Read about the financing of your studies before departure and during your studies (financial security, semester ticket, financial support).
It is best to plan and secure the financing of your studies before you travel to Germany. Financing your studies must be ensured in order to apply for a visa according to section 16 Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz) at the German embassy. Please do take into consideration that you need a blocked account or another form of accepted financial security (e.g. granted scholarship, letter of obligation committment) beforehand. It is not possible to finance your blocked account in Germany with a part-time job whilst studying (section16 (3) Residence Act). However, to finance your studies you are allowed to work in Germany under special regulations. Please make sure to contact your local German embassy to ensure a sufficient financial security for your stay abroad.
Employment to a limited extent as well as the pursuit of student secondary employment is permitted (section 16 (3) Residence Act).
Since securing a livelihood is a standard prerequisite for the granting and extension of a residence permit under the Residence Act 1, this cannot be waived at the discretion of the individual. The cost of living in Dortmund is relatively low compared to other cities. According to current calculations, living in NRW requires at least 853.00 EUR/month (including rent, food, travel expenses and health insurance; leisure activities not included). This amount of 853.00 EUR/month, or 10,236 EUR/year, must be proven to the Foreigners' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) as proof of financing. The monthly amount mentioned above must be secured for the duration of your entire studies, since you cannot expect to receive and therefore rely on a scholarship and may only work alongside your studies under certain conditions (with the exception of the semester breaks).
There are no tuition fees at TU Dortmund University - only a social contribution of 314.87 EUR (as of winter semester 2020/21) per semester is due for the Dortmund Student Services Provider (Studierendenwerk) and the General Students' Committee (AStA) (including semester ticket).
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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.