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There are compulsory social insurance schemes and a number of voluntary insurance schemes for various areas of life.

Compulsory Social Insurance Schemes

The so-called social insurance consists of the following partial insurances:

  • Health Insurance
  • Nursing Care Insurance
  • Pension Insurance
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Accident Insurance

Further information on Social Insurance:

EURAXESS Social Insurance

Health Insurance

The choice of health insurance depends, among other things, on the financing of your stay.

Residence with Employment Contract

As soon as you are employed as an employee at TU Dortmund University, you are automatically covered in all partial insurances.
You are free to decide with which health insurance company you want to be insured with. The personnel department registers you with this health insurance company and calculates your individual insurance contribution. Employer and employee each pay about half of the contributions, which together make up about 40% of your gross salary. Your employee contribution is deducted from your salary and transferred to the insurance company together with the employer's contribution.

Stay with Scholarship

If you receive a scholarship without a contract of employment, you are usually exempt from the statutory social security obligation. However, the specific regulations of the German Residence Act stipulate that foreigners are obliged to submit proof of health insurance coverage that is recognized in Germany when applying for a residence permit. As a rule, you are therefore obliged to take out private health insurance before entering Germany.

Important note: For EU/EEA nationals and in other exceptional cases, it may also be possible that the health insurance of the home country is recognized in Germany. This recognition is carried out by the statutory health insurance companies in Germany.

EURAXESS Private Health Insurance Coverage

Voluntary Insurance

There are a number of voluntary insurance schemes for different areas of life.

private liability insurance (only in German) is particularly recommended. It provides compensation if your actions­ damage other­ people or the property of other­ people. If you cause damage to people or their property in the event of an accident or inattention for which you are responsible and are not covered by liability insurance, this may result in lifelong payment obligations for you.

Further information: Consumer Advice Centre on Insurance (only in German)

Please note: On this page we can only provide information on this topic, but we cannot provide comprehensive advice or make recommendations.


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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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