What was it like to transfer from TU Dortmund University to an elite international university?
From the very first week, I was enthusiastic about life as a student in Cambridge. Over time, an unbelievable number of traditions and student societies have developed there, which sweeten the strenuous everyday study routine with exciting and diverse events. Especially at the traditional dinners, which take place frequently, you make many new acquaintances and feel like you're at Hogwarts.
But actually I was there to study. And in this respect, the change wasn't that big, because the quality of teaching at my former Dortmund faculties of mathematics and physics is really good. In Dortmund, I was particularly impressed by the support and the positive relationship between lecturers and students. In Cambridge, however, the choice of in-depth courses was much bigger. In my experience, the students themselves make the big difference: All my fellow students in Cambridge were top-notch and fully motivated.
Why did you leave Dortmund?
You hear everywhere how important experience abroad is for your career, both within and outside academia. My first internship abroad during my bachelor's degree was therefore a bit of a CV tuning exercise. Fortunately, I was able to learn there how formative the experience at another university, in another country, can be. Since then, I have been working towards doing my Master's abroad in order to be able to develop more personally. So it wasn't the TU Dortmund University's fault that I was drawn abroad. I was really happy in Dortmund and still feel connected to TU Dortmund University.
What's next for you?
After my master's degree in applied mathematics, I am starting my doctoral studies at the chair of Björn Andres for Machine Learning and Computer Vision at TU Dresden.
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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