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Language Support & Scholarships for refugees

Support programs "NRWege ins Studium"

Within the framework of the support program “NRWege ins Studium” funded by the federal state North-Rhine Westphalia, TU Dort­mund University supports prospective students with a refugee background during the preparation of their studies and already enrolled students with a refugee background with the financing of their studies. 

Language Training "NRWege ins Studium"

The language of instruction for the majority of the degree programs offered at TU Dort­mund University is German. Thus, you need very good German skills to enroll and participate in a degree program and these need to be certified by a successfully passed and recognized German language test. 

Exceptions to this rule are only those degree programs which are entirely taught in English. The English skills which are necessary to participate successfully need to be proven by according certificates. Please check the website of the Admission and Enrollment Office for all details in regard to language requirements for studying degree programs at TU Dort­mund University.

On the website of the Admission and Enrollment Office you can find all the necessary information in regard to the language requirements of the degree programs at TU Dort­mund University.

Since January 2017, TU Dort­mund University has been supporting prospective students with a refugee background in the linguistic preparation for their studies at TU Dort­mund University. This is made possible by the support program "NRWege ins Studium", which is financed by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The preparatory German courses take place at cooperating language schools within the city limits of Dort­mund. In addition, there is an obligatory framework program offered by the Refugee Counseling and Integration Office which aims to consolidate the freshly acquired language skills and promotes integration at the university. The funding for this support program runs until December 2022.

As a supplement to the German language courses preparing students for their studies, the Center for Higher Education (Department of Foreign Languages) at TU Dort­mund University regularly offers an information event for program participants preparing for the DSH examination at TU Dort­mund University.

The application for participation in this language training support program takes place exclusively via an online form.  
Please note that the application periods for the year 2020 has ended.

 

The link to the online application form will be published by the start of the next application period.

Do you have any questions in regard to applications for this language training program? Please do not hesitate to contact us at the Refugee Counseling and Integration Office.
 

Scholarship for Students with Refugee Background

Are you about to take up studies at TU Dort­mund University and worry about financing it? Or did you start your studies already and now realize that financial support is necessary? 

Particularly talented students with a refugee background have the possibility to apply for a scholarship during the initial phase of their studies at TU Dort­mund or a study scholarship from the second semester onwards. These scholarships are part of a project framework of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD) and financed by funds from the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKW).

These are the application periods for the above-mentioned scholarships for the initial phase of studies or the study scholarships in the year 2020:

15 to 31 August 2020
 

If you are extraordinarily motivated, can prove a very good performance in your preliminary language courses and have a refugee background, you can apply for a scholarship supporting the initial phase of your studies, i.e. the first two program semesters

How do I apply for a scholarship for the initial phase of studies?

Application period: 15 - 31 February 2021

The following documents have to be handed in for the application:

  •  fully completed and signed application form
  • current enrollment confirmation of TU Dort­mund University, respectively confirmation of receipt of study application, respectively acknowledgement of study place (e.g. printout of confirmation email) 
  • copy of residence permit (verification of refugee background)
  • certificates from a language school or institute
  • officially recognized German language certificate (e.g. the German language examination for university admission, DSH)
  • letter of motivation

If available:

  • proof of income (employment contract, proof of income of the last three months)
  • proof of the receipt of BAföG, other scholarships or state benefits 
  • proof of previous handling of living expenses as well as savings
  • proof of/reference letter on social or community commitment

Please hand in your application and all necessary documents in due time, either personally during the office hours of the Refugee Counseling and Integration Office or by mail to:

International Office
Refugee Counseling and Integration Office
Emil-Figge-Str. 61
44227 Dort­mund

Further information about the scholarship itself or the application procedure can be obtained from the Refugee Counseling and Integration Office.

If you are enrolled at TU Dort­mund University, motivated, can provide good marks and have a refugee background, you can apply for a study scholarship from the second program semester onwards. This scholarship grants financial support between one and three years.

How do I apply for a study scholarship? 

The application for this scholarship requires a fully completed application form which you can find here:

Application period: 15 - 31 October 2021

The following documents have to be handed in for the application:

  • fully completed and signed application form
  • current enrollment certificate of TU Dort­mund University
  • proof of previous study achievements (current transcript of records)
  • officially recognized German language certificate (e.g. the German language examination for university admission, DSH)
  • letter of motivation
  • a supporting assessment from a lecturer/university teacher
  • copy of residence permit (verification of refugee background)

If available:

  • proof of income (employment contract, proof of income of the last three months)
  • proof of the receipt of BAföG, other scholarships or 
  • proof of previous handling of living expenses as well as savings
  • proof of/reference letter on social or community commitment

Please hand in your application and all necessary documents in due time, either personally during the office hours of the Refugee Counseling and Integration Office or by mail to:

International Office
Refugee Counseling and Integration Office
Emil-Figge-Str. 61
44227 Dort­mund

Further information about the scholarship itself or the application procedure can be obtained from the Refugee Counseling and Integration Office.

 

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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".

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