The university's family service will provide you with important information and contacts in the areas of advice, support and financing. These points include, for example, the procurement of school and daycare places in the vicinity of the university and in the entire area around it.
Important information: Current events for parents and children can be found among the offers for families.
Additional information that might be relevant for you can be found on the following pages:
Find out whether your family needs to apply for a visa. You can find some information about visas here. Please note that under certain circumstances the visa application process may take 8-12 weeks or longer. The Welcome Service team will be happy to advise and assist you with any questions you may have regarding family reunion.
If a visa is required:
In order to bring your spouse and/or children to Germany at a later date, you must apply for a family reunion. The subsequent family members first apply for this at the German Embassy in their home country.
The following documents are usually required:
- Valid passports
- Marriage certificate (original and certified translation)
- Birth certificate(s) (original and certified translation)
- Copy of the passport and residence permit of the partner who is already in Germany
- Other residence-related documents of the partner who is already in Germany
- If applicable, A1 certificate of the incoming partner (proof of German language skills)
After the application has been submitted, you will be contacted by the local immigration office by post. If there are still missing documents to make a decision on the granting of a visa, the immigration authority will ask you in writing to submit them subsequently.
You will find additional information that might be relevant for you on the following pages:
- Federal Foreign Office: Family Reunification (DE)
- BAMF: Family reunification of third country nationals
Please note that the information collected by the Welcome Services does not constitute legally binding information and cannot replace the information provided by experts in the respective field. We always recommend that you seek additional individual advice from the German mission abroad or the local immigration office.
*Our services are directed to international guest researchers, doctoral students, postdocs and professors.
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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.