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Language Courses at TU Dortmund University

The Foreign Languages Department of the Center for Higher Education (ZHB), in­ cooperation with the­ International Office, offers a German language course program for international doctoral students­ and postdocs at the levels A1, A2 and B1.

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In the university context, the English language allows to get along very well. However, for everyday life outside the academic context, a basic knowledge of German is essential. Therefore, you are welcome to take advantage of German courses and our language café and make shopping, getting to know colleagues or traveling within Germany a lot easier.

The Language Course Program

The language course program is tailored to the specific needs of the target group and is financed by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Foreign Office. The language skills levels are according to the Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR.

Courses in the summer semester 2021:

German for international doctoral students and postdocs A1 (beginners without previous knowledge)
16.04.2021 - August 2021
Fr. 12:30 - 15:45, online

German for international doctoral students and postdocs A2 (beginners with previous knowledge)
13.04.2021 - August 2021
Tue. 18:30 - 20:00, online
Thur. 16:30 - 18:30, online

German for international doctoral students and postdocs B1 (advanced)
12.04.2021 - August 2021
Mo. 18:00 - 20:15, online
Wed. 18:00 - 20:15, online

Courses in the A1 and A2 levels are four hours per week. The participation in the language courses is free of charge. The number of participants is limited.

Get further information about the courses.

The registration for the German courses can be done by Dr. Carsten Martin via e-mail or personally in his office hours (Wednesday, 10:00 - 12:00).

In addition, international doctoral students can register for all other language courses at the ZHB, since they are registered as (doctoral) students. You can view the course program and register via UniAccount on the course platform.

Language Café "Researchers go Deutsch"

Every two weeks, the Welcome Services offer in­ter­na­tio­nal researchers at TU Dort­mund University the opportunity to practice and improve their German language skills, ask questions and exchange ideas with other learners during the lunch break.

Next meeting: 26 July 2021, 12:00-13:00 (UTC+01:00)

Topic: Favourite Spots in Dortmund

For a one-time and non-binding registration please send an e-mail.

Those who have already participated once do not have to register each time, but will automatically receive an e-mail with the access link and the topic for the upcoming meeting.



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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)

Interactive map

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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