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Student Financial Support

Scholarship Programs and Study Financing

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 University or a study scholarship from the second semester onwards.

Support Program "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 enrolled students with a refugee background with the financing of their studies. 

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 program semester. 

The funding period is six months. The maximum funding amount is 861€ per month.

The application phase for the funding period of the year 2022 has ended. Information for the funding period of the year 2023 will be announced here in due time.

The following documents must be submitted when applying for a scholarship for the initial phase of studies:

  • Fully completed application form (in German)
  • Letter of admission for the study program at TU Dortmund University or confirmation of receipt of your application (Certificate of enrollment must be submitted later)
  • Residence permit/proof of refugee background
  • Language certificates (certificates of the preparatory courses as well as DSH certificate or equivalent)
  • Letter of motivation (in German)
  • If available, current BAföG notification
  • If applicable, proof of honorary commitment

You can either send the complete documents by post or place them in the mailbox of the International Office in front of the building directly. You will find the address on page 1 of the application form.

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.

The maximum funding amount is 861€ per month.

The application phase for the funding period of the year 2022 has ended. Information for the funding period of the year 2023 will be announced here in due time.

The following documents must be submitted when applying for a study scholarship:

  • Completely filled out application form (in German)
  • Current certificate of enrollment at TU Dortmund University
  • Residence permit/proof of refugee background
  • Current ECTS transcript of records from TU Dortmund University
  • Positive evaluation ("Gutachten") of a university lecturer
  • Language certificates (certificates of the preparatory courses as well as DSH certificate or equivalent)
  • Letter of motivation (in German)
  • Current BAföG notification, if available
  • Proof of honorary commitment, if applicable

You can either send the complete documents by post or place them in the mailbox of the International Office in front of the building directly. You will find the address on page 1 of the application form.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Refugee Counseling and Integration Office.

Study financing for refugees

When applying for a degree program you should already think about ways of financing your studies. After the enrollment, you will not receive any further financial support for your subsistence from the Jobcenter or the Federal Job Agency.

Although there are currently no tuition fees in North Rhine-Westphalia, studying is not free of charge. Every semester students have to pay a "social contribution” (i.e. a semester fee), which is used for the semester ticket, but also for student self-administration and other services. More detailed information on the social contribution can be found on the website of the Student Registration Office.

Furthermore, of course, there are also costs for your living expenses (rent, insurance, food, etc.). We have compiled an overview of funding opportunities for students with a refugee background during their studies. Please refer to the websites of the individual providers and sponsors for information on possible application deadlines and the according requirements for the funding.

Students can apply for BAföG in order to receive state support. If you have any questions regarding BAföG, please contact the BaföG Office of the Dortmund Student Services Provider directly. There you can find out whether you are eligible for BAföG: Studierendenwerk Dortmund, Amt für Ausbildungsförderung, Vogelpothsweg 85.
 

Bread for the World is the globally active development and relief agency of the Protestant Churches in Germany. It supports refugees who wish to continue or take up a professional academic training in Germany and who are not entitled to BAföG or other support measures.

Applicants may not be older than 35 years of age, must choose a development-relevant orientation for their academic training and present a residence permit. In addition, they must have been known to the respective Protestant student community for at least three months and ideally have already committed themselves to it. Funding is available for both the degree program itself and, in some cases, preparatory measures such as language courses. Participation in events of the accompanying study program and commitment to development policy are obligatory for scholarship holders. 

The scholarship “Welcome” offered by Deutsche Universitätsstiftung (DUS) is targeted at undergraduate students with a refugee background who live in Germany. The scholarship includes finding a local and experienced mentor for the student, seminars designed to develop key competences, the opportunity to participate in academic events, and a yearly funding of 600 EUR for study-related academic books. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students at a German university, need to provide proof of an adequate German language proficiency of at least level C1 (Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR) and have a refugee background. 

The "hochform" program of the Deutsche Universitätsstiftung (DUS) supports master's students in STEM fields with the above-mentioned benefits.

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) offers its scholars material funding, a versatile educational program as well as individual counseling and support. Applications are open for undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students. Those refugees are eligible for this scholarship, who either have an established residence status (a stay in Germany longer than 15 months) and / or can claim BAföG. German language proficiency must be at least at B1/B2 level (CEFR) and applicants must either have a confirmation of admission or a certificate of enrollment at a state or state-recognized German university or university of applied sciences, or must be able to provide proof of study achievements from their previous studies in Germany or abroad. 

 

The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,200 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are, aside from their academic achievements, characterized by their social and political involvement. In doing so, they need to display an active interest in the basic values of the foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. The foundation offers both financial support and a comprehensive range of events. All refugees who wish to start or continue their studies in Germany are welcome to apply. Application procedures are carried out twice a year. 

 

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation supports undergraduate (Bachelor’s), graduate (Master’s) and postgraduate (Ph.D.) students. The scholarship is designed to help the recipients to prepare for their future careers in the public and the private sector, especially in academia, state institutions and international organizations, civic society, media or in the cultural sector. Benefits provided by the foundation include monthly financial support, a wide range of seminars, and career counselling. Applicants have to be either recognized refugees (i.e. as entitled to asylum, having been granted refugee status or subsidiary protection) or “tolerated” refugees or a holder of a specific humanitarian residence permit (the latter are only eligible for the program within the first 15 months after the asylum application in Germany). 

 

The scholarship provided by the Otto Benecke Foundation (Otto Benecke Stiftung, OBS) addresses acknowledged refugees, late re-settlers as well as their relatives, and Jewish immigrants who seek to acquire a Higher Education Entrance Qualification (HZB) and wish to pursue an academic career. The program is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and requires a consultation with the local educational advisory service Garantiefonds Hochschule before acceptance into the program. The scholarship includes financial assistance for participation in language courses, special courses, preparatory courses and academic internships. In addition to the support program, the Otto Benecke Foundation also offers seminars to prepare students for their studies, as well as coaching for immigrant students directly at the universities. Applications for support from the foundation must be submitted before the age of 30 and within two years after arrival in Germany. 

Since 1992, the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI) has offered scholarships to support numerous refugees who wish to begin or continue their studies. DAFI not only supports studies, but is also actively involved in the reconstruction of crisis-ridden countries. DAFI is funded by the Federal Government of Germany. In principle, it is only aimed at Bachelor students, but in special cases exceptions can be made by arrangement. 

 

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) administers the scholarship programme “Hilde Domin Programme” with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (AA). The programme serves to support students and doctoral candidates from across the globe, who are at risk of being formally or de facto denied educational or other rights in their country of origin, and to provide these students and doctoral candidates with an opportunity to begin or complete a study or research degree at a higher education institution in Germany.

The DAAD scholarship database bundles information on DAAD funding opportunities for foreign students, graduates, doctoral candidates and university lecturers as well as offers from other selected funding organizations. Here you can search for suitable funding opportunities / scholarships using various filters.

More information on student financing and relevant funding opportunities at TU Dortmund University can also be found on the respective website of the International 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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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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