University offers a free of charge 4-week German Intensive Course for exchange students at the language levels A1-B2 in September and in March.

Upon successful completion of the course, 7 ECTS can be earned.

The courses take place from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:00. Absence from the course is possible only on two days in total.

If students are interested, please contact the International Office.

An overview of different accommodation options can be found on our website. The reservation of accommodation is not possible through the International Office and is usually done by the international exchange students.

If a dormitory room at the Studierendenwerk Dortmund would be intersting for the exchange student, the inquiry whether a room is available during the period of stay should be made by the inviting institution in order to insure the connection to the TU Dortmund. Rental prices for short-term rentals range between 350,- and 500,- EUR, additionally a deposit of 700,- EUR has to be paid to finalize the reservation. The contact person at Studierendenwerk Dortmund is Mr. Reitzig. Please note that the minimum rental period is usually four months and only in exceptional cases shorter rental periods can be offered upon request.

As a basis for an internship stay, it is recommended to sign TU Dortmund University's Internship Contract for International Interns.

Please send the completed contract originally signed by the supervisor and intern to the International Office, which will sign it on behalf of the Rectorate and return it to the supervisor.

Should the intern or the home university insist on the signing of a different contract, this must first be forwarded by the supervising institution to the 
Section Insurances and Contract Management (contact person is Ms. Sahra Erkan) for review and then signed by the Rector (or by the Internation Office on his behalf).


Please direct any questions regarding the above stays to internshipstu-dortmundde.