TU Dortmund University offers the PROMOS scholarship program, funded by the DAAD and BMBF, for various stays abroad.
Travel grants can be awarded for internships with a duration of at least six weeks. You will typically need to find the internship on your own, but the International Office does offer support during the search for a host company. It is very important to turn the application in on time, approximately three to five months before the planned start of the internship.
PROMOS and Corona
During 2021 virtual internships are also eligible for a scholarship as long as the pandemic makes it impossible to travel to the host country. In this case, a monthly stipend for living expenses will be awarded instead of the flight stipend.
Bachelor and Master students are eligible. You must remain enrolled at TU Dortmund University for the entire duration of the internship. PhD students and graduates are not eligible.
Full-time internships with a duration of at least six weeks.
Both voluntary and mandatory internships are eligible. The internship should be relevant for your studies, but it does not have to be mandatory. A letter of acceptance or work contract must be provided at the time of application.
Internships in countries participating in the Erasmus program are only eligible for Erasmus.
Internships that are a part of the special DAAD programs are usually not eligible for PROMOS - where appropriate only if the DAAD has rejected your application.
For an Internship in the Host Country: Travel Grant
Successful applicants will receive a travel grant according to the country-specific rates set by the DAAD (column "Teilstipendium Mobilität"). Your actual travel costs may differ from the scholarship amount.
For a Virtual Internship (only in 2022): Monthly Stipend
In case the pandemic makes it impossible to travel to the host country for the internship, you may still receive a scholarship for a virtual internship from Germany. In this case you would be awarded the monthly stipend amount in the column "Teilstipendiendium Aufenthalt" according to the country-specific rates set by the DAAD . The scholarship may only be awarded for a portion of the planned internship period.
Students with special needs can apply for up to 10,000 EUR additional funding from the DAAD; just be sure to contact Laura Hope early on in the planning process (six months prior).
Your application has to be turned in early enough so that at least two months fo time is between the application deadline and the start of your internship. That means that the deadline on 31 January is technically for all internships starting on or after 1 April.
Late applications can still be turned in, however these will receive lower priority.
Applicants will be notified about the outcome approximately six weeks after the deadline.
All documents should be uploaded to the application portal. Additionally, you will need to turn in the online application form to the International Office (or send through e-mail). Your application will not be processesd until you have turned in this document.
1. Fill out the online application form.
2. Upload the following documents to the application portal:
- Confirmation of relevance for your studies, signed by the responsible person in your faculty
- Confirmation from the company about your internship
Important: with general information about the expected work, the exact internship dates and the amount of pay or payment in kind, with signature and stamp; PDFs accepted
- CV/resumé (German or English)
- Grade report/Transcript of records (all grades in all studies, Bachelor and Master level)
- Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages, German or English)
- Current certificate of enrollment
- If necessary also further documents, such as letters of recommendation, certificates e.g. for language courses, and documents that support your application.
It is not necessary to turn in a language certificate (TOEFL, DAAD, etc.) .
- For a virtual internship (can be turned in later): Proof that it would be impossible to travel to the host country (with the date, e.g. travel warning, information about border closings, etc.)
3. Turn in the printed application form (no other documents) to the International Office (Laura Hope, personally or place it in the mailbox in front of the building or through e-mail).
- Volunteer work and extracurricular activities
- Academic motivation and relevance for your studies
- Academic, linguistic and intercultural qualifications
- Academic achievement (a GPA of 2.5 is typically expected)
- Priority is given to those students who will receive little or no pay from the host company
You will need to turn in the following within two months after the internship ends:
- Confirmation of internship duration (Word, PDF)
- Letter of reference from the internship host
- Experience Report (template for non-MS-Office-users)
- Consent Form
- Certificate(s) of enrollment for the entire duration of the internship
Au pair stays are only eligible if an agency has placed you (due to the quality of support and academic experience).
Participation in this scholarship program is only possible if no "hard" travel warning has been issued by the Federal Foreign Office for the respective region and the duration of your internship. If you have already received an acceptance letter for the scholarship program, this will be withdrawn, should a travel warning be issued before your departure.
Regardless of the travel warnings, please take note of these important security guidelines from the DAAD.
International students may not receive a scholarship for an internship in their home country. The home country is considered to be the country in which the student has the main place of residence; the citizenship is secondary.
You must return to Germany after your stay abroad.
Important: Please inform the Foreigners' Office ("Ausländerbehörde") of your plans before your departure; otherwise you could lose the right to return to Germany.
You will need valid health insurance coverage for the entire duration of your stay abroad. Students accepted into the program have the option of taking out a policy through the DAAD group insurance (combined health, accident and liability insurance).
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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".Zum Lageplan