TU Dortmund University offers a range of advisory offices for both prospective students and students in different stages of life: start of the studies, course of studies or the start into the working life. On this page, you find an overview of the according institutions.
Social Counseling at the International Office offers international students support with financial, familial or residence-law difficulties.
Due to the protected university operations of TU Dortmund University, a personal consultation is currently not possible. Along with consultations via phone or email as usual, Social Counseling will now offer online appointments via Zoom.
Social Counseling provides support for questions about:
- visas and residency
- finishing degrees
- financial aid and scholarship possibilities
- housing opportunities in Dortmund and the surrounding areas
- possibilities for cultural exchange and integration
- involvement in campus life
Please register in advance for a consultation appointment via email (social.counselingtu-dortmundde). Afterwards, you will receive a confirmation email along with a link for the Zoom Meeting.
The Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) is a center which provides you with information and guidance on the demands and structure of your studies. Here you can find further information as well as useful tips concerning course contents, study requirements and study options as well as advice on your choice of subject.
For any personal advice or difficulties regarding your studies, the ZSB also offers psychological counseling.
International student advisors are contact persons for students from abroad. You can find an international student advisor at each faculty.
Their duties are:
- initial contact with the foreign students
- answering questions foreign students might have
- responding to letters of inquiry from the Foreigners' Registration Office
The General Student Committee (AStA) officially represents the interests of students at the respective university and also their political interests towards the university and the state. The AStA is elected by the student parliament (StuPa) and consists of different sections, responsible for, e.g., educational policy, women’s policy, fundamental rights and civil liberties, culture and others.
The AStA represents the interests of students towards the administration, the ministries or other authorities. Above all, the committee provides support for any problems or queries that students may have. The AStA offers a wide range of services including publication of handouts as well as counseling services:
- international student counseling
- women's counseling
- social counseling
- tenant’s advisory
The Autonomous Foreigners Department, a department of the General Student Committee (AStA), is elected and lead by international students. The department not only organizes events but also offers counseling for international students.
We would like to welcome you to our meetings! Our meet and greet or the so-called “Elterntreff” (i.e. meeting point for parents) is meant for parents with one or more children, pregnant women and women who would like to have children. Here you are given the possibility to meet other parents, ask for advice on the subject of child care, on how to juggle your finances or tips on how to combine your studies, research or work with family life.
You are very welcome to bring along your children! There are plenty of toys and your children can be taken care of without any problems.
In order to improve work-life balance in terms of studies, work and family, the “Campus Family Office” was established by TU Dortmund University, FH Dortmund and the family project of the City of Dortmund.
The Campus Family Office:
- informs and supports on the search for suitable child care
- mediates helpful contacts on how to combine studying, work and family life
- gives advice on services offered to children, young people and families
- answers any questions you may have before and after giving birth
The Department of Disabilities and Studies (DoBus) is an organization which supports students and applicants with
- physical disabilities
- visual impairment or blindness
- hearing impairment or deafness
- speech impairment
- chronic illness
- mental illness
and have difficulties in planning and implementing their studies or feel challenged by the organization of care, mobility or further potentially needed assistance.
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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".Zum Lageplan