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Health Insurance

  • The law provides for membership in a statutory health insurance fund (GKV) or an exemption from (GKV) for international students under 30 years of age.
  • The membership fee for statutory health insurance is currently around €110 per month.
  • Membership fees for private insurance vary depending on the insurance company.
  • Students attending a German course (preparatory courses) must take out private health insurance (PKV). Afterwards, they can register with the statutory health insurance (GKV).
  • International students who are 30 or older cannot take out statutory health insurance, but must take out private health insurance. What benefits providers pay for varies widely. Carefully compare the offers and read the entire contract before choosing a health insurance.
  • Note: Once you belong to a private health insurance company during your study period, you cannot switch to a statutory health insurance company afterwards until you start your full-time professional life after graduation! So when choosing a health insurance company, think carefully about which health insurance company with which price-performance ratio best suits your needs!

Important: All health insurance companies are allowed to terminate their contract with you if you do not pay monthly on time. If you have private insurance, they will lose coverage once you have not paid.

After cancellation, the health insurance companies will inform the university that you are no longer covered. Then the university must de-register you.

There is a mutual obligation to report between the statutory health insurances and universities. The TU Dortmund University will use the electronic student registration procedure (SMV) from 01.01.2022.

Please note: If you are already enrolled at TU Dortmund University, you do not have to arrange anything. If you change your health insurance, please arrange for a notification of the new health insurance.

Statutorily insured persons

If you have statutory health insurance, please contact your health insurance company in good time and inform them of your planned application to the TU Dortmund. The health insurance company will then send the required notification to our university.

Privately insured

If you are privately insured and would like to remain so during your studies, please contact a statutory health insurance company of your choice and inform yourself there about the legal consequences of an exemption from the statutory health insurance obligation. Even in the case of an exemption, the statutory health insurance must report this to us electronically.

Please note: If you have already been insured with a statutory health insurance company before, please only contact this health insurance company for the notification of the exemption to our university.

!Attention. The exemption from compulsory insurance must be applied for within three months after the start of your studies.

The information page of the Technical University of Dortmund on the general organization of studies provides further information.

In addition, the Federal Ministry of Health in cooperation with the Ethno-Medical Center e.V. offers a guide to the health care system in Germany in several languages. You can find it here.

Useful and important tips on the subject of health insurance for students can also be found on the following websites:


Liability insurance

Liability insurance is not mandatory for students, but highly recommended!

You need this if you cause damage to someone without intent. Normally you have to pay financial compensation to this person. This refers to personal injury as well as material damage (for example in your rented apartment). Liability insurance usually pays for this in such cases.

Such insurance can be taken out with almost any insurance company and costs about 5 € per month.

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

Further information on health and liability insurance as well as DAAD insurance can be found on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service.



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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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