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StartSmart - the game for international first-year students

Mastering the start of your studies with ease!

New at TU Dortmund University? Then play our "StartSmart" game on your cell phone and get lots of useful information about starting your studies! Together with your avatar, you solve tasks and questions about starting your studies and receive a variety of links and videos about everyday life at TU Dortmund University.

How does StartSmart help me start my studies?

Every day, your avatar has questions about studying at TU Dortmund University. Together, the videos of many contact persons at the university will help you: Experienced international students, student advisors, employees of faculties, the Foreign Language Center, the AStA, the International Office or the Foreigners Office Dortmund.

This will give you 25 days to get to know the university a little better.

A treasure hunt is also included - for those who have already arrived in Dortmund and want to explore the campus.

How do I play along?

All international first-year students receive access to the StartSmart game via a QR code. You log in with your university account, select English or German as your language and choose one of three avatars that you can help from now on.

An archive function makes it easy to look up content again after the game or simply in between.

What info do I get?

25 days, 25 topics - after all, there's a lot that's new when you start studying. These include questions such as:

  • What do I have to do again after enrollment?
  • Where can I get information about languages, e.g. learning German during my studies?
  • What would experienced students at the TU Dortmund advise me?
  • What should I know about insurance, financing my studies, or re-registration after the first semester?
  • Which portals and platforms are important for studying at the TU Dortmund? What is the difference between moodle, BOSS and LSF?
  • What do university facilities such as university sports offer me, why is the TU app useful and what does AStA actually do? And what were the student councils again...?

and some more - a total of 25 topics with short, informative videos, links and tips.

When does it start?

From 20 February, 2023! You can join at any time and play the game at your own pace.

Well then, have fun playing!


Who developed the game?

StartSmart was developed and implemented jointly by the International Office (team "Degree Seeking Students") and the ITMC of TU Dortmund University (team "CC Development" and team "Media Services") and will be launched for the first time in the winter semester 2022/2023.

Start Smart is part of the sub-project "Digitization of existing services for international students" of the International Office's Pharus project. This is funded from 2020 to 2022 by the DAAD program "NRWege Leuchttürme - Projekte zur nachhaltigen Internationalisierung der Hochschulen in Nordrhein-Westfalen" with funds from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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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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