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Transatlantic Ruhr Fellowship

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The Transatlantic Ruhr Fellowship Program gives students from the University Alliance Ruhr the opportunity each summer - pending budgetary approval - to hone their intercultural skills in a short summer school and gain practical experience in a subsequent internship. You will gain insight into American business culture in the metropolitan region around New York (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut). The application deadline for the program in the USA typically ends around Mid November for the following summer.

The Program

Starting at the end of July/beginning of August the Transatlantic Ruhr Fellows first participate in a one-week summer school on the topic of Entrepreneurial Mindset and then move on to a seven-week internship in a renowned US company or international organization.

Program Dates 2023: 24 July - 17 September

The seminars cover the following topics:

  • Intercultural communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Differences between American and German business culture
  • Workshop on leadership skill development
  • Career counseling
  • Talent management
  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Working in the 21st century
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During the summer semester you must be enrolled at one of the UA Ruhr universities in the field of engineering, natural science, business, humanities or social science (Bachelor or Master). Teaching degree students may also apply if they would like to gain insight in industry, but school internships will not be arranged in this program.

You are interested in an international environment and would like to get to know the regon around New York as an international workplace as well as expand your networks.

Good English language skills are expected (at least B2)!

The call for applications and information about the last few years of the program are available on the UA Ruhr Liaison Office's website. 

Application Process

The application deadline for summer 2023 ends 15 November 2022.

  • an English Statement of Purpose* max 2 pages
  • an American resumé* 
  • an official language certificate for English confirming at least B2 level (e.g. Abiturzeugnis, Kaplan, TOEFL, DAAD Certificate)
  • an overview of past grades (e.g. PDF from BOSS, transcript, copies of certificates)
    Please see the information on the transcript of records in the Checklist for Stays Abroad, in case your classes are not shown in BOSS in English.
  • current enrollment certificate 
  • a letter of recommendation (if possible in English) from a lecturer or professor in your faculty

*Both the statement of purpose and the resumé must be in English. (Use these tips for American applications  as well as the workshops from stellenwerk.)

Please send the application as one PDF in an e-mail to the UA Ruhr Liaison Office in New York:

Priya S. Nayar
Executive Director
UA Ruhr Liaison Office New York
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Tel.: +1 (212) 758-3384
E-Mail: ruhrfellows@

The program includes the following services:

  • Stipend for travel and living expenses in the amount of 2,275 EUR (2023), paid directy to the participant
  • One-week summer school on "Global Markets and Entrepreneurship" (including housing and excursions)
  • Assistance with the J1 visa application and the cost of issuing the DS-2019 form
  • Internship placement in a company in the metropolitan region around New York

Fellows will need to reserve their spot with a payment of 500 EUR before the start of the program. Participants also will have to pay for the cost of the insurance policy for DAAD scholars (approximately 38 EUR per month) as well as the SEVIS fee for the J1 visa.

Please note that the cost of living in this region is extremely high. Despite the scholarship and the coverage of certain costs by the UA Ruhr, you will still need to plan on spending quite a bit on rent and meals.



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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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