Students from non EU/EWR countries (third countries)
Please note that you may need a visa for Germany even if you have already acquired a residence permit for another EU-country.
Please inform yourself as soon as possible at the German embassy in your home country about the entry requirements and which documents you need to apply for a visa. It is necessary to apply for the visa or residence permit while you are still in your home country. For further information on the visa application, please visit the website of Study in Germany.
Necessary documents to apply for a visa:
- a valid passport, biometric passport photos
- a university entrance qualification which is recognized in Germany (school-leaving certificate like A-Levels or equivalent)
- proof of your previous academic performance
- proof of financial resources
- letter of admission from TU Dortmund University
Attention: The processing of visa applications can take from a few weeks up to several months, so please apply as soon as possible. Come to Germany under no circumstances with a tourist/travelers visa only (Schengen visa). It cannot be extended and is only valid for a maximum of three months.
Registration at the Foreigners' Registration Office
Everyone who stays and takes up residency in Germany must register their residency within the first three days after their arrival at the Foreigners’ Registration Office.
It is highly recommended to arrange an appointment online for the registration process to avoid a potentially long waiting time. However, reserving a registration appointment is not mandatory. You will find the required documents for the residency registration on the website of the city of Dortmund.
Residence permit during the job search
After you have successfully finalized your degree program at university, there is a possibility to stay in Germany in order to search for a job. This specific residence permit allows you to stay in Germany for 18 additional months to find a job that is appropriate for your qualifications. The time span of 18 months begins as soon as you have received the last grade of your degree.
Recommendation: We encourage you to start searching for a job as soon as possible. We also recommend to book an appointment in advance with the Foreigners' Registration Office to plan your stay in Germany.
Residence permit for employees
As soon as you have been offered a work contract, you need to contact the Foreigners' Registration Office to apply for a residence permit for employment purposes. The job has to suit your academic qualifications and must be approved by the Foreigners' Registration Office before a new residence permit can be issued. For this purpose you must hand in documents like your work contract and confirmation of your health insurance coverage.
Inform the Foreigners' Registration Office about changes during your residence if:
- you leave Germany for a semester abroad or for a vacation semester.
- you work as a freelancer.
- you change your major subject or the university.
- you lose your passport.
- you have missed the visa extension appointment.
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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.