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Country Focus USA

USA Pro­gram

TU Dort­mund University maintains a diversity of partnerships with universities in the U.S.

In addition to the exchange of students and faculty members there is also the possibility to participate in one of the wide range of research agreements. Beyond this, the exchange of teaching assistants in cooperation with the University of Iowa, the University of Virginia and Oglethorpe University extends the regular student exchange.

The different exchange programs are organized by the International Office in cooperation with the Faculty of Cultural Studies.


view on the Capitol in Washington D.C. © Lea Thomas​/​TU Dort­mund

Due to the excellent relations with universities in the United States of America and the large number of students participating in the exchange to and from the U.S., TU Dort­mund University has attained a unique position in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

Every year approx. 40 American students come to Germany in order to participate in an exchange at TU Dort­mund University, enabling the same amount of students from Dort­mund to study tuition-free in the U.S.

The membership of TU Dort­mund University in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP, Washington D.C.) and bilateral agreements between TU Dort­mund University and US American universities make it possible for students from Dort­mund to study for one or two semesters in the United States at relatively moderate costs. ISEP opens up study opportunities across the world for students outside of the regular ISEP-Exchange program.

Dort­mund students get the opportunity to study inexpensively for one or two semesters in the United States. In this process, an equivalent number of students are exchanged. As the American students pay their tuition at their home university, tuition is waved for the students from Dort­mund at the ISEP-partner institution.

Furthermore, the three universities in the Ruhr Area founded a joint UA Ruhr liaison office in New York City in 2004, overseen by TU Dort­mund University.

Would you like to apply for one or two semesters abroad at one of Dort­mund’s partner universities in the United States? You can find all the information on studying in North America on our website for our outgoing students. 

You are a student from a U.S. partner university / ISEP-institution and interested in learning more about studying at TU Dort­mund University? Please visit our website for exchange students. 



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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.


Dort­mund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dort­mund Airport to TU Dort­mund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dort­mund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more in­for­mation). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dort­mund Airport.


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