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Preparatory Support for Studies

Language Training for Refugees

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.

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.

Support Program "NRWege ins Studium"

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 funding for this support program runs until December 2022.

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 goal of the language training is to obtain the German language certificate "Deut­sche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang examination)," thus the preparatory language courses prepare for the DSH exam (level 2 or 3).

The application periods for the language training in 2022 are

  • 15.01. to 31.01.2022
  • 01.03. to 15.03.2022
  • 15.06. to 30.06.2022
  • 01.08. to 15.08.2022

The application takes place exclusively via an online form. The link to the online application form will be published by the start of the next application period.

Please consider our minimum requirements:

  • A2 German language certificate
  • a valid residence title (refugee status)
  • motivation letter (in German)
  • university entrance qualification (in original language and translation)

Due to the large number of applicants there is no guarantee for a place in the program.

It is currently not possible to apply for a spot in the language training.

The online form will be available by the start of the 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.

Online Language Café

Would you like to practice and improve your German language skillsin a casual setting? Then join us in our digital language café.

The language café website has the link to the Zoom meeting as well as further information.



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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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