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.
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 eligible for an Erasmus+ scholarship. Should your department be unable to give you credit toward your studies for a voluntary internship in an Erasmus+ country or should your internship generally not be eligible for Erasmus+ funding (for example due to the duration) you may apply for a PROMOS scholarship.
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.
Show us your everyday (work) life and share parts of your life with us while you are abroad! Use the hashtag #TUstoryteller in your own posts and link to our Instagram Account tudo_international!
In addition to the activities of your own social media accounts, we will ask you to provide regular content for tudo_international.
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. You will not receive a monthly stipend for living expenses.
Students with special needs (at least GdB 50) or chronic illness can apply for up to 10,000 EUR additional funding from the DAAD; just be sure to contact the International Office early on in the planning process (six months prior).
15 October (for the first half of the following year)
15 April (for the second half of the year)
Late applications can still be turned in before the start of the internship and will be considered among the applications for the next deadline. However these applications will receive lower priority, and the scholarship may be awarded after the internship ends.
Applicants will be notified about the outcome approximately one month after the deadline.
1. Fill out the online application form.
2. Upload the following documents to the application portal and submit the application. Nothing else needs to be turned in through e-mail or mail:
- Confirmation of relevance for your studies, signed by the responsible person in your department
- Confirmation from the company about your internship / letter or contract
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
- CV/resumé (German or English)
- Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages, German or English)
- Transcript of records (all grades in all studies, Bachelor and Master level)
- Confirmation of your GPA ("Durchschnittsnote") from the Examinations Office
All students who have completed at least one semester at TU Dortmund University must submit proof of their average grade (GPA) from the Examinations Office. The PDF documents generated in BOSS do not suffice. Please be sure to take care of this on time.
If you are currently in your first semester, we can accept your GPA/grade report from your past studies or school.
- 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. (in one PDF)
- If your application is late: Please also turn in an authorization letter for someone in Germany. The scholarship documents would be sent to this person. The original documents will need to be signed and returned to the International Office.
- 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 and Consent Form
(Template in the Checklist for Stays Abroad)
- Certificate(s) of enrollment for the entire duration of the internship
Au pair stays are only eligible if an agency has placed you (to ensure a higher 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