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To quickly feel comfortable in a new place, you need a social network. Get to know our ambassadors and learn from their experience!

Looking for Additional Information and Personal Advice?

Are you an in­ter­na­tio­nal researcher planning to start working at TU Dort­mund University? Have you read all the information and formal guidelines on the university website and still have questions about how it all works out in day-to-day life? Are you interested in personal experiences of other in­ter­na­tio­nal employees? 

Find out what brought our ambassadors to TU Dort­mund University, get to know their experiences of living and working here, and make use of their tips for newcomers.

Get in Touch! 

If you have any questions about the working environment at the faculties, living in Dort­mund, relocation experience, or PhD life in general you can get in touch with one of our ambassadors. Have a look at the different profiles below and feel free to contact the ambassdors via mail.

Please avoid contacting the ambassadors concerning general and administrative questions, since they are here to help you with their knowledge gained from personal experiences only. If you have questions about practical matters such as visa regulations, required documents or accommodation please contact the Welcome Services

Our Ambassadors

Eine junge Frau vor einem TU Dortmund-Plakat © Samin Jamal Abadi

Name: Samin Jamal Abadi 

Contact details: samin.jamalabadi@tu-dortmund.de

Country of origin: Iran

Languages: Persian, English

Faculty: Electrical Engineering & Information Technology

Hobbies: Tennis, travelling, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures

Why TU Dort­mund University? TU Dort­mund University is one of the most prestigious technical universities in Germany. It is strong not only in each specialized discipline but also in the interdisciplinary research

Working at TU Dort­mund University: During my Master studies at TU Dort­mund University I found a deep interest in research. I enjoy following my curiosity and solving the problems it discovers. That is why I decided to continue my studies as a PhD student. I like the mixture of research, teaching, and supervision activities.

Tips for prospective in­ter­na­tio­nal researchers: I think as a PhD student it is important to select a topic you’re genuinely passionate about. Also, for me, developing my confidence was the key issue I had to work on when I started working in a new country. And definitely, learning German can make your journey much easier.

Settling down in Dort­mund:  I have experienced the process of settling down in Dort­mund to be quite challenging when I couldn’t communicate in German. Now after having taken some free courses at the university, I feel much better.

Ein Porträt eines asiatischen Mannes mit Brille © Thanet Pitakbut

Name: Thanet Pitakbut 

Contact details: thanet.pitakbut@tu-dortmund.de

Country of origin: Thailand

Languages: Thai, English

Faculty: Biochemical and Chemical Engineering

Hobbies: Boxing, swimming

Why TU Dort­mund University? Even though TU Dort­mund University is a technical university, I like that it does not only focus on the applied side, but also engages in fundamental research. This is very important for my area of interest - sharing the biosynthesis between plant and its microbe. TU Dort­mund University provides good facilities for my research, and I enjoy working with people here. They are experts who can provide great supervision and support for young academics.

Working at TU Dort­mund University: Working here at TU Dort­mund University as a PhD researcher expands my knowledge vertically and horizontally: I apply state-of-art techniques to fill the knowledge gap and constantly learn new things. What I also find great is that you can participate in extra activities that sharpen your soft skills. For instance, you can participate in career development workshops, join social excursiosn with your research group, or attend the annual Christmas party.

Tips for prospective in­ter­na­tio­nal researchers: Stay push and be open-minded

Your life in Dort­mund: My main struggle when I first came to Dort­mund was to find accommodation. I had hoped there would be some university assistance for the foreign PhD students but back then such service did not exist yet. Fortunately, I found one spot in a WG – a shared apartment – on the website that my friend recommended me.

German culture: German culture is very different from my home country. I was surprised that people here have their own office hours, and you have to make an appointment if you need to discuss something with your supervisor or colleagues. In Thai universities we have an open door policy: it is possible to reach anyone within their office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. without an appointment.

Settling down in Dort­mund: There is a Facebook page organized by the Thai Student Council in Germany. It is a great platform for Thai students and researchers to meet each other easily. But still it’s essential to find new friends and integrate into German society. A couple of good ways to achieve this is doing sports at the university and participating in the workshops being offered.

Mann mit Brille und Anzug © Emmanuel Kofi Gavu

Name: Emmanuel Kofi Gavu

Contact details: Emmanuelkofi.gavu@tu-dortmund.de

Country of origin: Ghana

Languages: English, German, French, Akan, Ewe, Avatime and Hausa

Faculty: Spatial Planning

Hobbies: Reading, photography and singing

Why TU Dort­mund University? I chose TU Dort­mund University because of its reputation in teaching and research in the area of spatial planning. For me it was quite an easy decision as the school of spatial planning directly matches my research interests.

Working at TU Dort­mund University: Working at TU Dort­mund University has been a learning curve for me, especially as a PhD student. One is supposed to be independent and the same time being able to fit in a team. What I like here is that colleagues and supervisors easily warm up to you. To make life easy for any newcomer, I say this: “If you need help, just ask”.

Tips for prospective in­ter­na­tio­nal researchers: I advise the prospective in­ter­na­tio­nal researchers abd students to contact the in­ter­na­tio­nal office in order to get in touch with some people from their home regions. You can get great survival tips for the first couple of months after your arrival. I think it is very important, because some people prefer keeping to themselves and miss out on what the university and the city of Dort­mund have to offer.

Your life in Dort­mund: Looking back at the first months of my stay in Dort­mund, I wish I had downloaded the app for public transport. Now it is always a life saver for me, as one can tell whether a particular connection is arriving on time or later.

Ein Mann mit Brille, der Hintergrund ist verschwommen © Muhammad Rayan

Name: Muhammad Rayan

Contact details: muhammad.rayan@tu-dortmund.de

Country of origin: Pakistan

Languages: English, Urdu, Pushto

Faculty: Spatial Planning

Hobbies:  Traveling, photography, badminton, cricket, and cycling

Why TU Dort­mund University? The underlying motivations for coming to TU Dort­mund University was to learn and share my experience in the field of green infrastructure and resilient cities in an in­ter­na­tio­nal environment. Here I could sharpen my critical thinking and problem solving and improve my research skills.

Working at TU Dort­mund University: TU Dort­mund University provides great conditions for young researchers to accomplish their research goals. It provides an environment where you can build good relationships with your colleagues, achieve mutual learning and build partnership between the global North and the global South. I value the guidance provided by other researchers and experts in my research area, as it helped me a lot to shape my research ideas.

Your life in Dort­mund: Dort­mund is a multicultural city with a population of almost 600,000 inhabitants from all over the world. If you stay open, you can learn so much about different cultures.

The city also offers a wide range of leisure and sports facilities. For example, you can go to see a soccer game at the Borussia Dort­mund stadium or take a walk in the big Westfalenpark. I especially like that almost half the city is covered with green spaces and parks.

German culture: Dort­mund was not the first city where I experienced German culture. I did my Master’s at the University of Stuttgart. I am willing to admit, I love the country: the open atmosphere, a lot of green spaces, cultural hotspots, and multicultural environment.

Tips for prospective in­ter­na­tio­nal researchers: In Dort­mund, finding a private accommodation is quite hard, and it is important to be aware of all the options. The first option is university guest housing, but due to limited number of rooms it’s quite difficult to get. Second option is an online platform for room/apartments search i.e. WG-gesucht, Immobilienscout24, etc. I got my apartment through WG-gesucht, so I can recommend it.

Porträt einer Frau © Uwe Gruetzner​/​TU Dort­mund

Name: Anastasiya Matyushkina

Contact details: Anastasiya.matyushkina@tu-dortmund.de

Country of origin: Russia

Languages: Russian, English

Faculty: Spatial Planning

Hobbies: Painting, travelling, taking care of my plants, longboarding

Why TU Dort­mund University? It is not commonly known but TU Dort­mund Universiry has the largest School of Spatial Planning in Europe. The faculty is very in­ter­na­tio­nal and involved in different projects across the world: Europe, Asia, Middle East and America. Here I have a position in an in­ter­na­tio­nal project that received finding through the EU grant Horizon2020. Germany is a welcoming country for PhD students with many research and grant opportunities.

Working at TU Dort­mund University: What I really appreciate as an employee of TU Dort­mund University is that the employees and PhD students can take German language courses at the university - for free. Also the university has a Doctorate Centre that organizes events and workshops to develop research and interpersonal skills, such as project management or public speaking. As a researcher it is also very important to me to have access to a rich online journal database and good library. Here I don’t have problems with accessing the academic articles I need.

Life in Dort­mund: After living for a few years in the Netherlands, I was positively surprised with accommodation prices in Dort­mund. It is very affordable to live here, even in comparison with other cities in NRW. It has some cool spots where I like going: art studios in the harbour, hipster concept shops in the district "Kreuzviertel", or open swimming pools and parks in different parts of the city. The transport system is very convenient and as an enrolled PhD student you can travel for free in the entire NRW region.

German culture: As a Russian, I found many similarities between our cultures. I cannot say that something strikes me as odd here. Of course, it takes a while to get used to some small things, like for instance, I didn’t expect that after my public presentation people would knock on the table, instead of clapping. Another one: I was quite surprised to see that the majority of rented apartments do not have an installed kitchen.

Tips for in­ter­na­tio­nal students: If you struggle, I would advise you to not be on your own, especially when you’re relocating and going through a lot of administrative tasks. If you have questions or need help, you should always ask your colleagues or the International Office. You will certainly get help or be provided with necessary information. I also recommend you to enroll in the German course as early as possible. It helped me not only to improve my language but also to find friends.

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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".

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